Chapter 14: 395 – 425 Keep on Booking

Last edit 12-31-21 “I enjoy the process more than anything else.” – JT

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11-15-2021 Day 425: Rest day 8.31 km – walk only but pushed the pace to get it as low as possible and get heart rate up. Getting things together and ready for the ManCup Race


11-14-2021: Day 424 JT Run day 10.71km Session #2. I still need to do a 20k for November but want to do a couple shorter sessions in first. I got my first November thirty minute session done a couple days ago, and decided to do a another one today. I went into this one looking for just a sub 5 minute /km split time for the 6k session, but once off and running it would go a bit further. Worked my pacing in order to keep the same pace time per km-split and got the 1st three with 1 second of each other. This would turn out to be a good move because not pushing allowed me to conserve energy, but the weather was gorgeous so that always helps a session.

Once my body settled into the session around 3km, I began pushing my pace a little bit more to make sure to maintained my pace goal, Managed to speed up considerably on km-4, and continued to stay at or below the session goal mark. It felt great so I pushed the session goal to each kilometer split after 6k, to see how many of them I could get. I decided to go until 10k or until I got a 5 minute or higher km-split time. I hit my 6k goal mark of 04:59 or less for the entire ten kilometers! HELL YES, so I will take this any day of the week. The session felt really good and I was not beat up when done. Getting stronger getting faster need to push it a bit more. @hoka Carbon x2

Session results, but will note that I skipped my breakfast on purpose this morning because I had a large dinner last night so there was plenty of fuel for today.

(Goal #1 30 min/ minimum) completed 00:51:34 at 10:71km * The run felt really good so I pushed it out to 10k and would end up getting a personal 10k best!! At 47:48/km

(Goal # 2 4:59 or less for 6k) Completed but kept it going and got ALL TEN KM splits to 4:59 or less! 1 (4:38), 2 (4:39), 3 (4:39) were only 1 second apart in time. Very happy with how I managed my pacing which allow me to push km-four down to 4:26. 8 and 9 were 4:59 so I dug in and shaved it down to 4:57 but had an uphill section to contend with so it was tough.

(Goal # 3 6k under 30) got it this time 00:27:49 but could have been a but faster got a bit lazy at Four and had to give myself a push talk.

(Goal # 4 six minute mile) not today because it was more about pace management than pushing for this number BUT I got it down to 00:07:18 per mile at mile split three. Mile 5 was disappointing because it came in at 00:08:00 so have to push a bit harder next time, but everything else was in the seven minute window. For the 10k session I still did pretty good Average Pace 00:07:44/mi and a Max Pace 00:06:21/mi

(Goal # 5 One 20k per month) Not done yet, because I still need to get a couple of shorter sessions in first. I May wait to do it until I get back from my event next week to do it.


11-12-2021: Day 423 Walk only 6.07 miles (9.76km) Avg Pace:9:34/km Max Pace 8:11/km. Getting some car work done and event work caught up on. After this event I will begin deciding the direction of the program for 2022. I hope to take on fewer partnerships but larger partnerships to help increase the quality of coverage for the sport and for my partnerships. Daily Steps: 14401


11-11-2021: Day 422 JT Run day has been awhile since I got a session in so it was a but off the mark today. Distance 6.5km Duration 33:20 1st session in a while been traveling and working Avg Pace 5:07 Max Pace: 3:58 Temp 21c Humidity 94%. Got slowed up at one crosswalk but knew my times would be off. @hoka Carbon x2

(Goal # 1 30 min/ minimum) complete 33.20 and I was focused on just doing 30 not much more.

(Goal # 2 4:59 or less) 1 and 2 were 4:48 or less, but everything dropped off at 3km, my form and breathing was off. I kept it to 30 minutes but will run again Saturday. I could feel that I was not all with it but begin to settle in towards the end of the thirty 30 minutes

(Goal # 3 6k under 30) not today but it’s not surprising since I have been on the road for awhile working but still came in at 00:30:24

(Goal # 4 six minute mile) this was not the day for this one, but came in at 7:13 – not bad for an old guy. The consistent mile to mile pace is usually in the eight 15 to 20 range over an five mile stretch. 5 miles is usually exhaust I try to complete in a session when working on mile to mile pacing. I was not doing that today.

(Goal # 5 One 20k per month ) I have not done one yet for November, but plan to do it Monday or Tuesday. I need to get a couple shorter sessions in to remind my body its coming. I don’t expect any awesome numbers on the next 20k since I have been off my normal at home routine.

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11-10-2021: Day 421 Rest day trying to get caught up on some stuff. Not doing a whole lot, just cleaning car and reorganizing for ManCup next weekend. My poor attitude was not helping my day much. Daily Steps:96


11-09-2021: Day 420 Florida Gainesville doing some kayaking and practice some more fishing before heading home. Got a bunch of hits and finally caught one. Slowly getting the hang of this crap, my casting and accuracy is improving but still figuring it all out. Real Fishing is a lot tougher than people think, the hardest part is the patience needed to catch these damn things. (Daily Steps: 7838)

Orange Lake Cross Creek Fl

11-08-2021: Day 419 Florida Gainesville Kayaking an drying to get the hang of this fishing crap but no lick today need to try some different lures. Got a few hours in the water but had to get moving, to attend the 2021 AHDRA Championship and Awards Banquet. (Daily Steps: 10150)


11-07-2021: Day 418 Florida Gainesville Raceway AHDRA EVENT – . Was a great of day of racing and two Try and Keep Up Partnerships became champions this season. LSR Nitro Harley Pro Fuel AHDRA Champions and Michael Balch AHDRA Nitro Funny bike Champion.

11-06-2021: Day 417 Florida Gainesville AHDRA EVENT – more rain hanging out today. (Daily Steps: 4637) got to hear some great stories from some racers that have been around awhile. These people are passionate do love wha they do.


11-05-2021: Day 416 Florida Gainesville AHDRA EVENT – Getting rained on today so not a lot going on. (Daily Steps: 4149)

Quick toon at the races.

11-04-2021: Day 415 Florida was in Ocala then Gainesville. I got some kayaking in 7am to Noon (ONF) Ocala National Forest at Wildcat Lake. Spent time fishing and practicing my casting and I did NOT catch a damn thing. Headed back to house to handled some work stuff showered and was off to Gainesville for AHDRA. Got close and it was still early so I decided to stop GPS and find a spot to do some practice casting. Found. a state park and a great public boat ramp.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State park was a neat find and the property is pretty cool too. Found a county boat ramp into Orange Lake right next to it. It is a must do and will kayak it on the way out Monday. But for now I practiced my casting with the rod and got a couple hits. I would pick a spot and cast to that area ten times. Then change spots cast another 10 and so on until I got to 50. Then went to a heavier lure and repeated this 50. 100 cat done for the day. (Daily steps: 7826)

Neat place representing and simpler time.

11-03-2021: Day 414 Florida getting some work done before I head out again. This is not a good day. (Daily Steps: 8020


11-02-2021: Day 413 Florida back home and getting some work done before heading out again. Picked up my bike and the price damage was not bad minor repairs. The Felt bike is a nice bike but is a bit heavy and not designed for the type of routine I do. (Daily steps: 10340)


11-01-2021: Day 412 (Daily Steps: 8.110) Bingham State Park Georgia kayak and fishing 830 am to 330 pm, then went back over to Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge for a few hours. 4:15pm to 6:30pm.

Bingham Lake is a really great location and the kayaking was a bit better than I thought it would be. There is an awesome river that feeds into the lake from the North and it is a pretty great paddle. I was mainly focused on fishing but the sights and sound were awesome. I did not get any hits today so decided to go give Banks Lake another shot, where I got some hits at least.


10-31-2021: Day 411 (Daily Steps: 10.757) Spent the day at Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge kayaking and fishing. I’m legal to fish in Georgia now Freshwater only. I suck at this but will learn more as time goes on. This location is really beautiful and once the clouds pouched out I had a gorgeous day to enjoy.


10-30-2021: Day 410 (Daily Steps: 7735) Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge kayaking and fishing. 9:15am to 6:45pm I’m legal to fish in Georgia now, just not very good at it. Freshwater only for GA


10-29-2021: Day 409 (Daily Steps: 962) rain rain and more rain… Sitting things out for about half the day.

10-28-2021: Day 408 (Daily Steps: 15.600) Ocoee Tennessee it got windy today but some sun was popping through, the storm front is coming but still had a great day. A second kayak run was out of the question way too windy.


10-27-2021: Day 407 (Daily Steps: 17.001) Kayaking the Lake WAS amazing! OH WOW. Got back had lunch and then went to see Benton Falls. A great day but we have pending weather coming in not sure how tomorrow will fair.


10-26-2021: Day 406 (Daily Steps: 7.970) Taladega Alabama then Red Top Mountain State Park Georgia camp ground was full so I move further North and ended up at Gound Chilhowcee Recreational Area Lake Ocoee Tennessee. They had open camping spots! Night 1 getting some real rest. Will better here three nights two full days.


10-25-2021: Day 405: (Daily Steps: 2.719) Jasper Alabama some sleep will make you feel so much better. Yesterday was a long ass day. But on to today. I will do a podcast session with one and only Chris Hand. Then head off to kill a couple days and do some exploring before SDBA. I will do some driving first and get myself back into Georgia. Stop in Taladega National Forest Alabama for some rest.


10-24-2021: Day 404 (Daily Steps: 10.757) left early Sunday morning so I’m in the Alabama area on Monday, and don’t have to deal with Pan Handle traffic. Stop one goofing off with the fishing pole Cypress Landing Lake Miccosukee. Too tired to kayak but a bit too open of an area for my taste. Still very beautiful place.

Gained an hour due to a time zone jump, added Florida Caverns State Park to the stop list. Never been here it was pretty cool. A one time thing not something to do over and over. Off the list of done stuff, still tired looking forward to some rest.


10-23-2021: Day 403 (Daily Steps: 13.749) Walk only a full work day at the house before I leave again Sunday. I am not in a good place lately and ope it will pass once I get moving again.


10-22-2021: Day 402 (Daily Steps: 18.402) Rest day and car maintenance, having oil changed and tires rotated. Changing the shocks myself then back to getting race content done before I leave again Sunday


10-21-2021: Day 401 (Daily Steps: 8450) Rest day after a 20k also have a wedding to attend and get some work done.


10-20-2021: Day 400 Daily Steps: 27,225  Florida JT-Run 20.02km / 1:53:07, Avg Pace 5:38 Max Pace 3:36 October Monthly  20k Temp 18c Humidity 90%. @hokaoneone (Carbon x2) @jtnortoncom A beautiful cool day so at 3km I knew I was going after my monthly 20k

Session 6k portion Results

(Goal # 1 30 minutes minimum) thirty and then some. 

(Goal # 2 for 6k each km split 4:59 or less) three of six  km-splits were 4:54 or less, had to slow the pace down to do the 20k but times were still ok…. four was 5:07 five and six were 5:20

(Goal # 3 6k under 30) 6k mission accomplished 00:29:42 cutting it pretty close.

(Goal # 4 six minute mile ) I have not ran in a while because of my events so I was not pushing for it today but had a 1-mile come in at 7:02.

This is my 4th 20k typical legs pains at 18k but my the whole session felt really good. My breathing was spot on and the cycling visitor that was with me for the last few kilometers helped distract me in a good way. See my other post from today for that story. 

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10-19-2021:400 Daily Steps: 5426  Florida. rest day dropped my bike off it has issues that need to be fixed. It’s weird driving home nowadays, it feels like I don’t belong anywhere anymore, keep plugging away until I figure it out. These beautiful places I see help us see a gorgeous world we are lucky to live in.

10-18-2021:399 Daily Steps: 3802  Rockingham Drag way NC. hung put for a bit then got going, mostly driving home to Florida. Hung out with Bookie and had some coffee before heading out. He is a cool dude but I need to stop rambling people’s ears off. 😆 stopped at Santee State Forest to have my afternoon lunch. It’s a beautiful place have no idea why I’m so attached to it.


7-2021:398 Daily Steps: 15,102 AMRA Rockingham Dragway NC. #3


10-16-2021:397 Daily Steps: 20,180 AMRA Rockingham Dragway NC. #2


10-15-2021:396 Daily Steps: 15,102 Shenandoah National Park but left at 2am, heading to next events Rockingham Dragway NC.


10-14-2021:354 Daily Steps: 21,376 Shenandoah National Park. Big Meadow camp site. #2


10-13-2021:394 Daily Steps: 30,576 Shenandoah National Park. Big Meadow camp site.  #1


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