Sara Agee – TC Toddler Trot Finisher (with Papa)
Kate Agee – TC Kid’s Marathon Finisher!
My wife and I currently have 3 full-season tickets to the Nashville Predators for the 2010-2011 season, and are looking to split these tickets with one or more parties.
With our oldest daughter starting kindergarten this year, and what seems like overwhelming time commitments in other areas, it is just not possible for us to attend 41 games any more per season.
These seats are fantastic. They are in section 310, Row C, Center-Ice. We have been sitting here for 7+ seasons, and the fans in this section are really great.
We are open to many different options for splitting these. If you want 5 games, 10 games, 1/2 a season, 1/4 of a season, whatever….we can work out the details. Price will be the same season ticket rate that we pay, which is less than the current face value. We locked in our pricing before last season.
If you have any interest at all, please send me a DM on Twitter or Facebook, or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks! Go Preds!
Tim & Olivia Agee
Last Saturday, my wife Olivia and I completed our first round of the P90X Home Fitness program. As a runner, my goal in doing this program was to improve my marathon performance, specifically targeted at three marathons I’m running this fall and winter. I knew that I needed a better cross-training program, and was really wanting to take my running to the next level. After completing 4 marathons within the previous 9 months (as of June), there were a number of areas where I obviously needed to improve if I wanted to see better marathon times. These included:
- Better muscle balance – My running muscles were very strong, but the opposing muscles were very weak. This was especially true in my glutes, hamstrings & hips. Poor muscle balance greatly increases the risk of injury while running. Also, I have been notoriously weak when running hills, and my hope was that this program would improve the consistency of my running when facing a hilly course.
- Improved core strength – On long runs (15+ miles), I could really tell that my core was weak. My posture would begin to fail and my lower abs would be very sore after the run.
- Improved flexibility – Again, having poor flexibility greatly increases the risk of injury, and I was about as flexible as a steel pipe.
- Higher anaerobic threshold – I had been doing weekly track workouts for about the last 6 months, but wanted to add some additional anaerobic interval workouts to my routine to try and push this threshold even higher.
We began the program in June 2010, after doing a lot of research into various home fitness routines. We additionally followed the general guidelines of the nutrition plan, and used a Weight Watchers maintenance plan to help with knowing how many calories to consume daily. It was tough to maintain the 6-day a week P90X schedule while running 40 to 50 miles per week, but it has been a blast seeing the results.
I’m thankful that my wife agreed to try it with me, though I’m not sure she knew exactly what she was getting herself into 🙂 Her before and after results with the “Fit Test” were very impressive (see below), and I’m proud of her for sticking with it. She is also entered in 3 races this fall and winter (half marathons), and I’m confident she will see significant gains in race performance.
I’ll probably do another post at some point to review the program itself, so I’ll not go through all of the routines. However, my overall review is that this program is excellent and really does work. Anyone who dismisses it simply because it is typically promoted through infomercials, is really missing out on a fantastic routine. It has a great mix of resistance, cardio, and flexibility training.
As part of the program, all participants are encouraged to do a “Fit Test” before and after the 90 days. Olivia and I both saw pretty dramatic improvements in these exercises, and I have included the highlights below:
Timothy – Fit Test – Before & After
(01) = Before Day 1 / (90) = After Day 90
- Rest Heart Rate (01) – 59
- Rest Heart Rate (90) – 57
- Pull-ups (01) – 2
- Pull-ups (90) – 10
- Push-ups (01) – 28
- Push-ups (90) – 42
- Wall Squat (01) – 98 sec
- Wall Squat (90) – 240 sec
- Bicep curls (01) – 11 w/ 20 lbs
- Bicep curls (90) – 20 w/ 20 lbs
- In & Outs (01) – 45
- In & Outs (90) – 80
- Weight Lost = 8.5 lbs
Olivia – Fit Test – Before & After
(01) = Before Day 1 / (90) = After Day 90
- Rest Heart Rate (01) – 67
- Rest Heart Rate (90) – 67
- Push-ups (01) – 4.5
- Push-ups (90) – 28
- Wall Squat (01) – 60 sec
- Wall Squat (90) – 120 sec
- Bicep curls (01) – 20 w/ 8 lbs
- Bicep curls (90) – 26 w/ 8 lbs
- In & Outs (01) – 33
- In & Outs (90) – 60
- Weight Lost = 7.5 lbs
Timothy – Training Run Stats – Year over Year (2009 vs. 2010)
While all of these improvements can’t be solely attributed to P90X, it has no doubt helped a significant amount. The comparison is year over year to try and see stats in similar running conditions.
- June 2009 – 6.1 mph
- June 2010 – 6.7 mph
- July 2009 – 6.5 mph
- July 2010 – 6.9 mph
- August 2009 – 6.4 mph
- August 2010 – 7.0 mph
- Sept 2009 – 6.6 mph
- Sept 2010 – 7.4 mph
Average Heart Rate:
- June 2009 – 165 bpm
- June 2010 – 153 bpm
- July 2009 – 166 bpm
- July 2010 – 153 bpm
- August 2009 – 161 bpm
- August 2010 – 150 bpm
- Sept 2009 – 160 bpm
- Sept 2010 – 150 bpm
Well….the real test of the results will be at the Twin Cities Marathon on October 3, 2010. My current marathon PR is 3:39, and I’m hoping to significantly improve upon this finish time. Anyone else have a positive experience with P90X they want to share? I would especially love to hear from anyone who has gone through the program to improve their running performance.
Kate just lost her first tooth! Very excited about the first visit from tooth fairy…
Kate and @OliviaAgee getting ready for first day of Kindergarten.
Beautiful but hot day in the Big Apple.
I was fairly appalled by the ESPN program on Thursday evening called “The Decision,” a one-hour, prime-time special concocted by LeBron James to announce his Free Agency decision, and welcomed by the four-letter network with open arms. The following are my thoughts on this spectacle as it relates to both LeBron and ESPN.
LeBron – The “King’s” decision to make his announcement during a one-hour special on ESPN is the epitome of Narcissism and Ego that is rampant in professional sports. How “me” focused do you have to be to call a TV network and tell them you want your own prime-time special to make an announcement regarding which team you have selected. It doesn’t matter to me that the Ad revenue is being given to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, because there are many, many other ways to raise money for charitable organizations that do not involve a prime-time special. In one hour, LeBron went from a player who was almost universally praised for his knowledge and respect of the game, his demeanor with the media, and his professionalism off the court to someone who can now be lumped in with Terrell Owens as wanting nothing but to just “Love me some me!”
This self-centeredness is even further amplified by the revelation that his former team, the Cavaliers, found out about his decision during the telecast. This is shocking, even for a professional athlete. What is not shocking is the Cleveland fan’s outrage over the way the announcement came down, or LeBron’s lack of emotion regarding leaving his hometown team. (What is shocking is the “Open Letter” from the Cavaliers’ owner, but that is for another post on another day) If you listened to the interviews, you could tell it was ALL about him. How many times did he refer to himself in the third person or refer to HIS talents.
More than any other professional league, The NBA is driven by it’s “Stars,” and it is this type of behavior that makes me want to turn the channel away from these personalities. I have no beef with the decision itself, but he handled it about as badly as possible.
ESPN – While this is not a new trend, “The Decision” marks the final leap of ESPN from Sports NEWS to Sports ENTERTAINMENT. I guess this is appropriate since the “E” stands for “Entertainment. Instead of covering the story, ESPN sold it’s soul for the right to be part of the story. All day today, sports personalities from talk-show hosts, to former players, to coaches, etc. have been openly critical of the way LeBron and ESPN handled everything. However, turning over to ESPN TV or Radio, you come away with a completely different slant. Why? Because they were part of it. If they are critical of the event, then they have to be critical of themselves. This isn’t journalism. This isn’t covering the story. This is the story! What little, tiny shred of journalistic integrity remained at the four-letter network is now gone.
Well, that’s my two-cents….what do you think?
Back in April I wrote a post on my first impressions of the iPad on the day the 16gb version was released to the public. In that post I was fairly critical of a number of decisions that we’re made regarding it’s design and configuration, and questioned what niche the iPad was designed to fill. In the months since that initial post, I have since changed my mind regarding a number of those earlier criticisms (not all), and have even obtained an iPad of my own as a tool to use in teaching and public speaking. I have eaten my crow, and now would like to share my updated impressions as an iPad owner and user.
Lightening Fast – This is the iPad’s killer feature. In my initial review I noted my disappointment that the iPad was running the same OS as the iPhone and not full blown OS X. However, now I realize this decision along with some pretty solid hardware specs has resulted in a device that is ridiculously fast. For years there has been talk of the “instant on” computer, and the iPad pretty well fits this description. Even though my netbook will allow me to do more related to content creation, it is also very slow comparatively speaking. With the impending release of iOS4 for the iPad, some of the OS limitations will be resolved, such as multitasking.
Better than Expected Keyboard – my initial reaction to the on-screen keyboard was that it was usable, but would be a bit of a struggle. However, I’m finding it to be even more usable than I originally suspected. So much so that I’m actually writing this post using my iPad. In my first week of using the keyboard, I’ve become proficient enough to type with all fingers in landscape mode, and have even been able to take notes in business meetings. As I originally noted, typing in portrait mode is still painful. It is too wide to use your thumbs, and too narrow to use all fingers.
Battery Life – as of right now, I have been using my iPad for about 3 hours, and my battery meter is still at 78%. This is way better than either of my netbooks, and miles better than any laptop I’ve ever owned. Honestly, it’s better than my iPhone as well. This makes the iPad great for travel and really long meetings (which are both common for me).
Size – the size is perfect for carrying around or placing in your lap during a flight. True that it is heavier than the dedicated eReaders like the Kindle, but this device is so much more than just a reader. The screen is also large enough that it works well for web browsing, viewing e-mail, documents, pictures etc.
Web Browsing – from the moment the iPad was introduced by Steve Jobs I have been very critical that Flash was not included. It is purported that up to 85% of mainstream web sites use Flash, and I saw it’s absence as a major hole in the potential Internet experience. However, after using the iPad for a while, I can honestly say that I barely miss it. Some of this is because I can see what an impact Flash can have on mobile performance (e.g. Flash on Android), but mostly this has to do with many mainstream sites offering iPad optimized versions of their sites, or even separate apps for viewing web content (e.g. Netflix and ABC.com). I will occasionally run across a video that I cannot watch without Flash, but this has been the exception, not the rule.
Email – as I noted in my initial impressions, the email app on the iPad is hindered by the lack of a universal inbox and the 4 taps required to switch between mailboxes. However, this will be resolved once iOS4 is released for the iPad. Otherwise, the mail app on the iPad is fantastic, especially in landscape view. I find it to be a better experience than using my laptop or desktop.
Books – the iBook application and store are really elegantly designed, and the iPad is a fantastic device for illustrated children’s books, or any other illustrated text. Reading on the iPad in a non-glare environment is really very pleasant, but reading under direct light or in sunlight is next to impossible. I you simply want a reading device, nothing compares to the Kindle or Nook, but the iPad is about so much more than just eBooks. The iBook application is what I use to store and view all of my PDF notes for teaching classes and preaching sermons. It really is an excellent PDF viewer, and the interface makes it easy to organize your files. As a side note, the Kindle app for the iPad is quite beautiful, and since my wife has a Kindle, I will mostly likely us this app should I choose to purchase a standard novel, biography, etc.
iWork – my initial observation was that the iWork suite of apps were unintuitive and difficult to use. I have backed off from that a little bit, but they still have two critical flaws. (1) the inability to directly access cloud-based file services such as Dropbox, Sugarsync, or Mobile Me iDisk. While I realize that you can use the Dropbox, Sugarsync or iDisk apps to open files in iWork, I do not know of a way to save them back. (2) the inability to save/export Numbers or Keynotes files to Excel or Powerpoint format. This makes those two apps almost unusable from a business perspective. If I create a new spreadsheet in numbers and then send it to myself or a client, we would have no way to open it. Fatal flaw
As an alternative, I highly recommend Documents to Go (14.99 from Dataviz) which allows access to an array of cloud based services, and allows you to work natively with MS Office file formats.
Apps – I plan to write some additional posts reviewing some of the apps that I find most useful for iPad. In general, I don’t understand why Apple failed to include some of the base apps that are in the iPhone such as Clock, Weather, Calculator, etc. As I noted before, existing iPhone apps that have not been ported to the iPad look really bad. Native iPad apps such as Pulse, ABC Player, and Bloomberg are very elegant, but it will be a while before the selection of native iPad apps is in the same league as the iPhone.
All in all the iPad is a killer media and data consumption device and is better at content creation than my initial observations. It is a much better business tool than I could have conceived. Tomorrow I have a 2 hour meeting with a very important client in NYC. Do I put the iPad to the ultimate business test and leave my laptop behind? Time to see how proficient I can be at taking notes on the iPad.
What are your thoughts on the iPad?
Sara’s first haircut…