Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's Official: Cops Have Some of the Best "There I Was" Stories

Go and read, ladies and gentlemen. Thrill to the tale of one man putting his life, his dignity, and possibly even his sanity on the line to take on some of the Criminal Geniuses of our time. Like all the commenters, this would have been better with video of the incident. Clearly, this will be a job for Bill Kurtis and Cold Case Files.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Like the one guy said in the horror movie, "My body is a road map of pain!" I shouldn't have taken the week off to relax after Abe's Amble. I feel like it's day 1 of my running training all over again. I had a nasty cramp on one side of my lower back. It just means I need to stretch more prior to running. I'm also going to walk on the nights I don't run. I figure some aerobic exercise is better than none.

I also didn't buy these moisture-wicking shirts and shorts because they're comfortable, that's for sure. I have a financial investment in my health, now, however small. It's enough to keep me motivated.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 8/21/08

Coming hot off the heels of a crappy qualifier run, I think I managed to get back into the swing of things very nicely. Tonight I tried timing my reloads. Instead of counting shots, I took a look at the stage and divided it up. It turns out I could divide the targets into three groups, so I did. Once I engaged the last target of each group, I dropped the magazine and loaded in a fresh one. I don't like that much simply because of the damage it can do to magazines, especially when they've still got five or six shots left in them. However, it kept my rhythm from being broken by not having a magazine run out in the middle of engaging a target. I saw a few shooters have that happen to them, and I didn't want to be one of them. It didn't help my time too much, but that's okay since it's the first time I studied the idea.

I'm also getting a lot of empty brass collected. It's time to clean out the basement and use the space for a loading bench. I'd like to shoot more ammunition at the same prices I'm currently paying for off-the-shelf brands.

Between this and running, I think I've got a nice little exercise program going on here.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's Over!

Abe's Amble, that is. I walked more than I ran, and the results show it. 1:47:46 was my official time. I had an average pace of 17:23. I was expecting a 2-hour even time based on my times around the neighborhood, so I did better than I expected. So, can I run a 10k? Kind of. Am I better off running a 5k? Most likely. So, that's what I'm going to shoot for from now on. I need to cut a lot of time off of my pace, so that's the next part.

I doubt I'll ever really enjoy running, but at least I now have a baseline to use for future measurements of progress. I got a lot of good data out of this race.

Next time, though, I'll run the 2-mile at the beginning of the fair. This 10k stuff is crazy for a weekend athlete-type.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Sunday is Abe's Amble. I hope I can remember to wake up early enough to get there. It sucks being a nightowl sometimes, especially when you're doing something that requires you to be awake by the time you're usually going to sleep on a weekend.

Am I ready? No. Am I going to go through with it anyway? Yes.

From now on, though, it's nothing more than 5k runs. I can switch over to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday running schedule and 3 miles per run is acheivable on a regular basis. This Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday workout routine intereferes with way too much of my regular lesiure activities.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 08/07/08

Some days, you're as good of a shot as Wild Bill Hickok or Rob Leatham, some days you're replaying Don Knotts' role in "The Shakiest Gun In The West."

Yeah, I was shooting more like Don Knotts tonight. There's only one cure for that: more range time.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Chicago Sun-Times: Daley giving up the fight on Chicago's Gun Ban?

Residents of Cook County: What's going on up there? The Cubs are in first place in the National League and the best team in baseball, and now Mayor Richard M. Daley is looking at giving up on maintaining Chicago's gun ban, to the point of not even fighting it in court? What's next? Flying pigs?

(hat tip: Second City Cop)
On things that make Modern Americans happy

One of those things is getting your car's title seventeen months early. I'm one of those happy Modern Americans today.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Bowling Night Report, 7/31/08

The motto of practical shooting (more specifically IPSC, the International Practical Shooting Confederation) is "Diligentias, Vis, Celeritas" or "Accuracy, Power, Speed." Well, I've got the accuracy and the power parts down pat, but the speed isn't there just yet. I was only able to shoot one stage last night, so I had to make things count. I got a lot of maximum-scoring hits in the A-Zone of the targets, but I was about seven seconds slower than I would have liked. It was nice to hear all those calls of "Two alphas!" after the shoot, though.

The stage had a fun start as well. One of the targets was a steel "popper," like the ones that made my life difficult last week. That target was attached via cable to a disappearing target. When you shot the steel target, it would trip the cable and allow the disappearing target to swing up and down quickly, like someone popping up, then diving for cover. Those targets, spinning targets and hiding targets are a great way to test for speed, since you don't get points unless you hit the front side of the target. I got both shots dead center of the disappearing target last night. Even the best shooters in our group had trouble with it last night.

Another thing I'm happy to see in my weekly shooting matches is the presence of law enforcement and military personnel. They take the matches seriously, since quick reactions are even more important to them when it comes to gunfire. You want to talk about fast and accurate? These guys were running under 10 seconds in something that took me 21. I'd definitely call on them for backup if I was in an LE job.

They didn't get the disappearing target as nicely as I did, though. I guess I can live with that. Too bad it wasn't my qualifier, but that's for next week.