Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Prep week 1

Cardio is fine. Legs have loosened up now. Busy week ahead. PF never got to heal but cant keep sitting it out. It will have to heal in its own time as I mix it with the training.
I have decided I gotta go down to 70.
This nameless guy insisted on taking a photo with me because he thought I was a god. And why would he have thought I was a god?
Because I had hammered 21K.
He was a 10K walker.
So much to do this coming year.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Death in a Mat, Bikozulu, Kenyan Middle Class

So I have been distracted with life, work, making money (well, ok, chasing some and catching some, and chasing some more) and running marathons. And the forum is quiet. And cold.
And out here, things are kinda slowing down now that December is approaching and the new year is beckoning. Kenyan politics is lack lustre because Raila is yet to make a big move. Uhuru is paying MPs 100K to accompany him to those meaningless trips to say "hallo" to heads of states from poor, underdeveloped countries that almost mean squat in global politics. Will Kenyas vote in ICC indicted persons and risk Kenya becoming a Zimbabwe because of tribal politics? I will have to see that and record it.

My writing, which has been lying in a wasteland of neglect, has stirred awake, stretched stood up, and has began moving with purpose and serious intent.
And I think I should get back to completing Death in a Mat. So I reviewed it and I am ready to continue from where the narrative fell off the cliff as I struggled to keep some balls in the air while some fell at my feet.
To inspire me, I visit and These are fine writers. They don't write anything heavy but they write very well though Bikozulu lets some modernist perspectives seep through his writing.
Aaanyways, since we had a discussion about middle class recently and blankets and wine, its interesting to read Bikozulu's take on Middle-class "adoption" tendencies and shallow attempts at decolonizing themselves.

He writes regarding Sauti Sol:

"...the reason I didn’t really get wowed by them was because I associated them with Blankets and Wine, and we all know how I feel about Blankets and Wine. That association for me compromised how I would view them. I felt like they had stopped being artists and were now mascots of social (arty) liberation propagated by the bourgeois. I felt that they were a creation/belief of the middle-class, one that they pushed on forums that they most found comfort in; twitter. And so I thought of them as a Twitter-band, with a musical character that you would simply review in under 140 words. A single-layered band.
The reason why I associated them with middle-class is because the middle-class in Kenya it at a point where they realise their triviality in lauding foreign ideologies and bodies of work and so to appear conforming to their African pride, they look for “causes” to support in the arts and business. As it so happens, Sauti Sol was nearby because they sang better than most local bands and so the middle-class adopted them, making them their “charity” of choice. You know? Something to save their shameless faces with. A redemptive move. And taking Sauti Sol under their wings is also the same reason the middle-class now sees it proper to drop their English names and use two “African” names like Kimotho Gachara, Odongo Otieno, Wekesa Wanyama etc. Don’t be fooled that this is a sign that we are entering the long-awaited era of African reinnascence. It’s not. It’s just the middle-class amusing themselves before their own gallery.
I guess another reason I couldn’t embrace Sauti Sol is because I just couldn’t just get past their pants."


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Weighty Issues

I would have liked to get back this weekend but I will probably give myself another week in the hope that my PF injury, which I have managed since May, can clear up. Lets see how it goes. If it does not, I start mid-November. Just today, my wife protested when I wore my wedding suit (size 52), which is now too big (oversize) for me - she said it hangs on me like a sack. Yet I am 78Kgs. I plan to go down to 70Kgs and take it to another level. People will wail and scream. 
Just today in the banking hall, I met a somewhat familiar woman "is it you?" She was shocked at how "thin" I am, yet I need to lose even more weight to be faster. But, a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do. I love what this sport has done to me. I am getting another pair of shoes and then hammering it for the next ten months.


Friday, November 2, 2012

2013 Training Plans

Avg 65Kpw.
Kinda erratic. Hence injuries (ITBL and PF)
Peaked early as shit.
Intervals ran too fast. And too few.
Very few floats.
Long runs not intense enough
Long runs not long enough.
Weight reached 77Kgs.
Aim to average 80-100Kpw
Aim to be less erratic. Regulate evenings.
Build up slowly - consistent volume is better than huge volume..
Run realistic intervals. More Reps.
Incorporate floats regularly.
Introduce FFLRs (21K) and LSRs (24-30K) - alternate.
Incorporate weights and more drills.
Aim to reach 72Kgs. Or less, damnit.
Get another pair of shoes.