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About 3CityApache

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  • Birthday 08/26/1974

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  1. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    So I figured. That just means the feature that is supposed to inform me about new releases I might be interested in on Spotify sucks. Will have to check them out.
  2. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. I almost forgot how good this album is. As a matter of fact, it is one of the very few albums I know, on which every single song is simply great. The are completely no fillers here, and that's what differs it from Mellon Collie... for example, which is also a great album with plenty of fantastic songs, but has its lows as well. Theda, good to know there ARE new albums of Shins, TJAMC and Grandaddy. Apparently I was left somewhat behind.
  3. Andrzej Sapkowski II

    But what continuation are we talking about here?
  4. Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Don't forget to come here after you finish reading to complain about the ending.
  5. Andrzej Sapkowski II

    SeanF, I would seriously recommend buying all volumes of The Witcher series prior to reading, it sucks like a swamp. And it contains the second best battle description I've ever read (in The Lady of the Lake).
  6. Andrzej Sapkowski II

    That's probably because Sapkowski has studied economics and has been working in trade industry before he became a professional writer.
  7. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Who said anything about anyone's fault?
  8. So... I'm engaged now.

    Congratulations. That's an awesome story.
  9. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    But This post we were referring to, was made on February 9th... The update from March 1st wasn't so huge after all.
  10. Football - Leicester's Shakespearean Tragedy

    I can't fuckin believe it.
  11. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Um, can we all agree, that the end of February is just now?
  12. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    I tend to agree it might be the matter of overtraining, but nevertheless I can't help but notice that my overall viability is just incomparable to my wife's for example. She has run a half marathon as her second official race. I've run about ten 10k races before I decided I was ready to try one. She can run three half marathons and a full marathon in just two months (which is exactly the case at the moment. After yesterday, she has another half marathon in three weeks, then a marathon at the beginning of April and another HM at the end of April). I will probably never run a marathon. Hell, at the moment I don't know if I want to run another half marathon at all. Being overtaken on the last few kms by practically everyone, including much older and less experienced runners (some of them I knew) was not a pleasant experience whatsoever. As for gel tactics I had none, because I didn't take anything during the race except for the few sips of water couple of times.
  13. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Ok, so my worries about my current form weren't baseless after all. Today everything was perfect to the certain point. Weather was great, the route was ideal and I was very careful not to start too strong. It all went according to the pla for the most of the race. Even quite a steep hill on the 13th km didn't bother me much. And then, out of the blue, on the 17th km, also on the hill, but much smaller than the previous one, I suddenly felt completely unplugged. My pace dropped from 5:20-5:30 to 6:15-6:20 in the matter of meters and I couldn't do nothing to improve it to the very finish. I forced myself to speed up a little on the last 300 meters, but that was all I was able to do. Final time: 1:57:55, two minutes behind my unofficial pb and almost three minutes behind the plan. I was completely exhausted and couldn't get a grip for quite some time afterwards. I don't know, maybe I'm just not made for such distances and should stick with 10k races after all. On the brighter note: my wife broke her pb by 5 minutes with the 1:41:09 time. Can't wrap my head around it.
  14. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    I've been doing hills for a long time now, just on my own so far, and that's what really makes a difference. I feel a bit better today, so I'll probably stick to my original plan tomorrow and see how it goes.
  15. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    After the last two very intensive trainings at the club (tuesday and thursday) every little muscle in my body aches like Hell and I have no idea how I'm going to run a half marathon on Sunday. Problem is, most participants are preparing for the bigger Warsaw Half Marathon that takes place three weeks later and therefore the intensity of trainings is much bigger than it should be in the last week before the race. Of course I told the trainer that for me the main race is on Sunday and I was assigned to the group of the relatively lowest intensity, but nevertheless it was much more demanding than anything I'd be able to force myself to do on my own. Not from the distance point of view, and not overall pace either. It was the intensity of short segments we were doing, like five cycles of 300 meters of uphill run with the pace of 10k PB, jogging downhill, then 200 meters of uphill run with the pace 20 seconds faster than 10k PB, jogging downhill and then 100 meters of uphill run as fast as you can (in my case it was a pace of about 2:50-3:20), then walking downhill. And yesterday the training was four blocks containing 500 meters flat segments of running with the pace 20 seconds faster than 5k PB (about 4:30 for me), divided by 2k of easy jog trot each. When you see it written down it doesn't look particularly difficult, but it is. And so I have no idea if I should stick to my original plan of breaking 1:55:00 on Sunday, or perhaps I should take it a little bit easier, worrying that trying to achieve what is not achievable in my current condition would mean crushing in the second part of the race and blowing the plan completely.