Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Movie? On a Weeknight? I'm Out of Control

Meeting up with an old co-worker of mine and his wife tonight for dinner, beers, and this ....

I've been very impressed with the way they've advertised this and gotten the message out in unconventional ways, and it looks pretty interesting, so I'm going to give it a go.  The guy I'm meeting for dinner started training for Tris about the same time I started training for marathons, so it should be a meal full of swim/bike/run talk.  I suspect by the time we're done I'll have visions of bikes in my head.  I've always got the possibility of moving into Tris in the back of my head, and I don't think it will take much of a push for it to become more than just a thought.

As for running, I need to invest in a headlamp for my early-morning and late-night runs.  I have one that I have used a couple of times, but it's actually a light I bought for fishing (also early-morning, late-night), and using it running is similar to tying a car headlight to my head with a rope and a prayer.  I do a lot of my running on the cart paths at a nearby golf course, but they're doing an overhaul of the course and the assorted machines are busting up the paths.  After nearly stepping in a hole about a foot deep in the middle of the path a few nights ago, I've decided a light is pretty urgent.  I can hurt myself well enough on flat trails in the middle of the day.  Throw in  darkness and potholes and I'm an emergency room waiting to happen.

Anybody have any suggestions based on personal experience?  Recently saw a blogger suggestion for the Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp, which looks pretty good but gets mixed reviews on Amazon due to some plastic parts wearing out.  Any others that folks would recommend?


  1. be honest, not a fan of them. i do have a small maglite flashlight i carry in my hand for night runs at times. it gets the job done without something strapped to my head.

    enjoy the movie. if i could ever get over my fear of drowning with 500 or more people slapping, kicking and grabbing me while swimming at the same time - i will tri.

  2. I don't know about headlamps. You could always duct tape one of those blinking relector bike lights to your head. Bet you didn't know I was an inventor.

    Enjoy the movie; interested to hear what you think.

  3. I am seeing the movie too. Super Excited!

    I use nightbeams lighted arm bands and a hat that has lights in the visor for my early or late night runs. Not a big fan of the headlamp..

  4. I can't wait to hear what you think of the movie!

    I am not sure where I got my headlamp! I have actually heard Wal-Mart has good ones - strange!

  5. that movie sounds intriguing, looking forward to reading your review! as far as headlamps go, i recommend this one:

    i wore it for an entire marathon at night (yes, 26.2 miles, starting at midnight!) and had no problems and great visibility. i love the different settings (low light, high light, flashing) and the battery lasts forever (still haven't changed them!). overall very comfortable, too. my running store (fleet feet) carries them, so i'm sure you could find it somewhere.

  6. I bet EMS or LL Bean have good head lamps to choose from. Unfortunately, I don't have any specific recommendations, but I would be interested to hear what you pick.

  7. I wonder if that movie will ever make its way to South Africa...? Unfortunately I don't know which headlamps that we have here is available over there by you. Have a good weekend!

  8. I just have a small, bottom of the range Petzl (I think you can get them at REI?) and I love it. Wear it in winter mainly but it works a treat. When I get up in the dark in winter and plug it on is when my husband rolls over in bed and says "you're insane"...