Archive for September, 2009
The crowds are gone, the medals handed out and busy life in Chicago moves on. However, the soreness remains! Yes, the soreness from my completion of the Chicago Half Marathon this past weekend. I took on the challenge from a friend, stepped up like a Spartan soldier and the muscle soreness from doing so is quite significant but it feels so good! For many years prior to running this event, I used a much different format of training to stay in shape and endurance training was far from what I had ever done before. However, I have always kept my mind open to new ways of being active and this experience taught me a lot of things that I will incorporate into my normal training activities. Will I run another event over a 10K…absolutely not, I simply get so bored running long distance that it is almost unbearable! Personally, I prefer to lift weights, get on a BMX or MountainBike, shred dirt terrain, jump big jumps, fly around turns and navigate trails with my riding buddies…that is fun to me my friends. Nothing against runners because I have a newfound respect for both the sport and the people who participate in it. To me, this whole process is the essence of an active lifestyle because if you have a preferred type of physical activity that you enjoy on a consistent basis and then toss in a few new activities for trial & error or variation, you can’t lose. It is impossible not to take aspects of what you learned from the process of trying new things and incorporate them into your lifestyle and eventually benefit from them in the future. To me that is what fitness is all about and if you are consistent in one form of activity, it leads to you trying others thus promoting a cycle of activity that will support a healthy, vibrant lifestyle. Go getem!
Highs today will reach the mid 80s with mostly sunny skies across Central Indiana.
The only weather pattern change we have coming in the next few days, is a cool down to the mid to upper 70s Wednesday-Saturday.
We’re watching for our next chance of rain, for now, it looks like that could possibly come Sunday.
Why no rain? High pressure is in control over our region over the next several days keeping us dry.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is in Tokyo tonight, a full week into his Asian trade mission.
In a speech at a conference, Daniels said Indiana’s relationship with Japan has been a source of stability and strength during the recession. The governor also met with managers from Honda, Sony and Mitsubishi – companies that do business in the state.
Tomorrow is his final full day in Japan.
The obvious answer? It’s not in Central Indiana!
It looks like we’ll stay dry for the next few days too. Highs today will reach the low 80s with mostly sunny skies. There’s an area of low pressure over Texas, that’s trying to make it up to us, but high pressure is in control over our state, and most of the moisture will miss us for now. It’s a slow moving system, so we’ll have to see who wins the battle, high, or low pressure.
Tuesday looks mainly dry. Highs will reach the low 80s again with partly cloudy skies. There’s a 10% chance for a few sprinkles in the viewing area.
Wednesday highs drop to the upper 70s (the seasonal high this time of year). Then Thursday and Friday, there’s a 20% chance of rain or isolated t-storms.
We’ll keep you updated on the rain chances. Today will be the 11th day of September with no rain. And, on the three days that rained this month, only .17″ was measured in Indianapolis.
Lows tonight will drop into the mid 50s across the metro area, a few spots especially outside the metro could drop to the upper 40s! It’s going to be a cool night with mostly clear skies. Some patchy fog could develop for your commute tomorrow morning. Basically expect what we’ve seen the past couple of days.
Monday, another nice sunny day will be coming our way. Highs will reach the low 80s.
Tuesday, a few more clouds will build in, with a slight chance for sprinkles in our southern counties.
Our next chance for rain moves in Thursday, even then, it’s only a 20% chance. We’ll keep an eye on rain chances, I know a lot of you are anxious to green up your lawns!
The Colts open the season today with a new head coach. And while no one has more respect for coach Tony Dungy than me, I don’t think his retirement will hurt the Colts success this season. Remember when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl the year after Dungy was fired? Tony was given and deserved much of the credit for what was already in place to take the Bucs to the top. The Colts are in even better shape than the Bucs were a season after Dungy’s departure.
The team is better than a year ago, deeper and more talented. Peyton Manning is healthy. The offensive line is healthy, with excellent depth. The coaching staff stayed largely intact after Tom Moore and Howard Mudd added “senior” to their titles and worked out their pension plans. The defense has a new coordinator and more size up front to stuff the run. Bob Sanders starts the season on the shelf. But the Colts have gotten used to playing without him.
For all those reasons, I’m picking the Colts to win 12 games again and return to their normal spot as AFC South champions with a strong finish. Here’s the breakdown:
Wins – vs. Jacksonville, vs. Seattle, at St. Louis, vs. San Francisco, vs. Houston, vs. New England, at Houston, vs. Tennessee, vs. Denver, at Jacksonville, vs. New York Jets, at Buffalo
Losses - at Miami, at Arizona, at Tennessee, at Baltimore
The Colts open with a win over the Jaguars today to open the season. Then come tough back-to-back close losses in a tough turnaround Monday night in Miami and in Arizona Sunday night. After an easy win at home over Seattle, the Colts lose at Tennessee. The team is only 2-3 heading to the bye week, winless on the road and Jim Caldwell is facing adversity with this team for the first time.
The schedule lightens up and the Colts get rolling with four straight wins capped by a Sunday night win over the Patriots. The Colts are 6-3 at this point.
The last loss of the regular season comes November 22nd at Baltimore. The Colts are 6-4, looking mediocre trailing Tennessee in the division race. After Thanksgiving, the Colts win 6 straight games going into the playoffs. A win December 6th against the Titans puts the Colts back in the division race. But the Colts must win January 3rd in Buffalo to win the AFC South.
Then come the playoffs. I won’t predict the matchups. But Pittsburgh, Tennessee and San Diego will all be in the picture. I’m guessing the Colts will have to get by the Chargers if they want a shot at the Super Bowl. I don’t consider the Colts a favorite to win it all. But they are a contender.
Another great season, 12-4, undefeated at home and the first playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium. There is much to look forward to this year for Colts fans. Let’s kick it off!
-Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter
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Highs Saturday and Sunday will reach about 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies. A light breeze out of the Northeast will feel nice and cool!
Tonight, clear skies mean chilly temperatures! In the metro, temps will drop to the mid 50s. In outlying areas temps in the low 50s are expected, and I think a few spots in our Northeast viewing area could reach the upper 40s… brr!
So far, the month of September has been pretty dry. We’ve only had .17″ of rain in Indianapolis. However, keep in mind that we are more than seven inches above the average for the year.
Our next chance for rain enters the forecast Tuesday (20%), however I think it’s more likely Wednesday into Thursday.