My mojo is back. I was hoping to do something bigger, outdoors, like a long bike ride. Alas, I had to take the dog to the damn groomers and they rescheduled the appointment for 10:30. Nothing like taking a big chunk out of the middle of someone’s day. While the dog was getting clipped, I headed to the gym for a 1250 meter swim and a 5k run, both outside on a gorgeous day.
I was feeling some pain behind my knee from Saturday’s bike ride. From what I read, it sounds like I didn’t stretch my hamstrings enough or my seat was too low. I did a quick 500 meter swim to loosen things up and went for a long run.
According to my training program I was supposed to run 55 minutes. I took off from the gym and ran what I thought would be a big enough loop. I ended up getting back with 5 minutes to spare. So I zigzagged around the parking lot until I ran out the clock.
Lucky for me I can pretty define my schedule. Sure it’s flexible, and somewhat under my control. That doesn’t mean it’s not full and hard to manage. For me, having a flexible schedule just means I still have to do a ton of work, I just get to do it at different times than everyone else.
To fit today’s workout in, I started working at 4:30 am. Linda had an early flight and and I’m usually up a little bit later than that anyhow. Decided to work from home today so I could take my car in for new tires. I dropped it off when the shop opened, and walked to the gym – where I’m currently working now. Thank God for ubiquitous WiFi.
It’s Saturday so I have a little more time. I was going to go for a long bike ride, but it rained all night and was drizzling in the morning. I was planning on riding with a friend, but we both called it off.
The gym was packed this morning with resolution keepers, so I did my working out outside. My first activity was swimming followed by a 50 minute run. My running route came up short by 10 minutes so I had to append a funky little spur onto it.
Today I got in a swim and a run to kick off the triathlon training.
This time 2 years ago, I weighed 224 lbs and still lived in Chicago. I may have been big, but I wasn’t laying around. Back in the Midwest, when it’s too cold to ride, it’s hard to adjust back to normal eating.
Fast forward to today. It’s 40 degrees in California, plenty warm for me. We usually didn’t see anything north of 30 until March.
Linda and I signed up for the Big Sur 1/2 Marathon in November and my training officially started on Monday with a 3.1 mile run. The last half I ran was back in 2007 before I blew my knee out skiing. Since then I have run much shorter distances.
The only reason I signed up for this one is the location. It’s in Monterey, CA. While we won’t actually be running around Big Sur, we’ll be close.