Ironman Canada - DONE! What next? Stronger and faster.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Back at it
This was what I ran in today. -14 C is 7 F. Linda took my cold from me, so I'm feeling pretty well back to normal now. We aren't going to talk about how she feels.
Swam this morning a little over 45 minutes, pushing fairly hard, feeling strong. I'd have swum a little longer to round out the hour, but the aqua class took over 4 lanes, not the usual three. My lane was flooded with slow swimmers. I'm learning I really have to time it carefully to get in there as the first thing in the morning gotta get to work crowd leaves, so I can leave as the 8am floaties move in. I think the pool is catering to the floatie crowd, since it was in your face warm. Blah. The hot tub is still off limits for me, but the steam room was nice.
It's been snowing here again. There's about a cm or two of new snow on the ground. Ran easy, getting my legs used to it again, 5 K in a hair over 35 minutes, and another 10 minutes a bit easier. At the end of the run I back tracked a bit to look at my footprints. It turns out for most of them I'm landing so evenly that it's a nearly perfect track. No smearing or smudging. Toes pointed straight forward. The sun came out a bit during my run so it was really nice. Pity we can't run our races in this temperature.
Stretched 15 minutes after the run. Looking over my schedule for the next little while. This is going to be fun and interesting.
The suggestion/rant about the WTC and it's "Access Club" and overfilled events is here. I still don't understand what's so hard about managing a wait list.
"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!" -- Randy Pausch
My question: Is pain a brick wall? You can discuss in the comments section of that blog posting.
I'm hooked pretty good on this triathlon stuff. I'm now about 3/4 the man I used to be, size wise, and there's still some flab around the middle to work on. Even though I'm still really slow, I don't care. I enjoy getting out and doing the training, and I'm really enjoying getting to know this body. After all these years, I'm pleasantly surprised at what it will do.