Hi. I thought about George and Weezie when I figured out what my first event of 08 would be. You remember the Jeffersons?? How the couple was "moving on up" to that deluxe apartment in the sky. Well, I plan on "moving on up" in early February.
The event is "Tackle the Tower". It consists of either fun "walk" or "run" up one of Clevelands bigger buildings, the Galleria at Erieview. Theres 37 flights of steps. Not killer. But I'm sure I will be huffing. However, some of my firefighting friends will be competing in some kind of department against department race, and they will be wearing thier firefighting gear. I will have it easy. Plus, the event benefits Ronald McDonald House. Its a win, win.
So, there you have it. Event number one. Thanks for the suggestions on what I should do to celebrate my 55th this summer. I am batting around in my brain some scenarios but nothing is definite. Not sure if any Starbucks will be involved. We will see. I will let you know that, plus what else is on the schedule. Ohh yeah. 4 weeks now. No coffee.
Right now, I am settling more and more on a training routine, which consists of 2 upper body workouts, 1 leg workout....one Pilates class courtesy of my bride, the lovely and talented Jane. Add to that a flat time each week that includes any running, biking ,rope skipping, stairclimbing and swimming. This week, its 4 hours. Into the 4 hours, I have one tempo-interval workout but most sessions have a heart rate zone in mind. Ideally, by late April, I will be at 10 hours each week. I want quality, not quantity. I will have 2 Half Irons, but no Full Iron. My weakness is biking. I aim to better that.
These books are where my truths and perhaps my workout lies live. I have been writing my workouts down for many years. But I have to admit, sometimes I am less than candid with myself. I gloss over workout imperfections. I am reminded of the line from A Few Good Men.
"You can't handle the truth". I varnish, and polish the truth at times and not putting down exactly what I have done or intend to do has hurt my racing. So, whenever I think I am straying, I think of how Jack screamed at Tom Cruise and I straighten out.
So, my hope for you is that you remain truthful on what you are doing to improve your racing. If you slip, admitting it won't kill you. In fact, it will help to make you better.