I said from the time that I began writing this blog that training for a triathlon is not about the effort…it’s about the time it takes to do it. I started today’s brick at 8:30 this morning, and I finished just in time to shower and get in to work for a 4:00 client!
It started with a bicycle ride around Murfreesboro, the Greenway, the Battlefield, and back home again. As long as the race includes a 45 minute breakfast break at Panera, I should be good. I guess that’s the price I pay for having Jesse ride along with me…
We continue to ride the new sections of the Greenway…the loop by the new hospital, and the extension that goes under Old Fort Parkway toward Barfield Park. Neither is complete, and we always have to dodge construction workers and equipment.
When we got back to the house, Jesse bailed and started his errands, and I took off for the run. My usual 10-mile loop is to run to Siegel High School and back. The weather was perfect: warm, sunny, very slight breeze. The run was going strong, Jesse had dropped a bottle of G2 at a stop sign along the route, all was well. Then, just before the turnaround point, calamity struck: my iPod FROZE UP COMPLETELY!! It wasn’t the battery – the screen was still showing the song, it’s just that it wouldn’t do ANYTHING – not play, not fast forward, not rewind, not even on or off. It shouldn’t have been such a big deal, but I really depend on it. So I had 5.5 miles to go with no tunes. It actually turned off pretty good, because it gave me the opportunity to focus more on my pace, my breathing, my surroundings, etc.
It was a pretty tough day, but I feel good now, even when I would usually be achy and fatigued. Thanks go out to all who offer those sensational words of encouragement and confidence in me…I couldn’t have done it without you!
Favorite iPod random: (with just a few to choose from) Nat King Cole, Unforgettable
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