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Being Tested, and Being Inspired

Apr 20: Day 67

Today’s Workout: Run, 5 minutes Z1, 21 minutes Z2, 3 x (5 minutes Z3/3 minutes Z1) 5 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1

Yesterday’s Workouts:

  1. Bike, 5 minutes in Z1, 35 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
  2. Swim: 500 yd Z1, 5 x (100 yd Z3/15″ rest) 250 yd Z1, 5 x (50 yd Z4/20″ rest) 250 yd Z1, Lighting closed the pool, bands.

Weight: 173

First of all, thanks to those of you who reached out and asked if I was OK given the stresses I mentioned in some previous posts.  I’m good, I promise.  We all go through tough stretches.  That’s part of the journey too, and I promised I would tell it straight, so sometimes that stuff will come up.  But I appreciate it.

That being said, the last few days have felt like a test of my resolve.  NONE of my three workouts have gone according to plan.


First, my bike yesterday got pushed to the evening because the wife and I failed to coordinate who would be on the bike trainer when.  When I went down to bike, I heard the bike trainer going and realized I hadn’t let her know I was planning to bike in the morning too.  Now that we are both in training I need to get better about planning that stuff ahead.

No big deal, I thought.  I went back to bed.  Scully was happy with that answer too.

So when I got home from work I needed to try to compress the bike in before the pool opened at 7:30.  I got it done, but meanwhile a thunderstorm was rolling in.  Wouldn’t you know the storm sat over town from 7-10PM, exactly the hours the pool was open for free swimming?  Lightning in the area closes the pool, so my swim was out.  I ended up doing swim bands, which wouldn’t be a big deal but it frustrated me because I had several interrupted swims LAST week.  I worry a bit about falling behind.

Then this morning’s run was a comedy of technology errors.  First of all I was on tired legs, which is pretty normal for Thursday’s runs I am noting.  However, when setting up the intervals on my app apparently I failed to set three intervals, so it defaulted to one.  My first indicator was when it told me I was halfway done with my 60 minute run at 22 minutes.  Then it put me in cool down after the first interval.

operator error

My app tells me if I am in target pace or not, but I wouldn’t have that now.  No big deal I thought, I’ll just look at my watch periodically to check pace, old style.  Except my apple watch chose THAT MOMENT to freeze up on me for only the second time ever.  I’d have to restart it, which takes enough time so that it would basically be useless for the remaining intervals.


To top it off for whatever reason, be it the distractions of the tech or just plain idiocy on my part, I ended up going out too far and so my run ended with me still 3/4 mile from the house.  Since I was already on dead legs I didn’t want to add mileage, so I walked home feeling a bit discouraged about these last few days.

Sometimes God or fate lends a hand.  IM sent me an email with an inspiring video, which I attached below.  After watching that I got teary, I won’t lie.  I’m also gung ho all over again.  I can do this.  The little stuff doesn’t matter.


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