Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weather Woes

First, training so far this week:

Sunday 1/24/10
Rest day

Monday 1/25/10
Distance: 3.3 miles
Time: 29:42
AP: 9:00

Tuesday 1/26/10
AM Run
Distance: 3.28
Time: 28:53
AP: 8:48

PM Trainer
45:00 minutes
5 minute intervals

Wednesday 1/27/10
Distance: 6.23
Time: 56:15
AP: 9:01

So, it was a brisk 24 degrees on my run this morning. But, it wasn't too bad. Surprisingly, I'm actually starting to enjoy the cold weather. Maybe because I know it will soon be gone? I really can't wait for 60/70/80 degree weather, but for now I have 20 degree weather so I may as well make the best of it.

In the most recent Zen and the Art of Triathlon podcast, Brett talks about accepting things as they are. For instance, if you are out on a training run and it is rainy, cold and windy and miserable, you can spend all of your time complaining about it and wishing it were dry and warm, but that won't change anything. It's better to just accept it, prepare for it, and enjoy it. I'm not into Zen thinking or Buddhism or anything like that (I'm a preacher's wife for goodness sake!!), but Brett does have a point here. I've been taking this mindset into my training runs this week and it has had a positive affect on my attitude and performance. I'm lucky enough to have an able body, able mind, and the time and resources to run, bike and swim on a weekly basis. Why waste any time complaining about something as arbitrary as the weather?

In other news, I'm thinking about maybe starting a podcast. Chad has all the necessary equipment, so that helps with a lot of the logistical issues. I'm thinking of calling it "Tales from the Trainer" and recording it during one of my weekly trainer rides. I love listening to podcasts about running and triathlon, and it might be kind of fun to throw my hat into the running/training podcast genre. I already have a few episodes mapped out! I actually "tried" podcasting yesterday evening while on the trainer and the time FLEW by. Anyone who has ever run with me knows that I love to talk while running. I guess I love to talk while spinning away on the trainer, too!

What do you think? Think anyone would listen?

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