One of the more frustrating things in the world of exercise is forgetting something critical you need for your workout. Today it was my shorts. I had planned on spending a bit of time on the stationary bike at the gym, followed by an easy few miles on the treadmill. I even managed to make it down to the center in the general vicinity of the time I was aiming for, only to realize I took out the shorts I had packed the day earlier because I needed something quick to wear last night and never replaced them. I try really hard to keep focus on these types of things as in general it means I’m keeping on top of all the minutia in my life, and not just general fitness types of things. But when I forget something it really annoys me. I've no one else to blame, unfortunately, which tends to leave an extremely bitter taste. At least it wasn't a swim I was planning on. A forgotten bathing suit is the absolute worse.
My other post-mental drips of note today include the fact that it is slowly starting to warm up around here. This is good news as, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be racing the Quassy Olympic Rev3 race in two months. Hopefully I’m not cutting things too close as my behind hasn't seen the seat of a bike that’s been on an actual road since September.
Unfortunately, although I don’t think the cold is really that big of an issue when I ride outside, the roads tend to be quite salt-and-sandy from the winter. If there is a good stretch of nice weather days and there isn’t really anymore snow on the side of roads to melt, then the normal traffic does tend to push most of the grit far enough to the side to make for safe riding. That really hasn't been the case this winter, though, as whenever my internal clock kicks in and starts ringing to tell me should think about getting outside for a ride, something like this happens:
|A stretch of road I ride during my commute to/from work taken about two weeks ago|
Other highlights of note include a March total of just under 14,000 yards of swimming, making 5 consecutive months where I've swam more each month than any given month the previous 2 years. My total yardage for my winter swim training is now up over 73,000 yards. I might just have to make a goal of 100K for next year. There also was about 45mi worth of running. The running total actually all but matches the best monthly totals I've had since I started keeping track of my triathlon training, save one winter month two years ago in which I ran a 1/2 marathon. If only my times were as... umm... impressive as my mileage. Heavy sarcasm implied in multiple different facets in that last sentence.