Â Jean is still in Boynton Beach helping Robert live his life, but says she’ll be back tomorrow. Time will tell. It was supposed to be Thursday, then Sunday, now Monday. Rocky’s had a break for a couple of weeks and now Robert will after tomorrow. I’ll take my turn having Jean tell me what to do and when to do it, but I plan to come back to Michigan on the 20thÂ for Pennock’s February board meeting (2/25)Â and a Joint Conference Committee meeting (2/21). We haven’t talked about whether Jean will come back with me or not.
Interesting run today. I ran in some older, but low mileage, Asics Gel Foundation III shoes.Â I forgot to useÂ Vaseline on my archesÂ and luckily hadÂ no blisters. On the down side, I intended to run 7 or 8 miles at an easy pace, but I ran 6 miles at an easy pace and ran out of gas. I don’t know whether it was mental or physical. I don’t have any gels down here and didn’t have any sports drink either, just water. I think my muscle glycogen was depleted and there was nothing to replenish it. My Bayshore Marathon training starts on February 7th so I hope I get it figured out soon.
I went to the book store yesterday and bought “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Total Nutrition” by Joy Bauer. On the way out of the mall, I stopped at Best Buy and got a Yoga DVD, “Yoga for Strength” with Rodney Yi. If I can convince myself to follow the nutrition guide closely and do the Yoga DVD two or three times a week, I won’t have to starve myself to lose weight and my old geezer joints will start limbering up. I don’t think there’s much in the book I haven’t read before at one time or another, but I just have to make a commitment to stay with it.
As a side note, I wasn’t paying attention when I was looking for the book store and stepped into one that I know said book store on the front. As I looked around, there were no books, lots of magazines,Â and the DVDs had people, mostly women, in various positions, but I’m sure they weren’t doing Yoga. WhenÂ I saw that they had booth rentals “by the minute”, I knew I was in the wrong place. As I left I saw the sign “ADULT Book Store”. Lesson learned (Pay Attention).
Bruce and Ruth Gee were down here (Spring Hill) for a week so they invited me to lunch on Friday. They had a house built in a development called “Pristine Place”. I got a tour of the house (beautiful layout and nicely decorated) and we walked around the neighborhood. It was a little chilly (low to mid 60s) so we didn’t go canoeing like we planned.
My Terry Liberator bike seat came yesterday and I had it on the bike within an hour. It’s about the same length as the Alias 130 seat that came with theÂ bike,Â but a little thicker. I measured distances as closely as I could and tried to set the new seat in the same position. My first ride (probably today) will tell the story.
A couple of years ago I started writing about my life as a “mediocre athlete”. I titled the piece “I Am Not The Greatest”, a take off on Muhammad Ali’s statement. The first writing was what Anne Lamott,Â the author of “Bird By Bird” calls a “sh*&%y first draft”. I tried to rewrite parts of it last year, but myÂ memory problems made me forget what I had just read two minutes before, so I scrapped the project. This year I brought the word files with me and am rewriting, chapter by chapter. My plan is to get it where I want it, word protect it, and file it away. Then I can go on to other things. The “Monk” in me won’t let things stay undone. If I ever write anything I think is readable, I’ll pass it on.
Time to go. The warm weather beckons me.
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