Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Almost there

The final 3 weeks of school aren't completely unlike the final leg of a race, be it rowing, running, or biking. When I was still an active member of the crew team, I did 10k's every morning like clockwork (and sometimes a 2nd in the middle of the day... and a 3rd at night to boot!). That's besides the point though, what does matter is how I split up each erg session. I'd always dread the first 10 minutes of rowing, especially at 5:30 in the morning, my legs would burn, my heart would ache, and I'd be breathing so hard you'd swear I was about to drop dead, but once I hit that 10 minute mark, coincidentally just short of 2500, I was golden. I always figured... If I got here, I might as well finish out the 5k, at which point I'd tell myself the 6k was just 2 splits away, and of course following that, the 30 minute mark was just another 2 or 3 splits away... and so on. School is just like the end of an erg piece. With 2500 meters to go, who's going to stop and give up on a piece that you've already devoted 30 minutes to? Sure it sucks, and sure you're in pain, and yes... you might even take a few strokes 'easy,' but in the end you know you're going to sprint the last 1000, because the satisfaction of finishing is a high that only someone who's done it understands. School isn't so different, for the next three weeks I still have 'midterms' (what a misnomer), and yeah, I might dick around a little and skip a few classes (the 'easy' strokes), but when it comes down to it... I still have to sprint the last 1000 (ugh... finals).

To be honest, I'm not sure why I explained all that... I guess I needed to give myself some motivation to not mess up too bad what I've worked 75% of a semester for. I guess also to give an excuse as to why my updates have been less frequent and suckier (that's not a real word is it?) lately. Anyway, my distance counter...

distance for the day: 0.00 miles (running at 150 is hard!)
distance biked for the day: 8.43 for Monday, 13.44 for today

distance on the year: 31.26 miles
distance biked on the year: 53.07 miles


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