Friday, May 8, 2009

'Roid rage and bruised egos

What is wrong with people at the gym? Seriously, 95% of the people there in the morning are real friendly folks who just want to start their day off right. Most mornings I walk in, I'm greeted by smiles from the 'regulars,' those who I see on a daily basis because they can only work out at 6 am. These people are great. Then there's the antithesis... clowns who either have massive egos, or think they're 'swole,' or something or other. Today I had the misfortune of starting my day by meeting one of these people.

If you know me, you also know I'm like an old person. That is, I go to sleep promptly around 10 every night, and I wake up at 4:30 to have my oats before I go to the gym to run/bike/erg/lift (5:45 on the dot, 15 minutes before the doors are supposed to open haha). Today was already a bit different. I overslept and woke up at 5:56, I'm not sure why since I've been sleeping way more this past week. I forced myself to stomach some breakfast despite not being hungry... then I waited 30 minutes before leaving (you're mom is probably right, you shouldn't exercise right after eating). Anyway, I hop on a treadmill sandwiched between a senior citizen... dude was legit, ran an 8:15 mile for 20 minutes (I was both impressed and scared for him since he didn't stop wheezing from the first minute), and on the other side was a short middle aged Hispanic man. All is fine and well, I run my first 30 minutes like I normally do by habit (that is starting at 7.0 and increasing .1 mph per lap) and I end up finishing the 5 mile run in just short of 38 minutes and change. I sprint the last minute and a half at 12 mph just to get my heartrate up and naturally I start to walk after that. At this point I'm exhausted, which is when the middle aged man turns to me and says "couldn't keep up eh?" Are you kidding me? First off, you started 15 minutes after me, Second, I'm pretty sure I outpaced you for the entire piece, Third, when did treadmill running become some sort of sport? I'm pretty sure it's done for health and training reasons.

I'm not sure that qualifies as 'roid rage on his end, but my ego was surely bruised lol. I had just completed what I thought to be a perfectly respectable run and could've left the gym in high spirits, but no. Not that I should care that much what someone, who I don't even know, says to me in the gym, but it's one of those things that will bother me for the day. In any case, here's my crappy run for the day, didn't finish the 10k... probably because I 'couldn't keep up' with the middle aged version of Usain Bolt next to me.

distance for the day: 5.24 miles
distance biked for the day: 0.00 miles

distance on the year: 127.56 miles
distance biked on the year: 120.87 miles


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