Thursday, August 22, 2013


by Meghann on August 22, 2013

It’s raining outside.

There’s loud thunder and big bolts of lightning that light up the late afternoon sky.

My coach cancelled swim practice a couple of hours ago. That’s the second time this week. Grrr…

Did you hear about the lifeguard who was struck by lightning at the INDOOR pool on the other coast of Florida?

They had just evacuated the indoor pool (because that’s what they do in Florida, they close the indoor pools when lightning is scary bad outside because, well, it’s scary) and he was holding a metal door when lightning struck. Thankfully, he was fine, but I’m pretty sure my plan of heading to an indoor pool when the outdoor pools are closed is crumbling. Darn.

Instead of swimming tonight I hopped on my bike trainer. A nice 60 minute ride to prep for my 5 hour ride in the morning. Gulp.

5 hours should come to about 75 miles, which will be my longest ride to date (it’s also the exact distance from my house to Walt Disney World. hmmm). That’s a long, long time on a bike, I hope my butt is ready for it.

I read an interesting article in Runner’s World the other week that claimed runners who spend the majority of their day in a seated position (whether it be on a couch or at a desk chair) are just as bad as couch potatoes who sit all day and don’t run at all. (See: Sitting is the New Smoking – Even for Runners) It made some valid points that had me questioning my own habits of barely budging from my chair all day at work (or not moving from the couch the day of a long run or ride).

I’ve been making some efforts lately to take a couple of walking breaks during the day. I guess it helps that the bathroom is a good walk away and I have a small bladder. Walking back and forth between the two through the day counts, right? The article also mentioned constantly changing positions to movement and I’m the biggest fidgeter out there. Check that one off, too!

Schools started back up this week. I already miss the lighter summer traffic. It’s crazy what a difference school-zone traffic really makes. We were also kicked off the track this morning because cross country season has started back up. Totally understandable, I mean it’s the school’s track. We just created our own 400 meter path on the road and used that. Doing 12×400 on the road still kicked my butt. I went out too fast and bonked on the last sets. Typical.

I need to get some sleep. I have a lot of time to spend on a bike tomorrow. Good night!

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