Not blogging for the past week has been harder than expected; I really had become addicted. Suddenly, there's 300 things other bloggers have written that I have to go through - did everyone decide to make up the slack, or is it just the beginning of training season for most people? You'll soon see that I didn't spend the week writing and polishing blog posts! I did see the King Tut exhibit here in town ("where Tutankhamen meets the 2-Ton Commoners") and I finished off reading George Orwell's "Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters;" I dislike "Animal Farm" and "1984," but Orwell was a great prose writer and I found his criticisms of other writers to be endlessly interesting - if wrongheaded.
Training's gone well. I managed 78.5 miles in the past week, even though I was recovering from a throat and sinus infection. Yesterday, I went for a long run, even though the weather sucked yet again. Here's the windchills (in Fahrenheit) for my Saturday runs: -17, -9, 0, -9, 14 (evening), 11, 17 (sick), 8, -2, 5, 0. That's eleven consecutive sucky Saturdays. Yesterday, where the sun hit the path, snow melted, then it refroze in shadows; wind drifted snow on top of the ice; water started flowing over the icy patches making them harder to negotiate; eventually water flowed under the ice and the ice would crack under my weight - I imagined an Eskimo saying, "Even I don't have a word for that."
I spent some time this week thinking of training as an engineering problem, something I first attempted unsuccessfully in high school, where I figured that on a track, if one controlled the distance, pace and rest interval, the number of repetitions possible would be determined. I failed then because of weather problems, because I improved as I trained and because one workout interfered with the next. I think I've cracked part of ultramarathon training using three dimensionless numbers and boundary conditions.
Gave me something to think about, other than "this run sucks."
From the last poll: Naimh="Neev"; Eithne="Enya"; Siobhan="Shavonne"; Aiofe="Eefa" and Caoimhe="Keeva"
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