Pi Day early run
so we decided we would enter and train to be Quaker Strong. We have completed our first week and I'm happy to report I have one green box on the log and it's for running (who would have thought?!)
- Pre-existing injury: I started the challenge with a big bruise on my right hip due to falling from my bike onto ice the past week (twice), and falling on the same spot again while skiing the day before. This bruise would flare up during the week after sitting too long (including biking), but fortunately not during running.
- Preparation: Most of the preparation goes into the bike: lubricate the chains, pumped air in tires, get out the bike shorts, water bottles, food for long ride, etc.
- I stumbled upon this hilariously relatable cartoon:
- Cycling: Long bike rides are a bit brutal with the current weather, but Valley Forge and Fairmount park never disappoint! We also got to play a round of disc golf after work for the first time in 2019 thanks to daylight saving times!!!
- Constant soreness: There has not been one day that my quadriceps feel normal. No matter how much I stretch or roll, the pain persists.
- Motivational podcast: Invisibilia started their season 5 this month! On my 13.1 mile run after a 60 mile ride the day prior, I listened to the first episode discussing the theory that more pain cures existing amplified pain. How fitting!
- Meditation is hard. Meditation is very hard.
- Unrelated (but related to Steem... somewhat): @dhimmel and I went to a Blockchain class one night. The teacher didn't show, so he taught the class.
- Spin: was hard, as always. I have never liked spin classes. I'm hoping with two more free classes I'll find my way to enjoy this glow-in-the-dark-while-sweating-my-butt-off experience, but for now, all I hear is the instructor shouting out way too many numbers (positions, resistance levels, rpms, etc.) while turning the music to max volume. May be one needs all this noise to be distracted from the misery of spinning?
- Another difficult part about the challenge is that I haven't had time to cook much. Late night swims often end with very old leftover or late meal at Koreana.
Photos, gifs and more
You can imagine the look people gave us for wearing work clothes to the gym!
where the Schuylkill river meets the Perkiomen creek
How I count the number of liters I drink a day.
West Philly at dawn
These conclude our first week of the challenge! Wish us luck!