- Doing more things with the kids.
- Doing more things with Kris.
- Seeing the dead sea scrolls exhibit at the pacific science center (missed it, last day was today).
- Getting up to the mountains more.
- Taking more pictures.
- Organizing pictures.
- Fiddling with gadgets around the house.
- Unpacking speakers and a/v equipment that’s been away since Feb.
- Setting up weight equipment in the basement.
- Spending more time cooking, particularly to try out more middle-eastern recipes I ran across in Egypt.
On the other hand, work’s been getting fun again. So it’ll be good to get back to it.
I spent this morning doing one of the better workouts I’ve had in a while. I went around on the weight routine I’ve had for a while, but notched the weights up a bit and pushed harder than in a long time. This was both exhilerating and demoralizing. I clearly have some more work to do before I’m feeling good about this again. For the aerobic workout, I did the rowing machine for 20 min, then the bike for another 20.
Ordinarily I would imagine the rowing machine to be dead boring. Other than getting a phenomenal upper body workout, there’s absolutely no fun involved. There’s nothing to see, you can’t read, it’s hard to talk to someone else, etc. Today I paid some attention to the metrics flashing up on the screen, and tried to push harder on the strokes/minute and time/500 m front. I mixed in a couple of 2 minute intervals in which I worked hard enough to really get my heart going. This also meant I was breathing loudly and being conspicuous in the amount of rowing machine noise I generated too. I’d do that on the treadmill sometimes too, when I was doing speedwork. You get some looks too – like you’re some kind of freak. And you are really, puffing like a madman and spraying sweat in all directions when some of the other folks are going at a much more sane cadence. It’s especially fun when you’re next to a person who’s wearing perfume/cologne, and is decked out in a fancy, expensive warmup suit that looks more comfortable for martinis on the back deck than working out. Their look of concern, then horror is pretty fun. Does this make me a bad person? Maybe.
Anyway, I managed to entertain myself for the 20 minutes on the rowing machine, but don’t think I can really take too much of that.