Monday, March 15, 2010

Electronic Failure

Last week I had a hard run on the schedule.  A full 45 minutes of pain.  Of sustaining a heart rate that I know will hurt.  But I wanted to do it.  I was psyched up and ready, and PIC was doing the same thing too so I knew I had a rabbit to follow.  I thought I was ready.  Well, I was.  My electronics, however, were not.

I started my Garmin during the warm-up and noticed it thought I was inside.  Inside?  C'mon.....PIC's Garmin is working just fine!  (Enter expletives here)  I stopped it, reset it.  It still thinks I'm inside and over 100 miles from where I used it last.  (More expletives here)  And, the darn thing doesn't even know what day it is.  Stupid watch.  Ok, fine.  I won't get the data I was hoping for but I can still do the heart rate effort.  I know when I'm supposed to turn around so it's all good.

Until I attempted to turn on my iPod. (Lots of expletives here)  No go.  Are we kidding?  Ok, reset it and press play.  Silence.  (Expletives keep coming)  Oh lordy, I have to do this without music.  I know, I know, it's actually good to do hard run efforts without gets you in touch with your breathing and we can't have music during our you need to get used to it.  I just wasn't planning on having that issue for this run.

Focus.  Breathe.  It's just a watch and just music.  PIC and I started our watches (mine without GPS data) and we were off!  And it was as hard as I thought.  But it was good.  I focused on my breathing and treated it like a race.  I even felt like I was in a race at times (even though there was no one around except for PIC passing me like I was standing still)....the hurt, the feel good times, the can I really go for 45 minutes thoughts, the can I walk now?, am I almost done?, I can do anything for 10 minutes.....

Hard run.  In the bank.  Cha-ching.

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