Has anybody else noticed the change in the weather? Yeah, me neither! Here in the Willamette Valley, we have been in this perpetual 45-degree gray, rainy, pattern for a very, very long time. I guess this week, the rain is supposed to get a little warmer. Yay.
We’re all ready for sun, but that’s apparently not in the cards for at least a little while longer. Besides, we all know that there are folks in other parts of the world whose lives have been turned upside-down by natural and man-made disasters. These folks will need our continued prayers, compassion, and outreach. In the mean time, we can certainly handle some more weeks of Oregon puddles, just fine.
If this had been a drier winter, I’m sure many of us would have ridden more. Instead I’ve gone indoors, trying to get a little lighter and leaner in time for spring. It’s been equal amounts of attention to running, spinning, and swimming in preparation for a triathlon. For this first-ever attempt, it will definitely be a “sprint” event (the shortest of triathlons). Typically that’s a 750 meter swim, 20k cycling, and 5k running.
Training has been a good way to be focused, motivated, and humble. I'm sharing the gym with some folks who appear to be my age and older, whose speed and endurance far exceed mine. The best training sessions have caused me to confront fatigue, pain, and self-doubt. It’s so strange, though; just an hour or so after I’ve been beaten up by a workout, I’m already planning for the next one. Weird!
This is a new and unfamiliar thing for me. Always too busy with work to spend time in the gym, scrambling with family schedules, eating at the drive-thru way too often, I wasn’t paying attention to how fast the pounds were adding up and my health was slipping away. Energy levels, joint pain, stamina, stress, they were all in a downward spiral. Those things have dramatically improved with these regular workouts.
And oddly, I have to thank the rain.