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New Level of Crazy
2006-05-26, 11:36 a.m.

Day 642 New Level of Crazy

Surprise!! Guess what I wonít be whining about this time? Yeah, weíre talking a whole different category of crazy this time around. Thank God, huh?

Just got a memo from my team capín, getting us all psyched up for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge. This is an international, multi-city race series, with race teams sponsored by any willing corporation in or near the host city. Catch is, team members must be employees of that corporation, no ringers.

The race here in Rochester is a 3.5 mile loop around one of my alma maters, good old RIT. Itís crazy for me for several reasons.

1.) By race day I will have a whopping 648 days smoke free under my belt. This is a good thing, but still kinda crazy.
2.) I just did a race 2.5 weeks ago. I have no idea if this interval is good, bad or completely indifferent.
3.) Havenít actually RUN since that race. Iím kinda elliptical trainer centric due to a little right foot issue. Too much flat out running kinda makes it all owwie.
4.) There is a for real hill on this course. I know because I used to deliver newspapers to the apartments on that section of campus. (man, that was a while ago.)
5.) (this is the biggie) I canít ever recall having run 3.5 miles in one shot, ever. Even in high school when I was on the cross country team. We were supposed to do six mile training runs, but I usually took a breather at the turn around point out in Oatka Park. Shhh Ė donít tell Coach Sanfratello.

So, yeah, a little crazy. But we all get free t-shirts out of it. Woo-hoo!! I desperately need more work out shirts. Some of my regulars are taking on a life (and scent) of their own. That stuff just isnít washing out. Kinda rough, 10 minutes into a work out and you canít stand your own aroma. At least I thought it was me. Maybe itís the cute little brunette next to me that can go on the ellipticals for 60+ minutes and put all us guys to shame.

Speaking of owwie, got a wicked little cut on my pinkie last night. Got some wax paper out to use in the microwave. As I was putting the box back in the drawer, I wasnít paying real close attention. As I set the box of wax paper in, the pinkie of my left hand jambed into the box of cellophane wrap. Right on the metal cutting strip on the edge of the box. That sorta got my attention. Managed to not bleed over everything, and even thought to turn the box so the knife edge was down, rather than up. Now I have a nice zig-zaggy cut on my pinkie, right below the nail. Thought it had healed up enough to take the bandage off, but I see now itís kind of weeping a bit. Thatís all I need is to get blood on my keyboard. Nice. Better to wrap that rascal I guess.

I did go to that Al-Anon meeting last night. I know for sure that 3 of the folks were there when I went last year. This time I actually spoke up a little bit, more to express my frustration with the situation and to finally admit some of the shortcomings Iíve run into trying to fix everything on my own. Boy, what bunch of knowing glances and nodding heads I saw when I let that slip out. Looks to be a solid, supportive group. Even bought a couple of their standard books. Looking forward to reading them, try and learn how in hell to deal with this situation.

Also talked to son#2 last night and told him what meeting I went to. At first, he thought Al-Anon was some techno-geeky club thing and wasnít really too interested in it. When I told him what it really was, you could see the lights turning on in his head. I told him how frustrated I was by the whole situation, and felt that maybe this group could help to at least keep my head on straight. I mentioned to him that if he got fed up, or thought things were affecting him negatively, he could try a few meetings himself. His response was, ďDad, you have to live here with the situation. I get to go back to school in August and get away from it.Ē That is admittedly a short sighted view (says the wise old father, heh), but if Iíve learned nothing over the last year or so, itís that sometimes you canít even lead a horse to the water, much less expect it to drink.

Hmm, said I wasnít going to whine about that, huh? Better go get psyched up for that race instead.

Edited to remove most of the whine.

Edited again to add in some code graciosly provided by Alison to spruce up my sad looking tables.

Updated stats:
Weight start: 206.5 on 1/1/06 (265.0 on 1/15/05)
Current weight 191.00 on 5/20/06
Target: 180 by 7/1/06 (Start of swim suit season??)
Next ďofficialĒ weigh in: 5/27/06 (190 or bust!!) {this week}

The Keep on Truckin goal: (idea stolen shamelessly from Marnís Big Adventure)
Miles at speed 5/26/06: 401.62
Miles with cooldown: 441.78
Target for 2006: 1000 miles

The Weighdown Stats

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