I’m already getting a great start on knocking off the items on my Seven Things I Will Do in 2012. Two down and it isn’t even February yet. First, I obtained a piano and have started to refresh my skillz.
I am surprised at what knowledge I have semi-retained. There are some songs that I can still play pretty well from start to finish (Jurassic Park Theme song anyone??). My biggest struggle at this point, I think, is going to retrain myself to play with both hands at the same time. I can nail the right hand and left hand separately, but it is having the coordination to both at once that trips me up. Before you know it, I am going to be rocking to all the hits from the 90’s.
Yes, I really have this book and yes, I really need a newer version
The second of my goals that I can cross off is a long treadmill run. The goal was at least 10 miles on the treadmill. I did 18. Call me crazy, but I sort of enjoyed it. My scheduled run was 18 miles with 12 at marathon pace. I knew that with the amount of snow/ice on the ground, that there was no way I could hit marathon pace outdoors, so I opted for the treadmill.
I rigged up a holder for my iPad so that I could watch a movie (Return of the King) while I ran. The iPad holder also doubled as way to block the treadmill display so I wasn’t constantly checked the time/distance. This, however, did cause a problem when I accidentally bumped the emergency off button when I did have to check the time/distance.
The run went better than expected and I even pushed the pace for for the final 3 miles of the 12 miles at marathon pace speeding up with each of the miles. I ended up finishing the entire 18 miles with a 7:15 min/mile pace. The Plan is working.
Finally, I ended up joining the Striders Tri Club. This is the group that I have been doing spin class with. I joined them on Sunday for their weekly long spin and spent 3 hours in the saddle of the Black Rock doing an aerobic workout including 30 minutes of 1 leg drills. It sucked, but at the same time it was fun. Joining the club is a huge benefit – it was basically fiscally irresponsible NOT to join. For $49 you get a tech shirt, a K-Swiss tri top, discounts at the store and on races, and the spin classes are only $2 instead of $6. So as long as I do 12 spin classes I will basically break even and get some free shirts. Win. It seems like a great group of people of all different skill levels and ages. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of events they have once the weather warms up and we can ride outside.