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Training Log Archive: j-man

In the 7 days ending Nov 15, 2008:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run4 4:03:00
  Rowing Machine3 3:35:00 25.22 40.59
  Weight training4 45:00
  Total6 8:23:00 25.22 40.59

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Saturday Nov 15, 2008 #


"The team is only as strong as the commitment of the least-accomplished person on the team."

Rowing Machine 1:00:00 [2] 12.51 mi (4:48 / mi)

This was the current definition of an easy row--of paddle pressure. Just slightly harder than going through the motions, but not much, and decidedly short of any sort of real pressure. 12,513 meters.

Also, definitely averaged under 20 spm. Probably at 19.

Run 29:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Adidas

When Greg showed up we went on a jog over to the track, did a lap, and came back.


I don't know how to log enduring Baltering, but I endured a lot today, and it was definitely hard work. I feel like I have been run over or beaten.

Friday Nov 14, 2008 #


I went to NYC this evening and didn't get back until 2AM. I considered a short row afterward, but it would not have been on Friday anyway. And it would have been silly.

Thursday Nov 13, 2008 #

Run 59:00 intensity: (29:00 @2) + (10:00 @3) + (20:00 @4)
shoes: 9 2007 Adidas

TNT. Thought I would enjoy a nice, easy run. But Tom ran away from us immediately from the cars. I ran about 2 miles with Jim, until I got tired of Tom lapping us, and then I ran with him.

Initially, I accelerated around the turns and opened up a little gap on him. But, he eventually started closing the gap, and with his finishing sprint, he almost completely erased it. I did another two hardish laps after that, and then a cooldown.

Tom, in addition to being one of the featured contributors to the premier American journal of orienteering, is also rather fast.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2008 #

Rowing Machine 1:00:00 intensity: (54:00 @2) + (6:00 @4)

Easy row. Did not feel like an athlete today. However, I did 6 x (1 minute on, 1 off) at the end to let myself know that my feelings about things aren't the final say.

Weight training 5:00 [2]


Tuesday Nov 11, 2008 #

Run 1:35:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Adidas

TNT. All of the up/down Forbidden Drive segment. Time is from/back to Sandy's.

Weight training 5:00 [2]

A couple push-ups and abs.

Monday Nov 10, 2008 #


While the hostile takeover would be absurdly facile, it would be self-defeating and yield a hollow victory.

So, no choice but to continue wandering in the wilderness. Maybe I can get some tailored hairshirts to make myself comfortable.

If I start to style myself as Diogenes, which may be apt, I should afford myself time to think. So, I did.

I devised a solution to the problems. It is draconian, autocratic, and would be a bitter pill. But, I would be fine with it.

It addresses the adverse selection issue and many other issues. Still, it is all for naught. Merely a thought experiment. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.


It has been suggested by a wise person (who will remain nameless to protect the innocent) that we need to change the culture.

I wholeheartedly agree. That is ultimately what I want as well. My reforms would not pass unless the organization sees the need for them. It is like AA, I think. You have to acknowledge a problem exists. And we are so not there.

Still, on the subject of culture change, I think I will turn back to Gramsci. I haven't read his stuff in its entirety, and it is important.

Anyway, probably time to squelch my political/philosophical/organizational dynamics rants here lest people get turned off.

Rowing Machine 1:30:00 intensity: (50:00 @2) + (35:00 @3) + (5:00 @4) 20.46 km (4:24 / km)

A good row. One of the better long, slow ones recently. I did a very good job keeping it at 20 spm or below. It would creep over for a stroke or two before I brought it down. I did a good enough job that I rewarded myself with 5 minutes left. Then, the strokes went to 30 and then 35 and the splits went to 200 and then 156. There was some gas in the tank I see.

Rowing Machine 5:00 [1]


Weight training 5:00 [2]

45 pushups and 100 ab things total, divided into 3 sets.


One of the most rewarding things about being an athlete are those moments when your legs are springy, when you are lithe and limber, and when your muscles most certainly do not suck.

At one point, and admittedly for but a sliver of my life, I knew those moments well and saw them often. Today, and in recent years they have been fleeting and sporadic. Yet, they still occur, even if they are more often latent.

It is this potentiality, however, that makes it all worthwhile. Knowing that that feeling can still be summoned. It may take longer, it may be harder, but it can happen.

One day, be it next year, five years, 10 years, or more, those moments will be no more. It may be unrelenting injury, decrepitude, or something else. I really hope it is not due to mental weakness, but that is also a possibility.

But, it is not this day. [At this point it seems like I need a passage from Lord of the Rings, but I think I'll spare that for now.]

Sunday Nov 9, 2008 #


"Shealy believed that all people sought symmetry and purpose in their lives, something that lifted them up and made them feel better about themselves; and here were eight oarsmen, having worked so hard and sacrificed so much, catching something magical and doing race after race, each oarsman making the others better. The feeling made them not just confident but also complete, and it was magnified by the knowledge that what they were accomplishing was pure in its amateurism. They were doing this because they wanted to, for no reward other than the feeling itself."

Run 1:00:00 [2]
shoes: 9 2007 Saucony

Run with Dasha. Down toward TJ's.

Weight training 30:00 [3]

A very good circuit. Probably the best possible with dumbbells.

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