August 4th 2018: Putting the Tiger in the Cat


Yesterday’s weigh-in gave me a little momentum.  You ever have one of those days where you fire on all cylinders?  That was Friday for me.  I pushed the pace on the bike, I ran without pain in my knee, and I still had enough energy to lift a bit.  I then was disciplined enough NOT to down a bunch of Oreos, even though my brain told me how AWESOME those little round pieces of heaven would taste.  I think  it’s because I’m not doing this alone that I saw some immediate success, allbeit tiny in measure.

Generating some momentum with regard to workouts will be easier for me than the nutritional aspect of this effort.  I’m beginning to get headaches from denying my body of chocolate and other not-so-awesome-for-you-but-oh-so-tasty sources of empty carbohydrates.   I’m drinking more water – and my brain is constantly sending me the message of “hey – either you tone down this healthy-living thing, or I’m gonna hurt you.”  So for the past 24 hours, I feel like Neil Peart is pounding the drumline to Tom Sawyer in my skull.

Bill Squires once said that the long run during your training week “…puts the tiger in the cat…” Saturday mornings are reserved for my long run, and I waddled outside and onto the pavement to log an easy 10 miler.  I used the positive momentum from yesterday and I built on it today.  The knee is stiff but the pain is not unbearable.  So I’ll “R.I.C.E.” it (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation), and get back to work in the morning.

Momentum.  It’s all about generating and maintaining momentum.

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