Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Flat Out Whining - EDITED
This is another of those times when I need my inflective font. Today I would like it to make the sound that Charlie Brown makes when he’s flying through the air after Lucy pulls the ball away from him, before he lands on his behind. But first, lets take a moment to consider how good a field goal kicker Charlie Brown could be. He probably has a mass of like 30kgs, while a football has a mass of maybe .5 kg. He flies easily 10 yards before landing in a lump. I’m saying he’d probably clear some 60 yarders. Not bad for like a 10 year old.
Anyhow, my workout last night sucked, and it sucked from the starting gun. I was a little janked out from the beginning because once again the work periods don’t sum up to the workout duration; they miss by about 60%. It’s not like the plan cost a fortune, but you’d expect it not to have huge errors like that. The plan isn’t very elaborate and what customization there is is easily handled by the most novice Excel user. It’s now happened enough times that I sent the creator an email asking what to do about it and to please fix it. I’m also a little put off by the fact that it’s advertised as being for someone who can train a maximum of 12 or 13 hours in a week, but they don’t tell you beforehand that there will be weekdays (today, for example), when you are supposed to do 4 hours over two workouts. Not happening in my neck of the real world. What’s wrong with maybe 2 hours a night 4 nights a week, 3 hours Saturday and 2 on Sunday? Despite the pain in the neck that being a Mac user imparts on trying to deal with WKO software, and the myriad benefits of a program where you open the book to today’s page and do what it says, I am going to get WKO and deal with my own program.
*******NOW I AM EDITING MY POST*********
The program's author, Hunter Allen, promptly and comprehensively answered my questions and concerns regarding the program. His response was more or less 'yeah, I have to do some quality control on those suckers, if you need some make up time just ride sweet spot for the missing time, when there are two workouts do #1 if you work out in the morning and #2 if you work out in the evening, and the "spring training" program follows the 12 week program, unless your big goals are late in the season in which case do an "LT builder" program next, then a "spring training" program.' I have no follow up, all questions answered. Thank you, Hunter Allen, especially since I am now promised a full trainer year without putting any thought into it. As you can see, thinking puts me off track.
Anyhow, I got on the trainer and immediately knew it’d be a struggle, and it was. I lengthened the warmup to try and get something going, but nothing doing. Maybe the weekend was a bit hard and I had some delayed onset spentness in my legs. I’ve also been sleeping like absolute shit lately. During a normal night I’m good for about 6.5 or 7 hours of sleep, but lately I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night to think about work stuff. Then the last hour of sleep is sleepicus interruptus while I think about what’s going on that day. At the end of each day I write a list of upcoming stuff on the whiteboard so I don’t have to tote all that stuff around in my head and wake up early, but it’s not quite working all the way. I definitely need to work on better sleep.
The other thing that’s happening is that I’m still really wound up about the mortgage deal and the bailout and everything surrounding it. Credit as we use it now is a relatively new thing, it has just exploded over the last couple of decades. I heard a commentary on NPR yesterday where Ted Koppel described the American economy as a great big Ponzi scheme, and to a huge extent I think he’s right. People are going into foreclosure, having bought houses with mortgages that they knew had a risk of going up. When the value of the house went down and they couldn't refinance, they said "screw it" and want a life boat. When the table was tilted to their advantage, everything was all right. Imagine a casino where you play black jack, but you get to bet or not bet after the cards have all been played. Or a casino where you always got dealt black jack. that's the casino where these people want to play. We have greedy, selfish people doing that kind of stuff, we use too much crap that we don’t need, we pay for it with money we don’t have, and the stock market keeps rising based on the belief that this will continue, unbroken, ad infinitum. Call me a fairy but this shit keeps me up at night, literally. Being part of this American system isn’t a game I want to play.
Well, I’ve already missed a workout today and I still have a hard one to do later.