Saturday, July 25, 2015
Sometimes in the middle of a difficult training schedule you have to take some time for yourself and step away from the grind of the preparation. I am guilty of not giving myself too many breaks, be it baseball season, hockey season, or marathon training. I continually push the envelope and drive myself nearly into the ground. It can be physically demanding as well as mentally exhausting. Today, I had a typical Saturday in terms of sleeping in a little bit before having my tall cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee and heading out the door a few minutes after 9:00 a.m. After a casual 4-mile run I considered myself ready for tomorrow’s 12-mile trek but decided that I needed a little down time. Let’s face it, we all can use some rest and relaxation. So my wife Becky and I headed over to the house of some of our friends to spend the afternoon swimming at their pool and enjoying a beautiful day on Delmarva. While we were there, we decided to try something neither of us had ever done before. We ventured out on the Wicomico River for some kayaking. It took a few minutes of working the oars and understanding how to maneuver in our two-person kayak for us to get used to it, but once we did, we enjoyed some time paddling up and down and across the river. Afterward we were treated to a wonderfully prepared meal and enjoyed each others’ company. Great food and great conversation. It was really a perfect, relaxing way to spend a Saturday in the heart of my training. Actually it would be a great way to spend a Saturday even if it weren’t around training.
The whole time on the river I couldn’t help but think of The Coasters and their 1958 song Yakety Yak. In my mind I kept saying (and singing), Ka-yakety yak, let’s kayak. It’s really dumb but just more insight into the lunacy that can be my mind. Afterward I declared myself a kayak-er, finally, in my mid-40’s. For anyone who has done it I’m sure you think it’s ridiculous, but for us, it was a really neat experience since it was our first time. I can also definitely see the benefits one could garner for an upper body and core workout. The Wicomico River is fairly tame in terms of the current. I can’t imagine how it would be in rapid water. After dinner we went down and sat along the river for a few minutes before calling it a night. There is, of course, the issue of a dozen miles that lay ahead in the morning so I wanted to try and get as much sleep as possible. As I talked about on Wednesday, tomorrow is the second most important day of the week and one that will finish off week #3 of training. With only 3 short months remaining before the big day things will begin to pick up in a big way over the next few weeks. But I can honestly say that I am ready for the challenge that tomorrow and beyond will bring both physically and mentally thanks to some fun and relaxation on the water today.