My training must be paying off. When I woke up this morning my body was not as sore as I expected after running 16 miles yesterday. Of course I had some stiffness and my quads and hamstrings felt it, especially walking up stairs. But it was not any where as bad as what I have felt previously after long runs. A very encouraging feeling.
Since I felt good, I did not hold back in spin class this morning. It was a speed workout that pushed to my anaerobic threshold. In keeping with the theme, we did a mock up equivalent to the first two stages of the 2012 Tour de France. When ever the choice was given as to increase resistance or pedal faster, I opted to increase resistance and maintain my cadence in the 85 to 95 rpm range. Getting stronger on the hills is my primary goal. It was a challenging class and I felt I accomplished a good ride equivalent. Watching the video of the Tour was cool too. There were several crashes but what I was most surprised to see was two riders were intentionally head butting each other from the side. Who would have thought cycling would be a contact sport…
This evening I did a Pilates DVD. Working on strengthening my core is a challenge, but one I am enjoying. This is my third week using the beginner DVD. Next week I plan on incorporating the intermediate level to keep the challenge going. A strong core is essential for all three sports in triathlon and for general fitness. Not to mention Halloween is approaching and I have candy to hand out. I am sure you are familiar with the process – “one for you, one for you, oh! and one for me.” A stronger core should hide the few extra pieces of candy too.
So there is one topic I feel compelled to address, but only briefly. I am still processing the entire Lance Armstrong doping issue. The evidence is overwhelming. Cycling this morning to the Tour de France and working on my core this evening made me think of this issue. It is the core of who we are that defines us. I am not even going to get into the dope aspect. It is the character issue that is bothering me today. Call it karma, fate, or divine revelation – but what goes around comes around. The truth will alway be revealed. It may be quickly, it may take decades, but it comes out. Lying only causes more damage. Damage to one’s character, damage to those who believed in the liar, and damage to relationships. I am a firm believer in forgiveness, regardless of if someone is asking for it. But trust is another issue. The old adage act now ask for forgiveness later doesn’t always hold water. It is better to act in a way that won’t require forgiveness later – revealing a trustworthy character to the core.