1) Avoid alcohol: Sure, the occasional beer or two is fine, but several beers are just downright idiotic. I should say, if you drink enough, you will almost undoubtedly end up looking idiotic. People generally have very poor self awareness after five or six beers. If that does not impede your insatiable appetite for the spirits, just keep in mind the now infamous words of my brother Len, who once warned me: "Beer leads to heroine."
2) Stay away from anyplace open past 10:00 p.m. If a restaurant is open past 10:00 p.m., they are invariably serving food to idiots who have been drinking far too much alcohol to find shoving copious amounts of curly fries, chicken wings, cheeseburger "sliders," potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and various sodium enriched, high fat, and caloric foods down their throat inappropriate.
3) Nurse that beer! Seriously. If you are worried about looking cool for your friends, just stick an imaginary nipple on that bottle. If everyone is drinking at a much faster rate than you are, no one will know how many beers you have had. No one will care.
Back to my speed workout. Here is what I did yesterday:
2 mile warmup
Two, 1 mile cut-downs: 1st at 7:45/2nd at 7:28 with a recovery lap in between
800 recovery lap
then 3x800 (it was suppose to be 4x800, but I ran out of time, honest!) They went down like this:
1st 800: 3:45
2nd 800: 3:27
3rd 800: 3:15
Then I did a mile and a half cool down. I felt pretty good considering the long bike workout the day before with all the hills. This morning Coach Vanessa met me at my house and I ran the last four miles of her six mile recovery run. I'm tapering—remember.
Noah did pretty good on the track with me. It was hysterical to watch him run because he was wearing his Vibrams Five Fingers. Halfway through my workout, I was coming up behind him on the track when I noticed he was not wearing his Vibrams at all. Sans shoes! This guy really thinks he has some Tarahumara in him.
Noah's feet turned the loveliest shade of red from the track.
Running my last 800 so fast that Noah can hardly keep up with me.
The side of me I would prefer most of my competitors get to see. But I am a realist.
More soon. Swim lesson tomorrow with Coach Jack. More on that soon... and the new rig.