Archive for August, 2012

Logging Workouts

I’ve started logging my workouts again on Beginner Triathlete. When I was burned out from IM training I gave up on that, but a few years of “working out at will” (vs following a training plan) have been good for me, and now I’m in the mood to track progress – such as it is – again.

I enjoy the training plan software BT has — a calender view on one side, so you can see which days you trained and which days you didn’t, and on the other side a day by day view where you can enter workouts and splits and blog random notes, etc. When I was very active on the site – think 2005-… 2010, maybe? — the community aspect of it was great for me; I had a handful of training buddies and you can swing by people’s training logs and leave notes on their workouts, a nice little locker room type feel. Some of the friends I made on this site are still good friends today, people I go out of my way to visit and see. When I ran my first marathon in 2006, 6 friends I had met on that site traveled to DC for the express purpose of running it with me. It’s a good community.
It’s easy to get obsessive about it, of course. I looked at the calender picture today, and I saw four days that were colored in, indicating that I had logged workouts for four days in a row. I remember looking at that calender view and not wanting to see a blank day, going above and beyond to make sure I did SOMETHING to qualify a workout for that day. And, for sure, when in the peak of triathlon season, there weren’t many blank days at all. It was satisfying, to see a month broken down like that, to see how much time you devote to something that’s important to you.
I don’t do triathlons anymore – erm, currently – so I don’t need to see crazy training numbers added up, but I do like to see when I’ve made time to squeeze in some kind of training. It’s a different life I have now, but I’m finding it comforting this week to be back on the site; it reminds me of a very pleasant phase in my life, and I feel like it brings me closer to the me I know.

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John Scalzi had a great little piece last week on joys of geekdom, in which he proclaims:

“Any jerk can love a thing. It’s the sharing that makes geekdom awesome.”

Well, I’m a jerk who loves a thing; allow me, fellow geeks, to share it with you: my first article is up at The Reelist.

I hope to contribute to The Reelist frequently, as I love, love love TV, and even more importantly, I love talking about TV with other enthusiasts.  It’s as Scalzi says:

When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”

I’ve taken vacations with friends where our only agenda was to marathon a TV show we were excited about. I’ve fallen in love with Smart Pop anthologies that have essay after essay breaking down and discussing my favorite shows. I’ve got a few truly geeky friends that share and discuss specific types of TV fan fiction (you guys, that’s like a whole different rabbit hole of TV geekdom, I tell you what), and Television Without Pity recaps have been in rotation for me since 2003. I’m a TV geek. I love it, and I’m super geeked out to get to love it with you guys.



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