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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This morning for the first time I felt as if I were extending myself a little more on the treadmill. I didnít go any faster than I had before, or set it up on a steeper incline, but I did keep going at the higher levels of both for a longer part of my thirty minutes. I started feeling the burn in my legs after about ten minutes, but I kept going for another fifteen before starting to slow things down.

Tomorrow will be a big test, because Iíve worked on the apparatus three days in a row. At some point Iím going to want to back off. There might be a physical reason I think I have to slow down for a day, or I could just feel a letdown that I canít plan for. Barring anything like that, though, Iím still good to go any day I can get out of bed at all.

And that was the potential problem this morning. I slept in a little later than I should on a work day, and by the time Iíd gone through my morning rituals, it would have been easy to say it was too late to start a workout session. I have to guard against easy excuses, though. Iím always afraid that if I miss a day, Iíll miss two, and then three, and then 365. Iím determined to get my moneyís worth out of this machine if it kills me.

I donít expect anything that extreme. On the contrary, in fact, Iím doing this to extend my life, or at least the part of my life where Iím useful to myself and others. I even got the treadmill up into the ďaerobic zoneĒ for the first time today. There are fifteen lighted buttons on the console, and the harder you work, the more buttons you light up. The first three are the ďwarm up zone,Ē followed by the three ďweight loss zoneĒ buttons. Today I made it up to button number seven, the first one in the ďaerobic zone,Ē and I kept it there for most of the session.

The higher zones, by the way, are labeled ďenduranceĒ and ďperformance.Ē Itíll be awhile before I get there. A fairly long while, Iím guessing.

1 April 2008

Marble sky (with 'stache).

I keep the cordless phone handy on the console while Iím working out, but I always hope it doesnít ring while the treadmill is going. My Caller ID shows up on the TV screen, so if Iím watching Australian football, as I was this morning, I can see that itís just another credit card company, or someone else I donít want to talk to, without even having to pick up the phone.

This morning, for the first time, it was the Boss calling, but it was also past the 25 minute mark, so even though I didnít want to stop and talk, I did. Then I got back on the treadmill and finished the cool-down part of my session. But donít be surprised if you phone me in the morning and I let the machine get it. Try again in half an hour and Iíll probably be ready to talk.

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