Thursday, December 16, 2010

Onboard entertainment

Wednesday: Bike 33 miles, run 3 miles
Thursday: Run 6½ miles, bike 12 miles

Just for convenience, I keep my iPod (loaded with seven U2 albums and essentially nothing else) in my gym bag to use while running and my other media-player thing (loaded with audiobooks) downstairs by my bike. Because I was going to be on the treadmill for a while today, I considered bringing the audiobook player instead, but the thought was repellent. I realized I would so much rather zone out to music than try to focus on a book.

Then I thought, could this be part of why I hate my trainer rides so much? The stupid audiobooks? Having to focus? Trying to be so clever—like training for an Ironman isn't enough, I have to improve my mind as well?

So today I tried music on the bike. It was actually a lot better. But whether it's enough for, say, a three-hour trainer ride, I don't know. I think it would help if I just stopped trying to be so literary with my reading choices. I mean, I just finished Wuthering Heights, and next up was going to be Anna Karenina. Does anyone have suggestions for audiobooks that are brain candy but not so vacuous that they actually hurt?

(If you're wondering how I can listen to nothing but U2 for hours on end—well, I just can. And if there's a song I like that fits the rhythm of my legs, I might listen to it 47 times in a row.)

P.S. This is the end of Week 12; I'm officially a third of the way through the 36-week training plan. Wa-hoooo!

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