Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book report

Thursday: Bike 46 miles, run 3 miles

Three and a half hour workout today, and afterward I felt peppy. Peppy! Of course, I had to immediately sit down at my desk and have not moved for the past four hours, so things may have taken a turn for the worse. I'll have to get up in a minute and see if I can walk.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm having the worst time finding "reading" material for these long workouts. Despite declaring that I just wanted to listen to brain candy, I really haven't been able to find any that I can stand. I've started several semi-popular novels, but they sucked so much I just couldn't go on. I did listen to the entirety of "Twilight," even though it was mind-meltingly bad, just to see what all the fuss was about. (I still don't understand what all the fuss was about.)

I had better luck going on a mini 19th century British literature kick, despite having hated "Wuthering Heights." I just finished "Jane Eyre" and absolutely loved it, and today I heard "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," which was also pretty good. (Oh, and before that I listened to an audio version of "Chi Running," which was excellent, but it probably would have been more useful to listen to it on a run rather than a bike ride.)

I'm thinking that I'll stop trying to find good modern stuff and just stick with the classics and nonfiction. At least then, even if I don't like the book, it still will have been good for me.


  1. Have you checked out yet? some truly inspirational stuff. of course for a 3 1/2hr workout you might end up listening/watching everything on the site! lol

  2. Yeah, but I never thought of listening while on the bike. Good idea! Or maybe…podcasts?

  3. After being "tricked" into taking my granddaughter to the Twilight movie, I refused to waste my time on any of the books (I guess it is a teenaged girl thing).

    I liked 2 books by Leon Uris Exodus and Trinity; a lot of the Ken Follet books too.

  4. AB: Yeah, good call. By the end of Chapter 1, you're actively hoping the heroine gets devoured by vampires.

    Thanks for the recommendations. I'll see if the library has those on audiobook. For now I just went ahead and started a Jane Austen novel.