Treadmills, Rocking my Brain, & New Digs


WEEK 2 – March 27 > April 2

The weather forced Friday’s 45 minute run indoors to the old dreadmill.  I’m very grateful that I have access to two treadmills, and I am very glad to have that option when the weather is bad.  But my goodness they can suck the life out of you.

I decided to use the treadmill at work for my run.  The workout room has a TV, but it’s mounted on the far wall, hasn’t worked in a couple of months, and I can never hear it anyway.  But we do have a rockin’ speaker system that I can connect my iPhone music to through Bluetooth.  So I usually flip that thing on and crank up the classic rock that was once new rock when I first heard it.  Maybe I’m classic now, too.

I pulled up a playlist and hit shuffle.  The first artist was The Heavy, with a song called No Time.  My kind of tune.  After that came Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road.  After that song came Runaround  by Blues Traveler.  It was at that point I decided to try to remember all of the artists that played during my run.  I was surprised at first that I couldn’t remember the first artist.  It came back to me and then I began repeating them over and over.

Next up was Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Then came Billy Joel.  He was followed by a band called Grouplove.  After each new song, I would restart the process of repeating the artists in order, sometimes having momentary memory lapses, sometimes flipping Blues Traveler with the Boss, and often forgetting about Billy Joel.  But it would eventually come to me.

The next groups were Pearl Jam, Genesis, Robert Randolph & the Family, and Jack White.  Gerry Rafferty finished up my 5.25 mile/45 minute run with Baker Street.  

I must say that trying to remember the names of the artists was somewhat difficult, but also fun.  If one of my coworkers had walked in while I was repeating them over and over again, they would have thought I was strange.

But I got my planned run in, exercised my body and my mind, and actually enjoyed the dreadmill for once.  I think I will make this a habit.

The rest of the week was easy but also exciting.   I wasn’t able to swim due to spring break at the high school and the pool being closed.  That’s the easy part.  The exciting part is that my wife and I closed on a lake home in Minocqua, Wisconsin.  We were up there for the closing on Monday, and spent a couple of nights there.  I got in a couple of runs on the local roads and trail, and scoped out the riding options that look to be very hilly.  I can’t wait to get up there every month and do more training, especially some open water swimming in the lake!

Can’t wait to enjoy the training perks that the new lake home has to offer.  Just need the ice to melt first.


0 Swims – 0 yards this week / 3200 yards total

4 Bikes – 42 miles this week / 83 miles total

7 Runs – 25.5 miles this week / 45.5 miles total


Week 2 for Ironman Lou is no longer due!

Author: Ironman Chris

Family, running, triathlon and drumming are my things.

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