Triathlon training feels a lot different than training for bike races — it’s not just that I have three sports now instead of one, but that I have more workouts a week. I used to ride 4 or 5 times a week most weeks, but now I’m riding 3 or 4 times a week plus running 3 times and swimming 3 times, so that’s 9 or 10 workouts instead of the old 4 or 5. Since many of the workouts are fairly short, I’ve added only maybe 2 or 3 hours a week total to my training, but it feels like more because of the greater number of workouts. Each workout requires its own preparation time and usually some time for stretching afterward, and getting to the pool takes some driving time. And then I have to shower more, especially if I work out once before work and then again afterward. It’s a lot!
But it’s fun, and it’s a great way to deal with work stress. After my evening workout, I’ve completely forgotten about my day at school, which is a good thing, even if it wasn’t a particularly hard day.
So, about books. First of all, I’m excited because Tom McCarthy’s novel Remainder appeared in my mailbox the other day, a book I swear I read very good things about over here, but I can’t find the link right now. I also have Nicholson Baker’s The Fermata and David Lodge’s Author, Author on the way from Book Mooch. Oh, and then I ordered Kenko’s Essays in Idleness when I read and liked an excerpt from Philip Lopate’s Art of the Personal Essay (I’ve still got the essay project going that you can see on my sidebar; I just don’t move very fast because every time I read a new essay I find another writer I like whose work I have to read in more depth).
I’m now in the middle of David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle; this is a book Hobgoblin recommended to me, and while I often ignore his recommendations (and he ignores mine), he chose this one for our book group, and so I was stuck. But I’m loving it! (And of course I know that I should follow Hobgoblin’s suggestions more often, but it’s a tradition not to.) It’s such a good story. More on that later.