I personally have a love-hate relationship with the state. I moved here when I was 12 and things were very different from New York. The language was so foreign that looking back now, I wonder if Rosetta Stone has ever considered "Southern English" as a study course. Everything here is different. The food, the music, the people, and the general speed of life. If you're in a hurry everyone thinks you are a selfish northerner who needs to go back home. The problem here is that everyone moves as though they are all on island time which isn't always feasible when you have things to do and places to be... especially if you are running late, as I often am! I am not 31 (gasp!) and I now enjoy living here more than ever. I now find myself frustrated when I travel north because I have in some ways taken the "slow down, you'll get there" attitude to some degree. I find that people here are more friendly (most of the time) and that sweet tea isn't so bad.
I tend to get distracted... What was I saying earlier? (pause...) OH yeah! Weather... so how about we have a three hour delay tomorrow because the ground and roads are currently covered in a nice layer of ICE. Oh, you thought they clear the roads here? Might as well go back north if you think they are going to treat the roads here. The mentality for many here is "Just let it melt! We don't want to see taxes go up just to be able to treat the roads for something that only happens a few times a year." I'm sorry, and bless YOUR heart, but I would like to go to work. Throw some salt on the roads and let's move on with life. Sorry, got distracted again.
You know, it's a good thing I have a stationary bike. Fortunately, my workout highly suggested a stationary bike anyway so all is good! After a 5 minute warm up, I went into an interval of 30 seconds single leg pedaling alternating every 30 seconds, 90 RPM, for three minutes. Followed by eight minutes at moderate effort, 75 RPM and then two minutes at easy effort, 85 RPM. I completed three sets of intervals, and finished with five and a half minutes of easy spinning. The workout was great and I was happy to be able to check off yet another day in the plan! While I worked out I played music from XM Radio's station, Electric Area. It is a techno station that really helped me to hit those paces. The name of the show tonight was "No Excuses" which I found very fitting. It might be icing outside, but baby, the stationary bike is mighty nice on a night like tonight. Tomorrow's workout is a long run! Wooo!!
Distance: 17.04 (again, I don't trust stationary bike distance)
Today's Mantra: No excuses, no excuses.