Monday, August 31, 2009

The Grand Illusion

Baby, you've got the sort of laugh that waters me
And makes me grow tall and strong and proud and flattens me
I find you stunning, but you are running me down
My love's too big for you my love
My love's too big for you my love
And if I was stronger then I would tell you no
And if I was stronger then I will leave this show
And if I was stronger then I would up and go
But here I am and here we go again
Ingrid Michaelson
I know you guys want a first day update so I will give you a quick rundown of day one and a weekend wrap up. Lets start with the hike. I somehow deluded myself that I have done enough to prepare myself that I have made enough forward strides that this wont kill me but alas it is all in my head and I suffered big time on the hill. Hated it, was miserable the entire last two miles. My feet hurt and virtually every volleyball injury from this summer ached. There was a nice mix of 6:30 wake up, a lot of wildfire smoke lingering in the air and the fact I hadn't done any exercise in a week. I made it but only because I would have been two embarrassed to tell you guys I hadn't. And it took my the entire time, and then 10 more minutes.
Had breakfast of dry english muffin, morning lecture, and then pool class, lettuce wraps for lunch, afternoon lecture, got assigned to the red team for this weeks battle of the bulge. Did 3 afternoon classes of circuit, than a step class called step and pump, and finally one more pool class. Dinner was the chicken and purple potatoes followed by one last lecture. One long day. I have some pics I will get up tomorrow I swear and give a Steely Dan review. Shout out to Kim from Milwaukee who id'ed me from the cartoon picture, and Sharon and Victoria who were the first of quite a few campers that commented they had read this. I would love to write more but I would love to sleep even more. I am sore in a whole lot of places. Peace, Jim


Anonymous said...

Good job Jim,

How do you conquer a mountain? One step at a time.
I bet you will set a new PB by the time your 7 weeks are up.
Keep all of us posted.
Sleep tight!

Sarah Marie said...

I want to go back to the Ridge - the hiking is awesome!! You'll do great, and I'm totally jealous of the food. I mean that. Yum!

Anonymous said...

You are off to a great start, Jimmy. Pace yourself, drink lots of water, and hang in there. :-)
~Beth Wallis Weber
friend from Beverly Farms