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Triathlon Chronicles: Musings of a Crazy Middle-Aged Woman (v.2)

Hideous Instruments of Torture or Beneficial Exercise Equipment? You decide!

I’d like to thank Led Zepplin, Disturbed and Mary J Blige for powering today’s workout. Treadmill running is deadly dull, and the right mix of tunes is critical to success, I am discovering. My running playlist also has The Cult, Avenged Sevenfold and Rubicon Cross currently – even though I am not a hard rocker. Much. What do you listen to when you work out?

My partner in crime and I have our first event coming up – an “indoor triathlon” in Howell called the Splash N Dash. We’re curious to see how this is set up. The basic idea is you go 20 minutes in each…area? sport? torture device?…and see how far you can go. The organizers (Howell Parks and Rec) will track your time and distance. It will be the first time we’ll be able to put all three disciplines together back-to-back. Obviously, it will rate its very own blog post next week!

With this event in mind, I changed the workout routine a bit. I had been focusing on running, since it was my Weakest Link. Once a week I did a run/bike combo, but that is out of event order…but I’ll tell ya, biking and then running is a killer, and then I have to wobble out to the car and drive home. And my car is manual transmission, and here is a little known fact: operating a clutch requires using those quad muscles I just reduced to dust!

The past two weeks, it has been all about the Twenty Minutes, and a bike/run combo. How far can I swim in twenty minutes? Almost 1/2 mile. How far can I bike? About 5 miles, I think. Running? It’s sad, but I can’t even get to 2 miles yet. And the knees, they are sobbing, especially in those first dozen strides on the treadmill after the biking. If I’ve done 20 minutes on the bike, I can’t always sustain a good running pace for 20 minutes afterwards – even at the tortoise-like pace that I generously call my running pace. So, Sunday will be most interesting. Stay tuned!


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Rebecca Foster writes about food, politics, books and whatever has irritated her on any particular day, on her website Usual and Ordinary ( She is an occasional contributor to The Livingston Post and has remained active in local politics and the community after serving as Pinckney Village President from 2004-2012, and as a trustee currently. She is enjoying empty-nesting in Pinckney with her husband, three cats and a few chickens.