The UK “Workout after Work” Day is celebrated on the Monday evening after shifting to Daylight Savings Time. Here in the UK, that day was today.
As expected, thousands of people that likely haven’t done any real working out in the past few months went running, cycling, walking or managed a similar workout this evening. When I got home at 7 tonight and it was still both light and beautiful out, and my run was completely reinvigorating! It didn’t really get dark out until about 8pm, which was just about perfect.
My wife and I live right around the corner from the Thames, and there’s a path that goes right along the banks that’s makes for a great walk or run. Tonight there were about 20 times more people out and about than any other night recently, likely helped by the beautiful weather. The recent high tides had made it a little muddy in parts, but overall it wasn’t too bad.
But tomorrow is back to the gym for regularly scheduled training…
So this last weekend I was finally able to race in the Head of the River Race; only my second time in four years. (2007 was cancelled because of absolute s**t water conditions, and in 2006 I was diagnosed with a broken rib just a few days before the race.)
Considering that we only had a week to put our boat together, and had a grand total of three outings together as a final crew, I guess we didn’t do too badly. I think if we had a decided crew another week or two in advance we could have ironed out a few of our issues. C’est la vie!
Full results are here.
Anyway, here are a few photos from my crew on the day.
is spending the entire weekend seat racing, only to find that the lift at work is broken down, thus needing to walk up and down six flights of stairs to get in or out of the office. Fun…
And my hands are still torn up. (At least they’ve stopped feeling like someone has been bashing them with a hammer.)
I found this great quote today from an ancient New York Times Magazine piece on Bill Parcels.
Don’t confuse routine with commitment.
I think I’m going to have to remember that in my rowing training. Just showing up because I’ve always shown up isn’t enough; I have to always push myself.