Training Recap: 2018.10.15 – 2018.10.21

training so hard


RUN 13.1 Miles: I did it!

Monday’s training was brought to you by…

Monsieur Beaucaire (Lux): This was so bad not even I could enjoy it, but the middle break with Evelyn Keyes was (if deeply, deeply creepy in a post Weinstein world) totally worth it, and the closing with Leslie Howard and Elissa Landi was cute.

A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps – Episodes 1 and 2: I’ve started this series before, but wanted to start over at the beginning. So this was Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes. I have a hard time with things that make me want to look up other things, and in a podcast I feel like it’s easier for me to let it all wash over me and sink in as it will, which is the foundation of any serious reading anyway. Anyway, I like it, and I’m trying to be more into big history rather than my natural but ridiculously narrow focus on individual story.

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe – Stamped for Murder: This was GREAT. It was quick and clever, and pretty well put together for radio, though you might need to know something about the dynamic of the characters to get fully into it. The TV show with Maury Chaykin is great, but I mean, Sydney Greenstreet??? It’s too perfect.


Swim – 45 minutes of desperate flailing

Run – 3 miles at 6 to 8 mph

Bike – 45 minute class

Tuesday’s training was brought to you by…

The Great Escape: (to be continued)


Rest Day


Do you ever have a workout that just sucks? Like, it just goes totally wrong and it’s not that you can’t do the exercise, it’s just an ever-increasing slog of small fuck ups and you don’t even feel good afterwards? This was that day.

Run – 5 miles at 6 to 8 mph

Rowing Machine – 2000m: I don’t know why but I always thought these things looked cool, but I don’t know if I’m really doing it right.

Bike – 30 minutes: My goddamn shoes won’t clip in and I cannot figure out why. I think the clips might have twisted somehow? Is that even possible? But I spent 30 minutes figuring that out, and then only 30 minutes were left for actual biking.

ZUMBA: I made it! Zumba makes everything ok.

Thursday’s training was brought to you by…

A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps – Episodes 3 and 4: Xenophanes and Pythagoras

Sentimental Journey (Lux): Holy hell this one was bad. There was basically nothing redeeming about this Hallmark movie garbage.

(Way Too Many Episodes of) The Good Place: The obsession is real.

The Delightfully Trashy Zumba Music We All Know and Love


Run – 8 miles at around 6mph

Friday’s training was brought to you by…

A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps – Episodes 5 and 6: Heraclitus! I particularly liked McCabe’s re-translation of Heraclitus’s fragment about posset (kykeon), which is firstly nasty, and secondly, an interesting point. I really latched on to Heraclitus in school as the presocratic I felt I at least kind of understood. Welp. Not so much, apparently. I also imagine there’s further depth in the point they were making about cutesy phrases vs arguments than I was really capable of understanding around mile 6 of this stupid run.

The Life of Emile Zola (Lux): Why yes, I did listen to this for the two seconds Leslie Howard is in it.


Bike – 60 minutes: This “coach by color” class was more grueling than I was prepared for at 8 in the goddamn morning. But I am definitely getting an understanding of how to structure my own workouts based on color, which is what I need.

Swim – 30 minutes: The great drowning continues.

Run – 4 miles at around 6mph

Saturday’s training was brought to you by…

A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps – Episode 7: Parmenides! Do I adore the dad jokes, or hate them? Also, I need to stay the hell out of the Further Reading. Stanford Encyclopedia is worse than wikipedia for rabbit holes.


Run – 4 miles at around 6mph

Sunday’s training was brought to you by…

A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps – Episodes 8 and 9: Zeno, Melissus, Atomism. Paradoxes are the weirdest. I mean, humans are the weirdest. Why in the world would we evolve this much excess functionality? What is the evolutionary benefit of being able to grapple with apparent impossibilities? Are there any other animals that do that? Maybe it’s just a bonus feature of abstract thought in general, which is actually useful.