21 February 2009

Defining "Workout"

In my mind, I'm still an ex-triathlete.

To "work out" means to go off and do hill repeats on my bike, or run some 90-second 440s around the track, or swim a few thousand yards, or go out and run for a couple of hours.

In my dreams, I'm running another marathon, or hiking across the Alps, or backpacking a section of the Appalachian Trail, or bicycle touring in Greece. I've been lucky enough to do all of those things.

But these days, I walk for two miles and call it a "workout." And I am working on being gentle enough with myself not to call that totally lame.