Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Swimmer’s Shoulder

I think I have a slight case of swimmer’s shoulder setting in which kind of sucks. I guess these things happen when a non-swimmer tries to act like a shark. I took it really easy in the pool today just trying to be smooth in the water and not upset my shoulder too much. Maybe it was those one-armed pull drills I’ve been doing for the last couple months? I’d be soo upset if I had to give those up. I’m gonna have my swim coach look at my stoke on Thursday and see what I’m doing wrong, because things just aren’t feeling right. Most likely this will just mean a lot of ice, a lot of stretching, and a break from the pool. I’m not exactly thrilled about this notion, but its better to take care of things now then later in the season. Hopefully I can nip this in the butt asap. Besides how big of a hypocrite would I be if I didn’t listen to my body after flapping my gums about being good to your body?

Monday, February 27, 2006

Where did my weekend go?

I swear my weekend went by like a puff of smoke on a windy day. One second it is there and the next it is gone. If the lateness of this entry is any indication I’m still playing catch-up. It was like one minute I’m downtown Minneapolis and the next thing I know it’s Sunday evening and I’m home doing chores around the apartment. Some serious time warping going on and I’m not sure if I’m ready to do it again. (But feel free to sing the refrain)

The live band karaoke/birthday outing was a really good time. A good number of people came and went as the evening progressed. The majority of us were either chatting away in the back while having a drink or upfront dancing away. Sorry to report that none from our crew took over the mic to perform. Actually the number of people singing was a lot less then in times past. Maybe it was just an off night. Needless to say I ended up staying out later then I was planning. I mean it’s hard to call it quits when you are having a good time even though you know you really should be in bed. I wasn’t exactly thrilled when the alarm went off after getting less than 5 hours of sleep.

Saturday morning was bright, chilly, and a bit windy as we gathered for our group run. It was a good run and we everyone made it around the lake for a little over a 3 mile run. Having run with different pace groups, myself and a couple of the other mentors did a second lap to get a “real” run in. I grabbed a Jamba Juice, Berry Lime Sublime of course, on my way to the pool to lead a 10:45 swim. I had 6 newer swimmers to work with during the swim workout. We went over drills and technique for most of the time. It was a good workout and each one was doing better by the end. I stayed out of the water til the very end to help one lady one-on-one. Then when we were just finishing up a young lady stopped by and asked if this was the TNT group. I said it was and she stated that she had just joined and this was her first group workout. My guess is that she had the times wrong because she showed up about exactly an hour late. Given that this was her first workout I couldn’t just leave. So I stayed and worked with her for another 45 minutes or so. I finally got out of there at around 12:30 and I was ready to crash. Needless to say I didn’t amount to much the rest of the day. There was some napping, TV watching, and other low key activities the rest of the day.

Shadoweyes made is return to the apartment Sunday after recovering from surgery at his parents. He seems to be doing ok, but the whole crutches thing is a bit of a hindrance. His mobility is pretty good, but carrying stuff around is a bit difficult. I thinking I need to hijack one of those scooter from the grocery store. That way he could carry his stuff and still keep his leg up. Wonder what the security is like at those places. Sunday afternoon some of the TNT group met up at a pizza place to socialize and watch an older Ironman video. It is from 98 or 99 and one of the feature stories is about the Hoyt family. Check out their site. If you don’t know the story during his birth the Rick’s brain was damaged and he was unable to develop normally. Rick has basically no motor functions and can really only communicate through a special computer. His dad wanted his son to live a normal life and they found doing races as a part of this. Of course the Ironman is one of the ultimate races and it covered their story. I had heard about them, but I hadn’t seen any of the video. Needless today it was pretty inspiring and there were a few wet cheeks as the story progressed.

So that is a bit of my whirlwind weekend. No wonder I was so tired when I woke up this morning. I think I need to learn how to power nap…

Friday, February 24, 2006

The End is Near

The work week is finally wrapping up which is super sweet. It’s been a pretty busy week and I’m looking forward to the weekend. Not that my weekend won’t be busy but we are suppose to have nice weather and a run or two will be necessary. It’s been almost two weeks since I last run which is crazy. No wonder I’ve been feeling the stress a bit more lately.

I managed to get about half of my swim workout in last night before more team members started showing up. We didn’t have quite as many swimmers last night so we were able to focus more and help out individual swimmers. One of the main things that we noticed last night was the newer swimmers were holding their breath while their face was in the water instead of exhaling during this time. It’s the body’s natural reaction when it feels the pressure of the water and it’s something that I struggled with last year. Within a couple of laps they were doing better and you could see their excitement. It was funny when I heard the latest Get Your Geek On podcast this morning and Iron Will told a story about this very topic. I swear half the battle I had with swimming was just overcoming the natural reactions the body has when it’s submerged.

My plans to stay in tonight and be fresh for my two workouts tomorrow morning have changed a bit. One of the other mentors is celebrating his birthday so I will be “forced” to go out so awhile tonight. We’ll be heading to downtown Minneapolis to hang out, throw a couple back, and watch many brave souls get up behind the mic. Now I’m not a big karaoke fan, but this is live band karaoke. It’s a whole different atmosphere with a live band playing along and doing covers/own material in between the requests. Plus you usually get one or two people who can sing and really get into it. They view it as they really are the lead singer of the band and go all out. This should call for an entertaining night which hopefully won’t go too late cause I got two group workouts starting at 8:00 AM. I can already sense the pain of that alarm clock going off.

Well I hope you Friday afternoon wraps up with relative ease. I’ll catch ya on the flip side…

Thursday, February 23, 2006

R & R

Yesterday was a rest day and it felt really good to take the day off. I think I was a little worn out form the training and life in general so it was nice to have a fairly relaxing evening for a change. I went out for some Thai food last night with a friend. It was a place I hadn’t been to before. It wasn’t bad, but I definitely not as good as the place that in only a couple blocks away from my apartment. You really can’t beat the smaller restaurants where the service is so so, but the food is really good. I guess I should have known better, but you have to try new places from time to time. Right?

Tonight we have another group swim. We’ll see if we can piss of the facility manager again. We had a really big turnout last week and we took over most of the pool which I don’t think they cared for. To combat this really good problem of having a lot of people show up we’ll have 3 or 4 hour long sessions tonight. Hopefully I can get a good workout during the first hour and then probably help during the other session. I’m not sure what the deal is but all our coaches are going to be out town this weekend. This means that the mentors will be leading the group workouts. As it stands right now I’ll be doing at 8:00 AM group run followed by a 10:45 group swim. Saturday is going to be a busy day…

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Popular Day

It seems to be a very popular day for celebrating birthdays. Happy Birthday Nic, Megs, and Keryn! I hope you ladies all had a marvelous day…


I don’t know when it started or why, but for awhile now I’ve been collecting and compliling quotes, lines, passages, and lyrics that I find interesting. The majority of the quotes I take down come from the books that I read. The other major group is a list of motivational type quotes that I started collecting when I began training and racing in endurance events. Now there are a ton of quotes floating around out there and some have more meaning to an individual then others. Some people are really motivated by a good quote and others aren’t. My interest with quotes/motivation has been spurred a bit by all the TNT stuff I have going on. So here are just a couple that rank high on my list. If this motivational stuff is not your thing then I’m sorry and please come back tomorrow for a post more to your liking. :)

1 – Just a short sweet one that got me through my swimming issues last year.

"The swim will come in time..."

2 – Just incase you ever thing about quitting.

“You can quit and no one will really care…but you will always know!”

3 – One of the first I came across when I really started getting into running and training. (It’s a bit long, but a good one)

“We know that the effects of training are temporary. I cannot put fitness in the bank. If inactive, I will detrain faster than it took me to get in shape. And since my entire persona is influenced by my running program, I must remain constantly in training. Otherwise, the sedentary life will inexorably reduce my mental and emotional well-being. “

“So, I run each day to preserve the self I attained the day before. And coupled with this is the desire to secure the self yet to be. There can be no letup. If I do not run, I will eventually lose all I have gained - and my future with it.” Dr. George Sheehan

Til next time...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

25 Percent

I talked to Shadoweyes last night and he seemed to be doing well. Overall it was a quick surgery that only took an hour or two. At least that was his best prediction of how long he was under. Apparently once they got started they discovered that there was a lot more damage then the MRI showed. The report that was given to his mom was that they ended up removing about 25% of the cartilage in his ankle. That is a substantial amount and it decreases the chances of him returning to many of the activities he enjoys, or trying new ones like do a tri like he was wanted to do. I guess we will have to wait and see how things go after he is done with rehab. Then again he always was one to beat the odds so I wouldn’t be surprised if he is able to do more then they currently think.

It’s hard not to contemplate my own bodily mishaps at the moment. The years of soccer have left me with a couple ankles and one knee that don’t function as they should. Plus lots of scar tissue and mis-sized muscles from when the strong ones had to compensate for the weaker ones to name a couple of the residual effects. Then you have my current situation and what is required of the body to train and race in endurance event. So this is just a small reminder to all you very active people, do take care and listen to your bodies. It will tell you when things aren’t right. The problem is how many times have we just shrugged if off and presses on? Until they figure out that whole cloning body parts thing we are stuck with the ones we got so please do your best to listen, listen, listen…

Monday, February 20, 2006

Nip and Tuck

Right about now the roommate, Shadoweyes, is most likely blissfully sleeping on the operating table. He is having some defective cartilage removed from his ankle that has been causing his a lot of pain over the last few months. I guess the years of soccer and injuries are finally rearing their ugly head. Only time will tell what he will be able to continue to do after the surgery. Of course the fun part will be that he will be hobbling around on crutches for the next 6 weeks. We’ll see what the dynamic is like around the apartment during that period. :)

The cold temperatures canceled our TNT group run this weekend. I guess it’s understandable that they don’t want people running when it’s below zero. It would have been manageable if the wind hadn’t been so strong. This pushed the wind chills down to negative double digits. Something that I couldn’t even ignore and scraped my plans to run anyway. So what do you do when you can’t run outside? Why go buy new running shoes of course. I placed an order for another pair of Asics Nimbus. They did change the model a bit since my last pair, but they felt pretty similar. Why change something that works. I also helped out at a group swim Saturday morning. I was planning on actually getting a long workout in myself, but ended up help a guy who isn’t exactly comfortable in the water. The session went well and he was looking better by the time we wrapped up.

My swim this morning was pretty uneventful. It was a drill session so you can understand the loads of fun that were had. Things went well, but drills are sooooooo boring. If being bored is what it takes to become a better swimmer then I guess that’s just the way it’s gonna be. I’ll top off my double header tonight with a spin/heat class. Oh how I’m looking forward to all those stairs, wall squats, and lunges after we get off the bike. I know you all are very jealous you can’t partake in the fun. :)

Ok I’m outta here. I hope you all had a good weekend and your Monday will going well. Take care…

Friday, February 17, 2006

Quick Turnaround

With the batteries running about empty last night I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be heading to my group swim. I knew that it would be good for me to go and that I can never spend enough time in the water. I felt pretty good in the water during our moderately hard workout. Just because of the numbers and space the group swims haven’t been as intense as my own workouts. Though I’m sure that will change as the season progresses. After the workout it was time to sit in the hot tub for a bit. My lack of energy was a thing of that past and I chatted with Eric another mentor as we relaxed in the hot tub.

The second group was just starting their workout. (Intermediates the 1st hour, Beginners the 2nd) This group is much larger then ours and our coach was running back and forth giving everyone instructions. After joking about how we should throw our coach in the pool we decided that we should lend a hand and help out. We each took an end of the pool to watch and instruct the swimmers. It was a bit surreal, I’m not a swimming expert by any means and here I was talking to the swimmers about drills, body position, and how to be efficient in the water. It was a neat feeling to be the one answering the questions instead of asking them like I was a year ago.

Spending that hour or so helping the other team members silently put a big smile on my face. Every time I work with the team or answer a question it reaffirms why I’m working with TNT and why I wanted to be a mentor. It’s amazing how it turned a long and hard day into a great day in only a matter of minutes…

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Might be a Long One

To my dismay my ever so kind brain miss placed its own kill switch last night. So it continued to run pretty constantly throughout the night. This left me with probably less then 2 hours of sleep. Now normally I would just shrug through the day, but it’s a jammed pack day that will not end til after my group workout later tonight. With little sleep I will most likely be calling in the reserves at numerous points during the day. Something I don’t like to do. So without further ado let me introduce the reserves.

(In case of emergency open top to consume life saving caffeinated liquid.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Lunch and a post

I'm just finishing up my lunch and I decided to leave a quick post. Not a ton to report at the moment. I did head to the pool last night to get a swim in. The pool was basically empty which was pretty nice. I did a shorter ladder during my main set just trying to work on my form. Mainly trying to swim more on my side then on my belly, which like everything related to swimming doesn’t come the easiest to me.

There were quite a few good posts yesterday all related to Valentine’s Day. Some posts by those who have already thrown in the towel and some by those who are still on the hunt. My favorite of the day has to be “You might be a single triathlete if…” which I found a link to over on Running Shots blog, but was posted by Garibaldicu over at livejournal.

The work week is half way over. Just have to grind out 2.5 days and then we’re home free…

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Are you kidding?

So I was about to head out yesterday morning when I get out to my car and look down the driveway to see that someone has parked me in. Not even just a partial block, but they parked right in front of the driveway to my apartment. Now this happens from time to time with inconsiderate people parking and then running up to the corner Starbucks. So I walk out to the car that sucking the life out of me and notice that the hood is cool, so it must have been there for awhile. Not good. Now I like to consider myself a nice guy, so I’m not one to call for a tow truck that minute. I give the person a chance to hopefully come back and move their car so I can be on my way. I wait about 15 to 20 minutes and still no sign of the drive. Well that’s about all that I can take so I make the call to the police and they tell me that someone will be out there shortly. In less then 10 minutes an officer arrives along with the tow truck and the car is outta there is about 5 minutes. Now a part of me feels bad because it would suck to come out of to find your car missing, but they really can only blame themselves. Its one thing to mess up a parking job and block a bit of a driveway, but it’s another thing to park right in front of one. I mean HELLO people, it’s a driveway. How can you not see it? Anyway not exactly how I planned on starting my week.

Despite the morning setbacks I was able to get in two workouts yesterday. My swim was a bit short, but I was mainly going drills so that’s ok. I hit up another spin class in the evening to get the heart really pumping. I wasn’t thrilled by all the wall squats we ended up going as part of the class. I mean I know they are a good exercise, but they have to be one of my least favorite. Those or the two footed jumps we did up two flights of stairs again. I mean I like doing stairs, but jumping up them stair by stair is where I draw the line.

Well I suppose it’s time to get this workday started. Have a good one…

Oh and I have to send out my congrats to Okolo who welcomed a new baby girl (Sarah) to the family over the weekend. Another future triathlete maybe? Only time will tell, but again congratulations Okolo.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

One Hundredth

Today I was down in my mom’s hometown for a special celebration. Tomorrow is my godmother’s, my mom’s aunt, 100th birthday. That’s right folks her 100th birthday. It’s pretty crazy to think that I’ve only been around for a little over a ¼ of her lifetime. Even with the life expectancy going up all the time, it’s rare that you hear of someone turning 100. Over the weekend friends and family came from all over the country to celebrate the birthday of one remarkable woman. She is one tough cookie that actually lived in her own home by herself til just before her 99th birthday last year. It was nice to go down and see relatives that I hadn’t seen in a number of years. It was great just to watch her smile at her great-grandchildren as they played on the floor in front of her. Lots of people turned out to say hello, have some cake, and have their picture taken with a wonderful old lady. Given her age she tired somewhat quickly, but you could tell that she really enjoyed her time as the center of attention. The local paper wrote up a nice article about her if you are interested it taking a look. Well at least the beginning and end of the article is about her. :) Austin Daily Herald Article

So the question that I pose is would like to live to be 100? Personally I’m not sure if I want to. I guess if I still had most of my marbles then the chance to experience that much life would be really cool, but that’s a long time to live. Maybe a little too much, but that’s just my take on things. So what’s yours?

Friday, February 10, 2006

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Hopefully your Friday is moving along at a good pace because mine isn’t. Time just seems to be creeping along at an excruciating slow pace today. This personally isn’t my vibe for a Friday. My only relief this morning was catching the latest installment of the Get Your Geek On podcast with Iron Will and the Tri-Geek Kahuna. It was another entertaining podcast with Will getting a bit flustered during an impromptu phone call to one of the Kahuna’s training partners.

Last night’s training session went ok. It wasn’t a very intense workout with our swim coach taking time to talk about technique and how to be an efficient swimmer. (Both things I need to work on) The only problem with this is it left us standing there getting cold while he talked and did demonstrations. For those of you who are not familiar with lap pools, they aren’t the warmest body of water you’ve ever been in. Personally it only takes a few minutes of not swimming before the chill starts to set in. Even worse then getting cold was that one of my calves cramped up about half way through our drills. Not exactly helpful when you are mainly doing kicking drills. It was straight to the hot tub afterwards to loosen my muscles up. Hot tubs rock!

Well I better finish up my lunch here and then it’s back to work. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I’ll catch you on the flip side…

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Bring on the snow

It’s been a pretty pitiful winter here in MN with mild temps and no snow real snow since before the holidays. At the moment a nice little snow shower is moving through the metro which I think is awesome. I just wish we were going to get more then the inch the storm is going to produce. At least it should cover up the brown grass a bit and make it actually look like winter. It should also make for an interesting rush hour. Hopefully people will use their heads and not FREAK out because it’s snowing. I guess I’ll find out in just a little while. (Better go find some wood to knock on)

Last night at our TNT meeting we went over the gear and equipment that the new team members are going to need this season. All the mentors brought in some of their gear to give the other team members of sense of what we were talking about. For some I’m sure it was a bit overwhelming when we started tossing out items like tri shorts and body glide. They seemed to take it in pretty good strides and asked a lot of good questions after the meeting as they were looking at some of the gear. For me it was just fun to get out some of my gear that has been in boxes since the fall. Just another indication that the season is on the move and we’ll be racing is no time.

I will have all the details, most likely very boring details, about the group swim later tonight or in the morning. I think the workout tonight will give us a good indication about our teams and where they stand on the athletic scale. You always get a range of abilities when you have such a large group, but that’s what makes it fun and challenging. Tonight we get to see where people are and the excitement begins for watching and tracking their progress. I guess that’s the best part about being a mentor. It is the thrill of being there as someone continually challenges themselves and their abilities to finally arrive at a great feat like completing their first triathlon. Man I love this stuff…

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Nix that plan

My grand scheme to avoid the crowds at the pool by swimming at my 2nd favorite swimming hole was foiled last night. My backup pool was very crowded last night which sucked. I only managed a mediocre swim if the truth be told. My arms and shoulders just wouldn’t loosen up which prohibited any chance of good form. So not exactly the workout I was looking for. I was hoping for a good workout before Thursdays group swim. Since swimming in my weakest event I always get a little nervous before a group swim. It’s all in my head, but the mind can be such a road block sometimes. The good thing is that it will be good to have a coach there to pin point things that I can work on. It may be a long list but I’d rather know now then continue to do things wrong.

I just wanted to make a quick note about the lucky Tri-Geek Kahuna who got to spend the day with Xterra world champion Melanie McQuaid. The Kahuna got to spend the day interviewing and then workout out with Ms. McQuaid. I mean how sweet would it be to not only meet, but then workout with a world champion? Not that I could have come close to finishing the workout they did, but what an experience. Check back on Friday for the Get Your Geek On podcast that will feature the time he spent with Melanie. I have to admit I may be a bit jealous. :)

I have a TNT meeting tonight so it’s a rest day for me. This should allow me to grind out some serious laps tomorrow at the group swim. Hopefully there won’t be too much of “and that guy is supposed to know what he’s doing.” It will be fine, but like I said I get a little nervous.

Take care…

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Last couple of days

I know you all have been on the edge of your seats wondering what has been happening in life de Mike the last few days so here is a little update. Sunday marked the first group workout for TNT. A group of about 30 braved the cold temps to meet bright and early Sunday morning. The readings were 7 above with a -6 wind-chill when I left my place. It didn’t feel that bad when we actually arrived at Lake Calhoun and I think most people were good to go after the warm-up. As to be expected the first workout wasn’t very long or intense. We broke up into small groups and did an out and back for about a 3 mile run. We did line runs yelling names, favorite movies, size of family, and other intro type questions as the person in the back moved up to the front. Not a bad little workout for those who are just starting out. I might have gone out for a bit longer if I hadn’t been carpooling. It just seemed to short for getting up that early and braving those temps. Then again I might just be crazy.

Sunday afternoon I headed to the pool for a short swim before the Superbowl. Not the most spectacular swim, but I was just glad that I got my arse in the pool. Like many people my Superbowl time was spent at a friend’s house with a good group of people eating too much food that had no health benefits what so ever.

Monday’s scheduled double workout didn’t really happen as planned. I overslept and didn’t make it to the pool. I was a little upset by this, but brushed it off soon afterwards. I mean there are gonna be times when you miss a workout and there really isn’t anything you can do about it. It doesn’t do you any good to let it get to you and effect the rest of your day. After missing the morning workout my body was nice and rested for my evening spin class. This was another class that had off the bike exercises as well. Any extra energy I had before the class was expended during the course of the class. I also found up that doing two footed jumps up a couple flights of stairs is actually really hard. Definitely room from improvement on that front.

One last note before I head out. Just want to give a shout out to Nic over at Phase Five. Nic claimed a PR in the ½ marathon that she ran this weekend in San Fran. Congrats Nic on a great race!

That’s all I got…

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Let the games begin

Today we had our kick-off party for TNT. This event brings everyone who signed up for the summer season of TNT together to meet your teammates and coaches. It's basically a big celebration to get the season going. It was a lot of fun as a mentor to meet all the new people and see their excited yet nervous faces. Basically where I was a year ago. I've been really looking forward to the start of the season. I mean how can you beat meeting new people, training for triathlons, and raising money for a good cause. That's a pretty good combo if you ask me. Our first group workout is bright and early tomorrow at 8:00 AM.

I went to a special spin class last night called Heat. This class combines spinning with different off the bike exercises. We were on the bike for about 45 minutes and then spent about a half hour off the bike. Off the bike we were doing things like lunges, wall sits, stairs, tricep dips, pushups, and a number of other exercises. Then to finish us off completely she ended with some core work. So needless to say I was pretty beat afterwards. Originally I thought I would lift after the class, but there was no way that was going to happen. The instructor pushed a pretty hard, but that's what a good instructor does. You know it was a good workout when you are stiff and sore the next day.

Fellow TNTer Okolo posted a link to the new Nike commercial. All I have to say is this commercial gets me so amped its stupid. I was at work when I saw for the first time and I almost had to leave right that moment to go workout. It's only like a 30 second clip but they sure did push my motivation button with this one. I think I need help! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend...

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Grinding out some laps

As usual the pool was a bit busy last night when I arrived. It didn’t bother me as much as it normally does, because I was amped to grind out some laps. Now this is not my normal mindset when I’m headed to the pool, but after a day off I was looking to have a good long swim. After a short warm up I started my main set of 1500, by doing a 50 to 250 ladder. I felt relatively good in the water, but not as smooth as I would like to be. It didn’t take long before my arms were tight, but I pushed on. Toward the end I was starting to slow down a bit, but that was only during the last 150 or so. I ended with a short cool down and a couple of flip turns to end the session. I really need to start doing flip turns during my main set, but that will have to wait another day.

Just wanted to mention that Chris over at chivalry.net had a really good post about rest and knowing your limits. Rest is so important to an endurance athlete, but it actually takes a lot of effort to force yourself to rest when you are cruising through your training. So let’s all be smart this year and get the rest that we all need, especially at the start of the season when we sometimes do too much after the off-season because we are a little bit antsy.

Have a great day…

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

No future in telemarketing…darn

Like most people I make no claims about knowing what the future will be like or where I’ll be 5 years down the road, or any of that jazz. I will say that I am 100% certain that I have no future as a telemarketer. (I know it was on the top of my list too) This was made very clear to me last night. Part of the TNT mentor duties is to help out with the recruitment call back. This fun event has volunteers calling people back who a) signed up for an event and reminding them about the kickoff party, b) calling people who were at an informational meeting but haven’t registered, or c) calling people who expressed interest in TNT but did not attend a meeting. We were each given a list of names and numbers along with a little script to follow. Which is good for people like me. I’m a little bit of an introvert so calling strangers on the phone isn’t my normal cup of tea. So I’m a little bit nervous to begin with. The problem is that when I get nervous I start to talk a bit quicker than normal. This of course leads to a lot of mumbling and bit of stuttering. This is exactly what you want when you are trying to talk to someone or leaving them a message that they can understand. I wouldn’t be surprised if most people received this awful verbal spewage of undecipherable mumbo jumbo on their voice mail. So needless to say I will not be putting in an application at a telemarketing firm any time soon. The callback lasted about 2.5 and then it was all over. It’s all for a good cause so I would help out again, but it definitely is not one of my strengths.

Ok the work day is finally over and I'm off to the pool. Hopefully I can put in some serious yardage tonight after taking yesterday off. Hope you all had a good day!