Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tunnel Vision....

Another piece from J.D. Casten... 

... I get it before a race.  Sometimes it comes at the expense of family and friends.  I'm less communicative, less sensitive to the needs of others.  Basically I'm a bit tuned out.  I pay less attention.  Little things get under my skin.  I'm less focused on the stuff that matters and more focused on the silly race.  I have delusions of grandeur.  I loose sight of the fact that I'm simply a guy, with a family, a dog, and a mortgage... not a professional athlete... not even an elite athlete.  I'm not sure I like the "Race Rob" all that much.  But you know what?  The "Race Rob" will not be denied.  I figure if I don't let that guy out of the cave every once in a while... things could get ugly.  I like "Race Rob" a LOT more than "Angry Rob".  Yeah.  "Angry Rob" is the guy that spits on you after he's punched you in the neck and laughed as he's watched you crumble to the floor.  That guy is an ASS.  SO... I think that the lesser of two evils is to let "Race Rob" have a bit of fun a few times a year... what do you think?

SO... if I seem a little off?  If I misinterpret and extrapolate and generally appear to be a complete idiot... please be patient.  It'll all be over at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday the 4th.  At least till the next race.

Oh yeah.  Swim test today.  1,000 yds in 12:59.  That's a 1:17/100 yd pace.  I'm getting there.

Breathe....


7 comments:

jameson said...

i get it too my friend... and one of my symptoms is I HATE talking about the race. There is plenty going on inside my head and I don't like to try and explain it to any one... Some may think you are being a jerk... but I call it focus!

kt said...

Nice swimming times, fishy. Way to go. I will also be running a half that morning but I don't really have that race mode so I can't relate. Pretty laid back about the whole deal, well, except maybe the HIM I am doing this year. That might be different. You are going to be a rock star this weekend, I just know it.

blink140pnt6 said...

You got it, now "Race Rob" Raaaace!

Scottie said...

Great workout Rob!! I also did my swim test tonight. It took me 17 min. I'm just not as stream line as you bud. Nice job.

Bigun said...

Race Rob came over the house the other day, didn't flush the toilet, drank all my beer and peed in my hot tub. The B'stard.

Al said...

What about "Training Rob"? Nice and fast swim time...I can only dream of swimming one 100 at that pace much less 10 straight.

TriSherpa Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

rob- that particulat J.D. - kinda freaky. Not so sure I am diggin' it. and me, Di, I dig art. especially the sort that makes you think. yeah, freaky, not diggin' it so much. buurrrrr. that was me, shakin off that freaky feeling.
Oh. BTW. glad you had a good race!! it was nice chattin with ya sunday! oh wait, you tought that was bigun. whoa - how freaky IS THAT?!?!?