Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I finally got off the couch...

...and went running on Friday. It was my first run in almost 5 weeks! I don't know why, but I simply have not been that motivated to run since I got back from vacation. I ended up running the Olmsted trail on Mount Royal. I felt pretty good and my average speed of 4:31 per km was decent. My heart rate was higher than when I was in training for the marathon, but all went well. Strangely, 11 km felt long. I remember when 16 km was a short run in the weeks before the marathon. This shows that perspective can change quite quickly.

I also tried one of Alex's step classes. I can see that it is a serious workout, although sweating in a hot dry room indoors in the summer does not make sense to me. I was not able to do about half the moves that the instructor was calling out. It's not easy... much respect to Alex, who is a pro at this stuff.

News of Alex: Alex is now working on several projects for her Montreal professor and Chicago professor and will be leaving in a bit over a month to teach a class in Chicago in the fall semester. She will try to come back home a couple of times during the semester so that she won't be too cut off from her life in Montreal.

I went to Monday night lapping yesterday and had quite a good time, despite the extreme heat. The car felt pretty good and I managed a best lap of 1:04.06, my best time of the year. Carl managed low 1:03's with new Hoosiers during the road race on June 20th, so that seems about right (old tires costing 1 second per lap). I also drove a Corvette for the first time ever. I thought it was quite a pleasant drive. You could feel the sheer size, but the car had a lot of grip, even on street tires. It was a convertible C6 generation car.

There is a lapping day in Calabogie next week that I will try and get to. For various reasons, I have never been able to drive my race car at Calabogie yet. Hopefully I can break that curse next week!

Cool cars spotted:
Ferrari 308
Ferrari 328
Ferrari 360
Ferrari F430
Ferrari Testarossa
Ferrari California
Ferrari 599
Porsche 997 Turbo
Maserati GT
Audi R8
Audi S6 V10
Audi S8 V10
Corvette Z06
Cadillac CTS-V
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
VW Golf R32

1 comment:

  1. You did great at step! 1st time is always a bit tricky, but you're a natural :)