5000 yds this morning, I now just zone out with music. Swedish House Mafia, great to run to, swimming not so much, it all gets a bit frantic.
Anyhoo, about 4000 in and a little ol lady walks up to my lane. Please, please dont ask to come in unless you can do at least 2.00/100yds. She starts talking to me, I turn the tunes off but, refuse to remove buds. That means instant misery trying to get them to stay in.
‘Hi, hows you’re day? ‘
‘Young man, you have a beautiful stroke’
‘Err thank you, I try’
‘You’re so smooth, hardly a splash. A joy to watch’
‘Thank you, thats very kind’
Big cheesy grin ensues. Im not the fastest in the pool but I try to be the most efficient
I foolishly recounted said story to Mrs Alt. Im now known as a grannies toy boy.
Tried my timed mile swim this morning, aiming for 30 minutes. I just missed it!
I warmed up with an easy 500 then went for it. I have to admit, I did not clock watch at all, I was struggling by half way and just not feeling it at all. It felt like swimming through treacle; my breathing was a mess (I have some crap on my chest at the moment.)
I’ll take some heart thou, this time last year, I was happy with a free/breastrokey 44 mins!
Next week, Im in NorCal, at sea level, oh the oxygen, my lungs will not know what’s hit them. I’ll try again but I guess it will be an ‘altitude assisted’ swim.
We’re getting fat, not for the lack of satellite, ohhhh no, thats fantastic, my wallet loves it. I dont think any of us miss the channel surfing trying to find something to watch.
We are signed up for Netflix, Hulu (this week, to check it out) and Aereo (local TV stations over the web.) That’s a total of $24/month plus internet; which we had anyway! The Roku box cost us $60 and has a bunch of ‘free’ channels, some more free than others. But we’re still saving over a $100 a month!
We have had issues with network speed not supporting everyone’s tastes. So Mrs Alt beat up on CenturyLink until they came out (she’s a fixer) and oh, they did find a fault on our line. And lo and behold it turns out we can actually get 20 Mbs on our crappy copper Mr Support dude, you condescending twat!
Its not all rainbows and unicorns thou. We have become bingers, whole season’s of crap at a time. We cant get enough, one episode after another, on and on. And then that slightly sick feeling when its over mixed with a tinge of regret that now we are really going to have to wait for the next season.
Dr Martin … check!
Upstairs Downstairs … check!
The IT Crowd … check!
Sherlock … check!
Waking the Dead … check!
Call the Midwife … almost!
Orange is the new wotsit … check!
The League … check!
(can you tell we’re Brits? ‘The League’ is my dirty Yankee secret and ‘Orange’, Mrs Alt’s)
Its horrific, no more excitement, waiting for the next Doctor Who to come around on a Saturday, nope, seen it all, got the t-shirt, what’s next?
Last night, we were skimming through Hulu to see what’s on? There’s a shit ton of more crap available to excite your inner couch potato.
For British readers, we even found Coronation Street (horrific soap) and its only a week behind and goes back for months! Ohh Emm fcuking Geee! I thank my lucky stars that Mrs Alt was an Eastenders, another horrific soap, gal before we left Ol’Blighty and its not there, yet.
Thankfully its getting lighter and vaguely warmer in the evenings here and we can forget tv for a few months. At least until June, when the new ‘Orange’ season is out.
… things are getting a little out of hand in the pool, when you are now timing your 1000yd sets, because timing 250 or 500 is just too much hassle. 60 miles for the year so far!