Well...I do got somebody. ;) My wife.
I'm feeling pretty good today. The past week my workouts have been so so, but I have been working up a sweat and getting my heart rate up. They haven't been full bore, all out workouts for at least a month. On the plus side...unlike training for the Spartan Sprint last May...I didn't bruise my leg really bad or need to see a doctor for a bump in my leg that caused great pain.
Today like many times since I signed up for the Dallas Spartan Beast last July...I hiked up to Mount Helena using the Power Line Trail. This is the view of the east side of town from up at the top:
When you hike the Power Line trail (according to the GPS function on my smartphone) it is 0.96 of one mile from bottom to top. You cannot tell from this photo, but most of the trail is steep and rocky. There have been days in the past two months where I hiked up and down the trail twice in the same hike, just to get my body used to the altitude and the incline.
I met my dental hygienist as I was starting my hike, and she and her beagle hound dog were ending theirs. I have an appointment with her in December. She told me to bring photos from the obstacle course race in Dallas with me. She's a very nice lady that reminds me of Farrah Fawcett when she was about 40 years old. Fit and pretty. She (my dental hygienist) and her husband have never ran an obstacle course race, but they do run half marathons.
I have my suitcase packed already. Tomorrow I will go through the checklist to make absolutely sure I've packed everything I want to take to Dallas. After that I'll zip the suitcase back up and load it in my truck Wednesday, so I don't have to think about it Thursday morning.
Helena has a small airport. The long term parking lot (where you park your vehicle when you are out of town) only holds about a hundred cars maximum, and that is probably a high guess. But in the year 2014, Helena's airport charge for long term parking is three dollars per day. But it gets better. Paying what you owe is on the honor system! There are no gates in the parking lot, or security guards. There is a wooden drop box at the EXIT. The wooden drop box is where you put your money or personal check, to pay for the number of days you used the long term parking lot. I'll be out of town four days, so I'll write a personal check for twelve dollars, to put in the wooden box when I return from my out of town trip.
What other Capitol City in America is that folksy? None. Click on the link for Parking:
So I'm getting excited at being in Texas in five days!!! I've rented a car at the airport and am ready to play. The Spartan Website has our team start time posted. We start the obstacle course race at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st. I would have liked an earlier start time. But one life lesson I keep learning over and over is that you can't always get what you want.
My next blog post will be after I return from Texas. I return November 3rd, but don't know how quickly I'll be able to post with pictures, but I'll try and get to it before that Friday - the 7th. AROO !!