At mile 78 today, I did FIFTEEN MILES this week. We have about 20 boring miles left in the Old Forest before Old Man Willow tries to eat hobbits and Tom Bombadil shows up. I was kinda slack with weights the past couple of weeks, but I’ve picked them up again. The eating thing was pretty bad for a while, but that’s under control for the first time in ages, and I’ve now lost 6 lbs. Still fat, but slightly less so.
The trees overhanging the lakeside paths have strung leaves on their old cobwebs . The dangling leaves whirled overhead in the breeze like falling confetti that never hit the ground. Hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies zoomed blithely past my face like I wasn’t even there.
I went to the lake mid-morning, so the smells were damp fern combined with sun-hot dirt, Monterrey pine, and the perfume of bay laurel. All I heard were hunting hawks, tweeting birdies and the wind whistling in my earrings.
For me the best place to work out is outside, and the best equipment is a good pair of running shoes. But I confess: there are some gadgets that entice me. In fact, if I had money to burn I’d likely get myself an Elliptigo and break my neck.
Truly, there are an astonishing number of wheeled toys that I would be all over if I wasn’t such a baby about fractures and lacerations. I look at these videos and think, WOW THAT LOOKS EASY AND FUN and I could totally do it.
Enter my good friends Dunning and Kruger, the idea men behind the eponymous Dunning-Kruger Effect (D-KE, for short,) which is an effect caused by an unskilled person (me) who is SO VERY BAD at something (like riding newfangled contraptions) that they (me again) lack the ability to understand how bad they (you know who) are at it, giving rise to “illusory superiority,” (a phrase I am dying to use in an argument one of these days.) To remove or negate this cognitive bias one must inform oneself about the lack in one’s abilities.
Whatever. I think I’d be really great on freeline skates!
If you had unlimited skill and money, what self-propelled wheeled device would you work out on? (Protip: lots and LOTS of videos on Youtube of stuff like this. Many things to covet! Ask me how I know, having just wasted spent several hours on a one-hour post.)