Running a little better this week. More consistent anyway. Now that I have a watch again, it's easier to tell if I'm doing well or not. I'm doing OK, but not necessarily showing improvement. I guess when you're already pretty good, you should be happy to stay that way. But I didn't get this way by not improving. It's my nature to try and get better.
I'd hardly ever seen snakes at Shoreline Park before the last couple of weeks, but now I see one almost every day. They're usually a gopher snake, and if not that, a garter snake. Either way, non-venomous, so I'm not worried (OK, the garter snake is technically venomous, but non-threatening to humans). I generally find them sitting in the middle of the trail, trying to warm up in the sun, and they slither away as I approach. When I'm lucky, they stay put for a second, and I crouch a couple paces away to get a good look at them. At that point, they'll generally wait a couple beats, then slide into the grass (on one occasion, it hissed first). And lemme tell ya, the phrase "snake in the grass" is dead-on. One they're in the tall grass, they're invisible.
The other day, at work, someone mentioned on an internal mailing list that they saw a six-foot snake on the trail. Wow! All the ones I've seen have generally been 60-100 cm long (2-3 feet). He also said it was either dead or dying; not moving, and birds were circling. Kinda wish I'd ridden my bike over there after work just to check it out.
I keep thinking of trying to catch one. I probably won't.
Tried swimming for the first time in over a year on Friday. One thing I forgot is how easy it is at first, and how hard it gets as you go. At work, we have a couple of "endless" pools, the swimming equivalent of a treadmill; it's about the size of a hot tub and you can set a constant current at whatever speed you like. I like that you never have to turn and it forces you to hold a steady pace, but the major downside is that there's no good way to keep track of how long you've been going or how far you've gone. There's a clock off to the side, but you have to stop to look at it. I might try wearing a watch (you can swim with the one I have) and see if it's possible to look at it on the fly. I kinda doubt it.
Looking forward to tomorrow's race in a big way, for some reason. I have high expectations. Will potentially be my first time winning a race in over two months.