Saturday, October 22, 2016

Haiku 9

The swimmer swims hard,
He loves the water's cool embrace,
His place of refuge.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Enchanting Chicot

I slept on her shore and watched moon beams dance 
 on her surface like sun light plowing through a diamond.
Her deep waters harbor hordes of fish that swim
 under rows of endless piers.
She invites pleasure. 
Who can can refuse her beauty?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rapper and Haiku 8

Haiku 8

We can't beat Marcus
His bad deeds are everywhere,
His power is evil.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Katessa Singing. Haiku 7

Katessa sings grace
I like her singing a lot
Marcus is a flea.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Haiku 3

Haiku 3

Marcus is a pest,
He feasts upon my soul's pain,
Make him go away.

Come on in. The Water Is Perfect

We have reached that short but magical season of perfect water. Exactly what perfect water is will always be a matter of interpretation just as beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder. But for me, perfection is what we have had in the Twin Rivers pool for two weeks past and almost certainly will have for the upcoming week also.

This year the weather has been a bit atypical but in a good way. September was warmer than August and October has been so warm that people are starting to complain about it. Not I, not me, not never. Despite the warmth, the water temps have slowly fallen in part due to the lengthening nights and in part due to a few cools evenings and early mornings. But warm afternoons and lots of sunshine has kept the numbers up and the pool open. Ms Debbie is still running the pumps and the pool is clean. It has never been this sanitized this late before. Last year at this same time, the pool was dry and my heart broken. Now when you ride by and glance out at the water, it is flat and perfectly still because I am killing it every day. 

If I had to pick one number, one dot on the temperature scale, that I call perfect, it is 74. The range I most like is 78 to 74. For me, that is the number I can still swim for hours in without over chilling and it still feels refreshing and cool. Two weeks ago we began to dip under 80 F and believe it or not, that ends swimming around here. John and I have been the sole survivors frequenting the pool. As the temps have crept downward, my enjoyment has eased upward. Last Thursday we hit 75. I like. Friday it was 74. I liked that even more.

Monday the 17th, the water was a balmy 78. The old man who works with a physical therapist showed up. But one toe touch and he headed back to the car on his walker. Oddly, John failed to show. A phone conversation later revealed that he feared the water was too cold.

So there you have it. In this society, in Greenwood, MS, I am a cold water swimmer for dipping in a pool only a little cooler than a warm bath. That's OK with me. It's MY pool now, and I love it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

10/10 - 10/16

Another week of training has come and gone and I am still not the world's best old man runner. But I had a week that has me pointed in the right direction. Monday I went to the pool alone. I forget where John was but the water was right. We are in that magical time that is always too short. I swam a straight 3,100 and then ran 3.65 after night class.

Tuesday I was again alone at the pool and the water had risen from 75 to 76. Imagine, water temps rising in October. Again I did a straight swim this time for 6,200 meters in 2:04:15. Then I did a 5.65 miles multi-paced effort on the road. 

John was back for Wednesday's swim. I did 

12 X 50 @ 1:12
12 X 50 @ 1:12
12 X 50 @ 1:12
6 X 50 @ 1:12
total: 4,600 meters.

My run was only 2.25 miles.

Thursday I was alone again for

14 X 50 @ 1:12
total: 4,400 meters.

Friday, I attended the Baptists' pastors breakfast at Carrollton Baptist as the guest of Brother Gary. I had planned to park at Dollar General and run Highway 17 after the meal, but I forgot a shirt so I went back home and ran out Money Road instead. I did 8.75 miles as

1- 5.0 slow
2- 2.31 @ 9:58
3- 1.44 slow

That afternoon, it rained and John bailed on me, but I had a glorious swim in the 74 degree Twin Rivers pool. I did

16 X 50 @1:12
total: 5,000 meters.

Saturday, Forrest and I did our Malmaison hike and I walked 3.07 miles and later in the day lifted weights (upper and lower) and walked another .59.

For the week, I

ran 20.3 miles
lifted weights one time
swam 23,300 meters, and 
walked 6.24 miles.

A pretty good week ti was.