There is irony in that post title, being that I am a technologist by day, running by evening and blogger in the night, so it seems anyway.This week is becoming the epitome of deja vu, meets anarchy of ironic failures. It must be some planetary alignment, so I propose to the tens of readers. I digress.
My run today was intended to be a 30 minute easy run, per my active.com training program. I fully intended to make this happen and was well on my way. First, I had to move my nike shoe pod from my older pair of running shoes to the new buddies. Simple right? So I dig the old one out and place properly in the pocket, and…wallah! Nothing. I try resetting the silly little bugger, and wallah! Nothing…sigh. So I head back upstairs to gather my other shoe pod from my not so older pair of nike running shoes, and wallah! Success. Finally. Ten minutes later, I am finally running with a wee bit of stress going on. No problem.
I start out at a 6.5 mph, or roughly a 9’15″ pace. When I check on the phone 5 minutes in, it has me at a 11’05″ pace. Huh? Oh yeah, I forget. It seems that moving a nike pod requires some calibration, and since this pod was last calibrated with a GPS, surely it has to be accurate…nope. Not to fear, I am running on the trusty TM, surely I can’t screw up my distance and will re-calibrate once I am finished. Not a trouble in the world.
Similar to my picture…
Back to staring at the picture and thinking about my upcoming trip, missing my family, etc..etc…
So around 16:00 minutes in, I decide to hit the power button on the iPhone to check how far the distance/pace is off at this point, and Wallah! I hit an oddly placed button the control panel of the TM, sending it into a new routine, basically setting me to stop and asking if I want to run in Death Canyon 10k…NO! Alas, since I am wise with technology, I quickly pause the run on the iPhone, hit manual on the TM and set the pace back to 6.5 mph. No harm, no foul.
Yet, something is off. In the mere 30 or so seconds I was not running, my body/brain connection shattered. I struggle over the next few minutes and determine this is not going to happen the way I planned. Plan B.
Since I wasn’t able to do my Cross Training yesterday, which was on the books for 20 minutes, and I am only 1 minute from that goal, my alternate plan was to finish up the current run and then hit the rowing machine as punishment.
I wrap up the run and quickly try to do the math on where I was at 16:08 ish when I hit the dreaded button and then where I got to in the following 3:50 ish time to finish. I figure the pace was roughly a 9:15 and I was around 1.75 miles when I hit the button, so I assume I was around the 2.15 mile point. Sigh. Epic Fail. Crap.
So I hit the treadmill and determine I shall be punished with a 10 minute or 250 stroke row, whichever comes first. Our rowing machine is a castoff piece of training equipment that I believe came, by the way of a friend, from a phsycial therapy office. It is not anything fancy but very smooth.
It is something similar to this, just probably two or three times higher on the quality scale. I love the squeak one gets as a reward for the full pull on the left handle, but let me tell you, this is a workout.
As my punishment wraps up, I am left to wonder…how will this impact my training cycle? Will I still be adding stamina to my running or am I just causing self inflected wounds in order to prevent myself, subconsciously or consciously with malice (too many cop dramas lately)??? Then I take a breath and realize, why would that matter? If I don’t ever run a half marathon, so what? The point of my running is to challenge myself, but not at the expensive of adding stress to my already stressful day job.
So I put this in the learning category of don’t press buttons when you don’t have to Kevin…tomorrow shall now be a 30 minute run and I am going to take the time to actually enjoy myself…so I plan on it.
Question of the post…what do you do when technology fails you, such as your iPod dying, treadmill fail or GPS crapping out?