Rains fell in that biblical kind of way yesterday,
They cleared out just about the time
We all started to run this morning.
We kept a pace that was too fast,
I dropped back, alone, until the turn for five,
When my bud slowed and brought me along for seven.
We talked, walked, never balked,
It was the good kind of run that happens
When the pace is right and the company solid.
We mentioned emotions and mechanics,
How important they are in triathlons,
Really, in everything we do.
He and I recognized that part of the journey
Is so important, maybe even more so than,
The pace, the distance, the medals.
When we were done,
I felt alive, ready for more, and
With work what it is, today, I was off to lift.
I have a rule, never exercise angry,
That’s the ingredient for tension,
Tension is what gets me hurt.
I got to work and hit the weights,
No distractions, no waiting for equipment,
My music, it was heaven.
Until the crush of gossip information
Entered the sanctity of the glorious grind.
Someone shared “compensation” information with me.
Why should I care what others make?
Why does it matter how people act?
I’m only in control of me.
And I could feel myself losing a little control.
My heart rate went up a couple of zones,
Literally, orange if you’re counting.
The sets and reps got checked off.
An old shoulder injury reminded me that it might still be there,
But I didn’t care, anger is tough to undo. Anger will not be denied.
Guilt too, I suppose, as I talked shit to myself when I finished,
Why did you listen?
When will you grow up?
After a super cold shower, by choice, it’s supposed to help something,
The anger was broken, a new realization was upon me, and
A renewed sense of emotional and mechanical purpose had been inspired.
Listen… Don’t own…
I’m mostly all “growed” up.