Geeks Unite & Take Over
I'm fessin' up now; I'm a spreadsheet geek. You could be forgiven for mistaking that my enthusiasm for planning my training is all about the running. Well, it kinda is but its also partly a bit of a fetish for columns, equations and conditional formatting. I really rather enjoy colour coding my long runs, tempo and lactate threshold sessions and embedding formulae to calculate the proportion of road miles in my weekly mileage - one has to monitor these things.
You can be forgiven for thinking that this might all seem a bit too planned and robotic. And I suppose it is a bit. But I'm embarrassed to say I sort of enjoy it. I love my running; its simple freedom; carpets of heather in late summer; the feeling of the wind whipping through my hair. But I also quite like the science of the sport; the planning, the execution, the review. Once you've learned the ingredients for a good race recipe, its just the blend that's left to perfect. Running is ace. It has something for everyone. Even the geeks can get their kicks.