On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How nutty would this be?

So...  I have a thought, one that I'll likely abandon when the time actually comes.

But...  but...

How crazy would it be to do a 30-day bikram challenge?  There's a center only a few blocks away from my house (it's actually closer than my gym).  I could freeze my gym membership for a month and try it...

I'm torn on how I feel about bikram, but I suspect that I'd have some strong, strong feelings after that.  And I'd probably build up my resistance to heat and humidity, too.  There are only so many 30 day periods I know that I can be in New York this summer.

I guess I'll start the summer by taking a few classes to see if I even like this studio.  I did bikram with some regularity when I lived in Philly, but I haven't done it since then - I haven't regularly practiced any yoga since then, which you could read as a sign that it hasn't been worth it to me, or you could read as a sign that it's high time I did it again!  I liked bikram as a complement to slower vinyasa/hatha classes, but on its own, I never felt like I got a very "yogic" feeling from it.  It felt like yoga for Type A people.

I'm going to stop now before I get too New Age on ya.

Now, if you have any suggestions on why I can't just quietly run some 5ks, maybe a 10k or a half, and why I can't just go to my gym's hybrid yogaerobic class and call it a day, but NO, instead I have to push myself to the limits of athletic pursuits despite knowing full well that I am not that competent, well, feel free to chime in.


  1. You can not realize your full potential unless you push yourself to the limits of athletic pursuits!

  2. But you've seen my full potential, and it's not that much!!