Saturday, August 16, 2008
In 2004, I was in Chile on my mission, with only two weeks before I came home. All the Chileans were talking about them, especially since a Chilean won a tennis gold. I was sad to miss them.
In 2006, we found ourselves recently married and without a TV. I would try to catch a few events here and there on campus, or at the old folks home where we visited. But I missed watching NBC every night like I did growing up.
So this year, knowing we didn't have a TV, I resigned myself to not being able to watch any of them. Then, because our AC went out, we stayed at a hotel for two nights. I got spoiled. The addiction came back. Once back at our house, although grateful for the AC, I missed the TV! We almost rented one, until I realized that I could just go to the gym at night to watch while I exercised. So on the night of the women's gymnastics final, I rode a bike for just under three hours, going 35 miles total. I went at a nice slow pace that I knew that I could maintain that long. Gratefully the competition ended just minutes before the gym closed...at midnight! So the next day I was exhausted and could barely walk. Good thing USA won, or else I would have been bitter!
I went another time and sat in the dressing room for an hour after exercising, watching a few final swims. Too bad the gym closes early on Saturday nights. How will I motivate myself to exercise once they are over?