Friday, September 16, 2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Review

So I have never reviewed a book on here because nothing truly inspired me to...until now.

A little background about me first shall we...

1) I love my dogs, heck all my animals.  They are my family and my comfort.  I would do anything for them.

2) I love to drive.  One of my obsessions is HPDE...High Performance Driving Events. It isn't racing, there is no winner (my insurance wouldn't cover it then). But is is basically the same thing without as much of the competition. We all get on track hoping one day to have the skills to race.  We practice it, we study it when we aren't at the track, and we live for track days.

Now, that said...I. LOVED.THIS.BOOK. The cat hated it because it kept my attention away from her.

It combined my two favorite things.  On the surface, it reinforced some track lessons.  Deeper, it related the track to real world and made some of my lessons even more valuable.  It reminded me to never give up and keep thinking ahead and thinking positive.

The struggles in the story held my attention and the story line.  While I have seen some say it was predictable, it was told in such a way to keep me reading.  Truth be told, I read the whole thing cover to cover in about 4 hours.  I haven't done that with a book since Gone With the Wind. (yes, I read the WHOLE thing without a break...talk about a long night).

Open yourself up to the lessons in it.  When it talks about driving lessons, relate them to your personal life and see them as more than they appear because the car really does go where the eyes go.

This is one that will stay on my shelf and I will read again.

Now, on to The Help...tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Welcome Back

For the past few weeks I just haven't felt blogging so I didn't.  It wasn't that I didn't have things on my mind to write about but I didn't have the attention span to actually put it into words.  Oh well, my blog, my rules.

I fell off the fit wagon for a little bit and by fell I mean went sky diving without a parachute.  But, I got back on it really good this week.  I am back to tracking my food, my workouts and setting goals that are actually attainable.

Monday was training day and I started to get it back then.  Mid-way through the workout it hit me and I pushed threw and felt great.  Well, if great means my legs were killing me.  Thankfully I actually came home and got the roller out and spent time becoming one with it and my ice.

Tuesday, the temperature popped back into the 100's and my run was a chore.  I did it but during the first part of it, I felt like I was breathing through a straw.  That and a the group I was running in, seemed to have a shorter stride and a little slower pace than I was accustomed to.  Turns out, I do better when I can stretch out and go a little faster. Another good motivator was that when you were running, you created a breeze.  When you stopped, it was like you stopped in a sauna.  I got it done though!

Today, was training day and it was more fun than a workout although I did really workout hard.  I was just in the mood to enjoy it and have fun.  Now I am home, rolling out my knee and watching the Crossfit games.  Want to talk about a motivator and feeling like a slacker all in one...watch it and see.  As corny as it sounds, it made me do a little more tonight once I got home.

I am not sure about anyone else, but I am having a hard time thinking that I still have two more days left of this week.  I keep thinking that tomorrow is Friday.  Probably because I am working on about 4 hours of sleep today.  My mind just wouldn't shut off last night.  I was just worrying.  A big part of that was because a friend of mine called me and I missed the call.  It was from a different number than I am used to and that freaked me out a little.  He didn't leave a message so my mind started worrying about him.  I know a missed call shouldn't bug me but when he is deployed it always freaks me out.  Thankfully, he knows my crazy tendencies and emailed me today.  I love him for indulging my crazy!!

Bedtime for me!