Got Me a Miata

We squandered an entire weekend on one of the least pleasant experiences I can think of – shopping for a car. To twist the knife even more, it was used car shopping.

The goal was to replace my 2012 Focus which had been totaled in January. Originally, we thought it was repairable, but after further digging at the body shop revealed more body damage, no dice.

Due a cooperative witness, the full payout for the car was an open and shut case. I have to hand it to Allstate, the whole process was painless and efficient. They were awesome to deal with. I even got a little bit for my inconvenience.

While we had a decent amount to spend, it was impossible finding a blinged out Ford Focus like the one I had. That left me with a lot of blah choices. The more we talked about it, the more we realized we really didn’t need the hatchback anymore. One thing led to another and before you know it we were driving home with a 2006 black Mazda Miata with manual 6-speed transmission.

I can count on one hand the times I’ve driven a stick. A week behind the wheel and I’m all ready an old pro.

The Ford was a fun car to drive which is why I bought it. There’s no shortage of econo-shitboxes on the market. But the only two that aren’t pathetic to drive are the Focus and Mazda 3.

In true California fashion, we have one car in the street, two in the drive, and none in the garage.

Two out of three cars I own are unconventional, so I think I officially say I have a “collection”.

Training Day 31

I went back to the fins for a few laps this morning. I have tried to use a kick board without them for years and it’s the most frustrating experience. Once the inertia from kicking off the wall dissipates, it’s an exercise in futility. The bummer for me is my legs are pretty strong, but they’re useless when it comes to swimming. I kick when I swim, but they’re not adding any value.

Activity Distance Time
Swim 1,250 Meters 30:00

Training Day 30

After 30 days, I’d hope to be logging something more impressive than a 12 lap swim. It doesn’t help that I had to get up at 3:45 so I could drop my daughter off for a ski trip, then take my wife to the airport. I’m sure I’ll crash earlier than usual today.

Posting this is about the only discipline I’m showing today. It’s the day after the Super Bowl, and I’m in serious need of a workout. The game was a total snooze, but the crowd I was with made it totally worthwhile.

Activity Distance Time
Swim 600 meters 15 minutes


Training Day 29

My mojo is back. I was hoping to do something bigger, outdoors, like a long bike ride. Alas, I had to take the dog to the damn groomers and they rescheduled the appointment for 10:30. Nothing like taking a big chunk out of the middle of someone’s day. While the dog was getting clipped, I headed to the gym for a 1250 meter swim and a 5k run, both outside on a gorgeous day.

Activity Distance Time
Swim 1250 meters 30:00
Run 5 k 24:30

Training Day 28

I don’t know if I’d call this a training day. I was so fatigued, not just tired. I ended up going to the gym, and since I’m writing this a couple days late, I don’t even remember what I did. It’s not that big of a deal because it’s supposed to be a rest day.

Training Day 27

Went to spin class and did 5 one minute sprints and 4 timed one mile rides. Melinda, the instructor showed us video from the Death Ride in the California Alps. I went back in the afternoon for a swim too.

Activity Distance Time
Spin 18 miles 45:00
Swim 1250 meters 28:00


Training Day 26

This morning we changed things up in the bootcamp class. The instructor wanted to focus on cardio. So we went to the gymnasium and alternated between running and calisthenics with a partner. It felt like I was back in high school wrestling practice, only the coach is nicer.

Activity Distance Time
Bootcamp n/a 55:00

Training Day 25

Eeking my way back into the program by swimming 25 laps this morning. I had a late morning appointment so I skipped anymore activity. I recently bought a car (more on a separate post later) with a manual transmission and no my right arm is killing me.

Activity Distance Time
Swimming 1250 Meters 30:00

Training Day 24

This past weekend was spent car shopping and it consumed a lot of cycles. I didn’t get to the gym either day, and the only real exercise I got was an easy bike ride with Linda  – so I’m not counting it.

Today I was back and hit the pool for 1000 meters and then did some weights.

Activity Distance Time
Swimming 1,000 meters 25:00
Weights 30:00

Training Day 23

I can’t say I wasn’t warned. A couple people have said I’m doing too much too so and I think they’re right. The past couple days my right bicep and ligaments behind my knee have been bugging me. It’s nothing major, just muscles that probably haven’t been stretched.

Activity Distance Time
Bootcamp n/a 60:00