I especially liked the data stuff, the reporting of experiments and the parts of the brain that influence fear. I highlighted many sections of the book that meant the most to me. After finishing the book I thought it wise to move to the next level, and confront my biggest concern for this upcoming year. Which in all honesty isn't what I would really consider a fear, but something that I need more education on in order to have my nerves settle a little. The subject? Great White Sharks. I know the odds of even seeing a shark at Catalina is extremely low, but much more so than in the English Channel, or in the Great Salt Lake :)
|The book can be ordered in full color, or black and white.|
I got the color one for $10 more. So worth it, the images
So I ordered this book, "Shark - Human Interaction" by Erich Ritter. and I love the color photos in there. This book is more of a textbook type read, but I've only read the first couple chapters and am really enjoying it. I'm hoping that by the time I'm done, I will have gone from "fear and ignorance" about sharks to a level of "understanding and appreciation". Should I actually see a shark, I would really like to be educated in reading it's body language and accessing the situation better than just jumping onto Tom's kayak.
I intentionally slept in a little this morning and went straight to the pool. I planned to not doing a longer workout today, and just get in the shorter workout, but with a greater intensity. This morning I weighed in at 183. I'm honestly getting into a state where I'm almost too skinny. I need to put on some weight probably. Less long distance cardio, and more intensity may be in order.
Today's workout was:
200 free, 200 kick
1000 - 8 x 125's odd IM, even free
400 - 8 x 50's kick 1-4 no fins, 5-8 fins on 1:00
1200 - 4 x (300 pull strong on 4:00 (got 1:30-1:35 on all), 100 IM on 2:00)
2,800 yards total in :55
Don't get me wrong, I love my job. However, when I walk out that door, I'm in a totally different mindset and I don't go home and spend more time in front of the computer. During my drive home I actually think to myself, "Next time I go to work I will have had an awesome swim and an awesome lift." So my physical activity is the highlight of the day. I love feeling strong, fit and maximizing the gift God has given me of a physical body. It really is a matter of will. Feeling powerful enough to say, "NO" to pizza that is provided free of charge by my company, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and mindset is more reward than the taste of a delicious pie.
"All wretch and no vomit, you never get there." Love it!