Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring Break Has Sprung

Top three favorite things about spring break:

3. desolate campus
2. zero traffic
1. empty rec. center pool

The days leading up to spring break are buzzing with incensed college students who don’t know where they’re going for break or how they’re going to look in their bikinis. And then on the first Monday of spring break, it all dies down and we’re left with peace and quiet.

So, my expectations were high today for the pool. Minutes after I started swimming, the other two people in the pool left. But seconds after they were gone, you know who showed up. No, not the bad guy from the Harry Potter books. Flipper. There weren’t any confrontations or major swim-offs today, but I definitely gave the old codger a run for his flipperin’ money.

Jeff and I are convinced he’s some tenured professor, and now I’m quite eager to identify him. Unfortunately, most professors don’t wear flippers when teaching their classes or holding office hours. I'll find a way. More Flipper news as it happens.

But when I wasn’t trying to identify my arch-nemesis, I was swimming an easy 2,000-yard workout in the 30-minutes I had, including:

  • 500 yards free warm-up on 6:30
  • 5 x 100 yards free on 2:00
  • 1,000 yards free on 12:30

No butterfly today. Sad, I know. But it's a Monday... and if that's not an excuse for unacceptable laziness, I don't know what is. I cannot explain, however, how nice it was to have my Monday lunch hour back. Granted, I only get my lunch hours back for the week (and then again in another 5 weeks), but the freedom is incredible. For once, I think I'm going to go straight home and... do my taxes.

Other than that, I need to set out a plan for running (i.e., races and getting a clue) and cycling, as well as make arrangements for an upcoming trip to Portland, Oregon. I know, I know: tone down the running pace and the thrilling Monday evenings.


miss petite america said...

i used to love the campus at thanksgicing break when everyone went home and i stayed annoying @ssholes!! :)

JenC said...

I remember that from my college days. Breaks were always the best times to be on campus. Enjoy the week!

Jim said...

1,000 yards in 12:30, and that's at an easy pace for you? OMG that's good swimming.

The Salty One said...

It sounds so nice! My fave time to work is around the holidays when everyone's on vacation. So quiet and peaceful! I hope you can make it outside today--it's another beautiful one out there!

TRI Vortex said...

Hey fellow fish. I'm glad to see that we won't be finding Flipper in tuna anytime soon. God forbid, you might loose your USAT membership or be banned. [knock on wood]. At least I'm not the only one seeing that spring break just means more time to work out. Keep up the swims.