I'm scheduled to do a half marathon on Sunday morning between Alexandria, Virginia and the Mount Vernon estate, the Potomac River Run Half Marathon. It goes along the banks of the river on a paved multi-use trail. It's basically the same course as the Belle Haven 25K that I did in February. My running has been skimpy lately in favor of working on my swimming and cycling, and it's a hilly course, so I'm not expecting any world-beater times, just a long supported training run.
I'll get psyched up by watching the broadcast of MYSELF in the 2005 Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 30, from 2:30-3:00PM on OLNTV (my favorite channel). Well, I probably won't be shown in the broadcast, but it was a great race. Watch the runners battle some substantial winds on the course.
Then I'll have an opportunity after my race to recover in front of the TV on Sunday afternoon.
My first pick will be the 2004 Hawaii Ironman triathlon re-broadcast from 4 to 6 PM on NBC. However, I'd also like to see the Dodge Tour de Georgia which is being shown on OLNTV from 5 to 7 PM. This is a serious conflict.
I'm also delighted to see that OLNTV will also be broadcasting the Giro d'Italia starting on May 7, 5 to 7 PM. It looks like the Giro has a great website, but only available in Italian and French. I'll have to depend on Phil Liggett (my favorite sports commentator of all time).
I don't follow any major-league sports (and don't even get me started ranting about the disgraceful drug use in American baseball), but watching triathlon and cycling inspires me. I like to save up my programs for rainy-day viewing and fast-forwarding through the commercials. Maybe it's time to buy a TiVo?