@trekkin gecko (and everyone else)
Thanks to all who commented. As for a goal, I want to keep my strength I earned via climbing and kayaking, and also will want to do a some longer backpacking trips this coming summer. I also want to learn to row a big raft down the river. (I'm enrolled in a river guide class in May.)
As for running, I am thinking about doing it since I live near Buffalo Park in Flag. I am really not very good at it, and have to be careful of my knees. I have to run on dirt, I can't run on pavement, it kills me. I also can't run more than about one or two blocks. Seriously. I have to jog, then walk, jog, then walk, etc.
Right now, not having been in the swimming pool for a couple of months doing laps, I know I could easily swim a mile. But I can't run even half a mile. Right now, not having ridden my road bike at all for a month and a half, I know I could ride 40 miles. (It would hurt my nether regions, but I could do it.) I could hike 20, which would pain my tootsies, but I could do it. But I can't run half a mile. So, go figger.
For quickly building cardio, probably just a little running could jump-start that a bit. I did do the 12-mile hike today, South Fork to Mexican Hay Lake. I am pretty tired but feel good, and am going to the gym tonight for some upper body stuff. (I don't know what wall squats and lunges are. I am pathetically un-knowledgeable about anything to do with workout programs, exercises, etc. After a lot of angst, I finally can feel comfortable at the gym in Springerville, having gone there enough times to get used to it. At first, it was awful. I hated it. I had to make myself get used to it.)
And, yes, now that those two PE classes are not taking up so much time, I am going to start hiking Elden in my spare time. It is right by the bus yard! I could finish my morning school bus run, hike Elden, go home and eat lunch, and be on time to my afternoon bus run.
Lap times are also convenient for my job, as they fall at lunch hour and again from 7 pm to 9 pm at the lovely and beautiful NAU Wall Aquatic Center. When swimming at NAU pool, the person in the lane next to you is likely to be an Olympic swimmer from Japan or some other country. It is really cool! Olympic teams from all over the world go there to train in the high altitude. (The Japanese team sure got a kick out of watching our kayaking class last week. I don't think they had ever seen anyone roll a kayak before. They were actually diving for their cameras and taking pictures of us!)
Rob, I hope you can get re-settled quickly. Moving is hard enough without having to have it drag on for months.
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