Well, this update was originally intended to be a training update. Unfortunately, my cats had other ideas. To be honest, it's an issue sometimes being loved TOO MUCH. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's annoying, but the amount of affection I get from my passel of pussies is just beyond belief.
The sweetest cat on the planet
Everybody knows the drill at this point: it's a hard knock life of petting cats, baking baked goods, stroking the ego of James Haycraft, and #GTWD on the SBR side of things. I train a lot, but don't brag about it quite as much as the Pro. We all need validation, but I most frequently find my own personal validation in the form of a little furball rubbing up on my leg and begging to be scratched, petted, played with, snuggled with, fed, cleaned, walked, etc.
Waiting, not so patiently, to be fed
Sometimes I have dreams about racing and the trials and tribulations my "workout" side of life brings me. But more often than not, I dream about grass plains with gentle breezes and my cats - and all other cats of the free world - having an unrestricted place to play, eat and poop free from the oppression of non-cat oriented minds.
Smudge sun bathing
I recently saw an episode of National Geographic where this lady in California had taken in over 700 stray cats from the local shelter. She even created a "senior living center" and nursery but for cats. Some might think that sounds crazy, but I personally think that sounds heavenly. A lot of little buddies just running around and always being there for me while I workout, clean, eat, pamper, pet, scratch, itch, and all other forms of self/cat-love.
If I had to list priorities in my life, I'd say they go somewhat like this:
1) Take care of my cats
2) Swim better than others
3) umm, that's all I've got
The priorities often trickle into my daily life, which goes something like this:
5:00am - wake up with three cats on me, keeping me warm and comfy
5:00 - 5:30 am - pet cats, lay in bed, check instaram, maybe #instacat picture
5:30 - 5:45 am - pack up workout gear while simultaneously petting cats
5:45 - 6:00 am - leave house while petting cats
6:00 - 6:10 am - drive to pool while playing peppy cat music and hitting potholes
6:10 - 6:15 am - get ready for 6am masters practice
6:15 - 7:30 am - swim 5000 yards like a boss and make fun of the whiny swimmers
7:30 - 8:00 am - get ready for work, eat some kombucha