I did get to bed early last night, and slept well. I woke up well rested, and got straight to practicing (after brewing some coffee). I started off with the usual open strings and scales (oh how I miss my bow! Can I say that a few more times before it gets annoying?) and then launched in to my LSO music. I spent a good half hour picking apart Dvorak's Slavonic Dance No. 1. It's in B major, and there are a lot of really uncomfortable notes... And then I realized it was the wrong Dance. We'll be playing Nos 2 and 7. Brilliant. Well, at least I got my brain working. Hah!
This afternoon I went back to the Rec Center for an excellent cardio workout. I've slowly been building up my running stamina, so today I ran 15 loops around the track. Next time will be 16, and then I'll be a half-loop shy of 2 miles. There was a period a few months ago where I was running 4-5 miles a few times per week. But a long hot summer of no running has me back to basics. It's getting better though, and I'm finding the enjoyment again. Then I did 35 minutes on the stair climber. I love the stair climber!
And finally I decided to try out the outdoor lazy river. It was really nice. I can see that being a great place to go with friends. I even bumped in to one of my colleagues! But it was a quick visit, because I had to get home to do more work, including getting my visa application set so that I can go to Brazil next month. I'm so excited!
So, there are still a few hours of viable evening left, so I'm off to practice some more. I'm really looking forward to the meat of my job-- teaching! I start tomorrow.