Today I mowed and edged my yard in 25:38, besting my previous record of 30:04 by 4 minutes and 26 seconds. It was one of those days when the stars were aligned and I had a rock solid focus on what needed to be done. Being that I was so on my game, I seriously doubt that this record will be bested anytime soon.
THE MOWING: I was out the side door and to the garden shed fast. I grabbed the mower, got it positioned in the back yard, checked the gas and oil levels and primed the engine. She started up strong with one pull.
I mow the back by starting on the perimeter and cutting on inward circles until I am in the center of the yard. This went fast, and when I was done I immediately transitioned to the front yard, stopping only to empty the clippings bag into the green waste bin. I mow the front with a series of linear cuts parallel to the house, working my way curbside. This too went quickly.
I then rolled the mower back to the garden shed and grabbed the edger.
THE EDGING: This is where I made my first and only mistake. I had left the edger's battery in the charging cradle. The charging cradle is in the garage (see diagram above), so I had to go get it.
Perhaps because I was so very confident that I was on track for a personal best, I decided to stop by the coffee maker (see diagram above) to warm up my cup after I grabbed the battery. This only took a few seconds and I was quickly back in the yard.
I grabbed the edger, slammed the battery in place, and started edging. I'm probably better with the edger than I am with the lawn mower, so I knew that if I kept things steady and consistent, I would not lose any time against the clock. I made clean cuts against the retaining wall. I was cautious around the aloe plants and took caution around the cactus. Soon I was done.
I hit stop on my Garmin and saw confirmation that I had just beaten my previous record by an eternity. Victory was mine. I had covered just under a half mile.
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