Finally, finally and finally, the Australian Open is over. I become too interested in these contests and spend so much time watching that other interests are short-changed. Now I can do more reading, writing and exercising.

So here is what I did in January.

I played tennis on 15 days—one more than last month—for a total of 36 hours (down from 41 3/4 in December). Almost can’t imagine how I was doing five hours a day last month sometimes, but it was usually doubles. Played more singles recently.

My abs crunches set a lifetime record and also were modified.

Jan 1: 100+100+100=300 bicycles + 500 balls
Jan 5: 250+250+250+250=1000 balls (legs on exercise ball, back on floor)
Jan 9: 100+100+100=300 bicycles + 550 balls (a record)
Jan 18: 250+300+300+200=1050 balls (a record)
Jan 23: 100+100+100=300 bicycles + slow balls
Jan 27: 100+100+100=300 bicycles
Jan 29: 40 slow balls

When I did 1050 ball crunches, it took half an hour. So I am experimenting with the theory of reducing the time exercising but doing the moves more slowly—when I lower myself back to the floor, I am taking 15 seconds for just one descent. We will see if this builds muscle as well or better than faster, but more, reps.

I also went skiing once, played squash twice (one session was 10 games, and I wasn’t tired), lifted some weights just once (my injured arm was able to do it), and rowed once.

Another activity that took up some very exciting time was attending five of the Trinity College squash matches at Hartford and New Haven. Trinity has now won 217 consecutive matches over 11 years, the longest of any sport. The team has also won the annual national contests 11 years in a row. I am a big fan, and love rooting for the players and coaches I have come to know and admire.