I know two Nathans. (And some choice Daniels and Nathaniels.) These two Nathans are both tall married athletes living in the Bay Area. Last Saturday on Mount Diablo I was talking to Martina about her outfit ("feel this!" she said. "it's so soft, i can't stop touching myself!"). We and thousands of others were waiting for the bike race. Then Nathan ran by! I called out. Cognitively it was just Nathan, and likely to be Nathan who is an ultra runner because why else would Nathan run 12 miles up the mountain. I got a funny look, but he did stop, kind of quietly. In my experience awkward silences are best addressed with questions. So I asked about his wife ...
It can be pretty hard to get going again once momentum is lost. It's uphill for forever. There are rocks for forever, that shim under the right cleat makes it so impossible to clip in... Just walk the bike. Which is stupid in cycling shoes. And there are probably rattlesnakes at ankle height under those rocks. Those rocks that are in fact ridable on the big wheels. So just ride the bike. And hope many are within earshot because they must notice how good I am at whistling "Clementine" and Beethoven's 7th. Being scared or frustrated while whistling is like keeping my eyes open while sneezing, I can't. -- For those who wonder about my silence, and now my reliance on metaphor (and also for ...
"If you want to know how I am, go figure it out yourself! We have mutual friends! And I have a website!" Yelling this at someone really only applies if the website indicates something current about how I am. Not to mention, yelling this at someone out loud would have been better than yelling it in my head. I am fine. Like this post, things feel faltering, like I am still picking myself back up with distraction as my crutch of choice. This is not a complaint, it's just a fact. Leaving a sport, failing exams, being rejected, these are all common but still difficult things. I am fine. Anyway it's an exciting day to be procrastinating spring-break-work with news items. Likewise I ...
It's snowing and it's March and I'm going to keep my blog. Who knows, life may be more interesting now outside the confines of swim-bike-run. Also recently someone read the entire blog. Entire. Which not even my mother has done. Imagine learning that someone you have met one time knows your 2008 opinions and occurrences better than you do! So, odd, but also perhaps a testament to the entertainment value of at least some of this. And how else would I remember the time my mom made my sister call me to ask if I had eaten half a fig bar at Christmas? Thus: on we go. [caption id="attachment_3764" align="alignnone" width="200"]...
Or in my current situation: thanks for a great water-run! Because I still can't run for real until the end of January. I'm closing in on my last couple of days of being a triathlete. In the wake of a bunch of things, and looking forward to a bunch of other things, I have decided that I won't renew my USAT license. Not as a professional, nor even as an amateur. What I kind of wanted to title this post was "hey internet, I quit!", retiring is for the fancy pros after all. But out of gratitude and respect for all the wonderful people and organizations who love the sport and who contributed to my love for it, I decided not to ...
I raced Rev3 Maine this past weekend. My first race all summer! I was so excited to be there! But, even after all the changes and all the time and hard work and money dumped into fixing the searing back/hip/leg pain I'd had in the Spring, even after pre-emptively loading up on 4000 mg of ibuprofen in the 2 days before the race, my race experience felt like deja vu. It hurt. So, now I know. Now I know it's not just that my legs are different lengths, because I have addressed that and have seen no improvements. The next step is to add another type of ...
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