Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm Old

The Ragnar Relay went well for the first two legs, for the most part. They were hard and long, but I ran them in times I deemed acceptable. Unfortunately, the second leg, an 8.7 mile monster, was along a poorly graded road at night and I was transversing a slope for the whole thing, which resulted in my developing an IT band strain in my right knee. That meant that I couldn't run my third leg. I tried, made it about 300m before I had to stop and walk, and only made it about a mile of walking before I couldn't even do that anymore. I spent the rest of the weekend with my knee wrapped up hobbling around. My team covered for me, but it was really embarrassing, especially since they're all at least 15 years older than me. I'm the young one! I'm not the one who's supposed to be felled by injury!

Here I come, end of leg one...

And there my teammate goes. There are more pictures, particularly of gimpy me, but I'm waiting on the person who took them to send them to me.

Luckily it's turning out to be a pretty minor injury, despite the inability to walk for a couple days. My knee is getting better every day, at about 95% now and staying off it another week should do the trick. Also fortunate is that I don't have to run for the rest of the summer! It's all cycling now, gotta get in shape for the TS100 and collegiate racing season! Which is great, because running sucks!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Nasal Surgery: Success

Got my sinuses "roto-rootered" (as David put it) yesterday. Good times. Hopefully now I'll be able to breathe out of my nose like a normal person.

Let's do this!

Surgical clothing is just so stylin'.

Post op, just woke up from anesthesia, feeling what could only be described as "belligerently drunk".

Next week I fly up to Oregon and then immediately drive up to Blain, WA to run the Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay. It'll be a lot of fun, but what I'm most looking forward to is the end of training for it. I'm sick of this running crap, I want to ride. All signed up for the Tahoe Sierra 100 again and it looks like they're even going to improve the course this year, taking out some fire road and putting in more singletrack. Can't wait to hit it all on my 29er! And after that, I'll actually be around for some collegiate races this year, so I'll get to keep riding all autumn long.

After the relay, I'll stay in Oregon for my brother's wedding. Everyone's getting married! Craziness!