Monday, April 14, 2008

It Never Rains, But it Pours

You go through periods in life where very little happens and then, suddenly, everything happens all at once. Often, I find myself wishing for just a little breathing room and get none *sigh*.

Last week was a busy training week. I started off feeling strong Tuesday and Wednesday, but found myself struggling to complete workouts by the time Thursday came along. Moreover, my finicky right frontal sinus decided to swell up, retain pool water and then get mildly infected. This is a painful situation and it gets so bad, at times, it makes me nauseated; forget flip turns or lifting heavy weights. The only remedy is time and 800 mg doses of anti inflammatories. Today, it's finally starting to clear out and I'm blowing rainbow-colored mucus out my nose...lovely.

Friday, I discovered one of my local trails was getting "graded" to make way for homes. I don't like losing trails to developers to begin with and losing one I ride at least once or twice a week rubbed me the wrong way. Alas, several environmental action groups filed multiple lawsuits and succeeded in posponing the inevitable and getting a few provisions for some shrimp that live in Vernal Pools (?), while the City Ranger finagled temporary access for the general public until the "recreation trail" circumventing the development is completed. Big whoop. So the MTB crowd loses another trail ("Intestines" on Del Mar Mesa) and developers get to pocket more coin. Thank you, Pardee Homes. My only hope is that the housing market sucks when they start selling and they lose their ass on the deal. Jerks.

As soon as I heard, I threw my bike in the Jeep and headed out for on last ride. Two hours later, on my way back, I ran into Adventure Racer Robyn Benincasa. We were chatting about the trail siutation for a few minutes before my brain realized who I was talking to. She's friggin' cool as heck by the way. One of the perks of living in San Diego is running into quasi-famous athletes. I dig it; never gets old.

Saturday I headed out to Vail Lake for some MTB fun. It turned out to be a pretty decent day considering the high winds and I was able to help quite a few folks out with finding the Xterra/ 24 Hours course out there. I felt like a tour guide by the time I was done, but I guess I did my good deed(s) for the day.

Went for a run yesterday and struggled a little in the heat. Still got some solid work in, but I was feeling it.

Racing in Arizona next week (Arizona Xtreme Off Road Triathlon). My first time out there and I'll be racing against some HEAVY hitters: Trevor Glavin and James Walsh to name a few. Wish me luck.


R.I.P. Intestines


Luke said...

robyn benicasa....she was the girl in the hawaii ironman 2006 nbc broadcast right?? crazy firefighter chick outta sd. she's gnarly...badass!!

Zippy said...

Yup, that's her. She was surprised I recognized her.