Seriously, I have a final at 3PM today (currently 1), but stuff's been going down this week and I need to vent. Read on if you dare; I might offend you.
So yesterday, I get the word that one of my favorite trails here in Los Penasquitos Canyon is now officially closed. People had been cutting the low-hanging branches over the trail to increase available head-room. The timing of the vandalism matched the presenc of fresh hoof-prints and manure on the trail. Moreover, the branches cut are at such a height that a cyclist or hiker would not need to cut them in order to pass through the area safely. Hmmmm...what other trail-user group could be doing that? I wonder...
Many of us had been trying to catch the offenders red-handed on film, but were unable to do so. Recently, the amount of damage escalated and the entire trail was closed to all trail users indefinitely. Nice job you wankers.
In other news:
Today, my brother calls me because the folks at Team Unlimited released some of the Xterra schedule for 2009. Turns out the West Championships has been renamed the West Cup and moved to just outside Vegas (sorry, James!). I can't help but notice how the soft opening of the bike park at Vail Lake coincides with the Xterra folks moving the race. Considering that a portion of the bike course is slated to become the route for shuttle vehicles, I'm not surprised the Xterra folk chose to take their game elsewhere. Nice job, Vail Lake! (Insert HEAVY sarcasm). Granted there are likely other reasons for the Xterra folk moving the race, but it's my 'blog and I reserve the right to jump to conclusions. So there!
Lastly, the West Cup (stupid name by the way) race is 2 weeks earlier than in previous years. This means my training plan has to be chopped by two weeks, I have to make travel plans for the race and I have to skip the Idyllwild Spring Challenge race since the two races are on the same weekend. Boo! The Idyllwild race rocks and I was looking forward to having Luke kick my ass. Dammit.
Thanks, I feel better. :)