Feb 23, 2011
To opine or not to opine. For me, it is the eternal question. ’Blogging’ is a means to update friends and family, spread information, share photos and even, make new friends and acquaintances. Its also a method to pontificate one’s beliefs, opinions and philosophies without scruples, filters or debate. Who wants to read that? For here, I hope to make this a place to discuss training and racing and the fun that goes with it. I hope my athletes will submit blogs to me that I can post here, so other athletes can see what they are doing. And I hope readers will submit comments/questions to my Contacts page, which I will try and answer via the blog. (I will, of course, always respond personally to each.)
So, come on! Lets swap some training stories!
As I currently live in Hawaii, I have very little room to complain about anything, especially when it comes to training. But as I was riding miles 45-60 today on the North Shore, I had this thought. EVERY TIME I ride the North Shore of Oahu, I want to go and EGG the Hawaii Department of Transportation. They have recently taken a road so rough and made it significantly worse by tearing up the southbound lane for a new water-line and subsequently filling with the chip-seal material so often used. I cannot describe the awfulness of this road. It is the kind of bumpy that bounces you from one spot to another, sometimes inconveniently into head-on traffic. One of three things will undoubtedly happen on this route: 1) my teeth will be rattled from my skull; 2) my bike will simply disintegrate beneath me; or 3) I will simply be hit by a car. I often say that there are three things that I can’t stand while cycling: rough roads, high winds, rain. Now, I can take two of the three at once, but not all three. So today, I diligently tried to focus on the positives–light wind, no rain. But this road is so hideous, I focused on the necks I would like to ring, the glass I needed to avoid, and the blue seas lazily rolling into the course sand. Hindsight is the best: I’m so lucky to live here.