Feb 27, 2006
You've Got Nothing on Jon Krakauer
I’m ashamed to say I don’t read much, but on a whim, Denise bought me Into Thin Air as a Christmas gift. I immediately got hooked & finished it quick. Many people I know have already read it (the book is almost 10 years old), but if you haven’t picked it up, I strongly recommend it. It will make a lot of your life problems seem petty – I guarantee it. I only had to read half the book before I removed “Climb Mt. Everest” from my list of life-long goals, which probably just should have said something like, “Make Denise a widow,” or “Die a slow, cold, painful death.” Suffering has a whole new meaning to me now.
Back on the Bike
The doctor said, “Ride, but take it easy,” so on Saturday I took it easy. Until a group went up the road & I proceeded to bridge to it. From there on out it was full throttle, on the front, taking pulls, burning one antibiotic laced match after another. I finally ran out of matches on Victoria about 2 K’s from the finish so I “took it easy” & sat up. Despite my efforts, the sum of it all is that I felt sluggish & slow. Needless to say, I didn’t race on Sunday even though the peer pressure factor was high. I figured why go sit in or put in half-ass efforts for Padilla, Turner, Norm, Zack & the likes, when I should still be taking it easy. Instead I put in a solid 4 hours of lonesome riding trying to sort out my head, gain back a little strength & endurance. I think I made the right choice.
I’m probably making the wrong choice today by riding in the midst of mist & on-coming rain storm…