Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Friday, December 22, 2006


North Bend, WA
Friday, December 22, 2006

Have you ever heard of the stomach Flu? It’s not cool… at all. My parents had it when I got home; they were over it... but not totally over it when I got home. It wasn’t contagious anymore. So I got home, went to the gym & rode the next day. When I got home from the ride I started to feel weird. I took a nap & didn’t sleep at all… my stomach was upset. I woke up and ate a little dinner and went back to bed. I threw up once every 30 minutes well into the morning.
My brother had picked me up from the airport and stayed briefly at our house before going back to his home. I wanted to see just how non-contagious the bug was. So I called him up to ask if he was sick. He said he’d had exactly the same thing at exactly the same time as I’d had mine… So there you go… I’d say that’s fairly contagious, it seems like all you’d have to do is be within 20 feet of someone with the bug for 10 seconds in order to catch it (allow incubation of one day for full effect). Everyone in Seattle’ll probably have it before the year’s over.
The good thing is that it hits hard once and then it’s gone. No sinus or lung problems, you just get an upset stomach and throw up for a day and it’s over. I’d take that over being sick for a week or two any day.