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

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fair flying...

Bellevue, WA
Tuesday, October 17, 2007

Great weather in the Northwest, not one day of rain in the last week ‘n a half! Literally clear sunny skies in the dead of fall, really quite unheard of. Perhaps it’s to make up for the summer that never came.
Regardless, in the last month of racing I apparently ensnared yet another sinus infection… although, I wasn’t aware of this until the nurse came into my little recuperating room after surgery… “Everything went really well, although the doctor thought it strange the patient would actually have a sinus infection at the time of surgery…” Yes… after two years of contemplation I finally gave in and got the ‘nasal intervention surgery.’ With the off season in full swing and, honestly, nothing better to do, surgery sounded like a refreshing and altogether memorable experience. Enough with those unsatisfying hours of Kung Fu and swimming, I’m getting surgery.
Okay, I wasn’t that optimistic, but it turned out much better than I thought it would. It was an outpatient operation of one hour performed in a hospital, literally, 5 miles from the abode of one William H. Gates. Post op I was walking around and there was, contrary to popular belief, zero pain. I didn’t use any of the pain medication they gave me, and now with five days since the operation I feel 80 percent. Evidently there’s a 7-10 day recoup period, so there’s still 2-5 days until I can start easing back into training… fortunately the outlook on weather here in the northwest remains bright, with clear skies in the forecast for another 3 weeks.