I know, I know, we’re all sick of sunsets, but I think I can get away just one.
I spent 2 weeks on a business trip in Colorado and brought my camera. Here’s the first of many photos.
I went out and did a crit race at the Driveway in Austin — a very cool course normally used for motorized racing, and a big thrill whether you get your kicks from racing or at http://es.partypoker.com/.My race did not end in victory, but I did snap this photo of the cat1-4 open race.
You know it’s been a good week when half of your dirty dishes are water bottles, and half of your laundry is cycling clothes.
Water was high this weekend on the greenbelt. I splashed through a few creek crossings but one was chest-deep, so I chose to stay on the same side of the creek and use the always fun chain path
Out of the sea of available events in Texas, I’ve sorted out the following race calendar. I’ll probably drop in on others, but this is where my focus is this year:
Rogue Trail Series: The Maze 10K/30K
Walnut Creek Metro Park, Austin, Texas, US
Sunday, May 06, 2007
The Rookie Triathlon
Texas Ski Ranch, New Braunfels, TX, USA
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Capital of Texas Triathlon
Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX, US
Monday, May 28, 2007
Olympic at 7:00 am; Sprint at 9:00 am; First Tri at 9:30 am
Rogue Trail Series: The Loop 10K/30K
Emma Long Motocross Course, Austin, Texas, US
Sunday, June 03, 2007 – Monday, June 04, 2007
Rogue Trail Series: The Belt 30K
BCGB, Austin, TX, US
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Texas Toughest Du
St. Stevens School, Austin, TX, USA
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Jack’s Generic Triathlon
Texas Ski Ranch, New Braunfels, TX, USA
Sunday, August 05, 2007
XTERRA Camp Eagle
Camp Eagle, TX, USA
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The Austin Triathlon
Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX, USA
Monday, September 03, 2007
There was lots of interior work on the house this week. Our cabinets look a bit strange without the countertop, but I’m sure that it will show up soon.
I went for a series of allergy tests yesterday, trying to get to the bottom of why I feel crappy during the Austin allergy season(s).
I fully expected Mountain Cedar, Mold, and Ragweed to show up, but alas, I am allergic to NOTHING AT ALL.
How can this be? I have to go back when I have symptoms and they’ll try to figure it all out.
If you’ve never had an allergy test, they look much worse than they actually are. They put 60 drops of different things that you could be allergic to on your arms and then break the skin under those drops. If you break out in hives or whatever, you are allergic to that substance.
Rolled Ankle Healed!
Back in March I blogged about rolling my ankle in an obstacle course here:
It was a silly and painful accident, but luckily one that did not impact my ability to ride a bike. It seems strange that I could barely walk, yet could finish in the top 10 at this 100 kilometer mountain bike race:
Rolling my ankle forced me to stop running for about 8 weeks while I waited for everything to heal itself correctly. Even then, my first few runs were short and I could feel some tenderness in that ankle. As of today, I am back at full strength and enjoying running immensely.
I credit my reasonably quick recovery to R.I.C.E techniques that I mentioned in the original post.
REST Get off the ankle! Don’t walk unless you have to for the first 24-28 hours.
ICE For the first few days, ice the ankle. Use ice or frozen peas through a cloth, not directly on the skin, or you could freeze the skin and have a new problem to worry about. You should alternate ice and not every 10 minutes or so.
COMPRESS I wrapped my ankle in a sport bandage. This provided support when I was walking and compression on the swelled area.
ELEVATE Put your foot as high as possible for the first few days, but not so high that is hurts. The photo in my original post shows me doing both ICE and COMPRESS at the same time: Rolled Ankle.
Google has lots of good results on how to treat a sprain, so get searching!