A bad day at work

I was my usual awesome self on a short ride in the snow this afternoon.

I was my usual awesome self on a short ride in the snow this afternoon.

Damn. It must be going around. Katie Compton just had one of those days at work, too.

What sucks about hers is that so many people were watching. When we lesser lights have things go pear-shaped, the audience is a good deal smaller.

I’ve never been really good at sport, so my defeats came early and often, and continue to this day, when my memory of how I used to suck a little less kicks my in-the-moment ass. It must be mind-boggling to be absolutely top shelf and suddenly find yourself rattling around in the bargain bin.

Ah, well. Homegirl has two World Cups for consolation. But she and we would’ve loved a real battle for that rainbow jersey Marianne Vos clutches so fiercely.

After watching today’s races and doing a spot of work I went out for an hour of riding the mountain bike in the snow. Also being asthmatic, I hit the inhaler before I hit the trail. And I was mighty glad that (a) there were no Marianne Voses around, and (2) hardly anybody was watching.

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25 Responses to “A bad day at work”

  1. sharon Says:

    Fun 40-mile ride today. Great weather and good friends plus some smokey BBQ afterwards. Can’t beat that.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Back on Long Island, it turned out I was allergic to some hardwood blossoms and it hit me as exercise induced asthma in spring and early summer. A few times I was literally lying on the ground trying to get air in my lungs. Inhaler wasn’t just my best friend but a literal lifesaver. Damn. So sorry for Katie. That sucks.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      K, when I was a sprout in Texas I was miserable half the year. Allergic to everything and asthma to boot. Desensitization shots were the only solution. Boy, was that fun. Moving to Colorado helped even more.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Are the winter months there almost allergy free for you? It’s getting to be a year round thing down here. Juniper is the latest thing attacking my snot locker.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Juniper gets me too, but not as badly. Plus, I’ve done three years of desensitization shots. Nothing currently is as bad as living on LI, though. The riding on eastern LI was absolutely wonderful, but going under a row of trees along the road could be deadly for me.

  3. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    But you have an Incredibell Brass Duet on your handlebar. That is a sign of obvious and superior class, intelligence, taste, and style. So, who cares if you are not as fast as you used to be? And you rode for an hour in the snow with temps in the high 20’s. Must be a bad ass I think. One must earn one’s barley pops.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It was good, hard fun, Patrick. I should’ve broken out the skinny skis — there was finally enough snow for it, and I saw tracks in Monument Valley Park — but my skills are so feeble and my time so limited I went for the simplest way out.

  4. James Says:

    To appease the cyclocross gods on the Left Coast, my former boss and myself decided to exercise (pun intended) some demons by putting in about three hours in the hills this morning/afternoon. Needless to say our average speed was not quite that fast but the hills we rode/walked were not conducive to quick uphill speed. One of the hills is a local HC climb on the road but we decided that the backside dirt path was better suited for our wide tired steeds. The ride up was as enjoyable as the ride down. And well worth the Mexican feast afterwards.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Three hours of hills? It takes me three hours to get out of bed. Agghhh.

      • James Says:

        Ah, but today was 180 degrees different: cloudy, rain and damn cold!! Too bad I had to be “up the hill” entertaining the locals on the radio this morning. Otherwise I have a feeling another “appease the cyclocross gods” ride was in order. WTH is up with US of A CX racers these days? Ugh!!!

  5. veloben Says:

    Two hours and 35 miles on the trainer with a group of friend. Lots of energy expended but got no where. The POG Ice Ride if 2014 sounds like more fun.

    Too bad about Ms. Compton. It was the talk of the session till the headphones went on one by one.

    Got another 6 inches of snow today. California we have your water.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Two hours in the trainer, with friends? The Crazy is strong in these people. I keep a bike on a trainer in my office to force me out of it from time to time. It’s like a very expensive scarecrow.

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Two HOURS on a freakin’ trainer? Mamma mia, I can stand it these days for 30 minutes, 45 tops. 1/2 hour today was all I could stand, but outside the winds were howling and there was snow on the ground. Counting the days until we escape to drought-stricken SoCal for a winter training camp…wanna bet that’s when the skies will finally bust open with rain?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Take me with you, Larry. I have videos to shoot, and the scenery in these parts makes for a monotonous background. All white. It’s mostly white here at other times of the year, of course, but that’s another story.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Haw, haw… Whenever we go down the hill to the Costco in Albuquerque to get household stuff by the carload,the question comes up as to whether we need trash bags, as in “honey, do you want the robust trash bags or the Cheap White Trash Bags?”

  7. bromasi Says:

    I looked at my trainer for about 20 min, man am I sore.

  8. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Have fun tomorrow suckers! Stupor Bowl Sunday means 100 miles of asphalt, gravel, etc.

    2 hours on a what? I laugh in your general direction.

    See ya never.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      A century? In February? Good Lord, soon you’ll be too fit to hang around the pickle barrel with us fat bastards, snapping our galluses, talking shit, and leaving peanut shells and root-beer bottle caps all over the floor.

      • weaksides Says:

        It ain’t what seems Patrick. There’s several stops, lunch, etc. We finish in the dark pretty much every ride. A friend from the other end of NC has given us a goal of a century a month every month this year. We reeled off the January one in some atrocious conditions, so the rest should be cake, right?

      • weaksides Says:

        And I came up short. 86 miles. It didn’t help that one of our crew dropped out with a bad back. Then the other one couldn’t get motivated to ride and our 9:00 departure time turned into an 11:30ish departure. Then a lot of the dirt roads were soggy from our 2″ of snow this past week. C’est la vie…

      • veloben Says:

        @weaksides. Sounds like you guys could use a little trainer time to prepare for those once a month centuries.

      • weaksides Says:

        Haha…very well played veloben!

        I have rollers and a trainer, but my cycling aspirations these days (fun over fitness) make it easy to stay away from such torture. Besides, it was sunny and in the mid 60s here yesterday.

  9. Sharon Says:

    A bad day at work – – Peyton Manning/Superbowl.

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