Monday, August 14, 2006

Time for a little time off

I raced Saturday in Columbus, TX. Well, I was there. I dropped out a bit over halfway through the race. So that makes the second race of the year I dnf. It was due to many factors, but now I need to figure out what's going on with my body.

It was over 100 degrees (I think it was 103) when we started, and the temp on the road was over 130 according to a thermometer on the pavement. Long story short, I was still sick, had taken Nyquil the night before, and sinus medecine the morning of the race. I slept great, but in my warmup I wasn't feeling it. When the race started I had no power at all, and drifted back in the pack. Then I dropped off the pace. Eventually I was lapped and called it a day. I think there were only 12 official finishers. Ouch.

So this week I'm doing some thinking. If I ride, a big if, it'll be easy miles. I'm thinking it's time to get my other bike fitted out for frontline duty. So the green Paramount OS might be on it's way to being a backup machine. It depends how my Specialized rides once I finish building it. That's my big project for the week.

Yesterday Lost and I helped a friend pack for her long drive to WI. Well, it's actually a move. Originally the plan was for me to sleep in, but I'm glad I went, it was fun and I'm glad I went. My expertise was useful for mounting her Thule towers, bars, and softpack. Other than that, Lost packed the car full beyond belief. I think I had the easy job.


Capybaras United said...

That's freaking hot. K got me some "personal cooling system" gizmo from the Sharper Image which you wrap around your neck; I haven't figured it out, but it might help with that hot Texas weather.

You knew you were heading into the race sick, so don't worry about it.

That was very nice of you and Lost to help with the packing!

Tom Stormcrowe said...

As an alternative, one of the RAAM tricks, crossing the desert in the Salton Sea Basin is to take a couple of sweat socks and fill them with ice, tie them together and hang them around the neck. This reduces the blood temperature to the brain and it also helps with upper torso cooling.

As to being sick....
Chicken soup! It turns out Chicken soup has natural antivirals in it, apparently a million Jewish mothers were right!

Lora said...

I'm glad the two of you helped her out. I'm still getting use to not just being able to join in on such ventures and it makes me feel like a bad friend.