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February 25, 2007

hobos, bees and rain!

what a bizarre, but wonderful week of training. this week has been one for the record books...not only from the perspective of accomplishment, but also for the odd occurrences.

coach had a pretty heavy week in store for me, one with lots of speed and distance, so monday, i dove into the week. in addition to the coach's running, i'm throwing in some decent cross training. so the week included some swimming and cycling as well. things were going quite smooth and i was hitting all my workouts without difficulty until wedneday rolled around.

i had a really challenging 10x1000m interval workout on the schedule and was looking forward to really hammering the workout. i hit the back bay trail, did a two mile warm up to a drinking fountain near uci, dropped a bottle of gatorade endurance and a packet of gu, and head out on the first interval. the plan was to go out 1k, do the recovery and then come back to where i'd dropped my fluids and fuel. as i was returning after the first set, i saw the utility box where i'd placed the bottle and it was vacant. up the trail a bit, i spotted a guy walking away carrying the bottle. so, i finished the interval, jogged up to the guy and said, "hey! that's my bottle!" he spun around and a realized he was a homeless guy. he began yelling at me saying, "you can't just come up on people like that!" and then unloaded on me with a torrent of obscenities that i'd not heard since my years in the military. i asked him where my gu was and he stated that he'd eaten it already.

i wasn't so mad at him as i was that i wouldn't have fuel for the workout. i asked for my bottle back, but saw that he'd already been drinking out of it. and when he took his backpack off and made like he was going to fight me, i decided to get back to the job at hand and declined the offer to participate in the feats of strength. the rest of the workout went as planned, but i was feeling the lack of fuel by the end.

thursday brought another first. the rain of the morning had blown off and i was treated to a beautiful day to do a 10 miler with some 1 min hard/1 min easy speed work. about a mile and a half into the workout, i felt a really sharp sting on the back of my left shoulder. i swatted to knock off whatever was eating me. i slowed down a bit and tried to find out what had caused the pain and could barely see the butt of a bee and it's stinger sticking out of my shoulder. i couldn't quite reach it, so i ran along until i could flag down another runner to get the stinger out. only, instead of flicking the stinger, he pinched it and sent the rest of the juice into my shoulder. i ran the rest of the run with a wonderfully intense reminder that nature is all around us.

thursday night was a planned bike commute home. since the storm had blown off, i headed out not thinking at all that it would rain again. but, no sooner had i left the parking lot at work, when the skies opened up. i spent the next hour riding home in the pouring rain and arrived at the house looking like a drowned rat.

saturday topped the week off with a great finish, though. i'd contacted matt to see he could recommend some trails in the thousand oaks area and turns out we were actually able to meet up and run a couple miles together in one of his local wilderness parks. i did a great loop and some fun zig zagging through the 1,700 acre park and was able to turn in a 19+ mile run over some really rough trails before i ran out of time.

time for what? you may ask. the next joy of the day came in heading out to moorpark to watch the peloton cruise past during stage 6 of the tour of california. i put myself on the inside corner of a turn onto highway 23 and was able to get some great shots of the disco boys, along with michael rodgers, stewart o'grady and a bunch of other great cyclists.

so, a bizarre, yet wonderful week!

Posted by jeff at February 25, 2007 7:08 PM

Cool, cool, cool.

Jeff, this is where I come nowadays for the compendium of human wisdom.

Posted by: jank at February 25, 2007 7:55 PM

After we bought Bry that new bike a couple of weeks ago, he's all into it. He watched the tour almost everyday on TV, so cool that you went out to see it live.

Posted by: darrell at February 25, 2007 10:17 PM

It sounds like your training is going well :)

Posted by: Karin at February 25, 2007 11:44 PM

The one that impressed me most was the 10x1000.
That's a tough one.

Posted by: Thomas at February 26, 2007 2:06 AM

"sorry my workout was weak toward the end coach. a hobo ate my gu." hah! What a week you had. definitely memorable :)

Posted by: Jessica at February 26, 2007 3:57 AM

Nutrition 101: Keep your food and fluids on/in hand at all times. And yet you finished up famously. Great job.

Posted by: Juls at February 26, 2007 8:10 AM

Hey Jeff, Mike and I were up visiting family in Santa Clarita over the weekend and I desperately wanted to get over to see the race! However, the timing of a visit with some out-of-town family didn't allow that to happen. The upside was that I had some great one on one time with my only cousin who is 2yrs. Glad you got over to see the race!


Posted by: Karen at February 26, 2007 8:11 AM

bee sting and hobo encounter - lots of excitement going on during your workouts!

Posted by: deene at February 26, 2007 8:36 AM

What a crazy week! The tour guys rolled through Carmel this week, also. What an awesome thing to see.

Posted by: Donald at February 26, 2007 9:29 AM

don't you usually come home looking like a drowned rat?

(sweating and all...)

I was wondering what the heck you meant by "a hobo stole my GU" (on your gmail chat thingie)

what a strange week, indeed.

Posted by: Angie at February 26, 2007 11:17 AM

Nice! I'm jealous that you got to see the tour - I missed the stages up here. I'm not jealous of your bee sting, though - ouch! And good call on the hobo. That may have been the most nutritious meal he had all week.

Posted by: 21stCenturyMom at February 26, 2007 12:45 PM

What a crazy week!

The better part of valor indeed when you found yoru Gu gone and drink being downed...

Posted by: Joe at February 26, 2007 3:48 PM

I would say watch your back, but seems you already learned that this week. At least all's well that end's well - right?

Posted by: Anne at February 26, 2007 6:49 PM

I'm with Thomas. 10x1000? Whoa dude.

And that guy? That's totally insane? I thought people like that only existed on cellophane? Yikes.

Posted by: Mark at February 26, 2007 8:51 PM

Okay, for a moment there I thought you'd been reading John Hodgman's The Areas Of My Expertise - or at least had the audiobook playing on your iPod.

All this talk about hobo activity....

Posted by: Rudi at February 27, 2007 6:28 AM

Wow, dude, you live an exciting running life!

Posted by: Greg at February 28, 2007 5:10 PM

tis the very reason why I bought myself a new fuel belt. Actually I already had the belt, I bought pouches and bottle holders that I can interchange on it depending on what workout I'm doing.

Posted by: Dawn - Pink Chick at February 28, 2007 6:56 PM

bizarre and wonderful is prety darn accurate. i am glad it ended on a cool fun note at the race.
i envy your access to so many trails and scenic runs. need flat and boringly green? come to florida. (i admit green is not a bad thing)

Posted by: david at March 3, 2007 7:49 AM

wow! had the hobo stolen your shoes off your feet that would have been a classic brazilian run!

Posted by: nattie at March 6, 2007 10:11 AM
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