I have been quoted as saying:
"Never mistake activity for achievement."
"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."
"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights."
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
Who am I?
On other notes, we are back to the pizza oven construction after a respite of flurried construction activity elsewhere on the cabin project. Phase 296 is now (almost) complete. Just waiting on a specialty part (overhead barn door hanger assembly) to wrap. After the PO we're back on the roof for the remainder of the summer building season. This will, with any luck at all, provide a drier interior working condition for the fall and winter seasons.
Shown above is the first draft of the new jerseys to help celebrate the grand opening of the CompuTrainer Multi-Rider Center at the Bainbridge Athletic Club. With all the delays in assembling the artwork in proper size and format there is no way we are going to have them available for the Labor Day open, however, we will pre-sell as much as possible and are now looking towards an end of September arrival date. If you are interested in wrapping one of these babies around your motor, or have questions or comments, please befriend the 'post a comment' tab below.
My beloved University of Washington Huskies are back at it. This time of year is like Christmas week for me. News, pics of the Dawgs at practice, juicy quotes from Sark and the ever approaching date with the dastardly Ducks on Nov. 5. Feathers shall fly.
Today is Friday of race week. The ankle is at 70%, the elbow far less. I can live with that ratio. You will recall that during the Chelanman swim the right arm went numb at about the 1000 meter point, providing a rather interesting 'just get through it' improvised stroke. BUT, once out of the water, the elbow goes to auto with emphasis on the ankle to bike and run. This is where is gets dicey. So the revised revision and race day strategy: Swim easy and calm. Balance and flow. Breath and relax. Reach and turn. Repeat for 1.2 miles. Bike: As they have gone back to the two loop course (no comment) that I know very well, the first five miles will be painfully slow. Warm that puppy up. Drink. Find a groove. Then gradually, approximately by Lake Roegsiger, find a cruising speed that is near 90% and hold it. Do not stand unless back needs stretching, keep HR under control, drain both bottles of First Endurance by 56. Run: Think you took it out slow on the bike? This will be the tortoise to that hare. Let the ankle acclimate to the flexion of the run motion. Drink. Take shorter strides and find a stasis. Monitor with every foot strike for the first five. Then, AND ONLY THEN, make a brutally honest assessment, and leave everything you got on the streets of Lake Stevens for the last eight miles, acknowledging the wisdom in not mistaking activity for achievement, on a humble, grateful and perfect day fully filled with freedom and fun.
All I am looking for on Sunday is my best effort under these conditions. The level of competition is substantially greater than a month ago in Chelan. It is a World's qualifier and the highest profile race in the NW. There will be blood. I will need to rely on my base fitness due to the need for ankle and elbow 'healing rehab down time' over the last 30 days. I have no idea on how this will play out.
Guess that is why we race.