Monday morning. I was in a hurry to get to the weekly Monday morning meeting (yes, it’s kind of sadistic). I was walking with my bike to the sidewalk and for some reason, I decided to walk through the grass. I sat down in the conference room between two guys and started listening to the weekly happenings. Suddenly, I smelled a very fowl odor, yet an odor that was not recognizable. I sat there for awhile, looking side to side at the guys sitting next to me wondering why one of them smelled so bad. I thought, “Is it me?” I was nonchalantly sniffing my hair, my shirt, and it all smelled good. “Where is that coming from?” I downed my 1L Sigg bottle, so I excused myself to go refill, and to have an excuse to leave for a minute. I wandered back to my desk to get something and bent down to pick it up. I smelled the odor again. “Whaaa….?” I was frantically sniffing my hair, my armpits, my pants. I couldn’t figure it out. Suddenly (while still bent over) I glanced at my office chair. There was poop all over the footrail. And then it hit me – I looked on the bottom of my Dansko clog and there it was. Dog poo. This wasn’t just any dog poo. It was the dog poo of my neighbor’s great dane that apparently eats nuclear waste judging by the smell of it. I took off my shoe and left it by the door. I went back into the meeting and noticed that where my foot had been resting under the table was the toxic poop. It was pretty much everwhere. After the meeting, I was trying to clean it, gagging and almost throwing up multiple times, and loudly making fun of myself. I even had to scrape the poop out out the small treads of my shoes, scrub it off my chair… Yeah. Funny. I love dogs, but I do not love 1 cup of green, rancid, soft dog poop all over my shoes and office. People, please pick up poop or I will step in it. I don’t crap in front of your house and leave it.
Anyways, enough of that rant. I thought it was pretty comical, so I wanted to share it with you all. Since Sunday’s 5 hour ride with Jeff, which, by the way, was DEFINITELY NOT base miles for me, we are now sitting at Wed night. The ride Sunday was great and I enjoyed it, but I spent most of it in zone 3 and 4, including up a heinous 4WD road on our road bikes. That was definitely a road for mountain bikes. Monday was a rest day/work day/step in dog crap day.
Tuesday, I went for a 7-8 mile run(~1 hour). It was nice to change it up, but I hadn’t run in a month so my foot was hurting. I behaved and didn’t run too fast. I really love running… I just need to make it happen more. I was actually planning on doing some running racing this fall like I did last year, but my lack of motivation to hit the road has put a stick in my spokes so to speak.
Today, I rode to Gold Hill again via Sunshine Canyon and back on Poorman. I did it on the road bike with my compact crank this time. I tell you what, it’s SUPER nice to have that crank for the parts of the road where the grade is 15% +. Amen to that. It was extra challenging today because the dirt part had been watered by a truck, so it was a soft mud pit. My skinny little road tires were sinking in it, so I had to work pretty hard. I am also sore in my hips from running, so climbing was more challenging than usual. Despite what many people think, power generation starts at your hips and butt. It’s not all in the legs.
Tomorrow is a work day and this weekend will be filled with fun riding! Stay tuned. I promise I’ll have pictures. I need to get a battery for my powertap b/c right now it’s only reading my HR. Then maybe I’ll post some power ride files that were requested! Hopefully later this year I will get my hands on a Suunto T6 so I can map the altitude and HR as well!!! They are so cool. And now, I am heading to the Boulder Theater to go catch the newest Warren Miller ski flick and get my hands on a free ski pass!!