LooseCrew-JeffO: Wiens Beats Landis


Ramblings of an adventurous guy living in Denver and playing in the mountains.
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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Wiens Beats Landis

Wow, Floyd Landis got beat by one of Colorado's own stars, Dave Wiens.
I heard Lance Armstrong was going to be there, too, but I don't see him in the stats. Wiens' bib was #1, meaning he was the defending champ from last year. Landis, being new to the race, was given a high #1220 because he was a newcomer.
Curiously, the top 6 riders coming into the last aid-station DNF'd! WTF?! Are bikers so competitive that they'll quit completely just because the won't place? Were they possibly protesting Landis, for whatever reason? Was there a major accident? All I know is bikers are a different breed. Their psyches and attitudes are way different from most runners.

All my tweaks and pains seem to be finally melting away. The cost, though, is that I haven't been getting in the walking I had planned. Only about a mile a day.
I'm not in the mood to deal with traffic on I-70 late on a Sunday, so it's easy to stay in town and sleep in.
There's lots of packing, planning, prep-work to do besides training. My living area is not a pretty sight. Gear and clothing are scattered everywhere. There's bags with markings, bags without, duct tape and Sharpie ready to slap a new label on another bag.
I soaked my socks and other white items (used to be white at one time) in a strong concentration of bleach and stain remover, with a dash of detergent. By all rights, it should have dissolved my socks! but did it get them any whiter? Not that I can tell. New socks should never come in white. They should come in various shades of beige, tan, brown, gray, etc.


At 8:38 PM, Blogger Meghan said...

I cannot believe how close you are to go time! You sound so casual and stuff. What gives? ;)

At 1:15 PM, Blogger JeffO said...

Hey Meghan, I don't know. I've run so many races, and I've trained so hard. I'm burned out on so much work. I'll do fine. Guess I'm not too concerned. With all my races, I don't recall wondering if I'll finish - just when. I was very nervous right before the training camp, but now just want to light these rockets and get it going. I want to be on the trail. The start and finish aren't why I do it. I love the "doing" part. I'm so at-home when I'm on the trail. The wait is nearly done.


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