Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence

Trials,Tribulations, Travels, Tastings...and Occassional Transcendence
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I woke up this morning at 4:30...that's right, the morning. My mind was racing partially because of all the things I have to get done by the time I get on my flight tomorrow and partially because, well, I was over-analysing.

I went mountain biking in Dryer Road last night with one of my co-workers from the shop. Even though the trails were a little damp from the rain the day previous, the conditions were still pretty good considering. Boris's tail end kept squirreling out on the steeper parts of the trail (remedied by letting some air out of the back tire) but otherwise it was an awesome ride. A little more tame than I could have ridden, but I was feeling not as strong for some reason. Regardless we had a blast - at least I know I did! And I appreciate T for slowing it down for me - as I know he would rip the shit out of those trails had it not been for me tailing him. The ride as well as the company definitely left me with a smile on my face for the rest of the night. But for some reason I woke up at 4:30 dissecting my riding among other things. I remember thinking of ways I should have positioned myself on my bike to keep it from skidding out - and then thinking that it's possible to skid out properly on the damper, more sandy turns....what is wrong with me? Why do I over-analyse things so much? Yikes!

Knowing I had such a great time, that should be enough, right? Whatever the reason, I now need to divert my over-analytical skills towards my trip. Packing usually takes me 5 minutes but now I must consider my biking gear. Helmet, gloves, clipless pedals, shoes, spare tube, pump, tire levers...well, you get the picture. This for some reason to me is more of a cumbersome task than it should be. I started to make a list and set my gear aside but tonight I am going for a road ride so some of the staples will be going along with me. It shouldn't be this hard, right? I think I need a personal assistant.

Anyway, all mind racing aside, I am super psyched to go to 'The Land Where Old People Go To Die' and spend time with my sis. I know once I get on the plane, I will zone out to my iPod (yes, I just bought one - welcome to whatever this century is), my mind will settle itself down and I will perhaps even take a (much needed) nap. Oh yeah, and I'm super psyched to see some 'gators!!!


stickboy said...

Will you be doing any remote blog postings from the land of blue hairs?

Ari said...

Not sure, yet...I know we have two full days of riding - perhaps at night? To be determined...

stickboy said...

Well you better blog!! I've got 5-6 days of living with 'The General', I need some sort of diversion! I think I'd rather be wrestling gators! :|

Get this, tonight she sent a list of required food items. She needs 'Peter Pan' peanut butter- We've got Jiff and Skippy...think they are adequate?

"1/2 gal. skim milk, 1/2 gal. 1% milk, whole wheat bread, preferably 'Wonder' "..the list goes on like this. Its quite amusing!

They don't believe me that its winter in the mnts. Heck, they're forcasting 10" tonight and tomorrow in the mnts! If they get stranded in the mnts while driving to Utah, my conscience will be clear!

On the bright side, I will probably end up with some good stories out of this.

Ari said...

Hahahaha - poor C.B. just for you I will at least upload pictures. Poor man. Why doesn't she get off her duff & buy her Wonder bread herself (which by the way shouldn't even be classified as bread it's so full of chemical crap). If they get buried by an avalanche - you gave them ample warning - but then who will eat the Wonder (crap) bread and P.P. sandwiches? Good times in CO. So I will do what I can to keep you sane for the next week! What are friends for? :)