Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Hey, Ain't This a TRI Blog?!

What's all this nonsense about tequila and asparagus and epileptic dogs? Aren't you supposed to be out running and swimming and biking?

Well, yes.

So I swam today. And I'm going to run this afternoon.

See, that's not nearly as interesting as me standing in the street, sizing up the plants in my yard for moonshine, is it?

En serio, my neighbor talked me into signing up for a trail race -- my first ever -- at the beginning of June. It's 8.1 miles. Elevation change of 951 feet. At 8000 feet.

I can't believe it myself.

Hey, what's that you're eating?

It's a new candy bar called 'More Than You Can Chew."

Oh yeah? Can I have a bite?

SO...the new trail shoes I bought over a month ago, and started breaking in last week are going on their first trail run this afternoon. This oughta be interesting. I think I've mentioned that I am afraid of snakes. With the heat the way it is around here, dawn and dusk are about the only times it's pleasant to run -- and the same time the snakes are out marauding around. I know this because I've seen 'em out there on my mountain bike. Several times. And in my yard. Several times. Every time, marauding.

You know, they're more afraid of you than you are of them.

I doubt it.

Umm...that's a python.

Fine, fine. We don't have pythons here. But we do have all kinds of other snakes.

Yes, but rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in New Mexico except for the Arizona coral snake.

Yeah, well...have a look at this guy. He's scary.

*Sigh* Again, I ask you: ain't this a tri blog? Use your fear for speedwork, nimrod. Enough with the Wild Kingdom already.


Duane said...

Snakes, yuck! Just be careful!

Wrenching Winz said...

I heart snakes. They'll sense you coming before you see them. Generally they scurry away before you know it. See i'm not always a bad influence.

KrissyGo! said...

Sure, GENERALLY. But I've almost stepped on three when I've been out hiking around here -- which resulted in running, cussing, and (yes) a little crying.

Don't worry, I'm not going to _harm_ any snakes. I just don't like to be surprised. (And neither do they, I'm sure.)

Let's face it, they were here first. They win.

stronger said...

More than you can chew is sometimes just the incentive you need to keep going. Great job getting out there!

Cliff Tam said...

Maybe u can feed 'more than you can chew' to the snakes...i am sure when they are full they won't bother you.

Brent Buckner said...

Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?