Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I realized the other day...

that I hadn't posted any art from JD Casten in a REALLY long time. SO... here's a recent piece of his. Look closely at "Idiosyncratic Symbolism?".

This past Saturday I went out on a 2 1/2 hour ride with Erich. About half-way through the ride, I started to think about when I was a kid. See, believe it or not, I was a skinny little guy. Ok, skinny is putting it lightly. I was the tallest, lankiest, most wussy-lookin kid you could possibly imagine. I was always "athletic", but MAN... I did NOT look the part. As a result, I got targeted. Mostly by guys that looked like Bigun. Sorry big dude... but its true. As a result, I fought. I fought a LOT. If you looked at me oddly. If you happened to pass me... maybe bumped into me. If you did anything that even resembled an insult to me... you got hit... and hit hard. I got my ass handed to me many times... but I won a few too. Pretty soon... no one bugged me.


How does this all relate back to my ride with Erich? Well, there I was, riding along, watching Erich barely break a sweat, (I don't care if he IS 22) , and I'm thinkin, "I'm that skinny kid again." No... I didn't pull up alongside Erich and punch him in the neck... I couldn't catch him. But what I DID do was laugh. Yes, out loud. I realized that being that skinny guy... is a good thing. I LIKE being that skinny guy. There's always someone to catch and everyone underestimates you. I LOVE that. SCSB!!!!!

So training has been going well. After my last workout on Sunday evening... I wanted more. I was tired and beaten down and I KNEW I needed the next day off... but my head wanted more. That's pretty much the way its been working lately. That's a good sign. OH! Take a look at the poll on the right! Any thoughts or opinions?

I'll be headed down to the Northern California coast for a long weekend of hangin with the family and some good training. Anyone remember this picture from last year? PDW? Same deal. Fingers crossed for the weather. The plan is to get in a couple of open-water swims in Big Lagoon and a couple long rides and runs in the Redwoods. Anyone feel like coming along?

"There's no need to complicate. Our time is short."

Hope you're all happy and healthy.

Breathe...

8 comments:

blink said...

yeah, I have a thought on the poll. Why when I clicked on "Hell Yeah", does a little thing pop up and say "change your vote"?

What, am I wrong?

Did I make the wrong choice?

Is the poll trying to sway me?

Is this thing rigged?

My vote, Hell Yeah!

have a great vaca!

Jean-Daniel Begin said...

Those are shiny gabs you got there! As for the Speedo, it's a trick question, is it the LZR?

Flatman said...

Glad your training is going ood...have a good time in norcal...

jameson said...

dude... there's nothing wrong with being the skinny guy... trust me. I know all about that one.

speedo for sure!

Erich Wegscheider said...

I'm a skinny guy too! Wait, I'm just lanky and awkward Have you seen my legs...from the knee down? Haha. Yay speedo tans!

Anonymous said...

Told Sam your skinny guy story, as he is dealing with being a skinny, lanky, but athletic 14 year old. Ya know what he said, "mom, I dunno, I think Uncle Rob may have had some anger issues." HAAAA! You are perfect as you are, brother mine.

Bigun said...

oh, you got issues alright.

Anonymous said...

oh - by the way...I voted hell yeah out of morbid curiousity.
LOL!