A last minute visit to the doctor is forcing me to pull out of Sunday’s Auburn Triathlon. Once in a while, life throws up a speed bump and it’s probably a good idea to take notice and apply the brakes. The past few days I’ve had a quick, almost stabbing but noticeably hot sensation right near my heart when out on a run. It lasts barely a second but is unmistakable and I’ve felt it 2 or 3 times each evening when running the past few days, but only when running. Today I finally called the doctor and he performed an EKG which reported an abnormality on the V3 (graph should point up but instead points down). Could be nothing, but after consulting another cardiologist and the recurring pain/heat sensation, he wants to do some stress tests before anymore running. With any luck it will be a case of something like heartburn without the normal symptoms. So Sunday’s triathlon is out but we will have a good time watching and cheering those on the course.
The last couple weeks I’ve been listening to the book “Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper” by Howard Wasdin. It’s one of the books where I can’t wait to put on the headphones for an hour after work and head outside to hear more. No matter how tired I feel, listening to Howard Wasdin’s tale keeps me going on the trail. The other book I’ve been enjoying recently is “In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives” by Steven Levy. I’ve got quite a few more books queued up in the Audible list so looking forward to hitting the trail soon or going for a nice Sunday afternoon bike ride.
Speaking of bike riding, the Amgen Tour of California started this past week. The California winter has hung around much longer this year and on Sunday snow cancelled Stage 1 and forced Stage 2 to start in Nevada City instead of Squaw Valley. We had driven up to Northstar to watch the finish of Stage 1, but with snow falling and temperatures in the upper 20’s, race officials first delayed the start from 10 AM to 1 PM, then at 1 PM they cancelled the entire Stage 1. I took the day off work on Monday to watch the Stage 2 (2nd day off this year and possible correlation to prescribed stress test on Monday), but with the roads still covered in snow and ice at the higher elevations, around 7 AM on Monday race officials made another change and moved the start of Stage 2 from Squaw Valley to Nevada City. So we packed up and drove over to Nevada City along Highway 20. The drive was beautiful. It would have made for some fantastic pictures with all the bright colors of the peloton screaming down the Sierra Nevadas with the backdrop of white fresh powder, giant pine trees and rocky cliffs. But it was not to be.
Every now and then, you either have to go big or go home, and this year Auburn decided to go big and host the start of the Amgen Tour of California Stage 3. The entire town was out to show their support. And although the skies threatened rain, the rain held off until the riders made two complete laps through downtown Auburn then Auburn bid adieu to the racers and the riders rode right past our house and into the wind and towards Modesto. Congrats to the local bike stores, Bike Emporium and Victory Velo, for advocating, organizing and supporting having Auburn host Stage 3. I think the only thing better would be to have a Stage finish in Auburn with a few last laps sprinting through town.
One of the interesting people we met at the Amgen start in Nevada City was Bill from Denver, Colorado supporting the Jelly Belly team. Bill and his wife drive the Jelly Belly RV 4 months of the year. They drive all over the country handing out Jelly Belly snacks. It is remarkable to see the number of people it takes to support a team of riders and you begin to realize all the little stories that are woven, but never told, into the big story. Not sure of the Jelly Belly RV’s calendar in late June, but wouldn’t this be the ultimate RAAM RV?