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Friday Dec 14 #

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My favorite thing that I've read today: “It’s campaign finance, my God,” he said. “Everybody pays a fine to the [Federal Election Commission] that is in politics. You can’t follow all the rules.” (this was Giuliani speaking)

Right. Who could possibly be expected to follow all the rules? For that matter, why follow any of the rules? Ha--what a bunch of clown heads!

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At sunrise it was single digits, but with full sun and little wind, things were pretty mild by midday--above freezing, in town. Late afternoon up top while skiing there was no wind at all.

What a weird stretch of weather. We're through the first two weeks of December, we haven't any cold weather, and 10 or so days have either had only the mildest of breezes or just plain still air. It's like we're not even here anymore!

It's the mildest start to winter since I've been in Laramie, and I can't remember any other winter that has been remotely close to this. But if it keeps on snowing a few times a week, then thus must be what Laradise is supposed to be.

Ran after skiing, all at a very relaxed effort.

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I've been thinking back on my recent hospital experience in Ft. Collins, and everything was positive about it except for one thing: the blood suckers. They came to my room really early--4 or 4:30 in the morning, or whatever it was, and woke me up to draw blood. I don't even know what it was for, since by that point it was already established I had strep throat.

I am thinking that if, god forbid, I should end up in the hospital again, and someone tries to wake me up to draw blood, I am going to tell them they can either come back later when I'm awake, or else just skip the blood stuff because I'm not consenting to it. I cant think of a single good reason why everything should wheel around whatever is most convenient for the blood suckers, rather than what is best for the resting patient.

Thursday Dec 13 #

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Sunny, windy, 3/4" new snow (ski trails) overnight. Good weather continues--we've had nothing but good weather for the past 2+ weeks now. What will happen if folks start to get used to it? Next few days are looking awfully mild; I had been thinking about making a flash trip to San Diego or maybe Tejas, but with weather like this, why bother?

Skied for a while, and then ran for a little less than a while. Enough moon to brighten things up, but not enough to spot the mountain lions that lurk about looking for their dinner.

Wednesday Dec 12 #

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Windy out, but sunny and mild enough that when it came time to run something down to the Post, I wheeled my bike out and took it instead of driving, as the preferred means of running errands. I think it's the first time I've been outside on a bike since before T-Day? Not totally sure, but I am sure I am totally not checking my log to find out.

That was fun until when, on the way back home, my back tire exploded. There was no warning, so I was caught quite off guard. I'm still not sure if it was the tube giving way, or if I ran over some extra sharp and unyielding object that cut right through my gatorskin. There is a big gash/cut area in the tire, so whatever it was, I definitely didn't just imagine it all.

Fortunately I was only a half mile from home, and it was still quite nice out, so me and my bike just walked back home together from there. The gatorskin company will be so happy when I order a new tire.

Skied late in the afternoon until well past dark. Colder air came through while I was skiing and in the end I opted to ski longer and skip running. Looks like some snow might be on the way in tonight, which would be so nice.

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With the end of the year fast approaching, it's pretty clear that 2018 is going to go down with zero races for me. It makes me wonder how many folks there are out there who did more O' specific training than I did and who also didn't race once. Probably not many.

Maybe I will hit something next year, but these days the hurdle for what becomes attractive enough to want to travel to is quite a bit higher than it once was.

Tuesday Dec 11 #

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Sunny, windy, seasonally mild. Winds were back up today as forecast, and the interstate had signs up warning that light high profile vehicles were restricted. Some nice ice patches had formed across the Happy Jack road in the drift prone areas leading to the ski trails parking lot.

Trails were hard packed today and nearly all loose snow blown off--not my favorite ski conditions but it was still nice enough, especially with the sun and mild conditions. Skied a bit shorter and ran longer today just to mix it up. I could feel my arms some from yesterday, so good. Finished up a half hour or so after dark. No bikers were out, at least none that I saw, which is fairly typical on a Monday or Tuesday after a nice weekend.

No new trees down, so at least in the forest it appears the winds never struck with full force.

Monday Dec 10 #

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In checking, I see the first day I skied last year was on the 22nd of December, and I've already been out 8 days, and had I not been sick, it would probably be 15. A clear sign that this season is off to a much better start for local XC.

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Sunny to start the day, and mostly overcast by mid-afternoon. Mildish up to--maybe high 20s, and still now wind. Snow was fast, at least on my (last year's wax) skis. 4 x Moose Loop.

I've done some interval work on skis in the past, but not much, and only on a rather haphazard schedule. It is my intent to do a bit more of that this winter, and on a more regular schedule. I go out every day anyway, so I might as well stick in something harder at least once a week while I'm on the boards. My preference would be that everything was uphill, with maybe some occasional flat sections. The downhills seem mostly a waste, especially the steeper twisty stuff, which I mostly take at a very slow speed. I'd rather get to the bottom of the hill than get into a tree trunk with my head.

We're supposed to get some wind again over the next three days. As Sheryl C. sang, "the change will do you good." We will see.

Sunday Dec 9 #

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Sunny, no wind, low 20s.

Really too sunny to be outside and almost stayed indoors to ride the trainer to avoid sunburn and other issues such as fresh air, scenic scenery, etc.

But I was too weak to resist, and yielded to the temptation to ski two hours. Conditions were excellent, especially for snow bikers, who were out in force again. Parking lot still jammed even past 3 pm. Maybe folks were using their phones to navigate to the Grand Canyon, and ended up at Happy Jack instead. It's really almost the same, I suppose.

I have felt very strong this whole week, and today I had unusual amounts of energy. I have no idea why. Even the steepest hills felt way easier than usual. Plus I haven't been getting cold at all. It makes me wonder if somehow my metabolism could be running hot.

While skiing, I ran into an acquaintance who helps manage the physical plant at UW. He told me that by degree-day measurements at UW, last winter had been the warmest winter in over 50 years--and I'm pretty sure he said it had been the warmest winter ever with respect to campus heating.

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