I Should Have Played the Lottery Yesterday

Because today after about an 80 minutes of riding  Billy informs me has has to do intervals today on the bike. Billy I’ve got one word for you:  Jackass.

Why the lottery yesterday?  Yesterday was a day of running into old friends I’ve not seen in 3-7 years.  Meet up with Joe, who I have seen once in the last year, for a ride.  We’ve been trying to get together for about 3 months to ride, but he starts way to early for me in the winter.  I cave and agree to meet him at 7:30am.  We were going to climb Mt. Lemmon but the base of the road was so fogged in you could not see across the road at the bottom of the climb.  It didn’t seem like a good day to die so we decide to ride west where the sun is shining.  Just as we are about to go beyond the point of no return, he wants to ride north.  As we are heading back to Tucson to finish we come across a group of riders changing a flat.  As we ride past I recognize my old training partner Kelly.  I’ve not seen Kelly since some race somewhere where neither of us lived back in 2005.  Kelly and I used to beat the shit out of eat other in duathlons.  I can’t count how many times that dude ran me down in the last 100 feet of the race.  At least 3 times and there are at least 4-5 more races where we finished within :10 of each other.  All the races follow the he out runs me, I catch him on the bike and get as big of a lead as possible and he tries to run me down pattern.  About half the time I didn’t survive out in front until the finish line.  We probably raced 20 times and are fairly evenly split with all but 3-4 of those races decided by less then :30. Turns out Kelly and Joe had met before as well.


I actually go swim yesterday.  There are, I guess about 10 lanes in the pool. Yeah yeah, I should know how many lanes are in the pool I swim in since I’ve been there probably 300 times over the last decade, but that just seems like a hassle to count lanes.  Every lane but one has 2-4 people in it.  One guy had pulled into the parking lot just before me.  I get onto the pool deck and he isn’t there yet. Guess who got a lane?

Last night we were heading out for Indian food and at the last minute, maybe about :20 too late even, we made a decision to go Italian.  Near the end of the meal, I recognize someone I have not seen in ~ 7 years.  I used to work with Steve a long time ago. 

What a crazy day, running into three old friends whom I’ve not seen in quite a bit, only one planned.

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