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Sleepy head

Master competitor hasn't posted in a bit. No excuses here, just came to a flat spot in my brain and didn't have much to say.

And that's amazing for me.

So I thought I'd share a piece of original art, which came my way on an assignment a student submitted. I'm assuming my lecture wasn't gaining traction, so he moved to other areas of interest, such as sketching the man to his right, who was sleeping.

Now, to twist this story towards endurance sport, let's just say my attitude towards training has been of the sleepy head variety. It has actually rattled me a bit. I've had ebbs and tides before, but this has been a low point. A mix of poor health (allergies, something new to me) and a weight gain set me to ground zero.

But not to worry. Traveled back to Greensboro, where I lived over 20 years prior, this past Saturday. Ran on trail sections that still remain, then traveled much of that terrain a second time on my mountain bike.

Sunday was a big new loop at Moses Cone Memorial Park just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

More on those adventures later, but for now let it be known sleepy head is fluttering his eyes and coming back to consciousness.


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You have to look closely (click and enlarge photo if needed), but when you do, check out the 5th metacarpal (bone furthest from thumb).

The diagonal break is symbolic of what happens when your mountain bike handlebars snap around 360 degrees, and those bars catch your hand against the bike frame during the rotation.

Well there you have it. I got up after my ride over the bars and knew something was wrong, but didn't want to admit it. Rode about three miles back to the car, then went a week with some ice and heat. Thought it was good, until I smacked the same bone on the bars during a road ride the following weekend.

Time to stop the charades and get to urgent care.

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