I have three good friends that were born 24 days before me on June 3rd 1983. Tyler, JT, and Tracy. Every year I call all three (and I probably only remember it because there’s three o them). I didn’t think I would see any of them this year because I’m in San Francisco. Much to my surprise, when I called Tracy she asked, “When are you coming to San Francisco to see me?”. I was stunned, “why would I come to San Francisco when you live in New York?”
Apparently I’m a bad friend. Tracy and I haven’t seen each other since my last Job interview in New York, which was September of 2005. We talk on our birthdays, and when something really bad happens, but since neither of have been dumped recently, I didn’t know that she had moved to San Francisco with her boyfriend last August. I’ve probably spent 8 or ten weeks here since August, and Tuesday night was the first time I’ve gone into the city to visit a friend. (I’m also a bad friend because I chose a picture where I look good, knowing that Tracy doesn’t read this site and may never find out that I posted a picture of her with her eyes closed wearing a pink Chinese hat.)
It worked out well. I went to China Town with Tracy’s whole family (they flew in from Jersey to see her), then stayed in the city so that I could swim at the Olympic Club Wednesday morning, and ride the Alcatraz bike course. This is only the second time I’ve ridden the course, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to have fun racing it on Sunday.
I’m having issues trying to get the files from my Garmin Forerunner 305 to show on my site. I’ve posted maps before, but I want to put up the cool graphs from the Garmin Training Center. Once I figure out how to format the graph and post it, I can put up a chart of my race in Seoul, which shows why ITU races really aren’t “easier” than non-drafting races. The speeds are all over the place, and the course is far more technical. I would call it different. Not harder, not necessarily easier, just different.