I headed out to Los Angeles for work last week and after the beautiful winter we’ve had in NYC it was a shock to the system to be in 70 degree heat and sun for seven days straight.
I haven’t spent a lot of time in LA but seemingly everyone there is at least a double threat. I met a lot of very talented people, there were a few actor/models, an actor/model/producer, and an actor/producer/model. I felt pretty pathetic only having one job so I started telling everyone I was an employed person/bike racer, or if they were a good looking female I just told them I was jobless/homeless – it’s the ultimate double threat and it gets women to stop talking to you quickly.
I don’t like talking to women when I’m on the road because my wife reads this blog.
When I wasn’t working I headed out for a few really good training rides up to the Griffith Observatory, it was a great place to ride, was close to my hotel in Korea Town, and it provided some amazing views of the city (my inner tourist was also really pumped to be near the Hollywood sign).
I was sick the entire week with a really bad cold but I fought through it with medication and didn’t miss any of my planned workouts which I was pretty proud of – insert something here about pride being man’s greatest downfall.By the time Saturday rolled around I was feeling terrible but I had signed up for the San Luis Road Race and I wasn’t going to miss it.
I’m not sure if this is a west coast thing but the race started off like a semi-cross start with a semi-sprint and the pace didn’t slow down for over an hour. A break got away really quickly which was confusing as hell because normally there’s so much negative racing that no one lets a break get away in the first 15 minutes of a race, but they were gone and we weren’t going to catch them. I felt like I was struggling to keep up with the group for large parts of the race and sent a post race report to the guys saying the race was crazy hard, but after looking at my power numbers it turns out the race was actually pretty easy and I was just really sick with walking pneumonia.
I’ve been bed ridden this entire week and will now have to miss Orchard Beach, Hunter and Bear Mountain. I’m looking forward to getting healthy and I learned a valuable lesson, don’t go to LA, the flakiness in the air will get stuck in your lungs and give you pneumonia.