|Putting on miles watching the Olympics (time includes an interruption)|
For better or worse, I also took four consecutive days off. That wasn't the plan, but there was a reason each day and I decided a stretch of rest wouldn't be the end of the world. Two of the days were due to early morning meetings at work (6:30 AM...why?) and on Saturday it was all I could do to fulfill my obligations as a youth baseball coach. For those of you not in Washington State, outdoor baseball here is a struggle. Our league tryouts Saturday included four hours at about 40 degrees and a light rain. It took me a few hours to recover and then it was off to an indoor practice. I love coaching, and it does keep me active, but we're coming into the season where there's not much time left after work and baseball.
A thought on the Olympic snowboarding... I watched the seeding runs for women's snowboard cross from my exercise bike yesterday. One rider launched off a big jump, got a little bit sideways, and smashed her head on the ground. She was knocked unconscious instantly, before she even came to a stop. I saw this in women's slopestyle as well, where a hard hit knocked a woman out and broke her helmet, all before she slid to a stop. The commentator called it "rag dolling." It was an apt description, but I couldn't help think of the euphemisms NFL announcers used just a few years ago to describe concussions, such as, "He got a little ding on that play." The NFL finally knows concussions are a crisis, even if they haven't solved it. When will snowboarding?