Monday, October 22, 2007

Race Week: We're on Fire!!

I was contemplating what I was going to write in this post last night as I sat around after a killer dinner thinking about how I totally ripped apart my weekend workouts. Seriously, my race-sim (bike/run) on Saturday was incredible. I was strong and fast and PR'd every climb on the bike and all my checkpoints on the run. My training plan and peak were right on the money.

Then I woke up this morning had a good breakfast and then when I headed out to my truck I was greeted by my neighbors informing me that we were under mandatory evacuation. Apparently the wild fires had spread like crazy overnight and it was moving in my direction with no let up in the foreseeable future. So i gathereed all my important documents, computers, some clothes, and I am now at my girlfirends apartment downtown.... nice and safe. I also got my road bike and my mtb is at B&L getting tuned for the race on Sunday. I am supposed to fly out on friday mornning so I hopefully I will be able to get back into my house before then but they said it could still get worse before it gets better... pretty nuts!!

So right now Worlds is the furthest thing from my mind. I am just hoping the fire doesn't reach my condo and all my friends and co-workers are safe.

Here's a couple of photos from I was leaving my house:

I'll keep everybody posted...


barndog said...

I was thinking about calling you last night, looking at the maps and seeing your neighborhood was downstream. Glad to hear your out safe. Scary stuff!

moonpie said...

Whoah! Best of luck. Too bad you left your sweet tri bike to burn - what a bastard!

Jessi said...

Wow. Stay safe!

Stephen said...

J-Dub: It's been awhile since I picked up my college literature books, so I can't offer an exact quote, but here's what I put together for you before Worlds - (my words, not directly quoted from any source):

From the blacksmith's hearth came a flame and fire;
From the heart of mighty men, an ember; an unextinguishable flame;
For the Phoenix rose up from the ashes of that mighty pyre;
That it might fly higher, stronger and faster than the charred remains from whence it came.

God Speed to your Xterra race and hope all ends up well for your community and all of SoCal.

Ahwatukian in AZ.

Benson said...

Holy crap!
That looks pretty damn scary to me.
Glad you're safe and sampe thoughts for all your friends and coworkers.
I hope all goes well for your race too.

Awesome words from stephen.

Rachel said...

Hang in there. Glad you are safe. I have my big A race this weekend too so I know how you feel.

TRI-ROB said...

Hard to focus when sh** like that happens. Just remember that you don't control any of it... so time spent worrying is wasted. Best of luck!