My injury is much worse that I (and my doctor, I guess), thought. No O for
a while, I guess. Its tough to accept, and in retrospect thinking I could
run the Stumble was a mistake. Missing the Highlander will be tough to
swallow, I guess we can hope for a miracle cure over the next week. I may
walk the first couple loops.
I stumbled around to an uninspiring 6th place in the Stumble. About what I
expected. 2nd place was reachable if I were 100%. Eddie had a great run
and was not reachable, at least by me. The thing about injuries is you think
about them the whole race, and your navigation suffers also. One thing I will
say about the Stumble is that I thought Mihai's course setting was excellent;
its a shame I could not enjoy it. The map is a big horse blanket at 1:10; no
way I can scan it.
My goal now has to be to be 100% for the Trot. The last time I was injured
I passed the time by finding obscure bands and writing about them. Today's
band is "The Gathering", a symphonic black metal outfit out of Holland. They
are quite good, sort of a cross between atmospheric prog metal, pink floyd,
with a female singer somewhere between Terri Nunn (Berlin) and Annie Haslan
(Renaissance), but quite distinct in her own right. One commentator
mentioned Tool influences, but I don't hear it. (No one sounds like Tool, and
no one ever will, but that is a topic for another day).
While the singer, Anneke van Giersbergen, is of course the focal point of
the sound, her bandmates are quite talented, unlike outfits like
Evanescence which feature a stunning singer but a weak backing band.
Of the songs I checked out, I think my favorite was "Eleanor", but all were
good. I ordered a couple of albums, so we'll see.
Well, I don't see a future for me as a music critic, so I probably won't
write much here until I can race effectively again. Hopefully that will be
in a week or two.