Ain’t as Good as I Once Was!

Just as an FYI this has nothing to do with biking, but it is a follow-up to my “Do as I Say Not as I Do” post from yesterday!

I am also, by the way, Not a big country and western music fan.  One exception though, is the Tobie Keith Song “As Good as I Once Was.”  The first line of the chorus is “I aint as good as I once was, I got a few years on me now” and this by far sums up my last night.

I am a Washington State University Alumni, GO COUGS!  Last night in Seattle the Cougar Flag was flying over the waterfront for an evening with our Coach Mike Leach!

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Mike Leach signing autographs at my table
Mike Leach signing autographs at my table

It was a night with over a thousand of my fellow COUGS, all having a great dinner,

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a silent auction, and drinking free Miller Light or bad Merlot!  And this is where I am SO not the same as I was in my prime!  In the old days, I could have done this, gone out afterwards, closed another bar, AND ended up having breakfast at 230 AM at Denny’s!  Not anymore.  The bad Merlot and 2 deserts (yep screwed up the Tony Diet!) made me want to head home and just crash.  I was wiped.  This morning, all I wanted was Powerade and a Ham and Cheddar breakfast Sandwich from Starbucks.  Yep, a bit hungover…First time in a while!

However, before the whole heading home and sleeping, I had one helluva night!

I hung out with Butch Cougar!

Game Faces!
Game Faces!

My Autograph seeking helper!

Got a helmet autographed (with the help of a cute 20 something lady at the table who said (and I quote here) “I just had my boobs done and we unwrapped them today!”  Well using these, she got my helmet autographed by Coach Leach AND Jason Gesser!  (If I were them I would be MUCH more willing to do autographs for her than for me!)

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And finally not only got to see, but to hold the Apple Cup Trophy!  Awarded to the team that wins our annual rivalry game, known as the Apple Cup,

COUGS WIN!
COUGS WIN 2013 Applecup!

against the hated Fuskies! (OK the UW Huskies actually!)  Needless to say we WON this year!

Holding the Apple Cup!
Holding the Apple Cup!
Outside Sloppy Joes in Key West!
Outside Sloppy Joes in Key West!

All this while hanging out with my buddy Scott (the Mudsucker), friends since we met at WSU back in ’82 when we were freshman!

I am recovering today, and the Chilly Hilly is tomorrow, No worries there I will be back to normal tomorrow!  So while it is true, I aint as good as I once was, it is also true that I’m as good ONCE as I ever was!  Go Cougs!

Do as I say NOT as I Do

My dad used to say this to me ALL the time when I was a kid. Then I remember Mr. Guglamo my Jr High Shop teacher saying the same thing while using a table saw. Just seemed unfair to me!And Yet, here I stand telling you the same thing. “Whatever do you mean Tony?” I can hear you thinking (Ok maybe what I heard was a collective “Huh?” but I thought I’d embellish a bit.

Well, the day after tomorrow is the Chilly Hilly, the first big bike ride of the year. It’s only 33 miles, but it’s 33 cold miles up some pretty good inclines. So what I tell people doing this ride for the first time is to take a break from training the week before, get a lot of rest Friday and Saturday night, and get hydrated with water and/or Gatorade. Yeah that’s what I TELL people to do…

What am I going to do? Well this week I trained hard, a 40 on Sunday and an inside ride or stairs every night except Wednesday. Ok first rule broken.

Tonight is Friday so I will be hanging out at home and relaxing at home right?

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Well, no. The WSU coach Mike Leach is in town, and the diehard Cougs will be there to hear him speak, eat, and (shocking I know!) have a beer or two!

Mike Leach
Mike Leach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

OK tomorrow is Saturday! The day before I will model the correct behavior, right? Well, no, we have a wine and sushi outing planned with two of our best friends. Alexandra Nicole has there offering party and we can’t miss that.

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Bottom line, I am doing everything wrong prior to the ride. HOWEVER, I have one firm rule. If I paid for it, I am going. If I am dehydrated, or even a bit hungover, its my own damn fault. It will be a Suck it Up morning, and I will be in line for the ferry at 730 AM Sunday!

I only do this, though, because I know this route and I know I can do 33 miles in my sleep if I have too. If it was a longer ride, HELL no!

Either way though, do as I SAY, NOT as I do!