Saturday, July 30, 2005

Shake It Like a Polaroid

O.k., so maybe I didn't do TOO much shaking (and maybe that's a good thing considering my complete and utter lack of rhythm) and stayed off the dance floor like a good girl but I had a blast at the Alkaline Trio concert. And to think I nearly sold my tickets to someone standing outside! They were just awesome live, even the craporific stuff off their new album was wonderful. They've been together for 8 years now but played with the energy and enthusiasm of a band just starting out and trying to prove themselves. Sheesh, I wish I had that kind of energy these days, and they played for over and hour plus a 10-15 minute encore. And they were TIGHT! They played a lot of their old stuff much to my delight and the crowd was so crazy into the whole thing it really added to the energy.

The Fox Theater in Boulder is an awesome venue, aside from great sound and lights there's a section of floor that's raised about 3' above the main dance floor on both sides. It's railed off too so I had a perfect, unobstructed view of the stage from about 20' away and I was protected from the mosh pit by the railing. I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera and/or video recorder, I had such a great view of the stage. The trouble is I get so obsessed with trying to get that perfect shot that I forget to enjoy the band so I stopped taking my camera a long time ago.

I think that between the powerful performance, great venue, enthusiastic crowd and overall fantastic atmosphere this ranks up there with one of the best shows I've been to, ever (and I've been to a LOT of shows). I wish we had more good bands come to Boulder, I'd forgotten just how much fun live music is. Hopefully I won't wait another 4-5 years until my next concert.

I managed a 23 mile bike ride on my mountain bike in the heat of the day this afternoon. It went really well considering all the standing I did last night and how sore I was when I got home. I did have a bit of a rest at around the half way point since I ran into someone I knew on the trail and stopped to chat for a bit. I also stopped for a bit at some point to give someone directions. I'm still more in rehab mode as far as my legs are concerned so I'm not too worried about how fast I'm going or how much rest I'm taking. I managed 2 master's swim workouts this week and it turns out I'm not as slow as I feared I would be. It's going to take a bit of work to get back to where I was but I don't think it'll be as bad as I thought. I'm only doing partial workouts of around 45 minutes and 1600 yards or so and gradually going to add more time & mileage. My right shoulder was hurting after Wednesday's workout so I had to back off on Friday but I think there's no good way around these aches & pains, I'm just going to have to push myself a bit and back off when I have to until I have a better idea of what my limits are.

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