Well, I ended up going down on the crushed limestone when my left heel didn't rotate outward enough to disengage the pedal during a high speed dismount. Slid for quite a well on the fine crushed limestone. Fuckin' awesome! Man, do I feel stupid. Glad no one saw it.
So now I've got a deep road rash from ankle to hip on the left side and a nice lookin' swelbow to match.
First races are next weekend in Omaha. Saturday and Sunday. Going single speed again this year in the A's or 1, 2, 3's or whatever the hell it's called now. Should be entertaining.
Ahhh....cross hurts so good.
Had the opportunity to have my Hematology drawn at work for a health fair. I was really excited to see the results.
For many years, I've been relatively low with my red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (HGB) and hematocrit (HCT). The results weren't abnormally low, but lower than an avid cyclist's perference. I was pleasantly surprised to see a significant improvement in my values.
The laboratory test which is widely known to cyclists is the hematocrit. Hematocrit is simply the percentage of your blood volume that are red blood cells. If you were to spin (centrifuge) a tube of blood the plasma and the red blood cells would seperate due to differences in densities. After spinning, the hematocrit is the really dark stuff at the bottom.
For any endurance athlete a higher hematocrit value is desirable. With a higher hematocrit a person should have more oxygen carrying capcity in their blood volume which may lead to improved aerobic performance. The UCI has established a 50% limit for hematocrit for professional cyclists. My value jumped from 43.2 to 48.5. No, I'm not blood doping.
Now dehydration can play a big factor in hematocrit values (dehydration leads to less plasma and a higher hematocrit), but that wasn't the case since my red blood cells and my hemoglobin also had significant increases and my electrolytes were all normal. I can't put my finger on exactly what is different compared to last year, but I suspect my daily multivitamin with iron may be part of it.
Last year. Low H&H. Bummer.
This year's significant improvement!
Ruka is stoked.