I'm officially pulling the plug today on any thoughts of a real 'cross season. Not to say I won't race at all because that would just suck, but it will just have to be for fun. I was hoping my leg would feel better after a week off the bike, but a short ride Saturday told me otherwise. Funny part was it actually felt better Sunday. I can't really train for 'cross in my current condition and to dedicate the next three months before the baby is born is a bit selfish knowing I won't be competitive. At this point I'll just offer up my services to work the pits and clean bikes and enjoy the 'cross scene from the sidelines taking photos.
My Dr.'s appointment on Monday wasn't very optimistic either. After discussing the growing list of symptoms, which now includes sharp, shooting pains down my leg, and a short evaluation, he sent me for an MRI of my lower back. With that, let's just say I'm not feeling hopeful as to what he might find when he reviews the films. The MRI was worse than what it looks like on television. I went to the place around the corner by the local coffee shop because I know they give you a coupon for a free muffin. They don't have the newer MRI machine that's open so I was crammed in a tube for half an hour unable to move, not really because I wanted to, but because there was no where to go. I'm not the biggest guy, but I wouldn't want to try and fit in that thing if I were any bigger for any extended period of time.
The good news is though I may have found a new calling. Gina and I met up with my parents and my brother and his wife at the Howard county fair Saturday night and while strolling through the farm animals, this sheep seemed to take a liking to me. I'm not even Scottish. Call me the Sheep Whisperer, baaahaaaa.
In other news, while leaving the aforementioned coffee shop this morning after redeeming my free muffin coupon and grabbing a coffee, I could smell smoke and happened to see that the roof of our favorite Thai restaurant was apparently on fire. The lone worker must have also noticed the smell and was outside looking around. I pointed out the smoke and called 911. Within a few minutes the Ho. Co. fire dept. was rolling down the street sirens screaming. I never saw fire, but there was plenty of pitch black smoke pouring from the roof. Hopefully there's not a lot of damage since there are no other good Thai restaurants in the area!