I try to stay away from political, religious and other sensitive topics cuz going there is the fastest way to get people pissed off, and that's not the point of this blog. I'm a happy guy and want everyone to be happy too.
That said, I ran into a podcast on NPR that artfully, and in my opinion, correctly explains how the Credit Crisis, aka the Sub-prime collapse was born. It's not a conspiracy theory, self-serving scarce tactic piece, nor does it blame Democrats, Rebublican's, or the President for the mess. Ira Glass and his talented This American Life staff in Chicago expose the Global Money Market, Alan Greenspan, large and small banks and mortgage brokers, among others, as a willing group of aggressive, self-serving "business" people looking for a quick buck, at the expense of you and me, the little guys.
Since I work in the Real Estate industry, and have seen first hand the pressured, unethical and down right wrong, look-the-other-way tactics of the mortgage industry, this piece really hits home. It should be required listening for everyone because there is a lesson for all of us to learn. Do yourself a big favor and click here to listen to the online podcast. It appears in the May section and is titled "The Giant Pool of Money". The podcast runs one-hour long, it's free if you listen to it online, or $0.95 if you download it to your MP3 player.
On a lighter note, last night was the Wednesday night series XC race at Soldier Hollow. That sure is a fun race that is getting more popular and is a great mid-week interval workout. The course is about 4 miles in length with about 380 feet of climbing, nothing too serious. I rode my Fisher Rig SS and had a blast. And, I didn't finish DFL!!! There are no age group clasifications, just experience levels. I'm riding in the Expert B group so I get to race against the 2nd level hot shots. Most of those guys are pretty fast. I planned to ride only 2 of the 4 laps, but I was having so much fun I did all 4. KC Holley passed me about 12 minutes after the start (I had a 1 minute head start on her too), and I got chicked by Erika Powers and 2 others, but what-the-hey. They're FAST!
My race went well and my legs feel like they are coming back to me. I finished a 3 week training block last Saturday and spent the next a day and a half on my back due to exhaustion. A few days of rest seems to have done me good and the "lead legs" are gone. I'll recover the rest of this week and get ready for the ICUP XC State Championship race at Solitude on July 5th, and then it's on the Leadville. I also started another 5-day "boost" IHE session Tuesday in hopes of topping off my red blood cells so I can have an Incredible Hulk performance in August. We'll see...
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