The Peregrine's this year have been pretty emotional for me. When I found out one was injured I braved the cold the following Monday with my bins hoping I could see the two of them just as they've always been all the years I've been tracking them. The construction workers saw me with my bins and asked if I was looking for the falcons and I told them yes and they then told me the entire story about the hawk attacking the falcon and how they tried to save it but couldn't. Hearing the "tried to save it but couldn't" brought a wave of emotion to me as it was so final and started tearing up right then and there with lower lip trembling in front of two total strangers. They felt awful of course and apologized to me saying they'd be on the lookout and blah, blah blah as I headed back to the office with tears running down my eyes going right to my office to close the door to compose myself as the last thing I needed were co workers seeing me an emotional mess based on a bird (which is how most folks would see it). I did it again the next day and the same outcome. The construction workers would nod their head a sad "no" as I looked just the same with the bitter wind assaulting me which I found rather fitting. After a few days of doing this work got crazy and had to go to Boston a lot which I found a welcome relief as looking for them with no success was taking its toll on me. I was ecstatic when Justin spotted two of them a couple weeks back and really hoped it was the original pair but have not seen a bird that looks like my beloved male. Have to admit I haven't made much of an effort as I sometimes thing denial is therapeutic, but plan on going out there next week as I'm prepared for whatever outcome there is and just glad we have two falcons back in downtown Worcester.
La Patisserie for a rare cup of coffee as I was in number crunching hell and needed something to make it less painful. Eric was there and I found out he was trying to organize a stair climbing event in our building so was naturally curious considering I spend so much time on them I know each floor just by what it looks like. Anyhow, it's still in its infancy and who knows if it will happen but crossing my fingers as it would be a fun event to bring to downtown Worcester which needs all the help it can get! I'd also find out Eric (the owner) climbs the stairs daily but totally different than I do and on the North stairs vs. my South Stairs. Funny how each person has their own way of doing things with his method being hard core in its own right. He basically trudges up 24 flights with 25 lb dumbbells in each hand single step. When he comes down he does dumbbell curls with each step making for a complete killer upper and lower body workout by the time he's done. It was real fun talking to him as most people I know think I'm crazy when I start talking stairs so it put as much spring in my step as the coffee did as I headed back downstairs to my office dungeon.
And speaking of killer stair workouts, I had my own today. After watching myself on video tape I realized why I can't get past the 3:50 mark time wise (for 24 flights), and it's because my leg turnover just won't do it until I either strengthen my upper calves enough to run them (working on that) and two rely more on my arms to do at least half of the work and drag me up the stairs faster than my legs want to do it at this time. The best way to do this according to the pros is the incorporate the single rail technique
Dirt Diva on the West Coast, why not the Bird Diva on the East Coast. Sure I can't run 100 miles + and have no tats but hey, I'll look pretty stylish with my own signature duds trudging up the trails here in Central Mass doing my normal 5 miles! Cha Ching!! Isn't the top the cutest thing you've ever seen. Yes the peacock's neck looks a little phallic in this photo but have no worries as it doesn't look as bad on really it doesn't! Look out warblers because here I come!
To my dismay the running clothes designers don't think of bird related clothes as top sellers so was very happy to pick up the Crow Tank as not only is it bird related but the proceeds also go to the Crow Athletics Running Club in Maine so glad to do my part!
Just thought I'd post some of the events of my non eventful day which has made me realize it wasn't as uneventful as first thought.
Take care all.