Better luck next time

I thought Las Vegas was fabulous as usual, but apparently my lungs didn’t share the same view, and as a result, I was unable to do the ET race.

I’m not sure if it was the desert climate or being exposed to the smokey environment of the Hotels and Casinos, but by Saturday afternoon I could definitely feel a change in my breathing. My peak flows were dipping below 300 and the stress of doing a midnight race would have probably put me back in the hospital , so I decided to do the smart thing and not do the race.

Of course I’m disappointed that I missed another event because of my breathing, but I think I made a wise decision. And from what I’m hearing from other people who did the race, sounds like I didn’t miss much anyway. They told me that the event was very disorganized this year and that the breakfast at the Lil alien was less than tasty. Hopefully they’ll work out the bugs for next year.

On a positive note, I got to see 3 Barry Manilow shows in a single week! His Saturday night performance at the Hilton was probably the best Ive ever seen him do. The audience consisted mostly of his die hard fans and you could tell he knew it, because he delivered…big time! He was awesome. His voice, his energy, his range and his incredible note sustaining lung power was nothing short of jaw-dropping. Man that guy can write some powerful songs. As a bonus, I managed to get , not one, but two handshakes at this show. I decided in advance that I wouldn’t be taking pictures at these shows, because I end up spending too much time fiddling with the camera, trying to get good shots, that I don’t really get a chance to enjoy show. I have a million photos of the same show anyway.

What was also kind of funny, is that there was a major Star Trek convention going on at the Hilton . The place was crawling with “Trekkies”. from all over the world. Every time I got on the hotel elevator, Id’ run into one of the crew members of the Starship enterprise . These people really get into it.

Next scheduled race for me, is the San Jose Rock & Roll half marathon in San Jose. Next scheduled Manilow concert for me , is Oct 16th at the Arco Arena Sacramento.


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7 Comments

  1. Tammy says:

    Sorry your lungs weren’t cooperating. Darn that stupid cigarette smoke :(. Smart move to not do the race, though I know how hard that must have been for you.

    Glad you still got a great concert and got to see the Trekkies :)! Fun!

    Hey, looks like I will most likely be coming to the Nike marathon this year as a coach… maybe this time I will get to meet you IRL? Hope to see you then.

  2. Danielle says:

    Sorry you didn’t get to do the race Steve, hope your breathing gets better soon.

    Sounds like the show was great though!

  3. Susannah says:

    Sorry to hear this, Steve.

    Funnily enough, I’m breathing better than I have done in a long time (currently down state in hot Palm Springs!)
    Will be in LV on Sunday so just hope the Venetian’s casino smoke doesn’t get to me too.

    You take care up there in foggy SF

    Sus xx

  4. Fran says:

    Too bad about the race. Good luck training for San Jose.

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