Aside from running and triathlon one of my other longstanding passions is music. I listen to it all the time. Running, while in the car, sitting around at night. I probably buy at least a CD a week. And I have my brother to thank for influencing my tastes. We've listened to rock since we were kids and he even took me to my first Ozzfest shortly after I graduated high school. We used to go to concerts all the time when he lived in Iowa so I was really looking forward getting to see over forty bands with him again, a bunch of which I had not had the privelage of seeing yet.
The first day of the concert began with an early morning round of golf, which was unfortunately shortened to 9 holes due to some lingering fog. It was probably a good thing because I broke my 3 iron and was shooting like crap. Once we got that out of the way it was on to the concert venue where we tailgated for a bit before starting a night of rock infused fun.
|Ready to Rock!|
Up next was Stone Sour, who we made sure to get as close to the stage as we could. They were one of the first bands I listened to when I started training to race. I can vividly remember runs where I listened to their entire first album. I've seen them before, and Corey Taylor always puts on a great show. That night was no exception. Smashing Pumpkins wrapped up the second night, but we were so tired that we actually left a bit early before they wrapped up their set.
|1st time crowd surfing|
|Skillet raising up their strings|
It was time for some old school rock after that. Bush played, followed by Alice in Chains. I was surprised at how old Jerry Cantrell looked and how great of a show they still managed to put on. I went crowd surfing again during Rooster and Man in the Box, during which I got dropped hard on my head. Had bruises all along my shoulders the next day, but it was worth it. Soundgarden wrapped up the evening of nostalgic rock and capped off a great three days of music.
So the weekend was a ton of fun. I was sore in places I usually don't get sore when running. A good core and upper body workout. My brother and I are already looking forward to next year's version of the concert. It took me a little while to detox and get back into running this week. My legs were experiencing all sorts of odd pains, but I managed to get in a decent long run yesterday and feel like I should be able to be back on track this week. Just in time for Dam to Dam on Saturday.