This season, more than any other since I started racing about 5 years ago, couldn't have ended any sooner. My most awesome season so far - with more racing, more variety, more focus (not to mention a couple of State Championship titles!) - was also the hardest I've ever worked at this sport.
And so it was that I was counting the days to Transition Week, which turned into Transition Month-and-a-Half, so that I could finally -finally! - go do something else for a change. Even if 'something else' maybe every once in a while involved a bike. Which it did, because, hey, after spending THAT much time on a bike all year, you kind of lose any of your other identifying characteristics (that I hope to reclaim between now and spring).
These are just some of the ways I've been occupying my time, now that I don't have to train for 'the next race':
- Cheer on someone else who's season hasn't quite ended yet
|Writing encouraging words to my favorite Furnace Creek 508 contender, in the middle of Death Valley, where he didn't see it anyway because of a re-route caused by some government shut-down thing.|
|Tim Marks with George Vargas at the end of the 2013 FC508|
- Indulge in something previously off-limits
|Pisco Sour at VTR|
|Akron Half-Marathon, post race with Dave and Beate. I won my age group!|
- Take the time to stop and smell Autumn in the air...
|Along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath|
|The Headless Rider arrives! OK, not really...|
- Dress up stupid for a ride into town
|Me and Angie in Valkyrie attire, at Lily's Chocolates in Tremont.|
- Hang out with teammates without having to wear spandex
|Chappy, Russ, and I warming up outside...|
|Kristen enjoying the benefits of our new 2014 Team Sponsor, Fat Heads Brewery|
- And lastly, dig out the indoor trainer, because before you know it, training starts up again. Like, tomorrow. Because the 2014 season is gonna be even better than the last...