It's funny… I was having a conversation with one of my buddies from the Tuesday night ride in Guana park.
(I've described it a little here before. It's basically a 20 mile out and back on sandy-muddy-bumpy doubletrack in the pitch dark… it's one ride where the lumens you bring gets noticed more so than your gruppo… Legs, handling skills, and tenacity trumps drafting and placement. It is a group ride in the sense that we all start together but the group splinters and the strongest pull ahead leaving the rest scattered in twos and threes behind)
We were discussing the merits of the group, the route and the ride in general…
I told him… "David, what I like so much about this is the requirement to be in the moment… all of my mental focus is on scanning the ground for the firmest part of the road, the wheel in front of me, and whether or not I can hang on, pick it up, or best case drop the hammer… for an hour every Tuesday night it's like nothing else really exists"
I think that's kind of what Bill Strickland is talking about here:
Okay.. I totally ripped off this format from boB (thanks Beth)
Run 70 miles – Houston we have a problem… it looks like fall running season will not get off the ground this year. Mileage is not the problem legs are the problem. More on this in a future post
Bike 40 hours on the bike… yep… ridin' like it's a part time job
Swim I am beginning to seriously consider it =;-) in all seriousness… I will return to triathlons in 2014… and ergo swimming too
Races – Just the aforementioned CX stuff
A pretty good novel about the Norman invasion of England in 1066 and the aftermath. I plan to read the other 2 books in the trilogy.
Right now I'm reading :
Interesting… it's lots of stuff I did know along with a few very interesting details of which I was unaware. The book really tries to unravel the interconnecting relationships and conspiracies behind the Lance Armstrong story.
Current Obsession cycling aside… Playing Golf. After a 10 year hiatus.. and no surprise… Judi is pretty good.
Current Need A new pair of mountain bike shoes. These fell apart midway through a Cyclocross race. My "sole wrenching" did not help my podium chances
Current Triumph – Getting CPR and First Aid certified
Current Bane of My Existence keeping the 3 bikes I have in working order
Racing: Southern Cross 55 mile endurance Cyclocross race on 22 Feb 2014
Personal development: Judi and I are half way to being certified to teach spin at the YMCA. Just two more classes which we will finish up in six weeks or so.
Current Indulgence Brown Ale
Current Blessings the best family and friends a guy could have
Current Excitement Tuesday night rides in Guana Park
His mantra is simple… yet a bit unconventional for the overmedicated masses…
In other news…
It's Cyclocross Season.
Pretty muddy last week… not my best race. I struggled a bit jumping/landing on my creaky old knee and with 3 creek crossings it was not a fast course for me… but it was muddy and we had beer so who cares.
Judi and I are half way to our goal of becoming spin instructors… We have taken a basic fitness course as well as CPR and First Aid
Now for the cycling part. I think that we have decided to get the Cycle Fusion Cert: