So, what's happening? Not much really. Just rolling along with life. Busy with work and keeping my life organized and calm.
Had a great weekend. Saturday was excellent with an excellent group ride followed with lots of time to sit and chillax. I got in my newspaper reading and some knitting. Not bad. To top it off, we hooked up with a friend for dinner at the Singapore restaurant. A most excellent day. Sunday was spent driving to and from Montreal and racing our bikes. Another excellent day.
I didn't ride yesterday. Lets just say a little old problem is "back". Yes... The old back has reared its ugly head. At a very inopportune time. I suppose this should be a surprise. But still frustrating. Spent yesterday with lots of ice and medication. Some stretching and a good sleep seemed to help. I'm definitely not as sore as I was. Now I'm in the twingey hyper-aware of my back stage. Sucks.
I had planned on doing the race in the park tonight. It is not to be. I don't want to push my back on the climbs. Instead I've got a microburst work-out on deck. This is good as well. One of my favorite work-outs.
I've decided to race at road nationals. Initially I had planned on only racing criterium nationals. But after some thought and some advice from more experienced cyclists, I've decided to race the road race. It will mean that I'm spending a lot of time in the car. Such is life. There are worse ways to be spending my time.
Soon enough this big block of training and racing will be over and I'll be taking a few days off. Taking a break from the bike in the middle of July will seem strange and I'm sure be quite challenging. But I know that in November I'll be really grateful for the break.
It is challenging to put together a solid road season followed by an even more challenging cyclo-cross season. It is not the racing frequency that it is tough. More so it is the life balance. It is hard for people to understand that the bike takes priority. This means, typically being very careful about nutrition, being hyper-aware of my body and how it is feeling, going to bed early and missing out on typical summer activities. For me, it is worth it.
I've got a big long life ahead of me (I hope) - so I've got lots of days to do all the stuff I'm not doing right now. Honestly I don't think there is much I'm "missing out" on. What I'm doing now fulfills me to no end. I can totally say that right now today I'm 100% satisfied with my life. I'm giving it everything I can and taking as much as I can. I don't want to have any regrets. Better to jam-pack lots in, than to wonder what could have been.
Phew, that was a bit of a rant. Sorry about that. Maybe it is the summer that has got me in this frame of mind. Don't know. Whatever.
Marc had a great ride yesterday at the Coupe de la Paix race. Sounds like it was a super challenging course. Marc came home on such a high. I love sitting and listening to him replay the race - he does it with such enthusiasm and zest that he makes me want to get out there and race. I'm super proud of how Marc is riding this year. It really shows that hard work and dedication does pay off.
On Sunday night I watched a documentary on the Air India crash. Wow. Very stirring. Very disturbing. I didn't really know much about this tragedy as I was quite young when the crash occurred. If you missed this documentary, I totally recommend you try to download it. Can't say enough about it. What was also interesting is that there were no commercials. Could the CBC have been making a statement by not running any commercials? Don't know.
Last week of school. Wow. What a feeling that used to be. I couldn't wait for school to be over. The summer. What a mystical time it is for a kid. Funny though how by the middle of August, everyone is a little "bored". For someone very special this is the last week in a bright and very fulfilling career. I know it is a tough time right now. Closing doors is not easy. But try to look at it as opening new doors. The next phase of excitement, growth and fulfillment is beginning.
The future is looking bright. For me and you.