Phew, that weekend really flew by. Good thing. It wasn't as if we were out doing all sorts of crazy "stuff" - rather just had a busy but quiet weekend... If that makes sense?
Lots of bike riding. On Saturday I rode to Merrickville with my friend Skip - we had a great ride with a relaxing coffee shop stop for some refueling - can't beat a peanut butter bar after two hours of riding! The rest of the day was filled with a bunch of errands, including a very exciting one....
I went to The Cyclery and picked up one of my new cyclo-cross bikes. (I would insert a photo but for some reason the photo is displaying upside down....) Anyway, suffice it to say - this new bike is awesome. Stevens Carbon Team. Beautiful bike. Many many thanks to Stevens Bikes and The Cyclery for the amazing support. Hard to believe that I'll have two of these bikes to race and train with this year.
Sunday was a quiet day with some cyclo-cross training with a friend of mine. We hit up my favorite training grounds and ripped it up in the sand and singletrack. Definitely an excellent training session. Rest of the day was pretty quiet - bike cleaning, web surfing, Secret Project work, and a tasty dinner of turkey/chickpea burgers and a subtle yet tangy tomato/avocado salad. We watched Up in the Air last night. A decent film. Very different from the book. Both film and book were different enough that I enjoyed them both separately. I also read the book while in Belgium last winter - so long enough ago to stop me from doing the direct comparison...
Still reading Brooklyn. Really enjoying this book. Definitely a slower read than my last book. The character development in Brooklyn is pretty extensive. To the point where I can almost picture the main characters. This is a good thing!
Not much else going on. Working on some different contracts and have a couple more that should come together this week. Not thoroughly jazzed with this rain.... Soon enough we'll be away pretty much every weekend racing our cyclo-cross bikes. This is something I just so look forward to. Marc and I always have a great time traveling to races together and supporting one another.
In the ulcerative colitis front... Well, I'm still in a flare. Things are better but definitely not "normal". The new medicine seems to be helping. As well I've cut gluten out of my diet and really really cut down on the dairy. This week I'm going to attempt to make gluten-free bagels... I'll let you know how these turn out. (Keep your fingers crossed.) I'm really hoping this flare goes away soon. It so hard to know when I will transition from flare to remission. It would be nice to start the 'cross season in remission. But this might be asking too much. All I can do is do what I can with my present situation. Through all this, I still consider myself to be super lucky and still much healthier than most of the general population.
Alright, I best be off. Some more writing to do. Also need to start looking into hotels for the upcoming trip to Switzerland and Czech Republic. Really looking forward to this trip. I'm pretty sure my dad is equally excited. Oh, did I tell you I'm going to San Diego and Las Vegas? San Diego with the KingsBridge team for a trade show and Las Vegas for 'Cross Vegas and Interbike.