Happy New Year
Happy New Year. Thanks for a good one.
As soon as I posted yesterday's blog about my new swank Endura jacket I knew that at least ONE of my friends would have something to say about how I bought a jacket to ride in shit conditions, yet I rarely ride in shit conditions (shit being cold and snow). Well, Rick was the winner with his comment. SO you KNOW I HAD to ride out in the snow and ice today just to save some face.
I had some grand ride plans today. By "grand" I mean I was going to go outside for a ride. But new snow, B-Man entertaining (AKA being a Dad), and a working at home Wifey made taking the time to kit up, drive to, do 2 hours, etc., and be miserable seem dumb. So I did a quick 1+ on the trainer.
More snow came today and YES I regretted not going for my ride outside yesterday! But I did drag my ass into the Stankment® for an hour + of Foals/Superchunk BIG ring intervals.
Today brought sun and temps in the low forties to WPA.
Spent most of the morning drinking a pot of coffee. Spent the other half coming down from said coffee high, wallowing in a winter funk, and staring at (for whatever reason) a documentary on the Military Channel (I can't believe there IS such a thing) about the forming of the League Of Nations after the First Wold War. Damn the morning sucked. Of course I feel the urge to now grow a mustache like Georges Clemenceau.
We continue on...
In no particular order, here are some of my fave things and products the past year. Some are not NEW, but new to ME in 2009.
Because hacking up lung butter for a week is just NOT enough!
These days I'm never sure if I have too much time or not enough. TOO much time to think about what I want to do this coming season. Hell, race #1 is only a few weeks away! (DEAR GOD!!). Last year was all about he hundies. I did Mohican, Lumberjack, The 101 and the SM100. I love the 100 mile races. I want to do more. But now that my blood clot is gone I can't get the idea of doing another Solo out of my mind. And what better place to DO a Solo than at Nationals. Which JUST happen to be 1.5 hours away from XXC World HQ (AKA my house). I of course would like to do the Leesburg Bakers Dozen again too, except this year race it with a little more focus. Last year I just raced until I hit 100 miles and bailed.
Well the promised snow came, and with it came my want to move as far away from winter cold as I can get. Since that won't be happening anytime soon, I figured the next best thing is heading to Maui, Hawaii via the Global Ride training DVDs I got late last winter.
My lack of posts is my bad. I thought I would save you the grief of reading about my lung butter, riding the trainer and dreading the upcoming f*cking holiday.
Any sort of riding was out today as I spent my a.m. once again in the dentist chair getting my tooth worked on. 1 hour or so later I walk out with a temporary crown. Holy uncomfortable! Since it's my bottom front tooth my tongue rubs the lump of dental cement constantly and it make me feel like I have a pierced tongue or something. Next thing you know people will be asking me to... oh never mind. I supposed I'll get used to it. Or not.
The illness that came on me Friday night into Saturday is still lingering around a bit. Nothing full blown, just enough of a burning cough and lung issue to make things annoying. Since it's a respiratory issue I chose not to ride outside today. Sucked too, because it was nice Western PA day... meaning it was bright gray and damp, BUT not all that cold, so that would have been a bonus.
This week was filled with some late nights, eating poorly, and getting pretty run down, so it was no huge surprise to feel some illness coming on last night. Some coughing, some aching, so bitching and moaning. But hey nothing a little Imperial Stout and spicy sausage stew/soup couldn't cure right? Wrong.
This week has been off the charts good and bad and a whole lot of busy!
As expected I didn't ride today, tomorrow I can't due to wanting/needing to get XXC out very soon, and Tuesday I will be enduring Root Canal Round II. I guess I could call that "training?"
It takes time for winter to get to WPA anymore, but it does come. And it came today. Bitch!
Back on track, but not so back on the bike. Between root canals, car inspections, and trying to wrap up XXC #5, it's been a busy week. I mean BUSY. I kid you not, I NEVER worked this hard when I had a pay check job. NEVER. There was a busy day now and then, but I worked my 8 hours (or close enough) and went home. Now it's pretty much all the time. And that's cool, because I love doing it. I feel like I did when I was 18 and used to draw all the time, and would just stay up late drawing, and working on stuff because It was fun. But this is "funner!"
Lately I've been referring to the time between 3:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m as the "Witching Hour." Sadly that's NOT the time when a gaggle of nymphomaniac witches enter my bedroom and seduce me... It's the time when I wake up. EVERY night. It's the time I wake up and fail to fall back to sleep. It's sort of maddening. Been going on for months now. OK, I DO fall back to sleep, but usually not until 6 a.m., and I get up a 6:30. Not fun.
Not much to talk about. There's been no riding and I'm busy as frig with the mag, and I MAY have to push a deadline back (not happy), but I'd rather delay a few days and put out something great than "blahhhhh." On top of all that I had Root Canal Round One today. Yeah, that was fun. Nothing like smelling the motor of the dentist's drill as it spins away just inches below your nose. Ouch. Insult to injury was having to listen to my dentist (a super nice guy), hum Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" whilst he drilled my tooth. Damn, THAT was SO uncalled for.