A lot of things are coming to an end for me at the beginning of this week, but a lot of new adventures ahead. I have put in a few really solid days and weeks on the bike in the last while in California with some awesome people. I have been able to explore new areas on the bike, and over-come some pretty big days that I never thought I would get through. I baked up a batch of awesome ride cookies which also saved my legs, and stomach on the long days. Think coconut flour, dates, vanilla, coconut flakes, cocoa-coffee grinds, pecans and a small amount of dark chocolate.
I am happy that I now have some rest for a few days, and I am more excited than I was a couple weeks ago when I glanced at my calendar of racing I have coming ahead of me. With a long off season this past fall, filled with not as much activity to try and heal my back, then off the bike activity, full time work and full time online school, I started to become worried where I would be come winter and come the first set of races. I still, no doubt, have that anxious feeling to see how I preform in just a few short weeks at Bonelli US Cup- but I am feeling a bit more grounded and confident after a good block. I can never be fully satisfied with where I am at- but I guess that makes me the type of athlete I am- always with lots of fight.
Good news too- I was the only one this past weekend on the long rides not to complain of a sore back...CRAZY I know! I am so excited. I know it may not be perfect yet, but a year, two years, three years and four years ago I would never have even got through a weekend of 12 hard hours on the bike and no pain. I could even wake up this morning and touch my knees- yes, that in the past has not be common.
I took a good sun-nap while waiting for a re-group at the top of Gibraltar. I luckily had sun screen as those rays were hot!
I have also left the little yellow house on Silver Strand for now as well, but I am sure I will be back there. It was a cozy spot to stay for sure- being only a block from the beach and a Mexican burrito hut was definitely an added bonus!
I have got some great tan lines going on.
Bought an awesome mug in Santa Barbara.
Now time in these off days to have some fun with cooking and baking.
Onto more exciting things so stay tuned, and check back for racing updates March 13th!