Well, it has been a few days now since the Cyclo-Cross World Championships. My bikes are in the garage. Clean and ready to be ridden. But I’m not riding them. I thought about it. Then I changed my mind. I’m on my “off-season break”. Two weeks of non-bike riding. Seems strange to be in warm and dry Belgium right now and to not be riding. But I have to consider the big picture, the future, the next season. And truth be told, I’ve got a bit of a nasty injury that I need to heal. I ended up with a wicked shinsplint (I think – self-diagnosis) the week before Worlds. It was so painful at points that I could barely walk. So now I’m doing the smart thing and resting, letting my leg heal. It is amazing what adrenaline can do – I didn’t feel the pain at all during the race, but as soon as I was back at the hotel and had taken off my magic Team Canada skinsuit, the pain came back with resounding fury. Ah well, small price to pay for the season and race of my life.
Speaking of which, here are some photos that I snagged off of Sharon Harrison’s Facebook photo page. Thanks Sharon for the photos and cheering.
So what’s next? Well, I’m taking a couple weeks off from the bike. I’m going to do my best to not think about bikes, read about bikes, and be bike obsessed. I’m hoping that the sights and sounds of London, England will help keep me on the straight and narrow for a week or so! I’m flying home to Ottawa on Feb. 15. As much as I love being in Belgium and Europe, I am looking forward to getting home. I miss my “things”, my cat, my friends, Chapters, the Food Network. It will be refreshing to have a bit of a different routine for a while – I’m also on the job hunt so if you need a freelance writer, technical writer, editor, “jack of all trades writer” – send me an email.
This is the time of the season when I should be reflecting, analyzing, and assessing what worked, didn’t work, and where I want to go. But frankly, I don’t want to do this now. I’ve kind of been thinking about and writing about this stuff all year. I do believe that this season was a break-through year for me. I made some big strides. I know where I want to be. I have a more clear picture of how to get there. I’m stoked for the 2010 – 2011 season.
But for now, I need to take a break. So, this means that this web site will be silent for the next week or so. I may pop in and throw a post up. But a break is a break – I’m going to try really hard to not be bike obsessed. There are some exciting changes in store for the next season. I’m really excited to tell you all about this, but all in due time.
Really, the best way to close of the 2009 – 2010 season is to simply say this: Thank You.
Thanks to you my readers – you are my rock – posting amazing comments, cheering for me, sending me super positive emails (I’m doing my best to respond to the emails – I promise to get a response out to you today…).
Thanks to Marc – I truly couldn’t do this without him. While I was out training, recovering, and “living the life”, he was glued to his computer working hard and wishing he was out with me having fun on bikes. His patience, support, calming-influence, technical advice, bike mechanics, and belief in me are worth more than I can ever explain.
See you out there on the road and trails. I’ll be dusting off my trusty mountain bike and hitting up the trails, so ping me if you want to hook up for a ride.
Okay, I’m off to think about and read about things other than bikes… Just need to figure out what that is!