Touching Base

First off, many thanks for the amazing comments and feedback from my last blog post. It was encouraging to read your positive words. It is interesting to read that everyone seems to grapple with body image now and then – and both men and women. At the end of the day, it is all about being healthy and being able to get out and ride our bikes.

I just thought I’d take the opportunity today to touch base with you and let you know what I’m up to. Yes, kind of a sad excuse for a blog post but without any racing happening or outdoor riding, there isn’t too much to tell you about. It seems as though my deep thoughts happen while out riding around in the woods or rolling down a quiet road. On the trainer I’m captivated by wattage numbers, cadence numbers, the beeping interval timer and whatever program I’ve decided to watch. (Today I had a Cake Boss marathon and watched/listened to it for close to two hours as I got friendly with my CompuTrainer.)

Well, I have yet to venture outside for a real ride. I have dug out my city bike and taken it to the nearby Starbucks and today out in the rain to a yoga class. But other than this, I’ve stuck to the Computrainer to get my training rides in. The weather is warm but it is still quite wet out and right now I’m willing to wait until things dry up a bit more before I get outside. I also don’t have a “spring” bike so the trainer it is. Don’t get me wrong I’m itching to get outside and ride but right now I can get in better quality training on the trusty trainer.

Hmm, what else is going on? Well, I’m working on some new sponsorship opportunities for the 2012-2013 season. I’ll let you know as soon as I know what is happening! Check out my new sponsorship document over in the sidebar on the right, or click here.

The spring and early summer racing looks like it is a going to be a good time. It is refreshing to see so many local opportunities to get out and race. I’m looking forward to doing all the rides and races that in years past I wasn’t ready to do since I typically hadn’t started training again until March. I suppose the silver lining to my back injury is that I’m getting in lots of training now and will be ready to line up when the time comes this spring. Along with road racing I’m hoping to do some local mountain bike racing again – this is a great way for me to improve my technical skills and since this is the summer of “having as much fun as possible” it only makes sense to get out on my mountain bike.

Well, that is about it! Really life is just moving along really well. Looks like in a few weeks I’ll be starting a part-time job so this will be a change – I haven’t worked in an office in a couple of years but it will be refreshing to share my workday with someone other than Murphy the cat (he is not so great for water cooler conversation!). I hope you’re doing just as great as I am. Here’s to some dry roads and fun times.

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