I was just out for a walk and I realized I hadn’t written anything in a couple of weeks. I guess this is not a big deal. Does feel odd to me though. This lack of writing got me thinking about this space and what it is now. Initially, this website started as a way for me to share my cyclocross racing adventures with you. It became a place for me to let it all hang out – the good, the bad, the ugly, the sad and the awesome. It’s been quite a journey really. Now that I’m no longer racing cyclocross at the same level, my writing frequency has tapered off. I suppose this is because I really wasn’t sure what I could write about.
But really, I’m not sure that the rumblings in my head are really that interesting any more. Nonetheless, I’ll keep the website going and I expect you’ll see more frequent posts in the summer and fall when I’m out riding and racing agin. Yes, racing again – I’m training again with my old coach Steve Weller of Bell Lap Coaching. I’ve just completed my second week of real structured training and it has gone really well. It’s so refreshing to have daily bike goals again and to have longer term goals that extend into the summer and fall. I’ve got a couple of big goals that I’d like to accomplish. They’re far-reaching but I’ve been down this road before so I know what I have to do. I’m not sure I’m quite ready to share these goals with you yet. In fact, I don’t know if I will. A few people know what these goals are, but I guess because they seem pretty huge to me, I’m not ready to toss them out into the Internet. Suffice it to say, I want to win bike races again.
Alright, so what else is happening? Well, Marc is back home (hip hip hooray)! He had a pretty darn awesome time Belgium. I can’t thank his hosts Nick and Romina enough, they made his time there very easy and enjoyable. While it is very hard to be apart for four weeks, it is so worth it when I get to hear about Marc’s cyclocross races, the friends he had reconnected with, the rides he has gone on, the adventures he’s had with day-to-day living in Belgium, and just hearing how happy he is.
Hmm, what else? Well, here’s a very succinct snapshot of what has got my attention these days:
Watching: Making a Murderer and Dicte
Reading: The World of Cycling According to G (thanks Treena for the loan) and just finished 21 Cardinals (incredible novel) up next Birdie by Tracy Lindberg
Riding: Zwift, Zwift, and more Zwift
Following: too many pro cyclists to name, but a few who stand out: Mike Woods, Nikki Harris, Helen Wyman, Lizzie Armitstead, Karol Ann Canuel
Colouring: I’ve got three colouring books on the go (yes, I know): Lost Oceans, The Secret Garden, and Fantastic Cities
Listening: so many podcasts, highlights being: Back Story, Fresh Air, The Last Chapter, CXhairs, All Songs Considered and music, including: Adele, The Watchmen, Mumford & Sons, O.A.R, City and Color, INXS, CBC Radio 2
Going: Toronto to see The Watchmen at the Danforth, Albany, NY to see O.A.R, England with my mom to visit my aunt and uncle, France to ride bikes with Marc, Montreal to see Adele (yes, I got Adele tickets!!!)
Eating: been 98% vegan for over two months now, so far so good – feeling good and I’ve been gluten-free for six days now – easier than I thought it would be (though I miss eating at Cosmo’s and Shaan)
Doing: physio – I’ve got what we think is a compressed nerve in my right quad… but now both my physio and I think the pins/needles and full-on numbness in my right leg could be caused by my ulcerative colitis medication
Drinking: Crio Bru – made from cacao beans, this is my go-to drink morning, noon and night – so delicious
Chasing: Calvin the cat, this cat has more energy than any other cat I know!
Missing: Murphy, this is a tough month for us
And that’s it! Hmm, 706 words – guess I did have something to say after all.