Well TV would have you now thinking about a camel, but as far as this blog goes, it is a little more literal. I am not sure what day it is or where the time has gone since the last post. The only thing I know for sure is that the time was not spent riding my bike. I was very sad to see the total miles for the month of October only adding up to 7. Yes, I said 7. No missing digits. That is a very sad total. I will say that I have not been completely worthless, but very few miles getting put in. I might have rode a couple more in the back yard, but those don’t add up to much.
I have done a lot of yard work, trail work and my new cross training work out of riding the skate park. I had not been on a skateboard much in the last 20 years. It felt good to get back on it and it was one heck of a leg work out. I plan on doing that some more this winter as I can. I also plan on hitting the back yard as much as I can this winter. Either by adding some more trail sections or getting in some riding when I can.
This month I have already picked up the mileage, but probably not enough to make a real difference for my next and last race of the year. The Gravel Grovel is less than two weeks away. I am really looking forward to this event. It is such a great time even with it being a hard day on the bike. They are really making sure of that this year since they have mad some changes to the route that added even more climbs. It makes me a little happy that I decided a while back to change from the SS class to the Masters class. I still won’t be able to be competitive, but at least I have a few more options to help keep the wheels rolling.
I can only hope to keep improving this winter and loosing some weight to get myself lined up for a better year than the previous ones. That may not be the case, but I hope to at least give myself a chance. It is not going to be easy, but I just hope to do at least a little better than I have in the past. I am setting myself up for some better options than before, but work and life can be very busy and can get in the way of everything.
Hope to see you at the Gravel Grovel. You can probably find me rolling with the <5 hour wolfpack group unless they drop me. I really doubt I will feel good enough to drop them. We will have to see how the day plays out.