1. I really really really love fall. Leaves, pumpkin EVERYTHING, a sweat-free walk to work, all great things. Rachel wrote a wonderful post this week about fun fall activities, of which I plan to partake in many.
The other best thing ever about this season is that it offers perfect riding weather. A little chilly sometimes, and maybe (ok, always) windy, but I’m thrilled to be able to bust out the arm warmers and booties and ride a little later in the day rather than trying to fit in as many miles as possible before the 100+ degree temps cause me to melt all over the road.
So I met up with this girl at the wonderfully late hour of 7am this morning for a casual gossipy sunrise ride around the monuments. We usually ride Hains laps, but given the wind and the fact that neither of us cares about speed or distance at this point, we took a little detour around the Lincoln and up to the Capitol and back.
2. I’m starting to get excited about planning next season’s training and racing schedules. I think I’ve got my race calendar more or less set — post on that in the near future — and I’m kind of excited by the challenge of mapping it all out and collecting and analyzing all my data, etc. I’m not sure if I’ll have any type of coaching, but I feel like I know myself — and the basics — well enough to do my research and put together a solid training plan. I’m also going to make a concerted effort to really understand and use HR training and get a real VO2 max test done. If I could afford a power meter, I’d do a bunch of reading on that too. Maybe in another life.
3. I’m really coveting one of these:
I broke down and joined a cycling team (see #1) and I really would like to upgrade my 8 year-old aluminum beginner road bike for something lighter and sleeker. On the upside, the fantastic thing about roadies as compared to triathletes is that they don’t need the newest/fastest/most expensive bike every single year. They’ll kind of ride whatever they have — even build from scratch — until it’s ready to be retired. So on group rides I don’t feel like everyone is being judgey like triathletes are when scoping out bikes in transition (guilty).
Even so, shiny carbon road bikes have me drooling, especially because I’m retiring the Felt for a few months. Has anyone found that money tree yet?!?