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Cycling, Just For Fun

The Wonders of Funemployment

Sorry for the nearly two-week absence. I’m making a few big life changes — new job, new apartment — and have had some great down time that I’ve spent doing anything but working and blogging. But there was bicycle riding — oh yes, lots. Here’s my funemployment vacation in pictures (and a few words):

The Great Pumpkin Ride with this girl started as a total disaster (missed alarm, lost car keys, flat tire) but ended up being a great day full of Halloween candy and casual chatty riding and yummy baked goods and a peppermint hot chocolate/burrito refuel stop.

NCVC twinsies.

Rest stops were at Virginia vineyards.

Pumpkin cake YES PLEASE. 

I spectated my second cross race, right smack in the middle of NW DC. Did I mention I’m dying to try this? Anyone want to buy me yet another bike?

Hmm purple and orange camo…

I made the trip out to Skyline Dr. in Shenandoah for a little spin up a mountain.

It was overcast and chilly, but how can you argue with the view and the chance to bomb down some enormous hills (after you climb them, of course)?

I held my own on the climbs but got pretty quickly dropped on the descents by this guy. I’m light enough to go up, definitely not heavy enough to go down.

There were bears.

I did a long-ish run with my cycling buddy — her last big one before her upcoming half. I only did the early miles with her but got in 9.5 total on the morning thanks to the “commute” from my apartment to Hains Point. Nothing like DC at sunrise.

Monuments are so peaceful when not surrounded by tourists.

Later that day I got dragged on my first ever trail “run” — which was really more of a hike/climb with a mile warmup and mile cooldown on the Billy Goat Trails leading up to Great Falls, Md. Who knew something that beautiful could be found just outside of a big city? You look over the Potomac — the pretty part, don’t worry — on giant rock walls and can wave to the people over in Virginia. I wish I’d had my phone or camera. In the end, I managed to survive without any broken bones or bruises or bloody gashes — that’s saying something, I’m clumsy — but I realized being an endurance athlete does not automatically make you good at everything. True story.

Halloween weekend included a few drinks and a long-ish ride with this girl, who will be heading to Cozumel later this month for her first Ironman. She lives in Denver now, I’m not sure I’ll forgive her for that.

And the past few days have been spent at home in lovely Savannah. Every time I come back I realize how much I miss and appreciate the South — the accents, the polite people, the lack of traffic — and I take full advantage of it. See: rooftop drinks downtown followed by chicken-and-waffle sliders and shrimp and grits; dinner made entirely from my parents’ weekly CSA basket; drinks and s’mores by the fire pit in our yard; and fun family time. Yes, my mom looks like she’s 30.

And, last but not least, the sunsets. From my yard. EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT.

Next up (ie. tomorrow) is the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. I haven’t trained for this even a little bit — lots of offseason fun and ass-in-saddle time instead — but as it’s in my hometown it should be a good time. More on that later — back to my last few days of freedom!

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8 thoughts on “The Wonders of Funemployment

  1. So glad you enjoyed your little break between jobs! Let’s catch up soon! xo

    Posted by Nikki | November 5, 2011, 9:00 AM
  2. I love funemployment!!!

    thanks for riding with me 🙂 And you wont forgive me because I live in a an awesome city? or you’ll miss me? Clearly the only way to fix this issue is to come visit ASAP.

    Posted by Lauren | November 5, 2011, 9:19 AM
  3. Those sunsets are incredible. Way to crush your race today!

    Posted by amy | November 5, 2011, 2:47 PM
  4. I’m so jealous that you saw a bear! And your mom is supercute.

    Posted by katie | November 7, 2011, 5:01 PM
  5. Congrats on the new job! Funemployment is hard to leave behind, but the paycheck is worth it, I ‘spose 😉

    That pumpkin ride sounded quite tasty. If my crotch can ever handle more than 40 miles on the bike, I’m totally signing me + the boy up for that next year!

    Posted by Heather C | November 8, 2011, 5:33 PM
  6. Funemployment is the best! I’m jealous of all the fun things you did while the rest of us were at work!

    Posted by Beth | November 10, 2011, 2:53 PM
  7. Everything about this post made me jealous. Even your “fake” glasses.

    Posted by Lauren | November 15, 2011, 12:35 PM

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