At least for a few weeks. We completed the Time Trial series that I lead for the year so I now have the events out of the way but still have some yearend work including disbursement of funds to charities, mailing out awards, etc.
I've been so bummed over the results of my last hilly century I've simply lost a lot of the motivation. I rode one time for 25 miles the last couple weeks. However I did do an organized ride Sunday that was supposed be around 70 miles but turned out to be about 80 miles with 5000 ft of climbing-and still averaged around 19 mph so maybe I needed a break??? I had planned to just take it easy but after about 8-9 miles I found myself pulling the lead group of 10-12 (there were about 1300 riders and we had eased off in front). The HR was out the roof but it felt pretty good riding again.
I have quickly started to put on my winter coat so I felt the hills that much more. It's amazing how quickly you can add a little weight when you're not being disciplined about the intake and not doing anything to burn calories. But chocolate has never tasted better.
But, it's not totally a depressing deal. I picked back up my other lifetime hobby-golf-as I have numerous tournaments in late September through mid November. I've played the least amount of golf this year up until this September as ever-but ridden the bike more.
This week we played in the Senior Pro-Am at the Ensure Classic (catchy sponsor??) in Hickory, NC. I was fortunate to be paired with Tom Kite who won the US Open in 1992. We had a great day and my picture wound up in the local paper with Kite.
Kite said he liked my swing and the only suggestion he made was for my hands to be a little lower at address. After the round Kite was getting ready to practive on the range and I asked him if he'd take a second to show me what he meant. What I expected to take about 2-3 minutes turned into a really, really long lesson. Kite and his caddie spent what seemed like an hour with me---even taking pictures of me hitting balls (his range balls he was going to use) to show me what I was doing. At one point he was even down on the ground placing balls in front of me to hit. Later that night at a restaurant I had folks coming up wanting to know if I was the guy Kite was helping on the range. Pretty neat he would spend that much time with someone like me.
In another tournament earlier in the week I won a ton of stuff-golf bag, balls, golf clubs, shirts, free round of golf at a premiere club plus the Grand Prize of 4 days in the Bahamas-all expenses paid.
Heck, I might just not ever get back on the bike again..........