The Arc of a day

The day started like a typical coastal town, overcast, humid and breezy. It made me miss California.

I rose out of bed, downed a liter of water and then headed to the garage to gather my bike. Birds chirping and squirrels prancing around as I took my bike out of the trainer and changed wheels out. Wheels pumped up and water bottle loaded I headed out the door to head down to the chiro. My knee has been giving some problems over the past few weeks with not tracking correctly and with it not going away after a week off the bike it was time to set an appointment. As has been the case before when this occurred I’m out of balance in my quad and hamstrings. A little massaging and ART work and things are back on track.

Credit card swiped and I was out the door for the days training, the clouds still blanketing the sky. On the menu today were hill repeats in Palmer Park.

Half way there the clouds started breaking up and the sun illuminated the brilliant spring foliage. I was feeling good and had thought of putting my headphones in but decided against it. The day was too calm and alive to drown out with a playlist. Palmer Park is this amazing maze of hiking and mtn. bike trails located smack dab in the middle of the city surrounded with busy streets. When you get to the top you are greeted with a spectacular overlook of the city. Today was no different. The color volume of the sky, trees, grasses and flowers was turned to 11. The lack of traffic other bikers and hikers added to the calm atmosphere of the morning leaving me to focus entirely on the work at hand. This theme continued through out the rest of the day while at work as well.

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To cap off the day was the drive home, windows down, warm breeze traversing across exposed skin and headphones in. I was going to listen to an audio book but opted for putting my music on shuffle. When you put all your songs on shuffle you never know what kind of listening experience you’re getting in to. Sometimes it doesn’t jive with your mood or the atmosphere of the moment. Tonight was an exceptional experience. It was one that allowed me to soak in the day’s events and fully appreciate them.

TTFN

*here is the song that caped off the day*

Oh May

Oh May, how I don’t miss you.

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It’s been a while since my last post and that’s mostly due to the month of May being down right lousy. The rainy weather really put me in a funk and left me blasé about life. This is proof that I probably wouldn’t do well living in Seattle so kudos to those who do.

The upside to the month was that I was able to get 3 more race days in. Thankfully those were the days the rain held off and the clouds parted. Results were average but I felt good mentally and physically. It can be frustrating because I feel like I have the ability to be and do better but for some reason I can’t put it together. It can also be frustrating to see other guys who you started out in the same category with move up quicker than you and with ease or so it seems. I do my best to let it roll off my shoulder and not get caught up in the ego about it but sometimes it’s hard. You consistently put in the time and hard work but nothing seems to come of it. There must be something I’m missing so I will keep on pedaling along until I figure it out.

I’m very happy to see May go away.

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“Hey look, the sun is out. It’s out again…and again. Alright this is what I’m talking about.”

June is finally here and the sun is finally greeting us, consistently, with its warm self. There are more races on the calendar but I will be forgoing them. Instead I will be focusing on putting as much time in the saddle and climbing as I possibly can. There is a little bit of doubt in the back of my mind though. The two solid days that I have put in so far have been quite taxing. Mostly physically though and not in a good way that you want. I think, with all the adjustment my body has been going through over the past 5 months with this rehab program, it will be hard for me to be able to complete this Everlasting challenge. With that being said, I’ve already accepted the fact that if I can’t do it this summer I’m OK with that. Honestly it might be better for me. It will give my body time to settle in to the adjustments and allow me to acquire the time and fitness required.

I’ll keep pedaling on and see what’s around the next bend though.

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more please

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