The Bend trip put me over the limit. Unfortunately the 3 weeks before Bend I was over my limit again when I was getting sick and raced the weekend of North Carolina and then again raced the weekend of Jingle Cross. It's not good to be over the limit 2 times in a month at the end of a long season when the weather starts to get unpleasant. In all honesty it kind of feels like a month since I have been able to train even though I've raced 7 times.
The weekend after Bend I needed a break. I was healthy and I think there is a big difference taking some time off the bike when you are sick versus when you are healthy. We took a weekend trip to Eagle River and I left my bikes at home! It was nice to go for a few hikes w/ Andrea & Elicia and enjoy the peace and quiet of the north woods.
The 2 days off was to make sure I was still good and of course to enjoy the holidays. The last 3 Christmas' I have been in Belgium. It was great to finally be home and enjoy the time with the family. I have been watching all the big cross races on the internet, so its almost like being there. I do miss it a little, but I know I made the right decision to stay home this year.
I'm really looking forward to Tucson! 2 weeks and we are headed south again for the winter. 70 and sunny everyday in the 10 day forecast right now. I should have a brand new Top Fuel at Trek Bikes of Tucson when I arrive. I can't wait to put on some beefy tires and let it rip down the mountain! I also got this new toy for Christmas! Can't wait to try it out also!
A brand new 56cm Trek Madone 6.9SSL w/ H2 frame and Shimano DI2! I don't think it gets much better. I downgraded the bike a little for a Bontrager aluminum bar and stem and the RXL wheelset instead of all the carbon so I could test out the new electronic shifting. All the reviews so far are amazing and my initial thoughts are the same. They just salted the roads in Sheboygan so I might have to be a weenie and wait till I get to Tucson for the maiden voyage.
On the coaching side of things another reason I am looking forward to Tucson is our first Winter Training Camp! There is still time to sign up! I also have a few private camps set up with some of the athletes I am currently coaching. With the new year just around the corner I am looking to add 3-5 new clients for the 2012 season. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be interested.