an official start to the off season this past saturday: had had plans to run 7:30am. woke up at 6am and it was raining and windy outside. texted my friends to bag the run- which i sort of felt guilty about canceling but quickly got over it- to stay in bed. watched confessions of a shopaholic instead. highly recommend movie watching in bed on a cold saturday morning but not so much that movie.
the off season has been busy but also a lot of resting. we got the christmas tree last weekend- on that same raining saturday- actually went out to ramona in pouring rain to cut down our over priced charlie brown pine tree. J cut it down in the mud, put it up when we got home and i busted out the decorating with my one box of christmas lights. very fun- sheila helped too by trying to eat the decorations.
thanksgiving morning i got invited by my friend beth to the annual Ride and Tie. 2 people, 1 mt. bike and a lot of stuffed animals! i was a little nervous about riding a mt. bike... had not done it since i was about age 10- and even then i think it was on road- but after some tips from my expert partner i charged it! at least i thought i did! =) i had so much fun on the mt. bike i cannot even describe it. so much for saying i don't have time for another hobby or space for another bike. =) our race strategy was matching outfits. so when i picked up 4 stuffed animals on the trail (they count as time bonuses that subtract from your total race time) and made it to the bike i had no clue what to do with the animals. other people had backpacks, etc. beth and i survived without the animals and cherish our turkey headbands!
we also planned and surprised beth with a bachelorette scavenger hunt- via bike of course! very fun to dress her up and make her ask at each stop "do you have something for me, the most beautiful bride to be?" she wore her very own vail, tu-tu and sash. she had to pick up her gifts of 'bride must haves' and her clues at each stop. the best part was riding up torrey pines because all of the people walking were cheering and congratulating beth!
justin and i also made a stop to my parents house in northern calif. did some 4 x 4 in the rain, wine tasting and a lot of eating- good food when mom is cooking!
while traveling to the parents house i did finish Born to Run. this book is a must read if you are any type of endurance junky. it makes a marathon seem like nothing, our fancy shoes unnecessary and eating anything more then beans and pinole is to pig out! the author, christopher mcdougall, is a journalist and writes in a way to keep you turning the page. he throws in some sarcasm and humor while at the same time describing the different characters and runners so thoroughly you feel like you met them yourself. he uses multiple chapters to re-tell significant stories of past historical running events. mostly surrounding ultra marathon events: badwater, leadville, etc. it is inspiring to read about what some athletes put themselves through and at the same time it has you question their purpose to doing it in the first place. a very good book.
to your health,