Wow. It's really been two months since I've updated! After recent prodding from my dedicated readership (guess that's you, Dave) I'm finally updating. Really, though, how many blog entries about me snowboarding and tele skiing could you all handle?? I'm sure I have some pics to post... I'll have to hook up my camera and see what's on there.
I did my first training races this weekend, Charge Pond on Saturday, and Wells Ave on Sunday. What a shock to the system! I was really happy to just be out there again, though, and now my motivation is back and firing again. Teammates Mary and Sam were there with me in the A race on Saturday, and Ward rode with me to Wells on Sunday. How wonderful to see friends again at the race! Finally, this decent weather is elevating my motivation. I'm a little behind where I've been in recent years in terms of training, but a couple of weeks and I'll be back. Although the process of building is rewarding, and just being at the races is fun, isn't it just that much more enjoyable to ride when you feel really strong? Much of what keeps me going is remembering those moments when I've felt really strong and imagining those moments while training. I tend to daydream a lot while I'm riding by myself. I'm looking forward to the days coming soon when I don't have to imagine anymore.
Lots has been going on outside of cycling for me, though. I've found out I'll be hunting for a job for next year. Since I don't have my master's degree yet, my school won't hire me back again. How's that, huh? 8 years of solid teaching to positive reviews and a degree from one of the best music schools in the country and it means nothing now, at least in the state of Massachusetts. I swear, "No Child Left Behind" is really "No Teacher Left Standing." So, if anyone knows of any jobs out there give me a call. On the optimistic side, I'm thinking that maybe I can turn this into my chance to race as much as I've wanted to for years now! Since I've never had the guts to quit my job to race, now I'm being thrust out. We'll see how this goes.
Speaking of guts, my Crohn's Disease has been causing me some trouble again. I was happily in remission for years now, but the sleeping beast awoke, and I've been wrestling with it while trying to get back into a rhythm with my training. Ah, who needs to be able to eat? As long as I can pedal...