Wednesday, July 20

A long road home

While I have decided, for the time being, not to do Ironman races, I have been looking for my next goal for some time. At first I thought it was running races but I don't want the stress of PRs and times with my present condition never mind altitude adjustment.

Fast forward - I just volunteered at a race and someone was talking about how much they love Xterra. Bingo! I love trails and the idea of riding the bike offroad right now is very appealing. 

So, I have signed up for a trail 10K at 8200 feet and another trail half mary. The plan is to get fit and skilled for off-road tris. It was scary to sell the Cannondale Slice, but I did have to come to grips with the fact that it is way too expensive to be a living room decoration. When I started shopping for mountain bikes I realized I can get something really nice, which is the Nickel from Santa Cruz. It is fabulous to ride FS and I am actually getting used to "rolling over stuff" like rocks and logs. Big downhills are another story!

I am getting up early to run and ride the trails and have had some long hikes, too.

So, it is a long road home - back to real fitness but I am happy to be on it! And back to the excitement of having something to train for plus a schedule to keep. Next up is to find a masters swim group that I like. 

Here are pix from last weekend's 4 hour hike that took me up over 12k feet and back:

This is the Fourth of July Mine trail to Arapaho Glacier.

We are now happily settled near Boulder, CO. Everyday feels like we are on vacation because it is so beautiful and there is so much to do. My son can't wait to go skiing again! He has 20 days on his Epic Pass from last year and hopes to double that this year.

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