|My helmet's not crooked, it's jaunty!|
Each JDRF destination ride has been an amazing experience -- this year's ride was no exception. The sheer size of it was particularly awe-inspiring. This new Nashville ride was the largest in Ride to Cure history. Our team head coach received a special award honoring his years of selfless service to the program. That was the cherry on the top of the weekend's warm-fuzzies.
Earlier this Summer DH and I joined a newly forming local cycling race team, 3rd Coast Racing. We've got a really great group of teammates...and all different disciplines and strengths, but universally fun people with a common love of 2 wheels. Some of us excel at criteriums, many of us participate in cyclocross (yeah, it's that time of year, again, so I will be covered in bruises until about Thanksgiving!), mountain biking, time trials, gravel road epics, and a few of us love us some dus and tris. My 3rd duathlon of the year is coming up in about 10 days. For all intents and purposes it's an olympic distance race. I did my first longer-course duathlon in July, so I'm really looking forward to this, especially after my strong century in Nashville. The 26 "hilly" local miles of this bike leg should be a piece of cake! In a recent sprint race I placed 5/32 overall women and 2nd/9 in my age group.
|The view does sorta lack, I must admit...|
Speaking of 3rd Coast -- it's not just a race team. 3rd Coast is also a "coming soon" bike shop -- 3rd Coast Cycles. DH and I are are co-owners with 3 friends. Any time you're in West MI come check us out (our shop will be located next to the Family Fare grocery store in Hudsonville, MI). Our shop motto is "For cyclists, bicyclists." We hope to be open on or around 12/1.
This is a pretty quick-and-dirty update. We keep waiting for life to settle-down, but it seems like every week leaves us feeling like we're chasing our tails and out-of-breath. It used to be once the snow fell that cycling season would ease-up, but now there are fat bike races and indoor cyclocross events and The Sufferfest indoor trainer workouts in basements with friends. So much for an off season!!
In the "slower" months (ie months without any specific "goal" races) my aim is to get back on track with the weight-loss. Now that I'm part of a race team I don't want to be recognized as the slow, chubby chick on the team. Dropping 20#s should take care of both. No one really needs more than one chin...