Monday, May 16, 2016
Last week I had a pretty big week at work - busy days filled with meetings and then a few fun evenings socializing. I'm always striving for balance and admittedly even more so in the past couple years. The athlete in me will never die.... there are just many other things in life in which my passions are growing. Thursday night I left work late around 7pm after intentionally taking the previous 3 days of off the bike. Mentally, I was exhausted and I had some serious agony intervals on tap.... I wanted nothing more than the couch. Instead, I dusted off the lights (which I then forgot) and asked myself what was the worst that could happen? If anything I'd at least be moving my body, right?
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Some time last week a friend asked me something like this "How do you prevent burnout when you quickly move from one season to the next?" At first glance I couldn't help but chuckle. Truth be told - I've been on the struggle bus lately....and in all reality there are many times in a year that I feel like I'm a stack of smoldering coals just about ready to burn out. I'm far from immune to this concept of burn out, however, the trick I've learned over the years is being able to acknowledge that moment, spend some time in it, and eventually determine what is needed to ignite a spark.
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|Photo Credit - Matthew Pastick - after saying hello in downtown Wayzata|
One thing that I specifically do in the spring to fend off burn out is to join in more group rides! I find group rides to be the easiest way to add on the miles - for some odd reason the suffering is just a little more tolerable with others + who doesn't love a coffee/donut stop in the middle of a 5 hour ride?
|Photo Credit: Todd Bauer|
That's me, and my fitness clone Jeff Shupe
It's gravel season! Spring has always been my favorite time of year and the local gravel scene is only helping solidify that. Dickie Scramble and Miesville56 where the two local gravel races I chose this year mostly because I love the festive post race small town bar atmosphere. I loved sharing both of these ride experiences with some people I had just met. That's the beauty of gravel. Eventually you end up riding with a smallish group of people with similar fitness sharing the workload and motivating each other to keep pushing. This camaraderie is incredible and it's always the highlight of my ride. Plus, there are usually cows some place near the gravel....and I freaking love cows, especially this little ginger cow. So cute!
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I also saw some of these items fresh on the rack at Tonka Cycle and Ski