Otherwise, geez...it's been two weeks since I blogged about anything but the giveaway. I barely know where to start. Since we're trying to pay off all these crazy medical bills from Nathan's surgery, it's been a small summer. Other than Jeff and J's trip to Colorado and my little trip to Kansas, we've stuck pretty close to home and enjoyed day trips and the benefits of our bikes and Y membership. While my summer hasn't been too exciting (unless you count the excitement of looking at facebook pictures of what seems like everyone in the area's trips to Colorado this year), it has been full of peace of mind from not overspending.
So...in July, I...
Read books. A lot of books. Here's the list of what I remember reading in July:
Benediction (Kent Haruf) - Good, but a better read is Plainsong, by the same author.
Take a Seat (Dominic Gill) - OK, but better books about adventure by bike are Jill Homer's Be Brave, Be Strong or Joe Kurmaskie's Momentum is Your Friend
Eat and Run (Scott Jurek) - Liked it, didn't love it.
In the Long Run (Jim Axelrod) - Good (thanks, Andrea!)
Storming Heaven (Kyle Mills) - Good
Race Across the Sky (Derek Sherman) - Good
Juliet, Naked (Nick Hornby) - Loved it. Got two more of his books at the library.
11/22/63 (Stephen King) - Loved it.
The Storyteller (Jodi Picoult) - Loved it.
The Man Who Cycled the World (Mark Beaumont) - Good (thanks, Aaron!)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (Christopher Moore) - Loved it.
Ran. Training for the MO Cowbell half marathon in October has me actually being more consistent and training (that said, I skipped Wednesday's 6-mile tempo run and substituted a sluggish four today). All street running, all on my own. I don't even know who I am, but I miss the trails and my friends. That said, the gradual ramping up of mileage has been successful so far with few complaints from my hip. Of course, 9 miles has been the danger zone, so I guess we'll see if the success continues in a couple of weeks.
|His first road rash...|
|Bringing a little of Lost Valley home with me.|
|We found this cool old truck on the side of the road.|
Registered for a race. The Thunder Rolls 24 hour adventure race is in just three weeks. After last year's river hiking, rappelling, yellow jacket fleeing, ascending failing, butt kicking good time, I couldn't bear to miss out. Team Virtus is fielding two teams this year (and one new bet), so that means at least double the fun.
Made a list of all the upcoming races I want to do. Fall/winter is going to be an expensive time...good thing I saved so much this summer! Here's what I remember that I want to do in the next few months:
Aug. 24 - Thunder Rolls 24 hour adventure race
Sept. 8 - Cyclocross
Sept. 22 - Cyclocross
Sept. 28 - Berryman 12 hour adventure race
Oct. 5 - Cyclocross? (ok, that's probably not going to happen with the half marathon the next day)
Oct. 6 - MO Cowbell half marathon
Oct. 19 - Perfect 10 Rogaine (10 hour orienteering meet)
Oct. 20 - Ride the Rivers century
Nov. 10 - Skippo 30K trail race
You'll notice there are a couple of back-to-back events. I probably won't race CX the day before the half marathon, but who knows. I was all excited about doing the century on Oct. 20 -- it was my first century way back in 2009, and I still have never actually ridden a century on my road bike -- until I realized it was the day after the rogaine. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. I really want to do them both, but it would require a 2.5 hour drive back to the St. Louis area after racing for 10 hours so I could get up early the next day and ride 100 miles. As much as I don't want to turn around and go home right after the race...it's kind of appealing to do something like that back-to-back. So maybe I'll see what money looks like closer to October. Regardless, in the next few months there'll be no shortage of things to write about!