Today at 5:18 summer officially comes to an end, which brings in fall and soon enough winter.
Goodbye racing. Racing is now only a memory and a dream. You can sit and think about the races you did and then dream about doing better in them next year. Everything you do now is focused on the races to come, and they can't come soon enough. Group rides will have to surfice for now, but they are just not the same.
Goodbye to long summer days and not leaving for some rides till after 5pm. Riding with the working world becomes now tough as they tend not to get out of work till night fall. Also goodbye to those tag alongs. That random person or two you run across while riding that rides in your slipstream that appears has no particular place to go.
Goodbye to those fabulous tan lines. I'm not saying that I will miss them as they really are not that flattering, but there are two things I do appreciate about them. First of all I see them as sort of a battle scar of being constantly out training and riding my bike. I even get the helmet strap line which is like the top mark you can receive. Secondly anytime a pant leg rolls up or if you have the will power to walk around without a shirt they make for a great laugh for others.
Goodbye to my bike. Time to let the bike collect a bit of dust. Although this year I'm finding it harder to set it down as I just find myself out on it goofing off for an hour or two. It can be quite enjoyable to go out without much of a purpose or plan and just roll for fun not worrying about heartrate, power, speed, Kj's, blah, blah, blah.
Hello to my bike. It's been to long away from you. No matter how much time I take away from my bike I instantly begin to miss it. My day's just don't seem complete. I guess that is what happens when you've been consistently training on it for over 7 years.
Hello to clothes with these words, "warmer", "fleece", and "thermal". Anything that had a tan that is fading will soon be gone as it will be covered by one of these. That big heavy jacket in the back of the closet that has just been in the way is going to be making a regular appearance. Where it took you 5 minutes to get ready for a ride will not approach the twenty minute time frame with the abundance of clothes, hats, booties, and gloves you have to fit on.
Hello wind. Yes there is wind in the summer, but it is not even close to the same as it is in the winter. Any amount of vegatation such as bushes, trees, and corn fields are now bare and there is nothing to slow it down. You find yourself either riding 50kmh or 20kmh.
Hello to indoor work. The first thing this includes is rollers/trainers. You can put them off a long time, and trust me I do now. But soon enough the temperature will drop below 30 and when that happens rain freezes and turns into the precipitation known as snow. Snow makes if very difficult unsafe to ride on the roads. The second this includes is maintenance. The roads are constantly salty and usually wet and salty. You must stay on top of keeping your bike clean or it will never make it to spring working properly.
Hello to living the dream. Who would have guessed I would be able to race my bike for this long. This doesn't happen without a huge supporting cast. I'm very grateful that on most days the only thing I have to do is get up and ride my bike. There is nothing I'd rather be doing.