By mid-September, I was ready to wrap up my road racing season. After the Folsom Omnium, I decided to take a little break. What do cyclists do during off-season? For a couple of weeks, I forgot about my bike and did that thing that cyclists DON’T do. Yep, I went running. Slowly. It was really fun to spend time running with the husband and the dog until both got in running shape and decided I was to slow to join them. I was relegated to full-moon and night hikes with the family.
I cleaned out my car. Cars can get kind of gross when you spend most weekends living out of them. I did a lot of laundry and cleaning–also a function of the traveling every weekend. I cooked labor intensive meals which took 2 to 3 hours to prepare but were really yummy. I fasted for three days. I ate “gluten free” for two weeks. I ate too many pumpkin flavored things. I meditated. I found a new yoga studio and started going to classes. I did work outs that took less than 2 hours and sometimes less than 1 hour. It was awesome.
One of my favorite off-season/winter training activities is lifting weights. I jumped back into lifting weights–big thighs and all– with enthusiasm and zeal. At some point, I jumped back on the bike. This year, we actually had a (dry) fall season with amazing leaf colors and very little snow. I rode outside as much as possible.