It pains me to admit it but summer might finally be over. The trees are a multitude of orange and red and the temperature has started to drop as we head towards winter. This is the time of year that's perfect for a recap and working out what to do with whats left of the year. So with that in mind I'm kicking back with my Rego and writing a little summary of what has been and what is still to come.
A lot of people will argue summer didn't happen this year but my tan lines say otherwise- it's actually been a pretty awesome summer for me. Back in April I headed out on my bike for what would end up being a 160 day riding streak that would take me all the way through summer and into September, when I finally stopped to go to Berlin with Sarah for the marathon.
I didn't set out to ride so many days in a row but once I realised what was happening I couldn't resist the challenge of riding every day for as long as possible. I love riding my bike so it didn't feel like too much of a challenge, but more a normal part of life, especially when I had a two month sabbatical which let me really kick out the miles without any other stresses. It's also massively contributed towards the goal I set myself at the start of the year of riding 1,000,000ft in 2017.
During my streak I covered 9,340 miles and climbed over 494,000ft. I tried to work out how many calories I'd burnt but it's far too many. I did however get through two chains, two cassettes and one 53T front ring, because apparently I'm not a fan of the little ring.
So, as I mentioned above, September is typically the time of year when the hard riding comes to and end and people begin their 'off-season', enjoying a couple of weeks chilled riding or no riding at all. I haven't raced but I'll be honest in saying i'm pretty tired now this year. Going out to Berlin to watch Sarah run the marathon was a much needed enforced break without a bike for three days. Going cold turkey wasn't easy I admit and despite getting withdrawal symptoms it was actually quite nice to just kick back, eat food and drink beer for three days without turning the pedals.
Now I'm back from Berlin I'm still not in any rush to get back to the hard and fast miles. Whilst it seems some road riders around me are trying to peak for a non-existent road race in November, the chaps I ride with have reeled it in. No more training or chaingang now for a couple of weeks, instead it's all easy socials and even a few end of season nights out - wild!
I'll keep riding through October and November but like last year it will be half the miles and nothing particularly hard; the occasional effort here and there to keep the heart ticking over. I won't start doing anything too significant until the Festive 500 comes around and we're heading into 2018. I will however have to keep riding the hills in order to hit that 1,000,000ft otherwise I'll not quite get to that elusive goal.
It's also the time of year when I try to put back on a bit of weight. Whilst I don't mind being 66kg it doesn't keep me warm in winter so I try to stick on a few kilograms until the spring to help keep me warm. The perfect excuse to ride less and cake more, because what is life without cake?
What's everyone else got planned to see them through the dark days of winter?