Saturday is the epic Pescadero Road Race. To quote Panda, this is a race that I have a "snowball's chance in hell" of surviving in the main pack. But, I will be there to challenge myself - to see how many hills I can survive before I spew out the back. After it's over, I will be READY for a break.
This has been a brutal spring with racing, work and loading up classes in my master's program to try to finish in December before next racing season. The good news is that my candidacy has been accepted and I will be turning in my thesis project in November. Yay! I will have until July 22 to become re-inspired after Pescadero. I haven't had an extended vacation in 2 years. So, we will be doing that, but without bikes this time. Then, I'll have several weeks to build back up before the final phase of my season. Then, over the fall I will ponder all the types of races I've done this year and try to be more strategic next year in picking races that will suit my strengths and minimize my weaknesses. Of course, I'll throw in a few that will be challenges, too.
The only hitch in my time of recuperation is that I have to come back from vacation to a web site redeisign project at work, which will mean long hours for the rest of the summer. Drat! But, I will take what I can get. My body is screaming for a break - mentally, physically and emotionally. So, it will get one. Hooooraaaay!