Sometimes real life intrudes on the cycling fantasy in which I like to spend most of my time. Earlier this week I was burning out from too many consecutive days on the bike. Now I’m dying to get back on the bike because I have been away too long. Thursday was my daughter’s birthday and we got some rain, so instead of a ride I had a big restaurant meal. Friday evening was all about yard work. My son and I raced against the setting sun, ridding the front yard of leaves and mowing the lawn just before dark. Today we welcomed family and friends to the house for a birthday party, preparations for which dominated my day. But honestly, I might have taken a pass on today anyway. High winds would have made for frustrating riding. And tomorrow doesn’t look much better, but tomorrow must be different. I’m a week away from my next cyclocross race, and I should be building fitness rather than allowing it to leak away.
Early this morning I watched a webcast of the Giro di Lombardia, the last major road event of the professional calendar. It’s a shame Versus no longer broadcasts this event, because it runs on some of the most scenic roads in Europe. But throughout the year I recorded approximately 40 hours of televised coverage, starting with Paris-Nice and continuing through Paris-Tours. Reliving the 2011 season on DVR will help me through the indoor trainer season that will be here soon enough.