Tuesday, March 29, 2016

About Monday

Yesterday, Monday, was a recovery day. My training plan said 1 hour recovery spin. Coach's voice was in my mind urging me to stay off my feet and the anticipation of Tuesday's torture intervals seconded that. But life.

In the morning I swept, vacuumed and mopped all the floors in our house. I cleaned the entire kitchen, washed 3 loads of laundry, and put away all the random crap that Brendan and I left out over the weekend. I know I'm no mother of three, but cleaning is pretty physically taxing.

I worked all morning, up till 1pm when I had lunch and then threw on my kit to go for that recovery ride. And when I was spinning down Silverado Canyon Road at 1:30 pm on a Monday I was pretty overcome with an immense feeling of gratitude. Because last year at this time, one week before the real heavy hitting bike races start and the random bike racing house guests start showing up I was doing all these same things (the house cleaning and chores) BUT I was doing them after begging high schoolers to love math all day. Last year I was on my feet all morning and then after spinning home, on my feet again cleaning. I didn't really think too much about staying off my feet because there was always so much to do back then.

Post spin loving repping Ridebiker :)
When I zipped up my Ridebiker jersey and rolled out the driveway yesterday I felt so incredibly grateful for the opportunity I have been given this year to focus on the bike racing. The opportunity to spend the afternoon post spinning actually off my feet. I was grateful for the ability to plan race travel around when it is actually ideal to travel, not on when school gets out the Friday before the race, and to drive out to pre-ride Fontana this Friday in the morning, not after being on my feet teaching all day. I still have a hard time comprehending that this is my real actual life sometimes, but I am so so so happy to have the support that makes all these things possible. I've said it before, and I'll most likely be saying it again and again, but thank you so much, from the bottom of my heard Ridebiker, for making my dreams of racing bikes full time a reality. Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me in any way, donated monies to help me get to Europe, cheered for me and stood by me and encouraged me to pursue this dream. I cannot contain my gratitude.

So that was my Monday. Not a bad way to start the week :)

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