Many athletes track their efforts on spreadsheets or websites, but lately I’m only counting two things; my bike commutes and my Grand Prix XC series racing streak. There are 10 per year in the series and so far I’m up to 65 in a row.
The River Park Classic in September was graced with rain during registration, but the sun came out just before we started. I felt really steady throughout the entire 8k course. Not fast, not overly tired, just steady. I loved the creek crossings and the final, downhill finish through a beautifully-treed slope is always a blast. I brought tomato fennel soup to share after the race.
We enjoyed crisp fall conditions for the Confederation Park 3x4k relay in October. Usually I allow myself to walk on the biggest hill, but this year I kept a running stride throughout the whole course. It wasn’t my fastest time, but it ranked up there. Again, I felt steady and strong. I brought tomato fennel soup to share after this race, too.
Last weekend we had fresh snow just before the Edworthy Park race. I had forgotten my Yaktrax, so was more cautious than I wanted to be on the first loop. It’s a double-loop course, so I was more confident on the second round of it. In the last quarter of the race Carla and Davie caught up and kept me company to the finish. This time I brought Lemony Lentil soup to share afterwards.