Back in the Saddle and Taking the Reins

What a great weekend I had! I feel like I’m crawling up out of the dark hole of winter and moving towards spring and triathlon season – yay!

Saturday I took a trip up to Auburn California, the self proclaimed endurance capital of the world, to speak with the race director of the Western States 100 race. My race club is manning the aid station at mile 85 and yours truly is the captain of that effort. I could not be more thrilled – this is such an honor. This particular aid station is really special because once the runners get here they are more than likely to finish the race. Being there to spur them on to victory and making sure that operations run smoothly at our station will be an exciting, exhausting, thrilling night. I can’t wait! If you happen to have ever run this race and know what can really make the difference at ALT please let me know.

Sunday I finally got back on my bike and rode it outdoors! This was the 2nd time since SOMA. I was riding with my friends who I always rode with in my life BF (before FoMo) and we had to take it easy because one of them is recovering from back surgery she had specifically so she could get back on the bike. We rode the entire Iron Horse Trail from Walnut Creek to Dublin which is about 16 miles each way plus I live a few miles from where we met up – total distance 36 miles in a little under 3 hours. Hey people – slow and steady wins the race, right? I decided to get the most out of the situation by putting my bike in the hardest possible gear for the whole ride. I’m feeling it today and it hurts so good!

I also am having those fun, funny heart beats that sent me to a cardiologist for extensive testing. Now I know I’m really back in the saddle.

And as though that isn’t enough good news for one post, I’ve landed a contract to do some work. That means I will be a wage earner again!! And that means I can register for Wildflower short course.

I know it’s only January but it seems the time has come to giddyup!

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7 Responses to Back in the Saddle and Taking the Reins

  1. fe-lady says:

    Cool that you will be at Western States this year! I watched the finish many years ago. They are surely a different breed…you will see what I mean when you get there!
    So you ARE going to WF!!!
    Get the cabin-you will sleep like a baby! (It’s worth the $)
    Bryson cabins I think….google it! 🙂

  2. Bill says:

    Awesome to be a part of the WS100. When I first saw that race covered while I was in my teens, I knew immediately that I wanted to do it some day. Time and reality have taken their toll, but it would still be great to experience it by helping out.

    And great news all around. Good luck with Wildflower.

  3. stronger says:

    great news work horse!

  4. jeanne says:

    yay and congrats! it’s all coming together!

  5. Lucinda says:

    I have read about Western States. That is great that you are giving your time to help out and cheer on the entrants. It will mean so much, especially at that stage.

  6. Donald says:

    My biggest regret about doing the ultras this year is that I’ll miss Wildflower. You’ll have to have twice as much fun for me.

    See you at ALT (I hope)!

  7. momo says:

    this is a good, happy post. i love it!

    don’t forget about bay to breakers, too, right?? are we in??

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