1. I have a very steep hill near my house. I don't know the grade of it but many people avoid it even in a car especially in the winter. I don't bike up or down it and run down it only occasionally. When I was training for the 100 on 100 I ran it on a regular basis because one of my legs was up a mountain road. After my tri last weekend where I biked on a very steep hill I decided to give it a try - running. (maybe I'll try it biking but I worry I'll fall over clipped in). It wasn't too bad and inspired me to plan to try this more often.
2. There is a four day bike race here called the Green Mountain Stage Race. It's a big deal but the last two years I have been gone over Labor Day weekend and haven't watched it. Sunday's race is over two gaps both of which are near where I live. Monday is a criterium in Burlington and very easy to watch. I decided to make the effort to watch at least some of this. Awesome!
3. This weekend I have what I hate to say is my last tri of the season. I might do a duathlon in October just to have a little fun anticipation left. But I will truly miss the whole enchillada including the swim. This is my 5th full tri of the season plus the one relay. This is the first one though that I didn't do last year. It's a new course and in a state I haven't done a tri in. It will be the biggest one I have done (575 competitors) with distances close to the ones at Lake Dunmore. It may have the best post race food which includes clam chowder and whoopie pies. I don't usually want something hot after a race but I will make an exception for clam chowder. I am nervous about the amount of swimmers particularly because I am in an early wave. This is the first tri I have been in where each wave has different colored caps! I am excited about a whole new course although new water makes me a little nervous. I wish I wasn't scared of the ocean as there is a GREAT looking tri in NH later this fall but the swim is in the ocean. So many things about the ocean scare me. I don't have big goals as I don't know the course but I'll set overall time goals. There is a big run from the swim to the run that they keep talking about (a separate award for it) so I will throw a few extra minutes in.
I hope to finish between 1:41 and 1:45. I don't know how realistic this is at all. And you know me - I want to have fun and that is bound to happen!
Do you love something seasonal that you hate to see come to an end?