Since I'm technically in my off season, I've been trying to get out of town every other weekend with the wife. During these away trips, I always try to get in some cardio. In October we went to Durango, CO for some awesome microbrews and great food in this fun mountain town. I strongly recommend Steamworks Brewing Company for some amazing beer and food. During that trip, I woke up early and was able to spin for an hour on an exercise bike, and then run for 30 minutes on a beautiful trail along the river. This last weekend we found ourselves in Boston to enjoy some seafood, and you guessed it, more microbrew! FYI, Shipyard Pumpkinhead with a glass that has sugar and cinnamon on the rim is amazing! I delayed my workout until Sunday, and slept in late so I decided it was best to rent a bike for the wife and run along side her on the bike path that goes around the bay. Although the views were great and we both enjoy ourselves, I know I was going to pay for running an hour. Today I looked like an old man hobbling around the office. The things I do for CX. We are going to try to do another weekend trip in early December, and then going to spend a couple of days in Vegas over new years. I know, the life of a flight attendant's husband is a rough one, but I tough it out somehow.
In other news, the CX bike is back in business thanks to the compact crankset I use for road riding the majority of the year. I swapped out the 50 for a 46 tooth, and the middle is the same with 36. I was planning on getting a 39-53 for road riding anyway so it all worked out. Plus, it was good to get the green machine up and running for a spare bike in case I run into anymore mechanical issues at the races this year. I really want to take CX to the next level. I'm definitely going to cut next years' endurance season a little shorter so I can switch gears to CX sooner. I may even upgrade the frame to carbon next year too... maybe.