I can barely move after climbing a couple of mountains, let alone hold a coherent thought. So here's a few random things going through my mind:
- Good luck to everyone headed to Wausau24 this weekend. Full disclosure, I thought Laird would be good to the race. I'll be the first to admit I was wrong. Very, very wrong. I have ultimate faith, though, in Adam and his crew, and am a little bummed I won't be there this weekend ripping through Redbud.
- As some of you know, Kim and I have been looking at houses here in WNC. Well, we found a place -- halfway up a mountain, half an acre (half of which is fully wooded), ridgetop view out the front windows ... truly a dream house for us. Inspection was yesterday -- funny how the presence of a 4-1/2 foot black snake in the basement makes you think hard about your priorities ...
- We're four weeks out from my next race, and five from my next A race -- which is quickly followed by the most insane September I've ever had. Training is going well, and I owe a big thanks to my coach Steve of Bell Lap Coaching -- after 10 years of racing, I'm stronger than I've ever been. But did I mention it doesn't hurt any less?
- Kate is awesome. Just had to say it. New words every day, and words she's been almost-saying for a while now are getting more and more clear. It's incredible to watch her put complex ideas together without speech, and a ton of fun to watch her mimic our every move. Elbows off the table young lady! (oh, damn, me too!)
- Work is going well. It'll be interesting to look back at 2008-2009-2010 in a few years to really grasp what a massive shift the bad economy precipitated in the bicycle industry. I just hope we all survive. Two things to check out: Cane Creek's Facebook page and the Bike 2.0 blog on Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
- Corollary to the house hunt: our geographic world has gotten very, very small. This is not a bad thing -- both Kim and I are about 15 minutes from our workplaces by car, and for the most part we can get everything we need within a 10 mi x 10 mi square from Hendersonville in the south to Fletcher in the north, from Howard's Gap to 280. Incredible recreation opportunities are just outside of this square, so our time in transit has reduced significantly since moving here. And that is very, very good.
- That said, "bigger" opportunities are not far away, and I'm having a lot of fun riding around these beautiful mountains. As a family, we've not had enough chances to go exploring, but things are settling down enough that we will soon!