Christmas has come and gone so quickly – it seems like the holidays come so fast now. Maybe that’s a sign that I’m not a kid anymore – but that doesn’t mean I can’t act like kid though!
It was really nice to spend some time with my family this holiday season – the 24th at my Mom & Dad’s and the 25th at Liesje’s parent’s house. I think it is fair to say that everyone, including my parents, got spoiled this year. It has been a good year foresure. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Sarnecki Christmas without guns & knives…
Training has been going really well so far, but it’s slow and steady as I come back from my hamstring injury. I’m really enjoying riding my bike, even in sub zero temperatures. Tim was right, as he suffered a difficult injury himself a few years ago, you do enjoy riding more after a long, frustrating injury like I had last season.
People, just because it is winter and there is snow on the trails doesn’t give you permission to let your dog poop anywhere, including right on the trail, and NOT pick it up…come on …the trails aren’t supposed to be a mine field.
Sunday’s ride was super fun as we practiced our decending technique in Tewilligar Park – the decent by the bench with the whoop de whoops. It was so hard to ride and so funny to watch others attempt to ride – except for Raw Dog who made it look so easy. Unfortunately for Antonio, he had to learn the hard way why it is very important to carry your own tube, especially when you are the only one in the group on a ‘cross bike! Was that a long walk Tony?!
I got wicked awesome tickets from work for the hockey game tonight – 12th row, club seats. This was the first time Liesje watched an Oiler game from up close and she enjoyed it thoroughly. We had to take in all the amenities that club seats provide so we watched the players come out of the dressing room and made use of the 15% discount at the Oilers Store [Tim I picked up a Ryan Smyth Jersey for your friend back in Holland] It was close thru 2 periods but the Oil pulled it out w/ a 3 goal fury in the 3rd period.
I’m lucky enough at work to be participating in a flexible working arrangement – I work a little extra each day in order to have Wednesday afternoon’s off to train. Thus today I had a great 2hr MTB ride w/ Tim & Roddi. Although I got dropped like a sac of hammers or a large bag of rocks numerous times it was still fun. On further analysis I think it was all the knobbs on my tires slowing me down.
Tim taught me a new technique and Roddi gracefully demonstrated it for everyone – see the video.
Today was a really fun TTP ride in the snow. The temperature was okay and the company was great. The deep snow made the single track very difficult to ride, ’cause if you steered off the beaten path, the soft snow ate you up forcing you to put a foot down or almost endo. Good bike handling practice foresure. Antonio decided to practice some ‘cross skills and shouldered his bike for the whole trail. It took us 40 mins to get from Kinsmen to Hawelak!Good times today – I hope the winter training season is full of days like today.