Monday, September 13, 2010

Surf's up!

Ok, so I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY need to start adding some pics to my posts! Had a great weekend with Anne this past weekend. Funny to think that while we were shopping on Sunday we should have been out on the run in the Cedar Point Rev3 iron-distance race:). I know she would much rather have been there than shopping at the Oakley store, but things worked out for the best I think. While she gets her body back in order and I get my motivation back, a weekend of doing whatever we wanted and relaxing was just what the doctor ordered.

We were invited this past weekend by a client of mine to head out to the east end of Long Island-Montauk-to do some surfing and stay at their summer house. They were great hosts and we wound up having a killer time. The surf was great and the company was even better. Not to mention the fact that I ate like a king and feel like a stuffed pig before a roast:).

So the beach and surfing was Saturday and on Sunday we bummed around, went shopping, and stopped in little towns to do some walking around on the way home. The east end of Long Island is great this time of year. You miss out on all the crowds and "Hamptonites" that frequent the twin forks at this time of year, but you still get all (or most) of the warm weather, warm water, and fun that you'd see if you went out there in the middle of the summer. You can really enjoy the towns for what they're suppossed to be without all the "city folk" and celebraties gumming it up! I know I sound like a cranky old man, but it's annoying when the natural beauty of a place is replaced by Starbucks and 7-11's everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big supporter of my local Starbucks and 7-11, but it's a little sad when people depend on them so much they're brought in to these "getaway" towns to make things easier. For goodness sake, Main Street in East Hampton looks exactly like Park Avenue in Manhattan...are they really getting away?

Anyway, so the weekend was great and in all honesty I didn't miss the fact that I wasn't racing but was glad I saw my good buddy Grant finish at Rev3 on their live online service (note to them-they really need to get an athlete tracker figured out. I know it's not Ironman live, but if they want to compete they need to have some way to track your buddies doing the race. I apologize if they have one and I couldn't find it, but then how accessible is it if you can't find it?). In the end this season was a big learning experience. More and more I think back to how I just kept pushing and pushing without resting from last season and it came back to bite me in the ass. Certainly WON'T be doing that again!

So for now I'm just happy in the relaxing weekend that I had with my lovely girl and looking forward for the week to come. Training-wise I'm just sort of taking it as it comes. I'm really having a good time riding my bike lots and doing just that. I haven't run in a few weeks now (not since XTERRA Schiff Scout) and swimming has been an occasional pleasure. I'm enjoying mixing things up and getting out on the road bike again and throwing in some 'cross practice when the mood strikes. There are a couple races, both 'cross and mountain bike, that I'm eyeing this fall, but nothing set in stone. The mountain bike race is a 6 hour race/ride that I'm just looking to do for the expierience and the opportunity to have some fun with new friends. 'Cross is gonna be fun, but I really don't want to spend too much money traveling since there aren't too many local races availible. I'll still do a few of them but I'm not gonna go out of my way (i.e. spend money I don't have!).

So that's really it for now. Gonna be a good week and I'm looking forward to watching my Jets beat the piss out of Ray Lewis (murderer!!!) and the Ravens tonight on Monday Night Football! Wow, can't believe it's that time of year already!!! Nuts!

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