Friday, December 23, 2005


Thank you! First off I have to say “thank you” to all of you out there that have been so positive and encouraging to me. It means a lot that you are all so positive and supportive about my life change. I’ve been amazed by the feedback. Thanks.

Since the Baja Travesia I've been trying to rest. It's been two weeks now and I'm feeling great, fully healed (with the one exception of my right heal blister). Even though I feel fine I know that my body needs this rest after an entire season of racing almost every other weekend. I've read it can take elite marathon runners two months to fully heal... well the Baja race was almost 10x a marathon distance at somewhere around 240+ miles, so even though I feel all healed up, my body needs this rest.

Some endurance mtn bikers never seem to take a rest - Sologoat (2nd at 24-Hour Wolds) and Jeff Kerkove seem to either be doing some sort of racing or cyclecross all winter. It doesn’t sound like they take very much time off at all. Crazy – but to each his own. It’s obviously working for these guys.

This rest period for me comes at a good time as I’m trying to get my life in order before I leave Seattle for Jan and Feb. I have one more day at Microsoft… which will consist of coming in, checking my email, boxing up any left over personals, then meeting with HR for my exit interview. I’ll turn over my badge and be out by noon Dec 27th!
Just three short days later, on Dec 30th I pack up the van and head to Jackson, WY where I’ll be taking the 8 day AMGA ski guiding course. After that it’s ski tour and train for the rest of Jan. I still don’t have a place to stay in Jackson so if you are reading this and you can hook me up with a cheap place to crash for Jan let a brotha know. I need one room with a bed, and enough space to setup my bike trainer and that’s’ about it really. Oh and access to a kitchen too. I don’t drink, don’t smoke and go to bed early (I’m so boring).

Febuary 1-20th I’ll be in Crested Butte, CO to ski and train. Feb 20th it’s back to Seattle. A couple of things are bringing me back at this time: The Life-Link Randonee Rally at Alpental (Feb 25th), and the DART adventure racing clinics we are doing for the Pro-Club (largest gym in the US).

Enjoy: I have to include a link to this SNL skit – so funny - Lazy Sunday - SNL Digital Short

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