It's been fairly quiet around here; I've really been enjoying these past few weeks. I hit a fitness peak in November and then eased off the gas a bit into December and I've been settling into a nice routine since. This new routine includes -- gasp! -- two full rest days per week. Insanity!
I did have a bit of a setback this past weekend when, at the end of a fun recovery ride with Theo and Hobe, a driver hit the brakes and veered right, as if he intended to cut us off to make a turn. Theo quickly hit the brakes, but I was unable to react as quickly and we collided.
We both walked away from the pile-up, but our bikes did not. Mine, for example, got crunched pretty good. The force of the crash jammed the fork back and up, causing the head and down tubes of my sweet Giant TCR Advanced SL to collapse where they meet. Catastrophic.
Fortunately, my components seem to have survived, so rather than being out a full bike, I'm just in the market for a new frame. I have a few feelers out and a few ideas floating around in my head. Until I can find a replacement, though, I've been sentenced to riding my triathlon bike full-time.
I have a few more weeks of "unstructured" training before the true Ironman countdown begins in March. I'm looking forward to getting back into the water (I haven't touched a pool since August) and getting the season started.
I've got a good feeling about this one.