The Girl with the Cowbell Tattoo: Back in (on) the Saddle

Being home for two weeks, with no races to cover, was unprecedented. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had two full weeks of no racing, no events, no trips, no anything. So, what’s a girl to do?

For this slightly out-of-shape reporter, it meant a chance to get a whole lot of work and training in, in a very short period of time. And so I did. I joked that now that I was home, I had no time to see family, electing instead to hole up in the basement, where the wireless router, rowing machine, stationary trainer and scanner co-existed in peaceful harmony. Their harmony, after months of quiet non-use while I was gone, was shattered, with the Ke$ha Pandora station blasting for trainer and rowing sessions while the Mountain Goats station provided a calming influence for the long work stretches. Once in a great while, one or both of my parents would catch a glimpse of me as I scurried into the kitchen for snacks or coffee. Why I didn’t just get an espresso machine for the basement in beyond me. Maybe next time I’m home for more than seven days at a time …

Read the rest here.

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