My running is a year-round part of my life. There are seasons to my running, but there’s never a time of year when I have to put away my running shoes and wait for the next season to start.
My other passion, motorcycling, is very different. Living as I do in a 4-season geographic area there’s always a time when the riding season ends. There’s always that one weekend where I admit that the season is over and get the bikes prepped for storage. It’s a sad day because I know that it will be months before I can get back out on the road.
It’s also a time for reflection on the past riding season. For 2010 I had one of the best riding seasons that I’ve had in years. In April, friends from Vancouver visited and we took a week-long trip down to the famous “Tail of the Dragon” in Deal’s Gap, North Carolina. In May I rode “Fat Albert”, the big twin, out to visit my son and grandchildren. In August, I rode US Route 50 through Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia on “Gus”, the smaller twin to visit Terry and the kids again. In between I managed to squeeze in a lot of shorter day rides.
If you’ve followed the saga of my “foot” then you already know that I dislocated my Cuboid joint on the ride in April, but didn’t have it reset until September. The result was one of the worst running seasons I’ve had in years. Because of my own hard-headedness I haven’t run more than 10 miles a week since last Spring.
So, I’m looking forward to taking this motorcycling “off season” as a time of running renewal. In the past few weeks I’ve been able to run more consistently, I’ve been able to add miles and time, and I’ve even been able to add a little – a VERY little – speed into the mix. And by speed I mean getting up to a 10:30 pace for a minute.
I don’t want to make any wild predictions, but my quiet hope is to be able to run a 5K by January and then start thinking about training for something longer in the spring. There’s even a small voice whispering in my ear that it might be time to think about running another marathon. NO PROMISES. It’s a quiet voice.
But whatever happens, the winter will be my time to focus on my running. I’m looking forward to it.
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