A whirlwind past few weeks...
From prepping for another phenomenal summer (to include spending most of it in the Rockies, kicking bootay at the Breck Epic and some XTERRAs)....to major OUCH, to ANOTHER knee surgery (2nd in 8 months...ugh), lots of tears and why-me-pity-parties to being lost w/out goals, exertion, stoke...to switching gears, reflection, appreciation, lots of rehab, legs propped up, more tears, more fat, new body, tears, to hanging w/friends and family, swimming, paddling, reading, writing, trainer "sessions", eventually some flatland pedaling, a new lens, some camping in CO, then finally to some dirt, even some lung-sucking, grin-producing climbing...boom!
Blissful reunion. Giddy in fact, not to mention that it was way up high above the treeline. High-altitude...my bliss. No ball-busting paces and still no techy singletrack but some epic rides/views nevertheless. I've even found some doubletrack worthy of praise! Still a long way to go, still no running (sigh), still being very cautious, and perhaps never hit hard efforts again.
But....summertime keeps ya dreaming, keeps stoke alive, esp that Rocky Mountain high.
Patience and restraint....lessons of summer 2014 (so far).
DH pedals for the roadbike (needed flats to layoff the tender hammie).
No QOM hunting this summer.....just hunting for self-earned wind in face, epic views, HR above 70 (finally!), some solitude,.....score!
Bedrest led to walks, to trainer sessions, to some flat-land pedaling to some climbs and eventually....Colorado Trail!
Giddy....trail, flow, elevation, wildflowers, pow!
Embrace the day!