After an extended autumn, winter has arrived with a vengeance and not a moment too soon. It’s only 10 days ’till Christmas, and things are finally starting to look and feel seasonally appropriate. Not that I minded the extended warm weather, but it is nice to feel the cold north wind in your face, as you dive head first into the holidays.
I’ll get to Christmas plans in a moment, but first I’ll bring you up to date on a few developments. Ski season has started here in Iowa, and I was treated to a new (for me) experience. I got to ride the first chair of the season at “Seven Oaks”, our local ski hill. Not that the 275 foot vertical in any way compares with Vail, Aspen, Keystone, or even my former home (Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario), but it was a genuine thrill to be the first on-piste!
This follows a very successful bike season, where I racked up well over 5000 km and won a silver medal (20 km ITT) in my last Iowa Games. I had a lot of fun riding my Pinarello this year and intend to keep on cycling, but I have decided to quit racing. I no longer need the motivation that racing gives me, just being on the bike is motivation enough. Truth be told, I am just tired of the training needed to be competitive.
Christmas will have an added boost this year, as in addition to the usual festivities Olivia will be home from university!!! We’ll all be glad to see her (picking her up from Iowa City tomorrow), but I suspect Bun-Bun will be the most excited of all. He can often be found sitting outside her room, as if wondering where she has gone. Apart from the “homecoming” it will be the usual quiet Christmas in Iowa. Christmas Eve tacos are a family tradition, and a late (too late for some) start Christmas Day is expected. Am I ready??? Yes!
To all, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Merry Christmas!