But, such is life. Between stress, a general run-down, and Austin being not the place I get pumped to train when brunt out with life and 13 years of hard racing (sorry, but with the work/family obligations I am confided to 4 loops, 2 on trails, 2 on roads, and eventually they get to you), I am just taking my time to see if I rebound. May be not, and it aligns with the fact that I am planning to things next year mostly non-competitive, even if few happen to be races. I just need to ensure I can make it through 50 miles:)
May be I also need a trip elsewhere where the mountains are.
I have my best friends from Portland coming over to visit...hope I can actually take them out on trails!
Stay well, have fun, make the best out of everything.
I am not complaining, by the way, just stating facts. May be I need it. I trust myself.
p.s. my friend and former best running partner Bushwhacker Mike once told me that athlete's life goes in 3 year cycles: 2 years great, one year down. Come to think about it, my last 2 years were damn productive. In fact, I already contemplated about this very cycle in one of the previous years (or couple), and I guess it's been confirmed. I am officially on my "down" year!
p.p.s. on another hand, my coaching for runners goes fantastic, and I live vicariously through them all!