Below have been my thoughts over the last two weeks of training.
FEET: I have been wearing my orthotics for about a month now and I do notice a decrease in foot pain. I still cannot walk bear foot on hard surfaces; if I could EVER get back to that point, I would be extremely happy. Even though it is a bit of pain to constantly move my insoles from one pair of shoes to another, it must be done. I am hoping that as time goes on, my feet will continue to improve. My feet were quite happy at the last 6 hour race, on a single speed. This coming weekend, I will be testing them out on the ORAMM course, single speed style.
RACES: The final race of the season will be the Chainbuster 6 Hour at Oak Mountain. This is going to be the most technical and difficult of the series. Right now I am comtemplating gear choice, as I am going single. Do I want to suffer on the climbs and the Jekyll portion of the Jeckyll and Hyde Trail or do I want to spin my legs off on the easier sections? Right now I am going with the latter: spinning is better than cramping. I really enjoyed this series, but I am going to move on to other adventures next year.
ERGON: My hands are so in love with these grips. I am currently running the GS2's on my Niner AC9 SS and Jett 9 RDO and the GX2's on my Air 9 RDO. I love the extra leverage the bar ends give me. There have only been a couple occasions where I went "bar end-less" this year due to the tightness of the trees. The only difference I have noticed over this year as opposed to the last 5 is that I have had to run the grips in a more horizontal position. I used to run them with the wings in a slightly up position, but I began to have some ulnar pain, so I adjusted them down a bit and the pain went away.
WHOLE 30: Even though I am still a little over a month away from starting my "cleansing," I have already begun to wean myself of the "junk" foods. I have made my own mayo and salad dressings, cut my dairy intake by 75%, and am only using stevia and honey as sweeteners. What I have noticed by doing this is that I am sleeping better and my energy levels are up. The flavors of the foods I do eat have intensified! I don't need as much sweetener to make things sweet. I need very little of my home made salad dressings as compared to the store bought. I LOVE sardines straight out of the can for a snack. I am anxiously awaiting November 26. My only concern is that I might just freeze to death this winter as I have lost most of my natural insulation.
LW COACHING: Lynda Wallenfels is a wonderful coach. This year, I had to take a step down from her premium coaching package to her basic due to financial constraints. But I have not been let down in the least. I did miss talking to her on a weekly basis, but she is so awesome about answering e-mails that I did not feel sleighted. She even answered one of my e-mails while in the middle of racing the Cococino 250! I plan on continuing to be coached by her in 2013.
GRAVEL GRINDERS: I am really liking this type of racing and am gonna try to do a few next year. I finally have the right bike, which makes all the difference in the world.
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