Oh how glorious things were just a few months ago, all sweetness and light, yours truly preparing to take on the world.
Well then i had to skip the That Dam Ride because i hadn't got enough training in, but that was ok because i could still do a 500km weekend to build up for the 7 day record.
And then that got the kybosh when the bike had a tantrum 30kms in, but there were still other options to make the 7 day record happen.
And then my wife found out she was pregnant, so the 7 day record was pretty much shot, but i could still do the Noosa Century.
And then i got triple shifts at my night job so the Century didn't happen, but there was still a week and a half or so to get ready for the 200km race against the steam train from Warwick to Goondiwindi.
But then on Saturday night i found out they still haven't found a replacement for the ex-employee i'm covering for, so i'll be on triple shifts for at least another week.
And so that is that. Between now and B Day there are no competitive cycling opportunities left at all. Now i know that competitive cycling and fatherhood aren't necessarily mutually exclusive, but being a good father is a bigger priority by some considerable margin, and i can see it being very likely that doing so won't leave sufficient time to do both. Hell there is currently no baby and i can't get enough time together to realise my potential.
So it looks like my 'career' as a competitive cyclist (well i did manage one race win) is over, and i'm understandably a bit torn up about it. We'll see what the future brings.
In the meantime though, there is still the housewarming ride to be done! There's a thread about it (naturally) but the short story is, many kms, much dirt, great scenery. And speaking of the house itself, the chippy has just fitted all the internal doors and finished the framework for the back patio, while i've made myself busy(er) with a caulking gun and god knows how many tubes of gap sealer on the outside.
I've got several 14hr days and one of around 43hrs, so i'll probably be a bit quiet til the weekend :-).