It has been less than a week since I ended my season in the North Georgia Mountains. This week has been quiet, with plenty of time for reflection on what has been an amazing season.
My early season goals were to complete the toughest mountain centuries in the Southeast. The four I singled out as my A rides were the Assault on Mount Mitchell, Blood Sweat & Gears, Bridge to Bridge, and Six Gap Century. All were completed, and I added a few others along the way, such as Blue Ridge Brutal, Tour de Cashiers, and Issaqueena’s Last Ride. To top it all off, I explored some of the majestic climbs in Colorado.
As for my personal performance, I dramatically exceeded my expectations. I improved on last year’s Mitchell time by nearly an hour, yet still felt like I could have done better. Even though I lost some fitness towards the end of the season, I was still satisfied with my performance. It has been a good year.
How can I top 2012? Haute Route will be a good start. I have already started planning my ‘training rides’ for next year, which should be exciting. Winter training begins in a couple weeks. There will be plenty about that later.
For now, you can find me on the couch.