By far, my favorite time of year and Asheville has the longest Fall of any place I've ever lived, so I'm quite happy this weather has arrived. I find this to be the best time of year to go hard. There's something about the weather or moon or stars (i don't know) that cause endorphines to creep up a little more and a little higher. A good Stout may have something to do with that as well.
I plan to do something much different this Fall. I'm going to finally put the cross bike I've had for 6 years to more use than just a hard ride on a dirt road. She's going to need to step it up a bit for some big time CX4 racing! Took her to the Doc and she's in good hands for a much needed tune up and some new stuff; I'm hoping they feed her some contaminated meat from Spain. I think I've got a good plan for the next 3 months that should be alot of fun. I'm going to follow some basic 1/2 marathon training while incorporating cyclo-cross into it. The CX4 level is "just" a 30 minute ride and should offer some great -mixing it up- as well as benefits for running. I have no idea how to train for cyclo-cross, but going as hard as I can for 30 minutes should feel really good when I stop. I hope this is alot of fun and I gain some new benefits for running through this. I could also see myself getting hooked on cyclo-cross and someday flip flop what I'm saying - I could be doing some 4-5 mile trail races to get some benefits for my cyclo-cross season.
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