My usual end of the year Christmas/New Years break is in full swing. I get a fair amount of vacation time to use throughout the year but the past few years it’s been good to save up what I can and totally remove myself from work. This year I’ll not see the bike shop for 17 days. No plans really. Just a little shopping. Visit family and friends. Watch some movies. Drink a couple beers. Don’t ever think for one minute I feel working at a bike shop has any stress involved with it. It’s good, though, to just be gone for a huge chunk of time.
Movies. I watched two movies over the weekend that I DVR’d and been meaning to catch up on. Both piqued my interest when in theaters but I just don’t make a lot of time for that. Movie #1, The Book of Eli. Good premise, lame execution. Not bad. Movie #2, The Road. In a word, dumb. I felt the two hours I spent on this movie would have been better off napping. The other Cormac McCarthy movie I saw, No Country for Old Men, was excellent. They always say the book beats the movie. I can see how that could be the case here. Dumb movie.
I’m still running quite a bit. I’m not giving up the bike. Right now it’s just so much easier to slip on the running shoes and head out the door, even if it’s 7pm. Not as easy or safe to do that on the bike. The plan for 2011 is to dabble a bit in some Duathlon events spring/summer and rejoin the Cyclocross Brotherhood in the fall. Maybe a halfie thrown in for good measure. 2011 is the year I turn 40. I intend to approach this the same as all my other birthdays, it’s just a number. Year 40 will be stronger than year 39.
I leave you with my favorite picture of Haley and Landon so far this year.