My wife is harassing me this morning to get out and ride or at least do some drills in the garage. Of course it has snowed 7 inches overnight and it is cold, cold but that is her way of supporting my obsession--I think. As she likes to say, "You are smarter and fitter than you look. Thank God."
Still, even as I plan my first ski trip of the season and as I gain weight from a lack of long rides and self discipline, my future ride ambitions are growing. I really never planned a second transcontinental but now I think I want to do the PAC northern next summer. I might have the time. I don't know if I'll have the conditioning. It will be tough to get my wife to fund it. (PAC rides are supported excellently and I want my own room--that doesn't come cheap).
And then there is the border-to-border ride which I really want to do just to have crossed the country north/south and west/east. That won't happen until at least 2011 and that is a long, long ways away.
Structured training is underway with all emphasis on strength and flexibility. I have scanned through the books I purchased and am studying the Doyle and Schmitz book on weight training for cyclists. Maybe next week I'll have an opinion to post.
Now I need to decide whether I am going to ride in the garage for a while. Probably will.