Thursday, August 6, 2015

There's no place like home

That's probably a funny blog title considering I'm in the Charlotte airport headed to Milwaukee, but I have noticed I get very sentimental about my final at-home workouts before big races. I am so fortunate to live where I do in Southwest Virginia, and to have a great swim-bike-run venue just down the road from my house. When I have a brick to do, I drive my minivan (Mobile Transition Unit) down and park adjacent to the creek, giving me the perfect post-workout cooldown spot!

I would say 90% of my biking and probably 80% of my running involve this same stretch of country roads set in a glorious valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains! These photos were all taken in my last two workouts Tuesday and Wednesday - a short bike and a short brick.

I am always happy to see the train, unless I'm in the midst of a critical interval! 

I feel like I know half the cars I see and I get lots of waves, which I enjoy!

And there are plenty of cute critters - goats, sheep, cows, and horses - to say hello to.

When I race I often think about how I feel when I train here, on my home roads. This is where I have learned to dig deep, learned to relax, and felt the best. I just love it.

Time to board the plane.

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