With just over a week until I was meant to be traveling to Tasmania to cycle the Tasmanian Trail, I still haven’t heard back about the fate of my mountain bike frame.
Rather than try to salvage a trip, I have decided to just forfeit the $100 and frequent flyer points I used to pay for the return airfares to spend Christmas at home. I have since learned that my partner has 5 days off between Christmas Eve and New Year (instead of the 2 days that we exptected her to have off), so it will be nice to spend time together for the holidays. She’s a bus driver and has to work Christmas Day but we have Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, 27 December, and 2-3 January off together, so I’m not too upset about missing my trip to Tasmania.
Instead of Tasmania, I have signed up for a three Audax events, the Rapha Festive 500 Strava challenge and have organised a 250km road riding adventure with a mate.
By coming back to work a week early after the holidays I also have five extra days off work to play with during the year. I am hoping to use three of them in April so that I can make the most of the Easter and ANZAC Day long weekends falling back-to-back. There’s a Gran Tourismo Audax event on that week (that’s where you ride a 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km Audax ride within nine days) so hopefully I’ll be able to use the money I have saved for Tasmania to enter it.
I’m content with the way things are working out. While I would have loved to go to Tasmania to ride the Tasmanian Trail, I am also happy to stay home and keep focusing on the 2013-14 Audax season. I have some Audax awards I would like to achieve and staying home will allow me to keep chipping away at them.
Today was a rest day because I have volunteer commitments as a Justice of the Peace at my local shopping centre tonight. I did some body weight strength and stretching this morning. Back on the bike tomorrow before a few longer kilometres at the weekend.