Post-PBP Funk and New Challenges
Felkerino and I spent the past year gearing up for Paris Brest Paris, and the ride was definitely one of the great highlights of my summer. Since PBP, Felkerino and I haven’t been doing much riding.
We unpacked, put the bike back together, and tried to catch up on sleep and stuff at the office.
Until this week, I had a strong craving for sugar and indulged in more ice cream and chocolate than I care to recall. Or perhaps I do… it was yummy! I was also perpetually hungry. Fortunately, my ravenous appetite finally subsided somewhat and I’m now eating regular, as opposed to randonneuring, portions.
I’ve found myself feeling tired yet restless. Felkerino and I put so much energy into our PBP plan: riding Tom Rosenbauer’s 1000K last August to build our confidence and endurance; doing a week-long tour in October; hitting the riding hard again in January; completing the brevets; and riding steadily through the summer all the way up to PBP. It was exhilarating, but I think the energy it consumed caught up with me a little.
I’m excited to start planning for the next event, but still feel fatigued from all the planning and effort it took me to get to France. I know that everyone is different. For some people, doing something like PBP may be just a regular thing, but for me a 1200K is a big undertaking. A 1200K in France? Just that much bigger.
I’m definitely feeling a post-event crash of a sort, and I’ve been asking myself things like “What now? What’s the next goal?” Then I start thinking, “Hey, I’m tired. I don’t feel like doing anything! Let’s ride to coffee and biscotti!” Any other riders feeling this way, or felt this way in the past?
I’m combating my post-PBP letdown by setting some fall goals. My first of these was to start riding my new Velo Orange Mixte around town, which Felkerino finished building up after we returned from France. It’s been an around-town cycling treat.
Tooling around on the VO Mixte prompted me to also sign up for the WABA 50 States Ride which happens this Saturday, September 24. This 65-mile urban jaunt takes you through all four quadrants of D.C., and across all 50 streets named after states (as the name implies). As of now, I plan to do on the mixte, but the Rivendell Quickbeam is also a potential steed of choice.
I participated in this ride last year and thought never again, but an e-mail from Rootchopper somehow convinced me that I should sign up this year. So long, tranquil roads of France. Hello, Washington, D.C.! If you’re going to be there, let me know; I’ll be on the lookout for you. We can talk bike lanes and baristas.
I’m most inspired to pursue the Coffeeneuring Challenge. Seven coffee shops in six weeks? Right on! That kind of fall riding that is right up my alley. And I can’t wait to hear stories from all the other coffeeneurs out there.
After that? Who knows. I’m looking forward to the good memories of PBP lingering, the body being fully restored and healed, and some great fall riding with Felkerino and friends.
And you know what else? It’s time for some more Bikes to Like! Coming soon to a blog near you!!