I’m done with the novel! Whew. What a grind. Satisfying, revealing, grind. Every day (for November, for NaNoWriMo) you have to do about 1700 words; I kept up with this count nearly every day of the month, with occasional spurts to get ahead of the curve so I could coast through rough work days.
In that sense, it was a lot like some of the longer bike rides I’ve been on. Except 28 days long. You reach what you think is your limit, then you reach down a little further and put the one foot (or word) ahead of the other, one day surprising even myself with around 6000 words in fact.
Ironically, while the novel is mostly about bicycle racing, with some long descriptions of such, I felt oddly out of touch, said descriptions felt quite ‘wooden’ and/or ‘rusty’ since I hardly rode at all in November. In fact I don’t think I’ve commuted to work in nearly three weeks. Partly due to crazy weather, but mostly due to the hectic press of events and my daily obsession with keeping up with NaNoWriMo. As a result, cerebrally I feel as fit as I ever have. It’s amazing what a confidence boost it is to know that, no matter what, you can march out a certain amount of words as needed. To come up with two main intersecting themes, supporting plots, supporting characters… often on the fly in sweet inspiration… well, it’s cool. I realize this literary bragging is analogous to the bicycle bragging I often put forth here, so hope that’s okay.
The down side is, I’m flabby, pasty, easily winded, and in short completely out of shape. I went to the gym twice this last weekend and it was like I was having to start all over. I cringe to think how it’ll be getting back on a bike. The way I look at it, however, is thus: I’ve had my ‘winter layoff’… this was it. The month of November was my winter pause. Now I’m going to get back on the saddle and aim like a (poisoned) arrow at my 2011 biking goals. I know it’s not January yet, but here they are:
- Winter Training Series with the Randonneurs
- Beating that damn bridge for the Beat the Bridge 8k run
- Ride nearly every day for the May commuter challenge
- Rapsody in August – one day run with SurlyLady and hopefully some pals
- High Pass Challenge – gold medal buster!
- At some point, in some cycling fashion, go for an epic bike trip – say Seattle > Darrington > Highway 20 > Mazama > Wenatchee > Highway 2 Stevens > Seattle; or around the Olympic Pensinsula; or from Banff Canada to Montana, along one of those Adventure trails.
- And, of course, as much mountain biking and random road biking as can be fit in.
I’m also going to work for world peace yadda yadda, and put out an album or two of music. Oh, and edit this horrible mess of a novel I just created.
So look for me on the Burke, ‘cuz I’m back in bidness.