Today, the legs are officially toast. The final 3.5 hours of week 5 of winter training seemed a bit, well, tiring. Not quite sure why -- could it be today was the last of a two-week endurance stint putting in an average of 14 hours a week (about 12 on the bike). Could it be I haven't spent this much time on a bike since about 2007? Could it be I'm exactly 10 pounds heavier than I was back in 2007 and it's just a little bit harder to carry around? Could it be I was on a singlespeed for 3.5 hours today? I dunno... could be anything - could a combination of them all. But I DO know, I'm very, very, very much looking forward to the next rest week. A total of 6 hours! And only 4 of those are on the bike. Although I know I'll be ready to ride again after Thanksgiving - I'm still enthused to continue preparing to be ready for the Transylvania Epic. One of my goals over the next week is watch the diet - big time. I'm boycotting Thanksgiving turkey -- poor thing. (for those that don't know me, if I don't know that the turkey was raised humanely (free range), I won't eat it. And I know for a fact my sister-in-law ain't buying no free-range turkeys.) I'll stick to the vegetables and mom's wonderful rice pudding. Gotta go take a nap.