64 days! Christmas, new year.

Now it is almost the new year! It looks like it outside. A few days ago, we had another 8 inch snow storm. Wow, this winter is starting out huge. We are bumping up against 35 inches of snow in December. That is a record. I do not think I have seen this much snow at our house since we have lived here. I have run through a ton of gas in the snow blower, and shoveled more this month than all of last year.

Christmas has come and gone. We stayed home this year, for the first time in a long time. No skiing for me with my knee this year, and we did not want to go anywhere else. So, we stayed here. Built snowmen, threw snow balls, hiked around on the frozen lake and generally did family winter things. I received a cool set of Carhart insulated overalls from my wife. She thinks that is a goofy gift, but I was positively chuffed over them. That along with an insulated hoody from the girls, makes working on skis or bikes or motorcycles out in the garage – no worries.

So, it is only 64 days now till the first race. I know it is 65 down in Florida, but looking out my window it does not seem possible to be racing in 64 days. My knee is great, my training program is coming right along. Mary Daubert wrote me a kick ass program, that goes in 4-5 week segments. I am starting week 2 of a segment now, so it is getting harder. But, I have to admit that I really enjoy it. I know that GNCC races are 3 hours, and they are going to be hard, but I feel like I will be as prepared as I can be – being a guy from a place with 18 inches or more of snow on the ground at the first of the year.

I was down in Chicago one day this past week. There was no snow. So, I know that in February we will be able to get down to southern Illinois and do some riding. I am going to be ready for that.

Looks like we will be making the Florida race after all. I think that Scott and I will drive down to Florida, do the practice day on the 2nd and race the first GNCC on the 4th. I think that my family will be going down to sit on a beach somewhere in Florida. I will probably join them for the days in between, and then make it up to Georgia for the 2nd race with Scott. (I think Scott is planning to go to Daytona in between the Florida and Georgia races.)

My suspension is on its way back from Factory Connection. All my other items to finish building my practice bike should be here at the end of next week as well. Minus graphics and maybe a steering damper, I think that my practice bike should be ready to ride by the weekend of the 11th of January. Waterman indoor, here I come.

Joe

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