By: CXC Team Member Chris Pappathopoulos
The last year has involved more lemonade making than I would prefer, which has taught me a few things.
1. First and foremost be happy that you at least have lemons
2. Lemonade is still pretty tasty
3. When you do find oranges you treasure them even more
Hopefully in a few months life will be back to sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. The important thing is to adapt to the current circumstances and work toward an even brighter future.
For the first time I can remember this week I missed a race/time trial due to an injury. It was pretty tough watching from the sidelines, but it gave me the opportunity to cheer and take a few pictures, both things I like to do – lemonade. I really like trail runs, especially ones in the rain, so missing the rainy trail run yesterday at REG was tough as well. However, as much as I like trail running, I like roller skiing more, so I went out and worked on single stick specific strength – more lemonade.
I’ve gone back to a “regular” 8-5 job which has made working and training more difficult. There are days when the only opportunity I have to train is during lunch hour. I have started a new trend to replace FKT (fastest known time). I now compete in FKDDD (farthest known desk to desk distance). I am up to squeezing in a 25K bike ride between leaving my desk, changing, biking, showering and returning to my desk – lemonade.
The garden has been going better this year than last year. Strawberries were early and tasty, and the raspberries have already started. Last year potato bugs decimated my crop when I was gone for a week in June. I have avoided that this year so far.
As for the oranges, I spent my birthday weekend in Door County with family. I had a couple of great roller skis, but a bigger highlight was the trip to Washington Island. We took the same vehicle that I use to ride in as a kid. I got to sit in the back seat again. Think of it like the kids table at Thanksgiving. This gave me a chance to discuss some of life’s burning questions such as what is the unicorn version of a donkey called. I think it should be unidonk, but my niece insisted it should be a donkorn. We compromised on the boys are unidonks and the girls are donkorns. Sleep well knowing this question has been answered.