30

Oops, I haven’t written much lately. It’s not for lack of trying; I’ve written a full race report and started several blog posts, but they sucked more than usual, so they shall remain unposted.

In any case, I’m turning 30 tomorrow. I feel like there are a lot of things I should do while I’m still in my 20s.

Most importantly, I should make potato salad and I should pack, since my 30th birthday will be celebrated 3 hours north of here. Velo Promo have kindly organized a birthday party for me! It starts at 8:35 am in Challenge, CA. So far it seems like the only attendees will be me and two women in their 40s who both kick my ass up hills, which is unfortunate, since this birthday party includes 6k feet of climbing. Aside from the primary celebration, me and some poor other souls are leaving for a houseboat tonight, where barbecuing and beer drinking will happen — thus I’m doing lots of cooking today.

Other things that I want to do while I’m still in my 20s are getting a haircut and going to the dentist. I feel like people in their 30s should be well groomed, although I’m less sure about the need of taking care of your teeth as they will probably fall out soon anyway. Ok, skip the dentist.

One of the more urgent things on my list is to do a 30 minute pre-race spin. I cannot stress enough that I think this is something every 30-year-old should have gotten out of their way in time, in case they’re doing a race birthday party the next day or so.

There’s also this list of books that one should read before one turns 30. There’s no way I can read the remaining 20.5 in the next 9 hours, so I think I will admit defeat on this one. Besides, I don’t think self help sites by smug married couples* are necessarily the best source of reading lists in the first place.

Thanks to Sumeet I was at least able to spend last night being irresponsible and go out drinking and go to bed at 2 am — something I surely can’t do from tomorrow on as I’ll be far too mature for that. I haven’t entirely figured out how Sumeet was able to go out drinking yesterday since he’s well above 30, but maybe he got an exemption from the rules somehow, or had a note from his mom perhaps.

Mark also says we need to stop at a supermarket on our way to the houseboat so I guess that’s another one of those things I need to do before I turn 30.

I really should clean my chain and perhaps adjust my derailleur, too. Women in their 30s need to race with dignity.

I’ll be back with a report on what it’s like to be 30.

* Am I turning into Bridget Jones…?

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