off-season musings, part II

The off season is a period of time during the year where an athlete takes a less structured approach to exercise and training. This week I’m writing about the two sides of the off season for me: the serious (yesterday) and light (today). Both posts are illustrated with photos of what’s been keeping me busy lately.

If I were to write a love letter to the off season, I’d only need two weeks to fill it. As much as I love striving towards a goal, these past few weeks have seen the end of a year-long cycle of swim-bike-run (not to mention eat-sleep-laundry). Things are a little less repetitive these days, and a little more spontaneous.

In short, it’s the time of year where I let the hippie take the wheel from the control freak.

Lofty Coffee Encinitas

Birthday cortados at Lofty Roasting Works on the warmest, sunniest birthday I’ve ever had.

If I were to give today’s post a theme song, like yesterday’s, I’d pick Metric’s “Live It Out,” fitting for this more cheerful round-up of how I’ve been filling my time…

Thanksgiving with friends, smoked turkey, boots, and a fire.

Cups overflowing with…

  • Cortados: A new favorite, at Lofty (Encinitas) and Blacktop (L.A.)
  • Beer: Various goodies at Nickel Beer Co. (Julian), Alpine Beer Company (Alpine), Angel City Brewery (L.A.), Priority Public House for a ‘lil birthday gathering.
  • Wine: with friends at home and at Thanksgiving and while making pie
  • Eggnog lattes: one at Starbucks (we didn’t have eggnog yet!) and at least four at home. And I’m just getting started.

Having two of our favorite cocktail-drinking buddies over, and how I felt about turning 34.

Stuffing my belly with…

We made a pie!

Taking the train to L.A.

Filling my time with…

  • Hiking: in the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Area near Julian (peak #1), and the Cuyamaca Mountains (peak #2)
  • Camping: at William Heise County Park near Julian
  • Taking the train to L.A. to visit B&A, something I’ve been wanting to do for long time
  • Exercising: when I feel like it, with Masters swimming, riding (and listening to Serial from start to almost-finish on one single bike ride!), and taking two full weeks off of running
  • New activities: thanks to FitN, a cool new startup that gives you access to hundreds of different fitness and yoga studios for one price. My arms are still hurting from that TRX class…
  • Reading: “Appetites: Why Women Want” by Caroline Knapp. I didn’t realize it was about eating disorders when I first picked it up, but I’ve been enjoying her look at female desire and how that encompasses food, among other things. Her summary: “Appetite is about eating, certainly … but it’s also about a much broader constellation of hungers and longings and needs. It’s about the deeper wish … to partake of the world, to feel a sense of abundance and possibility about life, to experience pleasure.” YES.
L.A. Arts District

Exploring the Arts District with my cousin.

Angel City Brewing

Eating and drinking (Angel City Brewing) in L.A.

The best part is, I have four more sweet weeks of off-season freedom (at least, maybe more) until structure will come banging down the door again. I think I’ll be best served with a more Sinatra-esque approach, as in this quote I saw years ago:

“To do is to be.” -Nietzsche
“To be is to do.” -Kant
“Do be do be do be.” -Sinatra

4 thoughts on “off-season musings, part II

  1. December 13, 2014 at 1:24 am

    A girl after my own heart – triathlon, beer, hiking, camping, and lots of fun. I’m glad I was able to find your blog through your connection with mine. I love seeing other women chasing their dreams and enjoying the moment. P.S. From your Part 1 Musings, I vote IMCanada. :) It will be my first.

    1. The Hippie
      December 13, 2014 at 3:00 am

      Oh awesome! Well you’ve already done a half, so it won’t be a big surprise. In some ways I find fulls just a small step up, but in another sense, they’re like a whole different ball game! I have heard amazing things about the Whistler race. I’m totally torn. Thanks for leaving a comment!

  2. December 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Happy!! Thanks For Sharing, Cheers

  3. Jordan
    December 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Great pics, though the funniest may be the accidental background capture of Mark wearing one hipster shirt while shopping for another. Ha, awesome!