It’s Ok

A lot has happened and I don’t even feel like attempting to recap, so I will just jump right into now.

I kept meaning to make an update on my ankle so here goes. I never know how to answer when someone asks “how’s the ankle?” I am sure they are expecting an enthusiastic “oh great! I am back to X, Y, and Z.” but usually all I can muster is “it’s ok. Not great, but ok.”

I’m never not aware of it. Always feeling, or not feeling, something. There’s still a lot of nerve damage. I can’t bend my big toe. It hurts if I walk or stand for a while. I can’t run. I still have a small fracture along one of the screws. I have to wear a bone stimulator everyday for half an hour.

I think what’s surprised most people, and I guess myself, is I am riding my bike again. A lot. I commute everyday and have been trying to get back into race shape.

I recently rode the furthest I have ever ridden, 105 miles. Riding feels good. It doesn’t really bother my ankle, especially low-impact riding, it stretches it out, and I really only start to feel it if I am climbing a lot.

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I spent most of the year telling myself I would take this year easy to get back into the swing of things. I wouldn’t pressure myself and racing cyclocross this year was off the table. And then I don’t know, FOMO (fear of missing out), happened and I have spent most of August trying to get myself into some sort of shape so that I can race.

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But I am having a hard time getting out of the mindset of racing, and just riding for fun. Racing myself. That’s what I should do, but instead I find myself stressing out about the whole thing. I don’t want to be just ok. I want to be at the front. I want to be racing.

I know it’s going to be hard. It’s going to be tough when girls I beat last year beat me this year. I feel like my racing this year needs an asterisk. *broke ankle and spent four months not walking. That’s why I suck, I’m slow because while you were riding all year I was sitting on the couch with a cast on.

No one but myself really cares about my results. And I’m not planning on racing to “prove” myself. I like it because it’s fun. I like the community. I’d be going to the races any way to watch Eric.

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It’s just tough knowing that last year I was at the front and this year I’ll be hanging at the back, not up to my best ability.

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Home Sweet Home

I am due to write a fairly long update, about life, my ankle, getting back on the bike, but life has been pretty busy because at the end of April Eric and I closed on our first home!!

Buying a home was…interesting? We had started looking towards the end of the year last year and then stopped when I broke my ankle (because all Philly homes have stairs!), started looking online again in February, and then found the perfect house and somehow everything fell into place and it’s ours.

The house is in great shape so we have only been doing small projects here and there. As much as I liked the idea of buying a home and re-doing everything ourselves….that’s just not my style. So it’s been nice having small projects that don’t feel totally overwhelming or HAVE to get done.

We (actually Eric) did the biggest change this weekend and painted our front door BRIGHT YELLOW. It’s bright but I love it and we got a lot of compliments on it while he was outside painting.
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As the boxes get unpacked and cleared I plan on taking more photos. It’s been a little overwhelming going from a small one bedroom apartment to a three bedroom home, I’m not used to have space to put things.

Oh and we bought in Philly, we aren’t quite ready for ‘burb life. 

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Long Weekend in Austin

We spent the past weekend down in Texas for a weekend full of family, friends, and food! A good family friend was getting married and neither of us had been down to Austin in a while so the timing was kind of perfect.

When I booked our plane tickets a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure if I would even be able to walk. Well I am happy to say I am walking fairly well and even made the trek down without my crutches!!

We flew into Austin Friday night and my brother and his girlfriend picked us up and we headed straight to Matt’s El Rancho. It’s an old favorite of ours and I am happy to say it did not disappoint. Matt’s isn’t super vegan friendly, but Eric and I are obsessed with their Junior Potatoes and we’ve been craving them for a while. We called it a night after eating since it had been a long evening and I was pretty tired.

Saturday morning Eric, my brother, his girlfriend, and I hopped in the car and swung by my favorite co-op, Wheatsville. I got some breakfast tacos and a Topo Chico to fuel me up and then a donut from Red Rabbit. After eating we hit the road for the drive to Horseshoe Bay.

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The wedding was at a golf course out there and my parent’s had made the trip down as well! We spent the day hanging out at a friend’s lakehouse before going to the wedding later that evening.

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The wedding was great, tons of fun, and I made it through the night wearing a heel and my ankle boot.

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Sunday morning we all ate breakfast together before hitting the road back to Austin. After a few cat naps we left the house for a fun day in Austin. My brother took us to ABGB (Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.) where we enjoyed a few beers on their HUGE patio.

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It started to drizzle so we packed up and went over to the east side to check out Whisler’s. It was a really nice space with awesome cocktails. They were so pretty and colorful!

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Post drinks we went to get Thai food at Titaya’s. I had been here a few years ago, before the remodel. Most of their entrees can be made vegan so it was a good choice for all of our different eating styles.

But the real winner of the day was the ice cream from Sweet Ritual we had for dessert. Eric and I were blown away by this place…so many delicious flavors!

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I chose the peanut butter cup, supposedly they even make the peanut butter cups that are inside the ice cream!

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Definitely put this place high on your list for Austin. My only regret is we didn’t get to go a second time.

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We woke up to pouring rain Monday morning and needed to get a few random things so we all went to breakfast at THE Whole Foods. I was planning to hit up the hot bar, but then saw they had a build your own taco section, which we all ended up choosing. Sooo many taco choices!

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We walked around Whole Foods for a bit before noticing the rain had cleared. I grabbed a coconut donut for dessert, which was really delicious!

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Later in the afternoon my brother took us to Pinthouse and Black Star Co-op for some food and drinks. Both had delicious food and drinks, as well as atmosphere.

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In the evening we finally met up with some local friend at The Liberty for some drinks and food from East Side King. I was crazy full from all the eating throughout the day, but did get to try a few things on the menu which were awesome.

We stayed at The Liberty for a while and it was nice to see some Texas friends and friends from Philly who have moved to Texas.

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Tuesday was our last day and our only goal for the day was to eat as much food as possible. We went to Bouldin Creek first and ordered so much food I forgot to take a photo. There was pesto, veggie burgers, salads, tamales, tacos, etc. All delicious, and I highly recommend trying their chipotle pecan pesto and tofu scramble.

We walked across the street to Sugar Mama’s and picked up some cupcakes and raspberry tarts. We ate half and saved the rest for a friend in Philly.

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There was one last stop before heading to the airport..Shhmaltz over on the east side. We had been trying to go all weekend but our schedules never aligned until then. We got a reuben for the flight and another one for a friend in Philly (side note, the reuben without the sauce does travel well).

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It was a pretty awesome weekend down in Texas. I don’t see myself moving back anytime soon, but it was definitely hard to leave everyone and everything this past week. It just made me realize that I need to head down more often!

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