Good News! I'm back in Ohio and ready to resume the crushing burden of blogging. Tough sledding in Florida at the PGA Merchandise Show, maybe my 32nd. Fortunately, the days of standing in a booth are long gone, instead doing the "walking and talking" gig which is much more fun. Unfortunately, the routine was not good for my fitness. Typical day was walk from the convention center on International Drive in Orlando to the Omni Rosen Centre Hotel where I had a room and stop at the "pit" a large area at lobby level with a bar and where industry insiders gather. Talk and drink 3-4 glasses of wine, then go out to dinner with people and drink 3-4 glasses of wine, then return to the pit and have 3-4 glasses of wine. I am detoxing now for a day or two.
Hotel across the road, the Peabody, has the march of the ducks every day to much fanfare. Ducks arrive via the elevator, march across the red carpet and into the fountain, returning a couple of hours later. Long drive home gave me time to think about goals for 2012. Decided that, like most years, I will train in California in March, arrive back in Ohio with a leg up on my rivals, enjoy a couple of weeks on the fringe of the "A" group. Began to regress, get burned out early summer, regress more, crawl into the Fall glad the season is almost over, go into offseason for weight gain. Yep, that's not a bad plan.
During my drive I also, based on numerous phone exchanges with local cycling experts, decided who the male and female cyclist of the year will be and other awards. Will post soon.