So I haven't done any racing since May's Brooklyn Half Marathon -- not much posting either, though I've been a loyal reader. Welcome back Phil!! Your posts have been an inspiration to me to reappear.
Over the summer I discovered a new form of endurance sport, Century bicycle tours. I did two, one in Maine and one on the North Fork of Long Island. I must say, I am hooked. These are large group rides, rather than races. You head out, find a group that matches your pace, ride through the country side, and stop every 25 miles or so for ablutions and snacks. Very civilized, and very scenic.