Summer is over.
The necessary conditions have been met:
First weekend without a race since April.
No more “big” races on the calendar.
Drank 2 bottles of wine during the week (no racing, so no reason to abstain)
We got that first refreshingly cool morning after the long string of hot and humid days. Sleeping with the windows open and no fan or air conditioning.
Leaves were actually falling from a few trees on the Maple Highlands bike trail.
The fact that I actually went out and did a leisurely ride on the Maple Highlands bike trail.
Most significantly: my daughter has now left home for college 600 miles away. And that signals more than just the end of summer.