Let the Off-Season Begin!

This past weekend was my first in a very long time that didn’t include training or prepping for the next race. Such a wonderful break! My thought was to take at least two weeks to just be totally lazy and enjoy everything that I’ve missed over training. Mainly, doing things other than training every night and weekend. <waves to friends>

And so, this weekend was filled with good friends, good food, and good whisky. 🙂

These are a few of my favorite things…

I tried two new whiskies this weekend: Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg 10. I’m continuing my exploration of the Islay whiskies!

Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Single Malt Scotch (Islay) 43% ABV

Nose: Smoky, little medicinal, but rounded with some sweetness. Almost a fruity freshness cuts through the spicy smoke.

Palate: Smoky, but approachable. Rich, spicy, sweetness.

Notes: Spicy finish. I was very pleasantly surprised at this one and will order it again!

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

Single Malt Scotch (Islay) 46% ABV

Nose: Smoky, briny, with a hint of freshness that I can’t place. Almost minty, but not quite.

Palate: Smoky, citrusy, and very long finish.

Notes: Not bad! I wouldn’t seek it out, per se, but Ardbeg is growing on me.

Loving our fall colors!

Oh, and there was a tiny bit of running, but just for fun. It was my first run since the 50K, and it felt okay… although I’ll admit I enjoyed being out for less than two hours. No pack to manage, water to refill, or route to worry over. Just running for fun.

Nothing like the crisp fall air, and crunchy leaves underfoot to be inspiring in its own way. We’ll see how long it takes before I get really itchy for another adventure… 🙂


2 thoughts on “Let the Off-Season Begin!

  1. ooo I love the ardberg 10! I was gifted a bottle a couple months ago, definitely in my top 10. If you like heavily sherried whiskeys I also definitely suggest the Edradour 10. Another top 10.

    (This is Beth btw. HI ANA!!)


    • Hi, Beth! I haven’t tried the Edradour 10, but it’s definitely on my list now! I do love heavily sherried whiskies. One of my favorites is the Aberlour a’Bunadh. Now that I think of it, I’m also generally a fan of whiskies finished in sauternes (Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or) or rum casks (Balvenie 14 Yr Old Caribbean Cask). Have you had those? YUM!


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