With the world coming to an end in just 353 days, I figured that I had better get a little scientific about my race plan this year. For the last 2 years I’ve only averaged about 4,000 miles (that’s 6,400 Km for the roadies), but I’ve also managed to average a ride every other day (year-round). I have never really done any focused training “program” and I tend to burn out halfway through the year. My strategy has been ride whenever I can, and ride as hard as I can. Usually that means quick, early morning rides before work. No LSD miles in Spring, no recovery rides to speak of, no focus on weaknesses, in fact no focus at all.
As much as it sucked to think about it, I picked up some training books and got a new HR strap for the Polar monitor collecting dust in my closet. I structured a plan that will get me to peak fitness for ToAD, and leave me fresh enough to finish WORS too. On paper it looks good, even though my mileage will go up by somewhere between 25 and 50% (depending on the end of season tapering). The real challenge will be embracing a plan that makes me better without sucking the life and fun out of riding. As far as my weight, I’m not a twig like most of the guys I’m racing. I usually focus on gaining some weight in Fall/Winter, but this year I’ll focus on taking it off too.
Today felt good, but it’s Day 1. Even crack addicts can probably stay focused for 1 day. The real test will be my results and overall fitness this year, as well as avoiding mid-season burnout.
I’m excited about doing some real road racing this year, and moving up to SS Open @ WORS. I’m not really built for the longer courses, so hopefully the focus on my weaknesses will pay off. I might even try to dial in my diet a bit, although a quick Google search reveals that “cake” and “beer” are the top 2 diet choices among competitive cyclists.
Now, if I can just avoid crashing…