2012 – 1,519 miles, 2 road races and the first WORS race: DONE.
Mountain bike racing is hard. Iola was hard, and not fun. I have done many rides and races that were really hard, but afterward I always felt good – a sense of accomplishment. Iola was just hard. When it was over, I was glad to be done. My crappiest time ever, I probably wouldn’t even have made the Citizen podium. Even worse, it was my debut in “Singlespeed Open” (Comp). I’ve really been digging riding on the road for the past year, and I was considering skipping Iola and driving to LaCrosse for the Omnium. Probably should have gone with that plan. I’ve run a 32:16 for the past 3 years at Iola, same this year. With all the peanut butter mud, that was a bad plan, but I got to the race too late to change it. Mentally, I was never in this one. I hadn’t realized how much I’ve been spinning a smaller gear this off-season and not working on power. I’m really stoked to race ToAD this year, and Iola really didn’t help fire me up for WORS. I race the Whitnall Spring Classic Crit in April and did the Masters 4/5 and Masters 3/4 back to back. It was hard, but fun. When I finished, I was stoked and looking forward to doing another road race. Bump and Jump was way harder.
The 69er is sitting in my garage, still packed with mud. I can’t even get motivated to clean it.
I changed my mind… NOT fun today.
Next up – the Bone Ride.
Maybe I should consider racing Clydes?
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…