Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Back in the saddle...

Well after a seven week break I am finally back to riding. It is great to get back outside, pedaling. I missed riding. Hopefully my fitness comes back as I would like to join the wife on her long training rides. At this point I have hopes of maybe getting back to where I was at last year fitness wise.

Moving up one age group isn't going to make racing any easier! I will still be racing with Gary (definitely one of the strongest athletes racing Cat1) and I know that several of the racers in 35-39 were putting significant time gaps on me in races in 2009. I also won't be able to resist comparing my times to semi-pro racers that I raced against in '09 like James, talk about depressing (maybe I can talk him into doing a SuperD at Bootleg or something so I can lay some smack down on him).

I had hoped to build on my fitness from '09 and go into '10 as a top contender for my AG. I now feel that it will be a stretch goal and I will most likely be further back in the pack. That is okay though, I am going to use the racing/training stuff to stay motivated so I can try to keep up with Allison.

I have taken it upon myself to try to free her up to chase being a high(er) level Pro racer. That means that instead of sitting with my feet up, I am hustling 100% of the time to get things done. Cooking, wrenching, running errands, (fixing flats!) I am now the core of the team (still not going to take on cleaning, as far as I am concerned the house can be a mess!). I like the feeling I get though watching her grow as an athlete, pushing to new highs.

I am also enjoying the moto very much! My little KLX250S is a blast and I hope to continue to get out on it occasionally to get my BRAAAP on in the dirt. I use it a ton to run around town and do errands. The other day I did some grocery shopping. My backpack was LOADED, but it saves on fuel costs and I can get across town MUCH faster! Pulling wheelies from stop lights is so much fun! :)

I am working on a rack for the truck so that I can have our bike rack and the Moto for trips. Hoping to weld it all up this weekend some time and will post pics of the finished product.

1 comment:

Luke said...

glad you're back bro! i think the new system will prove to be the winning combination. destroying yourself and your mental state trying to become a top cat 1 racer is pretty silly IMO...have fun, train hard, and take it for what it's worth. allison still has some stuff to get done tho!

an interesting quote i heard on the radio today that kind of made me think about the way i look at things. (in regards to the AP athlete of the century voting, "if people in the U.S. went out and actually watched cycling, then would Lance Armstrong still be the greatest cyclist? if all the athletes out there chose to pursue cycling instead of the "popular" sports would Lance still be on top?")

stay balanced my brotha!