Erik Volkswagen wrote something along the same lines a few days back but I’d been think about all that too. What if I got my shit together, laid out a plan, and the executed to the plan (with some latitude when life gets in the way)? Counting last season, which I probably shouldn’t but will because I learned some stuff *NOT* to do, I’ve raced cross for six seasons. Over those six seasons I’ve been well prepared for racing perhaps twice.
After a disastrous year by any measure, I’m looking forward to 2009. Over the past 6 years, I’ve learned something about how I respond to training and have at least a rudimentary idea about how to get good performance out of my legs. While a coach would be ideal, I’ll get by with my own training alchemy.
Three seasons ago, Memorial Day rolled around before I started getting serious about training. I scored my only cyclocross win that season and bumped up to 35+ A. Though I hadn’t done much prior riding to June, I had been on my bike — commuting to work (13 miles round trip back in those days). I’m convinced that those 50-70 miles a week made it possible for me to commence serious training almost immediately.
This year it’s going to take me some significant time to get up to speed. Prior to this week, I’d been on the bike perhaps 10 times since the beginning of November. This week I’ve logged a little over six hours thus far and will definitely add another hour since I want to get home today. All this riding all of a sudden is doing a number on my legs. I’m also working on getting rid of the 10 pounds I put on since I haven’t been riding. I just hope that I can maintain my focus and achieve my goals.
So here it is. I’ve got some goals and the basis for a plan. Now all I have to do is execute.