August is the best month to ride your bike. The weather is PEAKING! and that is saying something in the NW where I seriously don’t expect us to EVER have a summer this nice again, so put your excuses on the shelf and hit the road! I can’t even keep up with it all, Century rides, Mountain bike rides, FONDO’s, Triathlon, Cyclocross, Gravel Grinders, Track racing, Commuting and everthing else, it is mayhem and I can’t decide what to do! All my non-riding friends are commenting “wow, so many bikes on the roads and trails, this is really a big deal!” Well, I have to be a bit smug and say “yup, saw this coming in 1985 when I dedicated my life to cycling” and now everyone knows why, best damn thing you can do for yourself.
As many of you know I am on my comeback, getting ready to race Cyclocross this Fall, and I have to say there is nothing better than being back on the “program” again. Last time
I was this excited I worked part time and raced and trained full time in 1996, now I have 5 hours a week to train, but I still have hope! I even feel a bit better because I have time to recover between rides, and the last time I raced seriously I rode 5-6 days a week. Now I get on the bike 3 times a week, but I make it count. By “count” I mean I work hard, to my limit, focused on turning perfect circles and using everything I have to turn the pedals around.
Here are some of the things I am doing to get ready for the season:
-cutting back on meat and eliminated coffee
-doing 1 hour workouts 2 x per week on the trainer for pure quality training, no interuptions
-coaching our Cross Bootcamps 2 nights per week to get skills and drills sharp
-mapping out my calendar and prioritizing my events with family and work
-signed up for my key races
-see my Chiropractor and Masseus every 3 weeks in stead of 4-5
-cut back on alchohol
C U on the road!