Well, old man Winter is here and only the hearty or foolish are outside riding their bikes today. I just finished up the local Cyclocross season and although I didn’t get as skinny as I wanted, I certainly went faster than I had expected. Cyclocross is fun only because you are doing it with a group, is isn’t the kind of thing you would go out and do by yourself, that is called Gravel Grinding or Mountain biking. Cross is fantastic because you work really hard, but aren’t out there all day getting soaked, you warm up, ride hard, then get dry and get a beverage in your hand. I ask my coaching clients to write out the answers to the following 2 questions after the end of every season:
For me, what worked was more road miles in the summer. Looking back on Strava I was riding 10-12 hours a week this Summer vs 5-6 hours the previous couple Summers, and that road fitness certainly helped me. I also adopted a Paleo diet this year, which was another surprise in that I felt and performed great on a much higher level of protein in my diet.
What didn’t work for me was missing road races. Most of my miles were commuting and teaching miles on the bike, with the bedrock being 2 indoor rides a week at the shop. If I really want to get faster I need to keep building my “engine” and that is what road racing does the best. I also remained 10 lbs heavier than my goal, and losing that extra weight would certainly help the power/weight ratio for next season, and make it a bit easier to see myself in the mirror (a tan would help as well).
I am now focused on putting together all of our outdoor classes and camps for 2017 and will have them finalized by weeks end, along with an updated indoor training guide for those of you indoors with us through the winter. We are doing some exciting coaching thanks to updates in the software we use to track and give you feedback on your performance. My goal for those who come to our classes is 10-20% improvement over the next 20 weeks.
Just like a few of the top Triathlete’s in the world who only ride indoors except for their races, I am now in the same boat, only riding our indoor classes 3 times a week for the next 3 weeks till Cyclocross Nationals, where I will see how well I can do from the back row starting position.
See you on the trainers!
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