Yesterday was a harsh lesson in the differences between peak fitness and off-season "fitness". Instead of my usual Saturday ride with the fitness group out of Rockwall Cycling, I joined the race-pace group. The advertised difference is about 3mph faster, reality is usually much more. I popped off the back of the group a mere 8.5 miles in, my heartrate refused to recover, and I was never able to close the gap back. Very disappointing. Here's what made the disappointment greater --- the group was not riding any faster than I have gone before on the same route. This was all about my personal fitness ..... and I can prove it.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Anyone who has followed my wife or I on Facebook has no doubt seen a status referring to the dreaded single-leg trainer. What the heck are we talking about? The key to cycling efficiency of course! This used to be the most wonderfully horrid exercise on my training schedule (my opinion of it has eased some since).
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Racing It Off are well aware of a challenge she has going on called Run For the Bling of It. If you haven't checked it out yet then follow the link and take the challenge. New participants have till the end of January. She's also done a review and giveaway for medal displays called Sporthooks which are great for showing off your bling. One problem ...... us cyclists just don't seem to get bling. Why not?
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Weather has gotten this year off to a sluggish start but there's no time to waste in 2011. This year is filled with some new goals that require new training regiments ..... and a new coach.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
As I type this it is snowing outside. That being said, winters are more of a short-term concern in Texas ..... and that affects my clothing choices. In a perfect world all cycling would be in warm weather. In a slightly less than perfect world we could all afford specialized clothing for any set of conditions. In the real world, we find ways to maximize what we already have.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Last year when the cold hit I wasn't serious enough about training to ride outside much. This year is different and more cold rides means more cold riding gear. There's been a lot of trial and error to find the right combinations for each temperature range. Here is a selection of my favorites from the head down.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
|The medal for 1st overall.|
Saturday, January 1, 2011
|Ang, my sister Lesley (Racing It Off),|
and her friend Jenn