PRESENT - 9 months later, in early June, form sprints appeared again on my workout schedule. It has been so long and my cornering has regained some of its earlier form but that turn still has a bit of a mental hold on me. I've done form sprints at the Tech Park four times since. The first 2 times back on this workout I exercised a lot of demons. Keep in mind, the workout really had no role in the crash. The crash could have happened anytime but what this workout does is force me to go through that same corner at speed over and over again --- it's a challenge mentally. The 3rd time I went out I did it later in the evening due to the persistent temps around 100 lately. While there I ran into a familiar face from the Rockwall Cycling race team and we chatted while riding laps. I was warming up while she was cooling down. I ended up warming up longer than originally planned and the sun had set. No problem - I was prepared with the appropriate lights. It wasn't until I started the workout that it hit me. I was now going to repeatedly go through that corner in the dark and without knowing how much speed I was carrying into it (due to being unable to see the Garmin clearly). The reality is that I still have yet to go through that corner as quickly as I did the day of the crash. I think I maintain more of my momentum through it but I definitely don't enter as quickly. In the end, all went well - I survived and took a big step in regaining some comfort there.
|My apologies to Rockwall Cycling,|
but hey .... this jersey fits.