Tuesday, September 16, 2014


My riding has been getting a lot better, but still SO far off of where I'd like to be.  The idea of racing next year has some appeal to it, but I'm hesitant to commit at this point due to 1) all the potential conflicts in our already jam-packed calendars 2) I need to keep training this winter at least as much as I am now.  Excuse #1 is more of a frustration point.  I love the boys doing their sports and everything, but sometimes it makes it difficult to commit to any other type of weekend activity, at least consistently.

I'm trying to ride 3x a week for at least 50 miles.  That's baby stuff for a racer, but some weeks it's tough for me to fit that in.  I just need to be more creative with how I fit my workouts in.  Speaking of workouts, I really need to start hitting some weights and core training.  I remember when I used to race, and even now, the first thing that gets tired is my core.  I can feel the issue starting when more weight starts getting supported by my hands/arms/shoulders, then my shoulders get tense, then my lower back and hips start getting tired/locking up, then there's no power.  It should be easy enough to fix, or at least make better, given what poor shape those muscles are in that they should train up pretty quickly.  I think even if I stick to riding hard 3x a week, plus train up my core and supporting muscles, I'll be a better racer than ever before (that's not saying too much, but still).

I've been reading Shannon Sovndahl's book, Cycling Anatomy.  It's a good read, with enough detail to be educated without going too deep into the weeds.  There's some good exercises in there I hadn't seen before and am anxious to try.  First workout is tonight, so that's exciting.

That's it for now, more later.

Friday, September 5, 2014

My blogging skills lack severly

Life has given me so much to write about, but I'd rather be living and recovering than writing about it lately.  So that's that.

I started riding nearly semi-seriously again.  It feels good to be out, getting back in some sort of shape other than round.  Going from slow to fast-ish back to slow is tough.  There was a brief point where I was racer fast.  That's addictive.  You can go along so fast, wind roaring in your ear, you have a high pain tolerance and can jump and sprint and corner and do all those fun things.

Then you eat worse than you should, and you start looking at your bike like an ex-girlfriend.  You remember the good times, but somewhere along the way you went separate ways for one reason or another.  I broke up with the bike because I couldn't dedicate enough time (5-10 hours a week) to ride hard enough to have a level of success while racing.  There were other things I wanted to do, plus AB was starting to get into sports.  How anyone gets a 3+ hour ride in on the weekends is beyond me, at least with a family situation like mine.

Racing was my motivation.  It kept me riding hard, doing intervals, trying to be stronger race after race.  Beat someone who beat me before.  Keep dropping the lbs.  Push a little harder.  Finish a little higher.  Top half of the field.  Then top third.  Then top 10.    I never sniffed winning, and there's a lot of reasons for that.  But they were reasons I was ok with.  Some were me, some were the nature of the sport.  These aren't excuses, it's just the way it was.

So then I decided to start playing guitar, embracing the musical part of my brain.  It was pretty good back in the day (high school).  Good enough to get a scholarship.  But then I broke up with that girlfriend too.  Probably a time thing.  I probably didn't want to starve my whole life too.  Well, maybe that's severe, but there's a lot more starving musicians than psychologists or computer nerds.  On the other hand, there's a lot of freedom there that you don't have when your in a cube most of your waking hours.

Anyway, so I've been playing.  I've made some good advances, and starting to see the big picture.  Which is really like just pulling a giant textbook off the shelf and getting ready to dive in.  There's so much to learn, but that's the fun part.

This life is for conquering.  Being the best you can be at as much as you can.  That's probably why I hardly watch TV.  That's time you give away.  I had a random though today as I was driving in.  How much would an 80 year old billionaire give to have just one year in his 20's back?  Probably everything.  Yet a lot of us in our 20's aren't focused on living a full life.  Maybe because we're scrambling with work, kids, etc.  I'd love to be 20 again, and I'm only 37.  Youth is wasted on the young indeed.