It's been a while since I've been home between January 1 and April 1. Like, 4 years or so. And it's not like I didn't train through many, many winters as a junior, and then again as a married guy racing as a hobby. But when people ask me why I've continued to improve of the past few years in my late 30's, the biggest thing I can probably point to is going to Tucson in January and February, and then to the Southeast somewhere in March, and riding 30+ hours a week for a couple of months. "Ride lots," Eddy is alleged to have said. It works.