Training

Winter

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.

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Seriously? It's 'cross season?

Since this Saturday is the first UCI 'cross race of the year, I thought maybe it was time I actually did a workout on my 'cross bike. Other than camp, I haven't been on my 'cross bikes at all, and I had so many important road events left, I just couldn't find the window to start doing any specific off-road work.

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The Mastermix

I know, I know, it's been a while since I've posted a proper blog. I have so many stories to tell about USA Crits, broken wrists, Belgian beers, and stressful tears. But as usual, there's too much going on to stop and talk about it for more than 140 characters at a time on Twitter. You know the story.
I was thinking, though, while training today, how much I wish I could broadcast what I'm listening to on my rides. I need an app that sends each song that comes up in the shuffle to Twitter.

Training Log, February 28, 2010

This is what I get for trying to be a New England tough guy.

It was 45 and raining in Tucson this morning. And what's awesome about Tucson is that you only get one day a month like this in the winter. When it rains like this, the streets flood, all the glass comes into the road, and every sane person just takes a recovery day and starts back up the next day.

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Training Log, February 27, 2010

I've won the last 3 Shootouts, and I've said repeatedly that while the ride suits me, the main reason I've been winning is because I was willing to lose. The Shootout is fun, but it's just the Shootout. It's a group ride. You want to use it for training in the way that suits you, and you want to have fun. And for me, that's just worked out that past few weeks. I don't care if someone goes away, I don't _need_ to chase them down, I don't ever make myself vulnerable. And so I have enough to jump across to the move if I need to, and win the sprint.
Well, today I finally lost.

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Training Log, February 26, 2010

I really like putting this training info up, but it's killing me. I figured it would be 15 minutes each night just dumping the info, but combing through the file, marking things, and writing the description ends up taking an hour. And when I'm out training from 10-6 each day and coming home cracked, it's putting a pretty big dent in my ability to get any other Cycle-Smart work done before I pass each night.
As expected, I was tired for the first hour or two of the ride. Not sore or cracked - dull is the best way to describe it.

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Training Log, February 24, 2010

I'm so exhausted by the time I get to these entries, I forget most of the things I want to tell you about the ride. And it also means there's other work I'm not getting to. But today was a big day. A special day.

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Training Log, February 23, 2010

It was a sprint day. So naturally I cried. Seems like it's a given now.
Watched 2 dogs get hit by cars. Then I did my sprints.

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Training Log, February 21, 2010

It's possible I got home with 5:55 on the clock, and did a couple laps around the neighborhood until it said 6:00. But I would never admit to that.
Today we rode out to Kitt Peak. I need to make sure I get all the "monuments" done while I'm here. Lemmon's easy (though I haven't ridden to the top yet), I got Madera in the first week, and we got Sonoita done a few days ago. Today we were looking for a long day, the wind was right, and we had a nice group.

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Training Log, February 17, 2010

Threshold day today on Mount Lemmon, followed up by a few more hours of endurance. No tears today, so that was good.
It's been warming up a lot here this week, and it was a warm, sunny day in the mid-70's. We were definitely feeling the heat a bit as the went on.
Play by play: we me in town and rode out to Lemmon, so we had about an hour in before we got there. I somehow bent one of the teeth on my big chainring, so I only had a little ring for the day.

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