Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weight Goal Update

So far so good. My initial goal was to be at 165lbs by the end of January. Well last week's average was 164 so that goal looks like it was surpassed and I'll keep working on February's goal. The goal for the end of Feb is 160lbs. Hopefully in a week or two I'll have that one on the horizon. Motivation is key and I'm already signed up for 3 big races in 2012 and that's helping. It also doesn't hurt that my schedule has been crazy busy and I'm running around constantly. It's all working so far. The goal of 155 for the 2012 race season is within reach...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Here's to 2012

With our lack of a winter, this year is going to be hard to not burnout it seems. Everyone has been riding a lot and I've been putting in some good time as well. I've been out in the good, the bad, and the stupid. That 4 hour ride Sunday (with single digit wind chill) definitely qualifies for the stupid category but it really wasn't that bad with proper layers. It's been exciting as my riding has been more focused already and is really giving me something great to look forward to this year.

Diet: I've cut lots of bad food out of my diet and I'm starting to look into this whole gluten free thing, not because it's trendy, but I'm curious if I really have any allergies to it. A few people close to me said it's been a great change in their life and I'm seeing if it would work for me. I'm kinda hoping it doesn't because I REALLY love pizza. I can get away with sandwiches on crappy bread or some other form of pasta but I can't sacrafice my love of pizza. We shall see how that goes.

Bike: For 2012 I've been craving something new to ride and I really want what I can't get it seems. I tried to order a Scott...Sold out. I would like a Superfly but that's the same as I've been riding the past few years so yawn... So I'm back to option #3 a ti bike. It'll be a bit more expensive but I'm going to look into the options that I really want and see if it is at all feasible. It should be anyway. I know it won't be superlight, but if it is dependable, and comfy, and gets me where I want to be really fast - that's fine by me. So I'm checking out this new possibility. As part of this fantasy I really want a fork with a lockout. Fox why are you so behind? So it looks like I'll be trying a Rock Shox this year. Let's hope that doesn't come back to bite me in the you know where...

Weight: I set a couple of weight goals for the new season. I want to be 165 by the end of January, 160 by the end of February, and 155 by the end of March. This motivatcion comes from my success in 2010 when I started off the season at 152. This was crazy light but it carried some great success and helped me get where I wanted to be for the future. I now realize it was too light and I raced the rest of that season at 155-157. Last year, 2011, I raced the entire season at 165-167. I felt good, had some great races, but wondered what if. I always felt a little heavy and even if not the case it played into my mental game a bit. So my targets should help get that out of my psyche and help springboard me forward even more for the 2012 season. Each year it seems that I'm still progressing but I want to make even bigger gains this year - and this should help.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Promise of a New Year

The past two years have been pretty crazy and I'm ready for a nice progressive good year. With my PE in 2010 and my father passing in 2011 I'm looking ahead and keeping my fingers crossed for a year with promise. A year with great potential. A year with bigger goals. A year with more success, happiness, and miles.

The off season has been nice as I've done a bunch of good riding either solo or with friends and teammates. Base training is in full effect and it's nice to not be riding so hard and doing the specified structured workouts. I do miss it a bit and I will be looking forward to racing again soon but I'm biding my time so that I can come out in better form this year and really put a dent in the competition. I've been looking back at the way last season went and I've had some ups and downs. The downs were hard to fathom at the time but in retrospect, they had some glaring errors surrounding them that I need to correct for this coming year. Hindsight is 20/20 right? For sure...

So for 2012 the name of the game is endurance once again. Last year I tackled a nice mix of 100's/12hrs/6hrs and 50 milers. This year I'll be looking more towards the 100 milers with some xc's thrown in and some other middle distance races too. As always I battle with my list of priority races since I want to do every race out there. For now the schedule is looking good but still in progress. I'm thinking of doing 5 100 milers this year. They will be the Cohutta 100, Mohican 100, Wilderness 101, Hampshire 100, and the Shenandoah 100. As a warmup for the Cohutta 100 in late April is the 6 hours of Warrior Creek in early April. That should help ramp up fitness and give me some nice early season goals to shoot for. I'm really psyched and hope it should give me a nice boost for the remainder of the season, whether physical or mental.

The next debate is the bike debate. Still trying to figure out the FS vs HT debate. I've always been a hardtail man. People are trying to influence me into the FS discussion but I don't think I'm quite ready for that yet. I want the most efficient means to an end, and I think that's on a HT for me. If I'm not fast enough on it, I'll have to work on my fitness and not blame the bike. We'll see... It's always a fun debate anyway.

So those are my thoughts at this point in the game. More to come and I'm just enjoying the nice weather that's allowing for some great early season riding.