I know the cross season is over, and most folks are heading into the road season. As the winter days turn to spring, everyone’s getting out on skinny tires and gettin’ all fast and stuff. I know others are dusting off mountain bikes and getting ready to head up into the trails and trees. And while I love the sunny days on the road too, I feel pretty comfy on my road bike — I’m not as strong as I’d like to be, but at least I’m comfortable on it. Yes, there will be many more days on my road bike, that’s such a love of mine, and I look forward to them. But up until this week, I’ve never really been off road, so for me, training for cross 2009 starts right away! On Monday, in the cold and rain, I got my first schooling….
Last week was a roller coaster of a week for me on the bike. While it was sunny off an on, it was still dang cold. I put in a decent amount of miles — getting out every other day, which is pretty good for me, especially in February. And still I can’t say all of them were great miles. Some were downright ugly. Some took an awful lot of work when they shouldn’t have. It didn’t help that Heidi and Russell were both tweeting and twittering away about sunscreen, carbon fiber, hot days and cold pools, endless miles of Arizon roads, and man servants waiting on them hand and foot. Since I was riding solo each of those days, I had a lot of time to think about important things….
Anytime I’m brand new to something, I like to take in as much information as possible before diving in. Particularly if it’s something I’m going to be doing in front of others, and especially if chances are high that I’ll make a complete fool of myself. Toss in a high likelihood that I can injure and/or maim myself, and I really want to get some heads up instruction before venturing out.
Even before I get some one on one coaching from other riders, I knew I needed a Cyclocross for Dummies type of book — something that would not only explain the history and evolution of the sport, but one that would also break down different skills needed, and the best ways to train for them. Scott Mare’s Complete Book of Cyclocross, Skill Training and Racing is way beyond the Dummies series book, and just what the doctor ordered….
I’ve already mentioned some general goals for 2009, two of them being losing more weight and racing cross when the season comes back around. The losing weight thing I know how to do – to a certain extent. In 2007 I dropped 50 lbs and can do the caloric crunch again to drop some additional weight. Mix that with drinking enough water, not eating after dinner and exercising regularly, and I know I *can* pick it back up and lose the rest of my goal weight for the year. Just gotta do it.
There are a lot of reasons for wanting to drop weight. Despite hitting my 50 lb goal, I’m still officially obese….egads. Dropping the next 20-30 will get me into a healthier place not just for the upcoming cross season, but riding in general and overall lifestyle. The difference before the 50 lbs to where I’m at now is unbelievable already, and the past two years on the bike, for me, have been phenomenal. And yet, there’s more to do….