Been Around

November 21, 2008

This is my first post following the initial one. As usual, I have several brands in the fire and lose track of some on them. My blog being one but not my training. Imagine my surprise to find three replies to my introduction page. I read them all with satisfaction and thanks. The training is going as well as can be expected for this time of the year here. There has been considerable rain where I live and this drives me to stay indoors. I admire Lance and his acceptance of the wet stuff. I find it very annoying and a pain to clean up after a ride. My training has thus far then been mostly on the trainer. I get up at 4:30 in the morning to do my vitamin thing and then hit the trainer. I have lots of old taped footage from the OLN days of Tour coverage with Phil, Paul, Bobkee and unforunately Mr. Al Trauwig. Great motivation when you are half asleep. It really gets the blood flowing for the rest of the day though. A very nice side effect is that I now have more energy than the middle school students I teach. This bothers them to no end I think. One downfall I see in the near future as a result of my comeback is the added expense of all the new equipment I am going to need. My rig for criteriums will do very nicely, however I think I will need to do something about my road race set up. I am looking at the SRAM Red group. With the asking price, looking may be all I ever do. I will definitely have to do something about my TT rig. That is the one place where lots of time can be made up through the purchase of more event specific equipment. I am still a firm believer in the best trained athlete will win out over the best outfitted athlete. If you saw my current set up however you would understand my concern. Needless to say, I am in the midst of starting to look for a second job. Nice thing about being my age is I read that I should need less sleep than athletes at their prime. Naturally I will temper this thought with common sense and try not to burn the candle at both ends.  Currently in my training I am going through a body cleanse segment. I aim to drop 5-10 pounds of body fat through diet changes and specific training goals, take three days off for good behavior then hit the first block of conditioning. This block will last four weeks and concentrate mostly on core training and overall strength. There will be some on the bike training but mostly gym type stuff. The hard thing is not overtraining at this time of my off-season plan. Been there, done that in the past and failed, then wondered why. They say that wisdom comes with age. I have found that wisdom is actually your reward for listening over the course of your life. I know some others my age that still lack wisdom because they think they know it all already. It is the very things we think we know that prevent us from learning what we really should know. Anyway, enough of the philosophising and back to my plan. I am on a 12 week plan which will take me up to just before the season starts here in Hawaii. If the coming season goes as past editions, it will consist mainly of ITT’s and not much else. Just prior to that start I will begin a four week block of specific TT training so I imagine my early efforts will not be worthy of writing home about. Since there’s little else for the first couple of months, this fits my schedule just fine. By the time the mass start races begin I should be well into a build-peak-race training schedule. The timing will be a bit tricky to work out but no struggle, no gain eh. Besides, half the fun will be trying to time everything out to maximize my results. Fancy talk I know but what else do I have.

  That is my plan in a nutshell. Happy to report that so far so good. I am within 8 pounds of my high school weight of 172 lbs. I have built in at least one more weight loss week so between the training and correct diet, I should be good to go by early January. Guess that is all I have for now except to reiterate that I am doing this for me and for no one else. Pushing the ego aside for a moment though, I would like to say that if perchance I happen to inspire someone else to chase and possibly exceed a goal, the teacher in me would feel gratified regardless of the outcome of my own lofty expectations. Turning my ego back on, I have to say that I need to chase my goals with all the strength and tenacity I possess. One thing I can say for myself is that I have always been a competitor and likely will remain so throughout the rest of my life.

Adieu, garyc