Thursday, January 08, 2009

This And That.....

We are in the doldrums of winter now, heavily entrenched in cold temperatures and random snow showers, the pattern of snow every other day has abated for now. We are supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow tomorrow and then the temps are going to dip to a sack-shriveling high of Zero on Tuesday with a low of minus Five. Riding will be near impossible this weekend with highs of 24 on Saturday and 22 on Sunday along with a chance of snow, but snowshoeing is not wind or temperature dependent as it IS meant to be done in the snow and outside, so I'll be hitting the trails both days. After some morning trail sessions I'll hit the trainer and rollers in the afternoon both days, but not likely for all that long, maybe 90 minutes to 2 hours each day. There is only something like 57 days until March 1st, 58 days until Daylight Savings time, that actually doesn't seem like all that far, and those dates are like a turning point for me in enhancing my mood as Spring seems close at that point and with it the nicer weather. I'm sick of the cold and snow already, but everyone has to deal with it and I will too, I can still be sour about it though....except when I'm snowshoeing, I do enjoy that. Not much other news of late or on the horizon, pretty much just waiting for some good riding weather, namely any day that doesn't have snow or isn't below 25 degrees. Oh yeah, as far as biomechanical deficiencies, I'm doing pretty good now since I've lowered my seat and moved it forward a bit, no leg rub and I'm feeling pretty straight. My left leg still tracks in a bit towards the frame but not nearly as bad as before. I'm not stressing about it anymore so basically that is good enough for me regardless of whether I feel perfect anymore, I don't think anyone ever feels "perfect" on the bike, we just get as comfortable as possible and I'm there right now.

I guess since the new year has started I better make some declarations about what I want to do this year, or think that I want to do, if that makes sense....maybe I won't do everything and maybe my goals will change but it's good to have a starting point so I've listed a few things below.



(Not in order of importance, just a random order)



1. Do a 200 mile solo ride in 11 hours or less

2. Do the MS150 - because it's for a good cause and it's not a race

3. Ride up Blue Mounds 5 times in one training ride

4. Be in good enough shape to finish the State RR Championship

5. Ride with my wife at least once a week

6. Maintain my weight at a steady 180-185, see previous post about racing weight

7. Do an overnight ride on the Glacial Drumlin Trail to Madison and back

8. Finish in the top 10 of at least one Masters 1/2/3 WI Cup race

9. Start a weekly group training ride out of New Berlin in the style of the Doc Ride or Centennial Ride - but not at the same time as either of those

10. Stay upright, stay healthy and enjoy my rides - yeah, that's 3 but encompassed in one goal.

Well, I suppose 10 is enough for now, I don't want to get too ambitious and fail miserably in attaining all of them.

1 comment:

Dave Hanrahan said...

> 1. Do a 200 mile solo ride in 11 hours or less

How about La Crosse to Milwaukee? That might count as a cross-state record of some sort in the eyes of Ultra Cycling (http://www.ultracycling.com).

> 2. Do the MS150 - because it's for a good cause and it's not a race

And because I'm doing it ... can't overlook that!

> 3. Ride up Blue Mounds 5 times in one training ride

Let me know how that goes.

> 4. Be in good enough shape to finish the State RR Championship

The new Capoforma kit will give you wings.

> 5. Ride with my wife at least once a week

I don't think I can get Maria to join me, but Ryan will be 11 in August and it's time to start expanding his boundaries beyond West Bend. He can look forward to a couple of longer rides on the Eisenbahn State Trail with me.

> 6. Maintain my weight at a steady 180-185, see previous post about racing weight

I'll see you there!

> 7. Do an overnight ride on the Glacial Drumlin Trail to Madison and back

That does sound cool. I'd like to try it.

> 8. Finish in the top 10 of at least one Masters 1/2/3 WI Cup race

You're going to own Wheels on Willy.

> 9. Start a weekly group training ride out of New Berlin in the style of the Doc Ride or Centennial Ride - but not at the same time as either of those

Hmm ... weekend or weeknight? If it's a weeknight I'd love to tag along.

> 10. Stay upright, stay healthy and enjoy my rides - yeah, that's 3 but encompassed in one goal.

If you decide to prioritize this list, put "enjoy" at the top.