or, an alternate title:
Why the hell do we race bikes? an introspective:
As this, my third season of training and racing progresses, I feel as if I may have found the sweetspot for racing in my life. It's a nice place where the porridge is neither too hot nor two cold, and as a result, the fun level is damn high.
I'm training hard enough to keep racing (as a 3) fun, competitive and safe, but not so hard that I hate life, the bike and end up burning out by mid july.
More of my workouts as of late have been done by feel, as opposed to by adherance to a strict plan (ie: 370watts feels too hard? ok, 350 it is... maybe get a longer interval in at this lower power output) and the results are great. Less fatigue, similar if not better results and more motivation.
Also, I'm racing a bit less, and training a bit more. If i need to travel 4 hours for a 60' crit that I'm not attached too, then I'm not going! Local sunday crit is fine by me. Upgrade points be damned, I wanna have fun with racing, not be stressed by it.
With this renewed perspective on racing, I've really begun thinking that racing bicycles may be something I'd like to do for a few more years and as such I've started to see the bigger picture, hence: "The Multi-year Plan"
So far the multi-tear plan only includes one guideline:
1. Keep it fun, at all costs... this is the key to long term success/enjoyment.
... with a few sub-guidelines:
a. Keep the fitness moderately high, even if it means sacrificing a super sharp peak.
basically as the road season comes to a close, I hope to be fresh enough to not let hard
earned fitness slip due to over reaching/burnout. I'd love to keep my FTP with in 30w of where I'm at
now, by doing on ftp workout per week through the fall. Wheteher or not this is wise, I know not yet,
but if it works I know it will mean less stress come winter and less miles on the rollers and less burnout
for my yearly April peak. This will only work if I dont over do it in august, which may be tough!
b. Lift weights!! this help with lots of aspects of racing, such as bike position, core strength and body
composition, plus it keeps me sane when cutting back on saddle time.
well, thats all for now, from my brain.
Anyone else workoing fom a multi year perspective? And if yes, what tips/tricks/perspectives could you offer to help those trying to take this long term approach for the first time?
thanks in advance!