About a month ago, all around the same time I:
1. Moved into a new house 2. Started a month-long class that takes place on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings 3. Broke a shifter cable on my road bike.
I have been very busy working/going to class/moving into my new house and fixing up my old house so I can rent it out. Because of my hectic schedule and the class taking place on my race days I have not been motivated enough to make time to fix my race bike and do any road training. Some of the benefits of the move, however, are that I am located just a few blocks from my favorite network of mountain bike trails in town, and I am also a good commuting distance from work/school/downtown.
For the last month my riding has consisted of about 3 45-minute to 1-hour mountain bike rides per week, and 10-15 miles of commuting around town on a single speed cross bike every day. Because of the nature of mountain biking (alternating periods of freewheeling in technical sections/descents, and accelerating back up to speed), and riding around a somewhat hilly City (mostly short, 100-200 foot climbs) on a single speed bike (spinning at max RPM down hills and on flats and sprinting up hills to maintain momentum on a 16t cog while climbing, I知 feeling like my acceleration and anaerobic fitness has improved quite a bit but I知 sure my endurance has gone to ****.
My last day of class is tomorrow and I知 all moved in so I have no excuse not to fix my rode bike and start riding it again. I have traditionally been more of a climber/breakaway rider, and I have only done crits when they are part of a stage race or to get a few points in a series. There are still some points to be had this season in my area, mostly in crits, but there are a few road races too. I definitely want to start racing again, but I知 thinking that for the rest of the season I might change up my style and instead of riding in the front to chase down the breaks and attack the hills, I値l sit in the pack a little more and save it for the sprints (I still might attack short hills if they池e near the end of a race) and do more of the local crits/circuit races. The race community in my area is pretty small and most of us know each other and where we are dangerous. Although I知 not genetically predisposed to anaerobic power, I think I may find some success for a while due to the element of surprise. I知 sure I値l go back to my normal climbing self next year.
Has anyone ever tried to do something like this? How did it work out for you?