So this year has been good so far. Iíve done two 5Ks (one on my own, the other ďpacingĒ with/by my 10 year old son) and I just finished a century on Sunday.
Looking ahead I have nothing scheduled, in terms of events, until September, when Iím doing the Warrior Dash.
Iím kind of at a loss for what to do now.
I started riding seriously in January 2010 and lost around 30 pounds, putting my weight at 270. I carry it well really, and I donít look as heavy as I am. But Iíve been at this plateau for at least 6 months now. Sometimes I feel like Iím sort of an imposter Clyde, because while Iím a big guy, Iím probably in some of the best shape of my life.
Later last year I started running to augment my cycling in the hopes that it would kick start my metabolism and Iíd start shedding more pounds again. Iíd love to be in the 220 range by the end of fall. But it hasnít.
Thatís likely due in part to knowing my body, and knowing how much I can eat and ďget away withĒ without gaining any weight, as long as Iím riding/running.
But Iím at a crossroads I feel like.
It pains me to say I enjoy running Ö not as much as cycling, but I enjoy it. I like the ďcompactĒ timeframe a run can be done in compared to a similar workout on the bike. Iíve done a 5K, and would love to target a 10K at some point, and maybe even beyond (a half marathon or a marathon).
But Iíd also like to take my cycling to the next level too, though Iím not sure what that means. I can do endurance (the century) but would love to really get fit and learn to ride better, faster, longer (maybe racing?). Maybe I need to ratchet up my training a little Ö doing some speed work, hills (though theyíre hard to come by here in Illinois), intervals.
I donít know Ö any thoughts? Anyone in a similar situation? Anyone feel like a Clyde imposter?