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There is always next year

Old 04-06-08, 04:52 PM
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There is always next year

I ended last year with an FTP of 250, (Not including dropping fifty pounds). Not bad for my first year of "training" and second year of cycling. This winter after a dedicated commitment and focus I increased that to 280. Not masters level ability but getting there. I had every intention of focusing my new knowledge, schedule and coaching to complete just four events for the year.

Not going to happen.

Why...LIFE!

Wife in treatment for cancer, surgery April 14th. Chemo till August.

Mother, (who lives 1000 miles to the west), diagnosed with metastatic cancer 4/2 which will require the good son to travel extensively to ensure a good quality of life for her and my father.

Bottom Line: Significantly reduced training time. However, I am committed to one hour per day, whether it's walking, running, strength training or cycling to maintain my fitness. Beyond that would be counterproductive to my sanity and ability.

Good Luck with your seasons...I will track each of your accomplishments and log your wattage. Occasionally I will chime in. But the racing forum is for racers and I am not one yet.

There is always next year for me.

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Old 04-06-08, 04:56 PM
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Oh man. I cannot say how terribly sorry I am for all of this. Keep us updated.
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Old 04-06-08, 05:05 PM
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Sorry that you can't do something you want to love, but congrats for having early diagnosis for your family members.

And I'm sure they're really thankful that you're there for them.

Keep riding. Even the daily/every other day 20-25 mile ride will help your fitness stay up and get better if you do intervals etc.
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Sorry to hear that Greg....don't stop posting though; hell, my season was done before it started this year as well.

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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Old 04-06-08, 05:48 PM
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Greg, best wishes to you and your family. I sincerely hope your wife and mom continue to live well.

Glad to see you will remember to maintain some normalcy. That really does help everyone involved.
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My prayers go out to you and your family, some things are just more important then bike racing.
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Originally Posted by WCroadie View Post
My prayers go out to you and your family, some things are just more important then bike racing.
agreed and well said. Best to you Greg.
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My prayers go out to you and your family, some things are just more important then bike racing.
+1. I hate to hear that Greg.
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Prayers go out to you and your family. Don't let cycling get away from you enough to bring you down. It will help you stay strong for your family. It's important to take care of yourself first so you can take care of the others. Obviously you can't train the way you'd like, but get that suffering in there to keep some spark in you.

Good luck, and don't be a stranger.

PS, it's great that you have all that art from your wife to reflect upon at the office!

Hang tight and hold your line
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Old 04-06-08, 08:35 PM
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Thoughts and prayers sent -- I am really to sorry to hear about your wife and mom.

Glad to hear that you are still getting some exercise in -- that can be a great stress relief.
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Remember Greg to make time for yourself.....you WILL need some YOU time to help you get through this period.
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