Dec 30 2008
With the end of cross season, the onslaught of both the holidays and over a foot of snow, I’ve been a little busy and scattered. Doing what? Let’s see;
- last-minute shopping – because UPS and the USPS were running behind, and I’d be a certified turd if my wife didn’t have something to open, not to mention I’d be sleeping on the couch for the foreseeable future,
- a little brewing – double Altbier,
- work – I didn’t really take any time off, saving it up for Hawaii (February) and something in the summer,
- scrambling around trying to keep 4 chickens from becoming poultry popsicles,
- most of the driving and car maintenance – Rachel is from Portland…I’m from the northeast. That’s all we need to add about that,
- rooting out a tripping breaker at home,
- planning next year’s bike season,
- reading, playing Civ 4…
What was that? Next year’s season? Yes. I’ve been thinking off and on about this past year and how things never really seemed to come together like I’d hoped. Looking over the few cycling training books I have from the library, I’ve come to the sobering conclusion that I was likely overtrained during most of the cross season. Well over 60% of the symptoms listed fit fairly well. After reviewing my training files, it was September that did it for me. I thought, at the time, that it was manageable but that month clearly stands out in terms of training load.
So I’m rethinking my process. Ordinarily, I’d check out until late winter/early spring. Basically nothing but weight training. This year I am going to make a more concerted effort towards base building over the winter. I don’t want to have a sense of urgency when September and October rolls around. I’m certain I tried to stack a heavy load on a fairly weak base.
Anyway, I’ve got 20 or so races planned; 8 or so cross, 8 – 10 mtb/short track, and the rest filling in with PIR, Tabor, or whatever else seems good at the time. I’d like to enjoy this year more as opposed to feeling slightly frustrated.
So I started this week, getting some easy rides in on the trainer. Personally, I don’t mind the trainer that much. It’s in the garage where I can set up the laptop to ride to a Spinerval or any of the tv series I have from the library. Not very exciting but it seems like you can get a little more efficient workout inside than out. Talk to me in a month or so and see how I feel.
Otherwise, New Year’s coming up. We’ve got a family thing over our house with bowling that night. Rach has an old friend from U of O coming up from teh Bay Area with her family. Should be fun. I’m going to roast a turkey for the next day. I’ve got that double Alt that I’m just willing to finish fermenting so I can keg it up soon. Very exciting. And lastly, college b-ball season is just getting started. My favorite.
That’s about it for now.