This Sunday I race the Sea Otter Classic for the 3rd year in a row. My form has been hit and miss the past two times, crashing hard in the first, and nearly bonking last year. This time I’m better prepared both mentally and physically. The last piece of the puzzle is achieving a good start.
I’ve learned the hard way that I’m not warming up properly, depriving myself of oxygen as I heave for position once the gun goes off. I usually warm up easy for 20 minutes but fail to put in any hard efforts. My goal this year is to really develop a strict pre-ride routine, one that covers an easy spin, followed by a steady state effort and ending with a few hard sprints. Because this years course is shorter than last the start will be more important than ever.
My bike is dialed, legs are fresh and the sun is shining. Heading up to Napa this evening to crush it tomorrow. Wish me luck, and I’ll keep you all posted with race results.
Not much to report. Just my weekly day off from not riding my bike. It can be so beneficial. Just need to recharge once in awhile.
You can never have too much rest. I keep forgetting this important principle when training at a high-level. I’m always worried about losing fitness, especially after only missing a day or two of riding. Today I opted for a rest day, even though it was an absolutely perfect day for riding. Since I want to do well this weekend I want to make sure I have that ‘pop’ in my legs as well as the energy stores to kick ass. It’s taken me so long to realize how important it is to feel rested days before a race. I used to show up to an event days prior and burn one too many matches pre-riding the course. It’s definitely an advantage to have course knowledge, but having the legs come race day is more important. Since I remember the course to a certain degree I’m going into the race with a lot less pressure.
I’m taking a well deserved day of rest. Two days, wait, make that a solid 6 days of riding, one of which took me over 12,000′ of climbing in just 50 miles of dirt, made my body reel with exhaustion. Yesterday was a fun day of downhilling at Demo. I put in a few good efforts on the way back to the car, but that was it. I’ve got a big race coming up next weekend, so I’ll start my recovery week today, despite the sun shining.
Decided to give my guns a rest. It’s always odd to not ride my bike at all, but it’s pretty important to give your body at least one day a week, tip I got from my coach while training with Carmichael Training Systems. I forget how important rest is. Train hard, rest harder. I’ll be back at it on Wednesday, which is always a good idea to conserve beforehand on the Wednesday loop.
Oh boy, the weather is coming in sideways. I opted out of the Friday Worlds lunch ride race. No point burning myself out in the slop. I do feel it when I’m not able to get out on the bike consistently. I scheduled a low hour week, but I’m finding myself come up short of that goal.
Taking a rest day. I’ve been at it for several straight days. I’m racing this weekend, too, and I need to make sure I go into it with some fresh legs. Knowing the course and having raced it quite a few times now takes the pressure off. Despite racing in Cat. 1 I’ll be challenging the overall.
The rain is persisting today so I decided to spend some time on the trainer. I’ve used this thing all year till now. It definitely hurt, even with an easier tempo session, granted they were 20 minute intervals.
My right quad is giving me trouble. I laid off the bike today. Lots of foam rolling and stretching to be had. I’ve got a nice limp going on. I haven’t felt like this in a long time. I usually recover well after a hard effort, but I guess the finish line sprint on Saturday did me over.