Last year at this time I was musing the year that was. However, this time around I just didn’t have the motivation to look back. Overall it was a sub-par year for me. There was a metric assload of rain in July and August and my total miles were down around 25%. Now it’s January and I am wrestling with the traditional winter issues of weight gain and trainer rides. I need to look forward, not back. It’s time to do a status check.
Here’s what’s going on right now: Starting 4-ride weeks on the trainer. I have just enough cycling clothes to do this. They will take the form of two interval workouts and two tempo rides. I need to increase the volume and I don’t want to burn myself out on constant lung-burners. No January Champions here.
I’m going to do one tempo ride on the weekend and fit the other three in mid-week. This should be a fun exercise in reovery.
I want to train for a century this year, but not like I have done in the past. No, this will be what I’m calling a “Circuit Century”. This past summer I added a loop route to my stable of rides. It measures about 10 miles per lap. Yep, I want to take a shot at 10 laps.
If it’s anything like riding a more conventional century, there will be at least two brief stops. I’m going to need them to to refuel and keep my sanity. I’m liking the idea. I just hope it’s not stupid. (FYI, 4 laps was my max last year on that route)
Speaking of riding longer distances, I need to give my most precious contact point greater support. More specifically, the Canari Velo II shorts I have had since 2006 are nearing the end of their run. I bought a pair of Performance Elite bibs with a gel chamois, and mostly like them. The gel chamois is a little rough at times, but nothing a little chamois cream shouldn’t help. I’d like to get a couple more of these, but experience tells me to go for the foam padding. Ride and learn.