My Slack Is Right On Track
This past week I had some minor panic attacks thinking that my mileage was down, my hours were down, and my goal of trying to rock the mid pack at an endurance event near you might be coming off the rails. Well, to TrainingPeaks.com I went! I punched in some info, and compared Nov. 1 '06 to March 30th, 2007 and Nov. 1, '07 to March 30th 2008 and came up with this...
Nov. 1, '06/March 30, '07
Miles: 719 Miles
Hours: 139.2 Training Hours (road, trail, trainer, strength, etc.,)
Weight: 176 (last weight entry was Feb. '07)
Nov. 1, '07/March 30, '08
Miles: 816 Miles
Hours: 153.8 Training Hours (road, trail, trainer, strength, etc.,)
Current Weight: 180 (according my bathroom scale yesterday a.m.)
Sooo, it looks like my mid pack slack is right on track. So if you're gunning for 5th or 6th place, look out! If you're gunning to win. Don't worry about me! HA!
My weight is up a tad, but I credit that with more off season strength training, and a few more pints than usual to get through the f*cking winter. I think having a few extra El-beez to insulate my slack helped my immune system too. I was sick WAY less this year than in years past. I used to think that I would SOMEhow be a better cyclist if I looked like I just spent four years in a prison camp. But that just made me weak and inevitably sick. Right now I feel stronger and am stronger than I've ever been.
I mean I wasn't "illness free" this past winter, but most times it was like it was last week. A bit run down, maybe some extra time in the can, or some slight nose sludge. I'll take that over a full blow shitz, shivers, and snot fest any day!
I got a sweet ride in today at my Dad's. 40 miles, and 2:20ish. I could bitch about how I dealt with a shitty crosswind for 20 Miles, a shitty head wind for 15 and only 5 miles of tail wind, but I won't. Because yeah, it blew (no pun intended. OK, WTF, pun intended) but it will most certainly make me stronger in the long run. If not physically, mentally for sure.
Once home my bro and nephew were there. They had ordered some pizza. I was hungry and freaking spent from the wind. I ended up having like 4 pieces (could have eaten 24). As I'm eating my 8 year old nephew looks at me and says "I thought you didn't eat this sort of stuff unless you made it yourself and it was covered in like vitamins." Nice. Real nice. Hes' a trip. He's was pretty spot on with that comment too.
Hope you all had a good weekend, whether racing or training. I need to go work on my slack a bit more.