Sunday, November 30, 2008
It seems with this fall after I crashed it has been a battle finding time with work, church, recovery, family, morning quite time (which I had more time for while the workouts were being drooped). My riding buddy is having the same issues. December is here and Off Season has to start to be ready for the early races! I have Coach Al's Off Season Plan, I know it works, and I have the Cyclo-FUEL and know it works, it is now time to once again fit these into my life and get back in to the swing of things.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
1. What do you consider your greatest success/highlight this season? Why?
Getting 3rd in the “We need more cowbells cross race,” it proved to me I’ve learned how to race cross and that I was in good shape. It made me keep track of my potion and laps in the next races.
2. What do you consider your greatest disappointment? Why? What things (e.g. skills/technique/strength/endurance in any area) do you think you should change/improve upon in preparation for next season and beyond? Be specific.
First would be breaking my clavicle; that just makes me mad. Second, would be my self doubt. Both could be improved by technique off road. Practice corners and off camber, riding in ridges on descents. Take up J’s offer to ride through the woods with him on a cross bike.
3. How could you have better prepared mentally?
Believe my friends, they are not wimps that I’m thrashing in sprints and on hills… it took them two weeks to convince me to race M2, one still thinks I should have raced M1
4. How could you have better prepared with regard to race nutrition? Day in/day out eating habits/nutrition?
Less Beer, I know but I do construction and nothing tastes better than cold beer after a hard day at work.
5. How would you have changed race tactics and strategy to improve race performance?
For Cross: Work on Starts, I’m slow off the gun, Down hills and corners. This all means that I need to get off the road during the summer and ride on some dirt.
6. List at least (3) three specific goals you would like to accomplish for next year? Again, be specific.
1st: Break 22 minutes for the 15 km Tuesday night time trial.
3rd: Kick some major but in next years M2 Cross season (maybe even get booted up to M1).
4th: Time and money permitting Upgrade to M2 in Road.
5th: Don’t break anything! 2007 I broke both bikes and this year my clavicle!
7. In your opinion, what do you consider to be your biggest weakness as an athlete?
I don’t realize how strong I am and my ability to push myself. So I need to work on my self-esteem.
8. What do you feel is the single most important thing you should do next season to increase your chances of going to “the next level”?
1st: get into this off-season, I’m not really into this year…
2nd: My purpose for racing: I’m a Christian I race as an analogy to my Christian walk (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Hebrews 12:1). I race for a prize but I live my life for Christ for the greatest prize.
9. List the races you would like to train for. List them in the order of their priority (A, B, & C). Of course, this is only tentative and obviously can be changed if you desire.
to Ancaster http://www.parisancaster.com/P2A/HOME.html “A” Race (top 75, there are 1200 entrants. I have my friend Greg getting a cross bike to ride with me) Paris Provincial Cross. “A” Race Ontario
- Kelso Halloween Cross Stage Race. “A” Race
- Hamilton CC race. “B” race
Westover Roadrace (first road race of the season). “C” Race.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Now if I can only figure out how to get the Cyclo-CORE logo on. it just made a mess of my layout. But I did add a lot of other stuff.
Next Posting (I hope) is going to be Coach Al's year end check list.
I have to say it sucks getting older as I know one part of this week is I was tired from last week and it's taken this week to catch up. So next week if the joints don't hurt too bad back to Off season in full (unless it hurts my shoulder) otherwise just modify it for my knee too.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I got on the trainer yesterday and this mornings floor workout had to be cut short, Hindu squats out my knee hurts (cold and damp out), and I'm not doing push-ups till the doc says I'm healed, and man I still hurt from working too hard last week, I sure hope I did not knock the thing loose.
I'm going to have to sit down and do some work on my page as Josh has given EDC some homework to fix up their page. I do have a Facebook but to me it's just a way to waste time, of which I have so little of. Maybe I'll just add something as a few school mates are there, and I'm hoping to find others.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
My buddy and I went riding yesterday "easy" to the Bike shop to look a cross bike for him and I was just going to gawk at a new road bike (mine is 18 years old steel/8 speed). I rode a Tarmac w/ 105 and I took off on a sprint with my cross shoes on flat pedals, not clicked in.... WOW, my friend says he's not going to ride with me if I get the bike... One kitchen company has not paid me for 3 kitchens and 4 bathrooms. And I owe a couple of my sub trades on another job, so if everyone gets paid... The ride home there was a 35 km/hr head wind and rain, and we worked back it was a good ride home, its November in Canada, and we were out riding, makes getting home to a cup of hot coffee and a hot shower all the better.
After all this week I did my Zen 30' recovery Yoga... and realized next time I work a week that hard, I need to at least get some of the stretching programs done in the a.m. If I treat a hard week as workouts, I should recover from them the same way.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Yea, as I've got a Commercial Tenant turn over. Drywall and Sheetrock 45 and move move move! Whew.
Well, Monday I did start off with OTG #2 Never used the workouts Just the Abs, Breath and Al's Knee fixer. Interesting workout, but I then added the Back in 5' and Cyclo-Breath w/o the video... Graeme says do it on your own, plus it on DVD and I'd have to get the power supply for my note book to run it and too lazy at 6:oo a.m.
Tuesday I was up and going to do the Climb Tuscany, I love that video/workout, but the Dogs (3 year old lab, 10 month old border colie, & a 11 week old Lab) were in need of a dog sitter before I went to work so I worked on a Bible study instead. The trainer workout are down stars and I'm a little bit too involved with them... The Core workouts I can do w/ my laptop in the living room and the dogs just lay around me. When I'm down stairs the destroy the house.
Thursday night's work out (According to Fat loss) is going to Cyclo-CLIMB unless I'm wasted from work, which is a good posiblity!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
On yesterday's post I do have to be fair to the guys and one gal I was also tired yesterday and the smooth tires on the trail were a little "loose" which with a repairing clavicle made me a little nervous and in a grumpy mood. So yes they were slow, but it is off season.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I mean really; I trimmed a living room and dinning room Monday, installed a kitchen Tuesday, Waited on Dumpsters, electricians, HVAC guys, and the fire alarm guys on Wednesday, then went and did a small project and then on Thursday and Friday I had a crew of four and tore out one 20 yard dumpster of drywall etc, and a 16 yard of metal studs. So I was a little tired today (and BTW I did not get a ride in this week, did abs on Monday).
All that to say is how slow can you ride in the "off-season," when its still nice and enjoy it? My regular buddy is running around his son and the others are still racing cross (bastards). I don't want to begin my off season training yet because it won't work with a Canadian winter for another couple of weeks and the Transision Plan Coach Al made just does not really float my boat. I can just ride but that plan does not "click" with me. The off season plan does, but now my worry is I'm getting so busy with my work (which is good), but not busy enough to hire a "lackie". And then did I mention the Beer... I like my beer but I liked it too much this week working so hard, excpt Friday, I only had one... much better.
Well, this one turned into more of a rant, but I think it's allowed in Blogs. Now off to try and get my daughter to do her homework...