This is going to be a little bit of a different year for me. Historically I have just raced bikes with the odd running race thrown in. This year I am going to be doing a few more running races as well as a couple of triathlons. The triathlons are something new that I have never done before, and will be the biggest challenge training wise. I also do not swim, so that is something I will have to learn this year.
The other change is that I am trying to get the family more involved in athletics in general. If any of the kids get into any of the sports that I am into even better.
- Courthouse O’Putnam 5K – Ran a 25:15
- Willi-Whammer Half Marathon – Ran a 2:04:48.21
- The Battle at Burlingame 6 Hour MTB Race – Changed Plans
- Race of Rams Duathlon – Overall Time 1:11:37.5
- The Battle at Burlingame Sport Race – Finishing Time 1:38:53
- Whiteface 100k MTB Race
- 28th Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon
- Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge
- Niantic Bay Triathlon
- Timberman IRONMAN 70.3
- Full Cyclocross Season
- Stay healthy for the whole race season!
- Finish in the top 10 of a 100k MTB race.
- Top 50% in a Cat 3 ‘cross race.
- Have FUN!
- Get my weight under control. Ideally it would be between 185 and 190.
- Make better use of my training time to free up time to spend with the family.
- Improve my bike handling skills in all cycling disciplines.
My 2013 racing year can be summed up in one sentence. It was over before it ever started.
I had a good plan going into last year and I thought some achievable goals, but the week before my first bike race I broke a couple of ribs. This wasn’t the first time, but it was the first time that it hurt enough to stop me from riding, training and sleeping. While I was waiting for the ribs to heal, I decided to go see a doctor about a problem with my foot that had been bothering me off and on for about a year. It ended up being a severe case of athlete’s foot. He put me on oral Lamisil for 90 days. One of the side effects, other than destroying your liver, can be fatigue. For every hour I spent on the bike I would spend four crashed on the couch after. It was the end of July by time I was off this stuff and another two weeks before it cleared out of my system and I could start training again.
So what’s the first thing I did once I was training again? Over train and end of with a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder area that made it pretty much impossible to ride. That took another six weeks to get straightened out. At this point it was mid-October and the ‘cross season was in full swing and I was not even close to being in race shape. At this point I called it a season without ever lining up for a bike race, and only one running race.
So long 2013, and I am not sad to see you go!