The climber sees the hills,
The TTr sees the flats and winds,
The sprinter sees the finish.
I CAN'T HELP IT. I pull up to another cyclist and I start assessing. It's a left over from the early days when 80-100 riders would line up in my race. Me, against them.
I can count the times I've had a teammate on 1 hand. I'm not against it, it's just the way things have worked out. The result is a deep need to figure out who the players are and forget the rest.
But, these are things you can assess standing around and lining up. Once things are underway the sleuth work gets easier, but must be quicker.
Here are giveaways of someone who is confident. Confident riders are able to size up the other riders and feel the thunder in the herd. They waste no energy, they just calculate, relaxed in the knowledge that sooner or later someone will make a mistake.
And then it's over.
More than anything confidence comes from experience. Experience, actual bike riding, builds up a huge catalog of what ifs and what to dos. No amount of riding solo, or worse riding a trainer, can compensate getting out in groups and rides and races.
the roads are bad?
I miss a feed?
a rider is unsafe?
there's an attack?
I feel bad?
I feel amazing?
I feel nothing?
I get dropped?
My friends win?
My glasses fog over?
I forget my gloves?
there's no substitute.
Is your FUNKR team ready?
MY FRIEND TY IS HAVING A STAND OUT SEASON. So is Matt. They are following a very simple plan during the race season.
Race for the win,
Their training volume is down about 25%. The only intensity is racing 3-4 times a month. Everything else, everthing, is about resting and recovering. Easy rides. Plenty of sleep. Clean food. Massage.
Their blades are very sharp,
ready to cut you down.
What about you?
Too tired to race hard? Rest more.
No race season... but a serious focus on 1-2 events? Your last 3 weeks should look just like their season.
Just wanna keep up with your pals? Pick a day, make it your race.
No heart rate monitors,
No power meters.
OUR VERY SOUTH COUNTY POSSE IS POWERED BY A LOT OF YOUNG DADS. So, MikeyG put together a solid-Gould route that would get our heroes home early to their youngins... lest their maidens revoke their SatPasses.
We left on time, 7am.
Several riders missed the start by 2 minutes. Could we have waited? Yep. Should we have? Nope. We love these cats so much we want to train 'em up right... show up on time fellas. (side note: the tardy riders are all old dads).
With the young bucks pounding away on the front I slotted in like Santa out for a slay (sic) ride. We picked up JParker and JWolf and the Lion King himself, PFetzer... damn! -> we might even make Laguna Beach Cyclery a waypoint if I can tap the dew off my lily there.
It was 10ºF in Laguna Canyon. No sun. Humid freeziness cutting to the bone. But, massive heat was being put out by The Bull. This is the official "it's on" section... and it would stay on for just over an hour, to the official "it's off" finish.
Here is a secret HUNKR training tip: 60ish minutes of intensity with seven 2-6 minute efforts is a great way to get you battle ready. It's interval training with carrots, a lot tastier than interval training alone. On this ride, there's always someone ahead, to the side, or coming up from behind... unless you are The Bull or Bob Frosty.
Halfway through: Boom!
SDS' tire blew. Should we have stopped? Nope. Did we? I'm ashamed to admit it. We stopped. We never stop. Why? Because it's not good for the group to stop, and our allegiance is to the good of the group. Plus, the youngsters gotta get to their youngins.
Too soon for me, we were chasing SDS up the final push (we shouln'ta stopped)to the stop sign at the top of Highland. The plan is to re-group here, then soft pedal up PID and home.
Does this ride have a name? Not one that's stuck: Laguna Loop, Hour of Power, Power Hour, Dad Ride, Beach Cities Cruiser (Bruiser), Bone Yard Boys (if start at DoHo), Mike's Magical Mountain Tour... something'll stick.
What's the purpose of this ride? ride early, ride hard.
I'm all for it... I used to get home a lot earlier. Play with the littles... then ride with the littles when they got bigger. Today it felt good to not be smashed after an 80 mile slog. I even had enough energy to lift some weights, which is right in line with my anti-aging program...
I used to be a dad,
well, I'm still a dad,
but, I'm not.
IT EXPIRES 1/31/18, THE QUANTITY IS LIMITED, USE IT.
ISN'T THIS A GREAT TIME OF YEAR?! All these new and exciting diets, plus super deals to join the gym. Let me break it down for you.
The top 2 diets for 2018 are:
1. THE EAT REAL FOOD DIET. This amazing breakthrough means limiting your food in take to every single food in the grocery store that isn't in a package. Eat all the fresh fruit and vegetables and nuts and lean cuts of meat and fish that you want.
2. THE EAT LESS DIET. Science, real hardcore science, has now proven that if you eat less you'll lose weight. Crazy!, right? So eat everything you can sink your teeth into, just cut down your total caloric in take a fraction.
3. BECAUSE 1 + 2 = 3 I'm throwing in this extra knock out diet, THE EAT LESS/EAT REAL DIET. This truly is revolutionary and delivers unbelieveable results. By reducing your caloric in take a fraction and eating real food you will look and feel amazing.
4. BECAUSE #3 is 1 heck of a plan and delivers such life changing results it's completely reasonable and widely recommended that you fall off the wagon one day a week.
Have your cake and eat it too, once a week!
In two days you'll be right back where you were pre-cake,
and 5 days closer to your goal weight.
This is what I wanted to tell F.C. on the ride this morning,
between his labored explanation of how hard the ride had been,
and how he can't climb like angel any more (and he could, really),
because he's packed on 15lbs.
I hope he reads this,
I miss his angelic thrashings.