Sorry for not putting any recent updates to my 3 followers! I love you and thanks for hanging in there. So that you know, I have been training very hard and putting in 14-15 hours on the bike, 2-3 hours off the bike. As it stands now, I'm finishing up the build phase and I'm now in the transitional phase. On the bike so I'm doing a lot of Anaerobic Threshold intervals. 6x10 minutes with 3 minute rest between intervals specifically. Off the bike, I'm doing; core, stretching, strength & plyometric training for power. It's very difficult, but I know it will pay off. Next month, I'll begin working on my anaerobic energy system by doing shorter, harder intervals. Probably start with 2 sets 3x3s and then move into shorter maximal burst workouts with ½ recovery time. What that means if the effort is 20seconds on, then I'll get 10 seconds of rest before starting the next one. That will be repeated for a while. That's also an assumption I have based on what my coach and I did last year. This year, since we are working more on my aerobic system, it may be different. I'll just have to wait and see. He may have me doing Tabata intervals again. Either way, it's fine with me. My dear friend & one of my 1st coaches Derek Kidd said it best, "you have to train hard to race hard."
I'm thinking of doing the Donaldson Center race on Sunday the 28th of Feb as it looks like I'll have to work the following week. My goal there will be just to hang on, get used to riding in the pack and get a few hard efforts in. I know a lot of guys have been working their anaerobic systems so they are in pretty good form right now. Speaking about being on good form, I don't care to be in good form now—good form is another way of saying "perfect racing shape." I want to be strong for April as that is when I have my 1st season peak planned. I hope to win again at the I'On Village Smackdown and then place well for the championships. I really want the team to have a good result and want to show the team that I'm willing to work for them. The goal for right now is to see if I'm going to be strong enough to be competitive in the National Masters 30-34 Championships races. I want to win that race in August, but I need to know if I have the aerobic power to get me to the line. I may be overzealous having only raced for 2 years, but you don't know if you don't try. How I race in the late May/June will actually be a better predictor as my threshold power will continue to rise.
If I race on the 28th, then I promise a race report!