Ruddervoorde (Belgium) Sunday October 12th
Eerde-Veghel (Netherlands) Sunday November 2nd
Hamme-Zogge (Belgium) Sunday November 23rd
Gavere (Belgium) Sunday November 16th
Gieten (Netherlands) Sunday November 30th
Diegem (Belgium) Sunday December 28th
Hoogstraten (Belgium) Sunday February 8th
Vorselaar (Belgium) Sunday February 15th
It's been a death week or two for training. I had a good ride up in Syracuse, except for the fact it was 38, steady 20 MPH winds, occasional drizzle, and hilly pretty much the entire way. We're talking two hours, 26 miles kind of ride, and hard pedaling the whole time. I did that and 'cross practice last week, raced Sunday, layed about in bed most of this week with a head cold the likes of which I've never known before. Yesterday I managed to get down to Rosaryville and did a brisk (for me) 51-52 minute lap, not pushing hard but just riding at The Pace, to get a little ride in. That worked well to clear the head and I did an easy 1:15 with Kidd, topped off with some espresso. I have a gnawing fear that my fitness is blowing away from me, ineluctibly, like a handful of wheel bearings dropped on a garage floor bounce without mercy directly into the drain. I have been hoping to build on my fitness through 'cross season or at least maintain it. These last two weeks have been tearing apart my hopes the way a fat kid tears apart a pan pizza - inevitably, horrifyingly, and most disappointing if you were hoping to grab hold of a slice.
That's it. No racing this weekend, hopefully some riding. Apparently the head cold is going around so I'm not sure what it means for the shop ride. Maybe a little Patapsco excursion? Hard to say. I'll post an update if I find out in a timely manner. Peace, y'all, and have some good weekend rides.
Update: 7:00 AM at Patapsco, Landing Road. Mountain bikes. Two hours.
From the mouths of babes...
He also ran up one of the hills whining, with a really ugly face on, bitching about how much his legs hurt. It's possible that (1) he's been practicing his suffering face; or, (2) I've taken him to one too many 'cross races this year. The kid seems to prefer running with the bike to riding it. I'm good on the barriers but otherwise a terrible runner, so it really makes me wonder where he gets it from.
Anybody up for wearing a costume? I'm inclined to, frankly, and will if enough people seem interested.