Man, I have all these trainer workouts piling up that I'm supposed to do. This ain't in the schedule.
Cross about wore my ass out. I'm not burnt out but you know how you can travel a long ways toward a destination, and you aren't there yet but maybe you see some familiar landmarks and you know you're almost there? 5-6 trainer workouts a week would be the equivalent of hitting the brakes just before that town, doing some donuts at the town limit sign, and peeling out for downtown at full tilt with the sheriff hot on my ass.
Can't get that serious about it just yet. Sorry.
I can ride the trainer casually right now. Those are the trainer rides where you convince yourself you're doing something else, like watching an NHL game or reading a book, and you knock out 90 minutes of L2 or something. These are not the 'droids you're looking for...
But the serious, intense, hurt yourself until you hurt yourself stuff?
I'd rather do repeats of the muddy runup at Granogue carrying a 75 pound velocipede than do serious trainer workouts right now.
My goal for the winter is to ride a lot but to throw the powertap away, for all intents and purposes. The best way to recover mental freshness on the bike, I've found, is to ride it to new places, do different things, and don't try to ride with any more precision of effort than easy, medium, and hard; and consider foregoing "medium" in an effort to simplify things.
So I guess I need to explain my goals for next year. I said they were 215. 13. 50. 274 and the best guess would get a prize. Reader StevieD got it closest, guessing
13hrs solo @ Bakers
50 more racers for the Taccino
274 riding days
The only thing he missed was 50. I'm actually looking to try to finish 50th percentile or better in 50% of my cross races next year - a tall order since Masters B has gotten a lot faster. The significant of the other numbers is as follows. 215 pounds is really skinny for me, given my build. You probably don't know many people who have hit 7% bodyfat and still had a 47" chest and 35" waist, not unless you know a lot of powerlifters and linebackers and such. That's the goal though, and it should help me go faster if I can hit it. The 13 is my goal for Baker's Dozen. I'd hoped to do 13 laps, but seeing as they've lengthened the course to over 8 miles (I'm told) I'm going to set my goal at 100 miles. I knocked out around 70 solo last year with no training for it; with some training... we'll see. 274 is how many days I plan to ride this next year. That will require rolling three out of every four days, trainer days included.
So StevieD, drop me an email with an address and I'll send you a prize.