What a great weekend of riding I had. Really three solid days of excellent rides. Friday was the “testing” day. Saturday was all about getting out on the mountain bike. And Sunday I hit up the road bike for a smooth three hours. Three days of solid training, challenging rides, and big smiles.
Sunday’s ride was a pretty decent day on the bike. I rode out to Almonte to watch the finish of the famous Almonte-Roubaix race. I missed Marc’s finish but I did get to see other friend’s finish and rode with a few others. Great to see the smiles on people’s faces as they crossed the line.
I’m into another block of base building. So lots of long rides with various intervals thrown in to keep the energy systems firing. I really enjoy these long rides. At the beginning of this phase, three hours seemed like a big deal to me. I would be fatigued for the bulk of the day and the length of the ride would wear on me. Not anymore. Three hours feels pretty good. Nice to see and feel this improvement in my fitness and training capacity.
Some plans are being tossed around for the cyclo-cross season. Considering race plans. Looking at travel dates. Lots of good stuff happening. Most people don’t think about ‘cross until late August or even September, but when there is clothing to be designed and ordered, multiple plane tickets to be booked, and long-term accommodations to be arranged – the planning has to start early.
The week ahead is looking pretty darn good. Long road rides. Long mountain bike rides. Yoga. Time spent off the bike working on and thinking about the mental side of the game. Teaching myself to trust in my abilities and to constantly have those feelings I did on Jan. 31. For me, the brain battle is huge. I struggle to continually feel confident and powerful. A lot of this has to do with letting go worrying about what others think. I’m getting better at this. But it can be hard. I’m learning that I don’t need to justify my actions to anyone. I’m doing what I know is right for me and that is what is important. Each and every time I get on my bike I need to remind myself of how far I’ve come and how much further I can go. To do this, I need to let the little things really be little things. Easier said than done, but each day is a step forward. Working on changing the “I think I can, I think I can” to “I know I can, I know I can”.
All this to say, wow – how awesome is this life I have right now? Need to remember a very important mantra that I once saw written on a famous Canadian’s wrist: I’ll Never Be Here Again.
(As part of this mission to stay confident and powerful, I’m also trying to “toot” my own horn every now and then again. So this being said, click on over to Cyclemania to read my guest blog post and take sometime to explore this website – some great cycling content and photos.)