Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Project Off Season is in Full Effect

I guess it's that time of year again. Time files when you're obsessed with watts, training hours and racing. The last few weeks have been a breath of fresh air since the local racing season has dried up. The weather has helped to extend the riding season, so there have been some bonus road rides and I've been fortunate to get out on the Soul Cycles SS every week. I was even able to finally bust out the light I bought for night riding 5 years ago. Green Lakes is a pretty sweet place during the day, but the trails become much more interesting at night.

I've even mixed some running into the routine in an effort to build up some bone density. At 37 I've gotta make sure I don't end up breaking my hip. That kills plenty of old folks. I also don't want to end up in a foot cast like Brian B. At least he broke it in the last race of the season. I think I took the running too far this weekend when I decided to enter a 9 mile trail run at Highland Forest with about 2,500 feet of climbing. I actually ran pretty fast, but I was more than a little sore for a few days after. One of the guys behind me commented that he ran a marathon a few weeks prior and that the trail run was harder. I kind of doubt that, but I guess if you don't race CX it's possible to get a little mud in your lady parts and have it feel like it was harder than a marathon.

Me and Mrs. Skinny had a post-CX party a couple of weeks ago. If you weren't invited, you need to get on the CNY-Cross group and start racing CX. All in all I think people had a lot of fun. Tough to tell since I was pretty much incapacitated by the end of it. Loud, but incapacitated as anyone that was there could attest. I will say this, during the off season beer and cookies are way more popular than actual food. I had a lot of left over food, and not a lot of beer or cookies. That's probably best for me anyway since I don't need any more beer, and Mrs. Skinny won't let me have sugar.

This is always an interesting time of year. The diet is a little off, booze consumption is definitely up, training has tapered off and the energy levels are dangerously high. That can always lead to trouble since my extra energy is seldom constructive. I've never been one to pick up a broom when I have extra energy. I'm more like a Black Lab with a propensity for destroying furniture when I haven't gotten my daily allotment of exercise.

I'm definitely looking forward to getting back to the training grind. I'm just waiting for my life sized posters of Faso and Bray to arrive. I've already taken a black Sharpie and written BEAT FASO on my white handlebar tape. Who needs a DVD of the 2007 Paris Roubaix to get motivated when you have those guys in your head?

Sorry for the stream of consciousness, but it's been awhile since I posted anything and I had some time to kill in a hotel. I should probably hit the gym, but it is the off season . . .

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