I have had an extraordinarily packed race season this year. I’ve raced the St. George Half Ironman. The Rockwell Relay: Moab to St. George. The Crusher in the Tushars. The Leadville 100. The Salt to Saint (yeah, still not quite over that one). And that doesn’t even include events.
And of course, I’ve still got the 25 Hours in Frog Hollow coming up.
That is a lot of racing. Enough racing, perhaps to leave any other man all raced-out and ready to take it easy. To just ride for fun, at a nice mellow pace.
Photo and very sexy shorts courtesy of Kitsbow
But the term “taking it easy” isn’t even in my vocabulary, although I quite clearly just used it in this very sentence.
No, I am absolutely, totally stoked to start the cyclocross racing season.
Photo and shorts continue to be courtesy of Kitsbow
I am ready — nay, eager – to train. To put in the hard miles at threshold, so I’ll be ready to give it my all on the cyclocross course on weekend mornings.
None of the rest of these shots are courtesy of anyone. I took them myself. Except the ones of me, naturally.
Indeed, I think it’s safe to say that I am more focused on getting my body in to tip-top condition than I have ever been. I am putting in huge miles on my road bike. Head down, staring at my GPS, measuring my watts, trying to achieve personal bests on Strava.
Hey, I know what’s important.
Why, just yesterday I found a nice empty park and spent two hours working on my fast dismounts and running re-mounts.
I know it may be a little early to say this, but I have a feeling that this is going to be a breakout year for me on the cyclocross track.
Oh, and my diet. You should see how motivated I am about staying on my diet right now. The cold weather and shorter days haven’t changed my appetite at all. There’s nothing like a nice crisp bowl of salad greens (and out-of-season vegetables) on a crisp October evening!
“I’ve gotta stay trim for these cyclocross races I’m so excited about,” I tell myself.
Oh, and The Hammer’s the same way. Our mileage hasn’t dropped at all in the past few weeks. We are training hard together, she and I. Getting lots of miles in, keeping our noses to the grindstone.
Because autumn is for cyclocross, baby. Autumn is for racing.
I’m so glad there’s no such thing as an off-season anymore.
PS: If you’re local and you have a TV, I’ll be on KSL for about three minutes between 12:30 and 1:00pm today, talking about my blog.