It seems one has dug himself into a bit of a hole of late. The wind here in the middle of the country is blowing like a mofo!!! That must mean spring is on the way. I made it public last week that I will be going to TransIowa again this year. To compete? No. I will be going to help support the local riders in their attempt for glory. Paying it forward to those who have shown me the way. Really looking forward to seeing the race from the other side of the bars this time. On a night ride the other night with a friend I remarked how much I love to ride at night, and with that he asked if Trans Iowa was in my thoughts. Yep sure is every day of the week. If I can I might give it a go next year. I might have told the wife I was not going to this year a bit early. You see with an active marathoner wife in the mix training for a big one like T.I. can be difficult. Not real sure how I pulled it all off last season, and she raced two marathons!!!
Now for some damn reason I keep putting time in like I’m going to race T.I. again this year. STUPID. My first big race isn’t till June. The Dirty Kanza 200. Now for some reason I have been run down pretty low this week. My resting heart rate feels high. The other night on my ride it felt like it was going to blow out my chest. I think seasonal allergies have started too. I’m sure that doesn’t help either. I have managed to put quite a few 200 mile weeks together in the last few months. I would bet if you were to graph my training it would look like the dow jones week to week, opposed to a nice upward curve like “they” say it should. What can I say I like to ride. I’ve tried the whole follow a training plan thing, and it wears me out faster than anything on earth. You see I’m a head case. For the last week my body has whispered every morning to me your not recovered take it easy. Did I listen? Nope. Why? I have no Idea. Nucking Futz i guess. I am getting better at listening to what my body has to say. But this last week I didn’t. Maybe it was the great winter 104 mile ride I did the last weekend. We were flying. And I was killing it on my 29er. And when others are saying you’re going good already, better keep killing yourself.
Maybe that’s not the way to do it. I know better. officially training Dirty Kanza 200 starts next week and I’m like always way ahead. Just a little interest earned in the pain bank. I really want to have a daylight finish at DK this year. I know a lot of factors play into this. Many of which I have no control over. Hell maybe I’m not good enough to finish with the sun still up, hell even just the sun setting would good. I will have prepared my self for this race to best I can. Thats all I can really do. Thinking I better get that heart rate monitor fixed.
The local MTB series kicks off at the end of the month! That will be some fun weekends with friends and family. Also a good way to get that intensity in! Albeit with some cash involved. But if I kick ass I could get some cash back. But I dont race for the cash or the results, I do it because I like to push myself to the limit.
If ya read all of this thanks!! If ya didn’t I understand.
See ya next week!! GET SOME