Friday, February 15, 2013

One More Day Off

            I’ll be taking one more day off from training today.  Certainly not what I wanted out of a strong Winter/Spring training program, but I guess it is what it is.  And what it is, is this:  2013, so far, kinda sucks.

            I had a decent December, not great by any means, but better than years past.  Nearly 300 miles, starting on December 2nd, was maybe not as much as I wanted, but still more than I had averaged the last few years.  And it was smarter…  It would have been a good start for Base Work.

            And then came January.  The 1st half of the month was a good mix of bad timing, lots of rain on days I should have ridden, stuff like that, with some really great training.  I felt like I was getting some great early season hills work, and my climbing legs where really coming along. 

Then those timing issues got interesting.  Between work, helping family, and myself catching the evil flu going around this year, training has been placed on the back burner.  I did try to ride when I thought I was better, but then I learned the lesson of, “It’s better to take more time off and make sure you are completely recovered and well, rather than rush in and delay recovery.”  I’m sure I should be better now, but since I rode twice earlier this week, the sickness came back with force, and I’m still out. 

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since my last serious training ride, not counting the two short spinning rides a few days ago.

So, here I sit, bored, listening to The Cure on iTunes, drinking copious amounts of tea, and longing to be out enjoying the nice weather.  I have to keep telling myself, “No, it’s not going to happen today.  Just stop dreaming.” 

Tomorrow, hopefully, training can resume.  With exactly five weeks to go before the Solvang Double Century.  This should get interesting…