The last couple of years have been a struggle for me and I lost my discipline. You could blame it on health issues in my family and the demands of a changing job but the real bottom line was I lost sight of my goals, let fear take over and quietly drifted away from my cycling passion.
Sure there were bright moments, Greenwood and the group I worked with until I blew and the Dock Out Weekend with Tim (which my wife has changed the name on the calendar to Dock-in and biking with Tim :). But I can't help but think what could have been if I would have stayed disciplined like have been in the past.
So that is part of my focus the next three months - to get that discipline and structure back. To find a way to make it work and to not lose sight of the goal.
I have found some new training videos from a place called Sufferfest. I LOVE THEM! The footage is of real races and the music is better than the Spinerval elevator music. You can download them for $10. These guys are on to something.
Yesterday I did the Downward Spiral. After some warm up stuff you do two sets of "downward" intervals. 2minutes on 2 minutes off 1:45 on 1:45 off, 1:30 on 1:30 off etc finishing at :15 on and :15 off. There is a 5 minute recovery ride (set to a mountain bike ride) and then you do it again.
The effort on the hard intervals was to be a 9.5 out of 10. With my max heart rate being 179 every interval I did I was up in the 170's.. During the "off" interval I dropped only into the 150's. The sweat was running like river off of me, the quads would burn but I kept forging on.
I could feel the fight coming back into my body. I was starting to get that silly little grin I get when I start to go mad. The Gerb of the past was returning. He is still there and dying to come up and play. I am forward to playtime this year :)