America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Slacking with a purpose

Did not ride home from work yesterday- apparel was soaked, shoes were soaked.. but I do regret not getting a nice hard ride in like I wanted to. Took the chance last night and let the smelly wet shoes soak in warm water with laundry soap and fabric softener. The foulness is gone, let's hope they don't fall apart during my crit on Saturday. Looks like I will be forced to take today off the bike. After work we're hitting the road for Rochester NY, expecting to arrive about 2:00 AM. Since tomorrow's a vacation day, I'm absolutely buried and overwhelmed today. Tomorrow, the day before the Twilight crit, I'll do a solid three hour ride, recovery/endurance pace, with a few accelerations and a few one minute FT intervals thrown in early on. I'm never good after a rest day where I do a one hour recovery ride or no ride at all. There needs to be some moderate TSS the day before a race. To wit, I was "fully rested" the day of the Cox Crit and I posted two dnfs in a row (I did about 15-20 hard laps total) Okay.. we can blame the combination of my BMI and the little hill up Waterman Street.. but the following day at Keith Berger I attacked from the line, never to see the main field again, opened a huge gap early, took a prime, ended up in the winning break, snagged 6th. Yeah I was motivated as hell from the failures at Cox.. Saturday I'll be super motivated to be racing in my hometown, at an event organized by my club (Genesee Valley Cycling Club), at a flat technical venue in downtown Rochester. I have all the ingredients needed for a podium or a win.. I just need to keep my head on straight and keep my attitude positive.

3 comments:

John Cummings said...

Rochester, huh? I grew up in Williamsville, NY, a suburb of buffalo. good luck

sandbagger said...

your results are probably not due to rest days and how you feel. first of all, providence was a field with big guns and a tough course. berger is an easy course that you can just surf even if you are tired. if you attack early and get the right group, you can surf the lead group to a good finish relatively easily if you are an in shape rider as you seem to be. it was good you were aggressive that day. some call it 'lucky', but you made it happen. sometimes early moves work, sometimes they don't. those who never try never make it...

Murat Altinbasak said...

Well.. thanks! I guess. Point taken. but there's more than that. I cared more about Keith Berger than Cox.. I'd raced Berger twice or three times before and always finished in the high teens. I was sick and tired of that. I wanted it bad, and that's a key ingredient for good results- Desire. You're right though- it's possible to create your own 'luck' with some well placed effort.