Bring on the Pain

Posted in Uncategorized by antisociology on January 11, 2010

Last year I dipped my toes into the local bike racing scene in Central Park. Last Friday, I finally plunked down the cash for a USAC racing license so I’m now official a category five racer. This still seems a little comical to me, given that I’ve hardly done anything resembling training in the last year. I’ve barely run, and barely ridden my bike. It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve felt the need to do maintenance on the race bike. Under normal circumstances, I would’ve done major overhauls/rebuilds twice a year. That should give an indication as to how much less I’ve been riding.

So, hopefully, this will be the year I get off my butt and actually do things. As in running, I’ve found that I can forget how much I like cycling until I’m actually on the bike, rolling along. I forget enough that I don’t go out which just leads to even more gloom and despair and lack of motivation. I’m not generally one for New Year’s resolutions, but I’m going to try and get up early enough to get an hour and a half to two hours on the bike before work.

Of course, saying things like that without goals is somewhat pointless. To that end, I want to be well on my way to upgrading to category four by the end of the year, and definitely want to be there by the end of next year. That means that by the end of next year, I need to have raced 10 mass start races. So, let’s say that I want to do seven races this year with at least two top ten finishes.

Given that I placed 11th in a late season race last year, I think that should be doable. The challenge is going to come from dealing with disruptions from other directions. I’ve just found out that my landlord wants to sell the apartment I’m renting. This means that I need to move in June, which will most likely result not only in adjusting to a new apartment, but also the discombobulation of looking for a new apartment. The last time I was looking for places, I had the luxury of having afternoons essentially free. Now I’m working a full-time job and I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to swing this. Weekend mornings, I guess.