a little long but I hope it might help keep someone motivated during training.
I am not a racer or even a trained athlete, just a oldish guy and his wife who are going on the vacation of their life late spring next year. We will be spending 3 weeks in AZ,UT,CO & WY, mtb & sightseeing all the way. I have read too many times about people going out west to ride on vacation and getting the asses handed to them with all the climbing and altitude. So, back about mid June I decided to get in as good a shape as reasonably possible due to the facts a) I am from FL & b) I will probably not have another opportunity to do a trip like this again.
We have averaged about 1 or 2 mtb & 3 urban rides a week totaling about 55 miles for the past few years. Since June I have that up to 6 days a week near 115 miles. Part of the extra miles come from riding up and down a new bridge in town over the intracoastal waterway (65 ft tall and 1/2 mile long). For the most part I do feel much stronger and have lost about 11 lbs so far without being serious about calorie counting. Suddenly, about 2 weeks ago I started riding a bit slower and feeling a little weaker during workouts and actually started letting it frustrate me and I began questioning all my efforts even though I knew the truth was different. I was feeling that way for about 10 days, almost to the point of posting in a thread about it last week. That crap feeds on itself! I know I'm not training to race but I want to know that the hard work is helping my fitness.
Fast foward to this past sunday morning, I woke up feeling pretty good and knowing that my wife could not go riding I headed out to my "home" trail to do 3 laps instead of the normal 2 that I do when she goes. The weather was a 9 plus and the trail condition was about a 7. As I said I'm not a racer but I do race myself...alot! I take off pretty quickly but hold back some as I am known to blow if I go out too hard early in the ride. By the time I get about 2.5 mi. in I realize I'm "killin it" and begin to lay down time checks that are way better than my best ever. When I finished I was amazed at the results, new one, two and three lap records. Each lap is 7 miles and my old record was set on my 50th birthday last march, 1:58:15 and I did 1:55:40 and my old fastest single lap was 38:35 and on lap 2 I did 37:40. These times are not fast for racers but they are for me. I think the fast do low 35's there.
The point of my post is not that my training is working for me but that we all struggle with things and during that struggle we often question, doubt and sabotage ourselves needlessly, when what we should do is to keep our heads down, keep working and keep believing that it is working, then later to know that it has worked. I see it a little bit like child rearing, believing that all of the goodness and hard work that you have poured into raising your child will come out as they become an adult, even though doubts may occur in the process, you still believe.
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