No worries about the devil here!
Happy riding for the New Year!
So far this year, I've spent 706.6 hours riding my bike, including time on the trainer, on training rides, and in races. This is a slightly greater than number than I posted in 2008, when I finished the year with 602.5 hours in the saddle. Last year, I rode 9,775 miles. In 2009, I didn't train with a device to track my miles so I don't know what the final mile count is for the year, but I think it's safe to say that I easily broke the 10,000 mile-mark. No wonder my bike is looking tired.
Whether or not these are things to be proud of is up for interpretation, but there's no doubt that I saw great improvements in my racing this year, and I think I'll still stick to the general assumption that more miles = more fast. Incidentally, the year isn't over yet. Between now and Thursday I'm scheduled to ride another five hours, bringing my total to 711.6. So, assuming that everything goes to plan, that will be the real number to close out the year.
Of course, coach Scott has some other ideas, which, sadly for me, include lifting weights and calisthenic exercises. Tonight, for the first time in a really, really long time, I did push ups, lunges, planks, and one-footed hops.
If my room mate were my wife, and were she looking to build a case for a divorce, I think coming into the kitchen and finding me doing one-footed jumps would be a good addition to her claim of insanity.
Anyway, aside making me look like a fool (which I really don't need help with), this work out left me feeling more physically wasted than any ride I've done recently. Aside from my arms being totally worked, my thighs are now exhausted and craving protein. I'm sure the big-gear drills on the trainer are going to feel great.
Hopefully all this silliness is going to make me faster, because I'm certainly not enjoying it in the interim.
Anyhow, just as my arms are tired from today's work out, my mind is also tired from this long work week (now on day 7 of 8). Since I'm planning on being completely exhausted by the time I close out the day tomorrow, I'm declaring this post the end of my 2009 blogging season. And what a season it has been!
I'm headed down to NYC tomorrow evening to celebrate the New Year (and to ride in warmer climes). Blogging will resume on Sunday, when the promise of a New Year will leave me re-enthused about life and all this it includes!
Thanks for reading, Happy New Year, and I hope your celebration are fun and full of promise!