In an attempt to try and get myself out of my latest funk, I have decided to start planning my 2012 race season. I am trying to put the focus on something ‘positive’ (there is that word again) and setting my fitness goals.
The upcoming season looks like it is going to start early. The local H2H series has changed things around a bit. Our club race, The Chainstretcher, is now the first race of the year when it is usually one of the last races of the year- this should be interesting. I would have raced it early or late season- it is one my favorite places to ride and it holds a special place in my heart. I am not sure if I will be racing cat 1 or 2. I will have to wait and see as to how my fitness builds this winter. I may start out in cat 2 just to get my feet wet- in many ways I feel like I am starting over.
Only a week after is Single Speed A Palooza! I love this race. The first year I raced this was the first annual and the spring that I had met G. I did not have a single speed bike yet and he lent me one of his so I could race. I knew I had a good one even way back then- he hardly knew me and he let me race his bike.
Anyway, back to the race schedule. I may or may not race the Bearscat 50 again this season. I will be racing the Dark Horse 40 as it is the 10th annual and it should not be missed. Another goal for this season is one I had before my diagnosis- to complete a 100 mile race. There are two that I am considering but I need to think about which is going to work out best. Those races are Wilderness 101 and the Shenandoah 100.
So those are the broad brush strokes for the season as I am undecided on all the races I will be racing in 2012, but what I do know is I have all the hopes to have a strong season ahead. I have no reason to think that I cannot come back strong and get my speed back.
So, where am I at with my most recent setbacks, recovery and mood? I don’t even want to write it but it seems like I am back on track. Dr DP gave me the go ahead to go hog wild with cardio, just no bouncing or lifting. That comes next week. This was/is interpreted as I get to ride my bike on the road.
I was thrilled with this. I was feeling better and the weather was supposed to be fabulous. G and I decided to rest up Friday night and lay low. Shortly after dinner I was not feeling so well. I was nauseated and could not figure out why. The only thing I could think was I took my antibiotics right after dinner and my thought was that maybe it didn’t mix well. Sure didn’t- I was sick most of the night throwing up. Really?!
I felt much better in the morning and there was no way that I was going to miss my chance to ride. G helped me get my ‘mango ride’ all set up for my ride on the North County Trail. This is the bike that has been with me the longest. It is my forever faithful and I thought it fitting to take her out first. I figured it best to take the mountain bike since I would not ‘bounce’ and I could still get my pedal in without having the discomfort of reaching for the lower bars and brakes on my road bike. It was a great plan and I was able to enjoy back to back days of riding this past weekend. I felt even better the second day besides being over dressed for the warm weather. It was 65 degrees and sunny- what a huge gift in November! I pedaled steady and my peck muscles felt less stressed the second day. It didn’t feel horrible on Saturday but I could tell the muscle had been cut and they were still healing- surgery was harder than I had thought it would be.
I figured this past weekend was a good start to get reacquainted with my bike. If I have no more snafus then I will start my real training again in January. This year will be so much different than the last. I am so excited to see where this season will take me.
|Geared up for the first ride in over 5 weeks. Wish I took more pictures but I was focused on riding.|
Thank you to those that checked in on me since my last post and for all of you that keep reading.