Ah its no good. My body appears to be shutting down ready for hibernation already. Winter is coming. I'm not a seasonal rider by any means but I do ride less when the bad weather comes. The cold is bearable but the last few years we've had heavy snowfall in November and December so riding just comes down to nothing.
I'm feeling a bit sheepish as I should be on a trail run this morning, but I'm here blogging instead. Trouble is at this time year I have no motivators. I've said to myself that I want to pick up again and start racing some MTB events in the Summer, maybe a 24hour race, Endurance and the local Race series as well as some local road crits. My 'plan' is that I'll start training from the beginning of January. In the past I've started in November or December but because of the snow have ended up a lot on the Turbo Trainer and by June have just found myself burnt out. Unable to put in good miles in the winter has meant my race endurance suffered. So I'm thinking that a later start some smarter training and I'll be in a good a shape if not better but be ready to race for a whole summer!
In the mean time I'm just going to have to keep active and not become a bum. I may not be out running but I'm still riding to work and I'll do my weekly run at the weekend instead. See all good.
What I'd really like to be able to do is cyclo cross. So many of the blogs I read on here a pictures of people at cyclo cross races. Slightly muddy affairs on grassy fields, gets my races juices flowing. But then I think to myself that cx races at this time of year probably aren't so bad but come mid winter its probably just grim. I've toyed with the idea of getting a cx bike but wonder if I'd be wasting my money. Maybe I should have a go on my mountain bike and see if it would be a good investment. Wonder if then I'd have better winter time motivation to train?
I weighed my self at the weekend and was not surprised to find that I was at 63.8kgs or 140.7lbs. Thought my trousers felt tighter. I seem to be up two percent in fat as well. Looks like a bit of fat sitting on my middle.....love handles! For years I've weighed 57kg or 126lbs, a great weight for a climber but since I've hit my mid thirties my weight has fluctuated so much more. My aim therefore in training will be to at least drop close to that weight.
So that's the plan. Just need to pull myself away from this computer now!
Happy riding folks.