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Where did the motivation go?

I dunno, it was all going so well. Too well, in fact.

When your season's goal is to try and make Cat 3 and you've done it by the end of February, what do you do then? Try and make Cat 2? That wasn't really a realistic goal, either in terms of my fitness or the amount of time I'd be able to throw at getting faster. So I did a couple of 2/3 races and got binned out the back, and kind of lost my focus a bit, and Summer races clashed with other Summer things, and suddenly everyone's smashing it because they've been racing all Summer and you've lost ground. 

And I wasn't doing anything structured: no intervals, no chaingangs, just riding. It was fun, but I wasn't really improving. My training plan came to an end, and to date I haven't ponied up for a new one.

My other season's goal was to try and complete a Super Randonneur series, and I managed the 200km to schedule. Then I missed the 300km due to work stuff and managed to replace it with a solo effort. But I got double booked on the 400km too. And then the 600km too. And suddenly it wasn't going to happen. Maybe next year.

It's been a busy time at the office and that hasn't helped, but now the site migration is done hopefully things will calm down a bit and leave me more time for training. Not that I couldn't have squeezed in some intervals on the turbo, because the sessions are mostly less than half an hour. But I'll blame work, rather than myself, I think.

The good news? The weight that I lost has stayed off, because I've been more or less sticking to the diet. More or less. And In the last month I've tried a road race (got dropped) and a 24hr relay race (the excellent Revolve24), as well as getting back on the turbo and the chaingang. And the Winter series are all popping up on the British Cycling website. The local one is 2/3s all Winter, so that should mean I get my head kicked in every week. Will it make me go faster? Maybe. I'll have to, if I want to get my money's worth.

So after a stellar start and some time in the Bath CC points leaders jersey, it's been a bit of a nothing season really, racing wise. The plan for the next one? To do the work over the winter again and then keep at it once the clocks go forward. Get a few points as a Cat 3. Race a bit more. Enjoy it. Is that woolly enough?

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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ragtimecyclist | 8 years ago

I'm on the classic cyclist's treadmill: spend all year getting fitter and fitter for lots of non-specific goals, fritter it all away over winter, and start the process again come March. Works for me!

themartincox | 8 years ago

carry that fitness over and come to Wales next saturday for Valleycat! think alleycat racing mixed with a 200km self-supported audax in the brecons.


what more could you ask for? oh, and it's organised by Mike 'fastest around the world, across america, and founder of transcontinental' Hall (so you know it will be fun!)


see you there

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