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Race Prep

I'm not training because I'm trying to do well in this race. It's kind of the other way around. I'm racing so that I have the motivation to stay focused on training.

So I'm not expecting much. But I just can't help myself. I like having some goals. That's kind of the fun part for me.

Digging into past race results and a bit of Strava stalking turned up plenty of good info. So I have a couple of goals.

  • Line up early, start strong, and hang with the lead pack as long as I can.
  • The race takes shape on the one and only climb. Give it all I've got.
  • Don't finish last.
  • Keep my head in the game, and have fun.

That's it. Nothing left to do but rest up and make sure the rest of my life is on track. This'll take care of itself.

OtH Intermediate Course

Stop Silicone Grips from Slipping

Stop Silicone Grips from Slipping

Short Answer: I put a loose "candy cane" spiral of electrical tape on my bars, under the grips.

Long Answer:

A few weeks ago, I got tired of my ESI grips slipping on my bars and went looking for a solution.

This post said that putting stickers under the grips fixed the problem. Intriguing. But I like things tidy, so I went with a spiral of electrical tape instead. It's only been a few rides, but so far that's done the trick. Zero slippage.

Once my ESI grips wear out, I plan to switch to RedMonkey Kärv(xt) grips. I should get zero slippage, a comfortable grip, and RedMonkey supports local racing. Nice!

Self-Coaching: Week 3

Self-Coaching: Week 3

This week's goals: same as last week's goals.

Maintain rhythm with gym workouts & rides.

Check. Three rides, two gym workouts (with stretching), deadlifts at home. The extra attention to form and stretching is paying off. Deeper goblet squats, steadier, more powerful deadlifts.

Keep up the commitment to getting leaner.

Check. Still good. (I had doughnuts for my birthday, but did an extra lunchtime ride.) My silly screen saver continues to do an amazing job keeping me on track.

Bring my lunch to work.

I did just-okay this week. Brought my lunch 2 days out of 5, and my goal is 3.

Overall: A-

Top marks for working out, half a grade down for not hitting my goal bringing lunch to work.

Weigh-In: 182.0#

Basically flat, but this was my birthday week, so there were doughnuts and cake and ice cream involved. So for this week, we're calling "no change" a win.

Goals for Next Week:

I've been doing planks for a few weeks now, and it's time to step it up. I'm going to experiment with either flutter kicks or cable wood chops next week.

Self-Coaching: Week 2

Self-Coaching: Week 2

Checking in on last week's goals:

Maintain rhythm with gym workouts & rides.

Check. And I even did plenty of stretching this week.

I've also started doing deadlifts at home to supplement my work in the company gym. There's simply no substitute for the fundamentals.

Keep up the commitment to getting leaner.

Check. I've been good.

Register for an Over the Hump race in August.

Check. Racing August 15.

Bring my lunch to work.

This was the one that needed to change the most, and I changed it. Brought lunch three days out of five. Far better this week than last week.

Weigh-In: 182.2 lbs. (Progress!)

Overall: A

Pretty much kept it together this week.

Goals for Next Week:

New goals: same as the old goals. If I can keep up this routine, I'll be doing fine. I feel like this part of my life is as together as I need it to be.

Self-Coaching: Week 1

Self-Coaching: Week 1

A little more than a week ago, I set out a few changes I wanted to make to improve my fitness and overall health. (Including mental health.)

Setting out goals is fun. Most people find measuring progress to be less fun. But for me, measuring progress is maybe the most fun part of all.

Embrace your own weirdness, people. I'm tellin' ya. Good for the soul.

Okay, so how did I do?

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