|"High Performance" Training on a Touring Bike|
I have no clue! My solution this year was to buy a Fatbike. Hmm...
|Fat, Heavy and Fun. Perfect|
Sure, there are all sorts of tech options out there. Heart rate monitors, power meters, functional threshold testing, nutrition plans, cross-training discussions, coaches, 12 step programs. There is a market for anything and everything that can make you an unstoppable cycling Jedi. These programs always seem like a lot of work to me. Work as in drudgery. If I had to calculate differential equations every pedal stroke while biking I'd probably hang it up and go fishing a lot more. Some people are able to make things like power meters, heart rates and Cytomax fun. Sick people. Biking has always been fun. Even when I raced years and years ago I kept it fun. Probably why I got out of racing and probably why I wasn't a podium fixture. But the Divide, what's not fun about racing the clock from Canada to Mexico?
|Riding Fat Uphill Is Good Training|
When I set a goal to race last year in 2014 I decided I just needed to go full tilt boogie and ride. Ride lots, ride hard, ride fast. Do what I enjoyed and try to overdose on it. I had a goal that seemed insanely challenging to me. That's what made it so mesmerizing. What makes this year different for me? It's even more mesmerizing this time. I know the happiness and enjoyment I experienced while racing last year despite some discomfort. The simple beauty of racing mostly alone through a vast and amazing landscape. I recall the disappointment I experienced when withdrawing from it and of course I remember the food. I'm greedy and I want it all again! Well, not the quitting part.
|Divide Training Food|
|Full Body Workout. Full Soul Relaxation|
1. Ride the fatbike. Laugh and smile at how fun and ridiculous these things are.
2. Run. Realize why I prefer biking to running.
3. Cross-Country ski. Realize there isn't much snow this year so it's probably better to hit the bike.
4. Core-strengthening. Chop wood, stack said wood.
5. Do it all a lot. Do it all fast.
|A Perfect Fatbike Downhill "Training" Run|
I've set a finish goal time for myself this year which might be insanity. I have no way of knowing until I get out there and ride as fast as I can from Banff to Antelope Wells. I'll be racing. I'll push as hard as I can. I'll try to eat better this year. I'll try to keep the rubber side down.
Mostly I'll try to remember at the end of a 200 mile day and have no food or water why exactly it is that I'm out there.
It just seems fun.