|Heading out at mile 72 for my final lap at Temecula. Note the one-handed riding.|
|All photos: Tan|
Aside from the impatience, I had built a good three months of cycling base and am reluctant to let that slip away. So, I was back on the bike for some very humbling rides at altitude. Then a nice little weather front moved in with 30+mph sustained winds and pretty chilly single digit temps, so I bumped up the date to begin my running stage of training. I intended to start back up with running on Feb 1, anyway, so starting it three days early wasn't a big deal. I've run every day since then and it's been laughable, like any reintroduction to running after a two month layoff is. I've been in this situation so many times that I actually enjoy the process of *trying* to hold down the effort and plodding at very slow paces. I know it won't be long before I'm feeling stronger on the run (end of Feb...) and then the magic happens; the meshing of strong cycling and strong running. I've had one or the other but not both concurrently in a very long time. Once that meshing occurs, the focus shifts to specific training for Leadman. I'm registered for a lot (understatement) of racing in April and May, all hand picked for how they translate into Leadman preparation.
That, along with my daily training at 9,000-10,000 ft will pay off.
I'm not naive enough to believe I will win Leadman merely because it's not a very well attended event and is typically pretty shallow with anywhere from a handful to a couple dozen finishers. There will always be someone faster, younger, stronger. I see that Travis Macy is doing Leadman. Travis is in another stratosphere than I am in terms of athletic ability. He's naturally gifted, works hard, and is 16 years younger than I am. He still has to run the Leadville 100 miler to win, though. I can only focus on doing the best I can every minute of the series and not worry who else is racing or how they are doing. Frankly, I prefer to be the dark horse.
Off for another slow motion run. Have a good weekend.