Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Lonliness of Cyclocross Training

Hit Thoreau club solo after posting a workout and having no one respond. A bit like high school when you have a party and no one shows. But, the truth is I enjoy training alone much of the time. It is great to have the camaraderie of others to push you hard, but at the same time going alone provides you an opportunity to do a workout that is structured and tailored to what you want to achieve and how you feel. I especially enjoy being solo on easy days. Just you and the bike/wetsuit/running shoes and time to spend without worrying about anything else.

Was able to get a solid 85 minutes of work, messing around with sprints, uphill dismounts, barriers, and starts. I spent ten minutes just working on dismounting. I read an interview with Jesse Anthony where he describes doing a workout by starting slow and getting progressively faster. On the first dismount of the day, I thought my legs were going to buckle. I just got a massage and my legs were feeling it. So, rather than trying to go faster, let's slow things down and build. By minute 8 I was starting to spring over the barriers and back onto my bike. What started as a horror show ended as a confidence builder. The cross adage: To go fast you have to slow down.

Much like being at Walden Pond in the early morning with no one else around, there is something transcendent about being in the woods on a fall day with no one else around, or riding across a field. Through any pressure for a hard training session out the window, or any expectation of what you should be doing. Just ride.

5 comments:

CCC said...

Oh man...as much as I LOATHE swimming, I used to love being the first person in Walden before the sun came up...very relaxing, mentally.

GCDavid said...

That's the best. You can't beat "first tracks" at Walden.

badbrad said...

your reading a book on tupac?

Dmullen said...

I guess we should produce an all red MRC kit for you, you can't be seen wearing all that blue

GCDavid said...

Reviewing a book. It's for a journal. It is about Iran and pop culture, or something like that. I haven't really looked at it yet.