A couple of races into the back half of the season and things are going well. True, I’ve only minor placings to show for a solid winter, but I’ve ridden strongly and attacked again and again. Brains have been lacking, legs haven’t.
Danger lurks ahead, though. Right about now complacency sets in: I’m strong now, so I’ll stay strong all year. A race a week and a couple of twiddles in the week will somehow see me improve.
They won’t. Someone once said something about either depositing into or withdrawing from the Bank of Fitness, which is a line that I really should make a cracking double entendre from. Right now, my balance is holding steady, but there’s been a few cracks round the edges. If I’m not careful I’ll be skint before I know it.
Time trial pace is good. Stamina’s OK too, but not really where it needs to be for the 100 miles of the Round the Mountain, my target race in two month’s time.
You can’t do everything, so for me there’s going to be a break from racing for a week or three and a block of long rides interspersed with VO2 max and recovery intervals. Consistency’s the key now, and if I can build on my early season momentum rather than chucking it in the bin I’ll be on the start line at the end of October anticipating, not dreading. Onwards!