So I came out with guns blazing this year on a new team with a new bike sponsor. The season opener. Bragging rights for the taking. Thankfully everything went well for me, and I was able to take the win at AFC Sugar Hill. It felt great to test the legs, and have them pass. But we have heard it before….take it easy during early season races and stay focused on the training plan….blah, blah, blah. In my opinion, early season races epitomize what bike racing is all about. Preparation, reunions with friends, taking chances and having fun. One of the things that I appreciate most about bike racers is their willingness to but their best foot forward and compete against their fellow man/woman. They give it their best and the strongest man/woman usually wins.
Early season races take it up a notch. They set the stage for us to figure out who did their homework over the long winter, and who didn’t. The folks that braved the cold and snow, or the basement trainer sessions tend to shine, when those who wisely stayed inside for another cup of java are typically deep in the hurt locker. But alas, there is always another race and the fitness will come to to those who are patient. I guess my plan is to keep building on the fitness I have (in early March when some of my teammates are still buried in snow) and see how far I can go forward. Can’t I just get more fit, and faster week after week? Well my coach sure does have his work cut out for him. It’s a long season.