Happy New Year and welcome to the year 2013!
This morning I decided to start off the year with a nice group bike ride at the Bakersfield New Year’s Day Ride with Kern Wheelmen. There were easily 150 people that showed up this morning for the ride. Here is a link to the route that this ride followed http://www.strava.com/rides/35185117. I forgot to check the temperature at 10 AM when the ride started, but I am sure it was somewhere around 36 Degrees Fahrenheit. Not so warm. Thankfully I picked up some cold weather gear yesterday from Action Sports in the way of some Castelli Wool Socks, Castelli shoe covers, and some Specialized wool liner gloves. I love that I can always count on Action Sports to have the stuff that I need to get the job done!
So enough with the product and commercial plugs here is a little something about the ride itself. We started out pretty slow, a nice warm up pace. Since I am a triathlete, and am used to training (riding) alone, it was interesting riding in a pack of people. The best part was being behind a group of people who broke the wind for me. Since I wasn’t wearing a windbreaker this was very nice. Every once in a while I would pop out from behind the front riders and get hit with some pretty brisk air. Brrrr. Well about 7 miles into the ride, the tempo started to pick up and all of a sudden I found myself dropping from the pack. I tried to spin faster, but my legs decided to go on strike from having completed the leg workout the previous day. Regardless of how my legs felt, I continued to ride and helped to pull the group of riders in the second pack. Since I was riding my time trial bike (the only one in the entire group) I laid down on my aero bars and did what I know how to do – ride with no one in front of me. The guys behind me sure liked this I am sure. All I know is I really need to get back into the saddle more. June, July, and August of 2012 were good riding months for me. Since competing in the Bakersfield Triathlon I really have not spent any time on the bike at all. This won’t do at all if I expect to be competitive this year.
2013 is a whole New Year and the best part about a whole New Year is that we get to make new goals for ourselves. My goals will find me in that saddle way more often than in the recent past. The triathlon season is only a few months away and if I am going to be ready, shotty training will not be the answer. Dedication, determination, and effective training practices are the only way that I am going to achieve my goals this year. And since I keep talking about goals, accountability is the only way that I know how to push myself towards those goals. The only way to be held accountable is to share your goals and surround yourself with people who will monitor your progress and help remind you of your goals. So here they go!
I have 3 goals associated with Triathlon Performance for 2013:
1) Complete an Olympic Distance Triathlon in less than 2 Hours
2) Win the Bakersfield Triathlon
3) Compete in a Half Ironman Triathlon (Ironman 70.3).
What are your fitness goals for 2013?