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Pick Two

Yesterday it rained heavily, so after she returned from work, The Pretty One and I went to the gym. At the moment I am training without direction. Basically trying to introduce my body to being fit again, and all round fit. What I need to get out of my head is the thought that because I sometimes am unable to train as I would like (because of travel and work commitments) doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth doing as much as possible (keeping perspective) when I am able to train.

I need to develop a cycling specific programme for once a week, and an all round programme for once a week too. That is what I am working on at the moment.

I have been thinking about training and my objectives too. A while back, I worked very hard to make myself extremely fit and quick. There is a massive amount of selfishness involved in this, and sacrifice. No (or few) late nights, cut down on alcohol, eat properly etc. My thought however is that to train to take yourself to the ultimate you could be, you have a similar scenario to Keith Bontragers approach to bike components. His mantra is this:

Light, strong, cheap: Pick two.

Perhaps if you are training as an athlete the following is true:

Personal relationships, career, training: Pick two.

I would be interested in your thoughts on how to find a balance.

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News Flash – Worksrider Rides…..

I rode the bike for the first time in a long time yesterday, and I must admit to feeling a bit of a fraud.  My job affords me to have the best of the best in terms of equipment,  but my riding at the moment is more Deore than XTR!  It was difficult to begin with, especially riding things that I used to be able to ride extremely quickly, and yet I was literally picking my way down them.

Towards the end of the ride I lightened up a bit.  I remembered what it is about.  Riding shouldn’t be about being fast, and the offroad skill level will improve with practice.  Speed and skill are a by product of riding and enjoying the outdoors, and that is what I then focused on.  It was great – even when I rode the local downhill course.

I will try to ride three times this week……