Hey all! We all write/post about success, podiums, our smart talented kids and hot SO’s. But, it’s rare to read posts about failures. Here’s mine…
After one of my best performances at the Sea Otter Classic Circuit race last week I imploded during the road race in epic fashion just a couple days later. Epic meaning, I got popped on rolling terrain (my strong point) during the first lap! Yes that’s correct, with in the first ten miles of the 35/45+ cat 123 I was not only dropped I was the first to get dropped. The course was so fun and beautiful I rolled around for about 40 miles then limped back to the start/finish by myself.
I’ve got a list of excuses but, honestly I’m not sure WTH happened. One thing is absolutely crystal clear: I’m not lean enough to compete with the top guys on any climb longer than a highway overpass. Beyond the W/Kg implications being leaner should help transport the O2 to the muscles so perhaps posting here will hold me more accountable in some bizarre way.
I’ve been lean before (about 15 pounds lighter than my current weight) and it transformed my riding. So, away I go. This will be a struggle but, as long as I put in this much time and money to try and be “fast” it makes zero sense to carry around 10-15 extra pounds.
Hope this helps someone get motivated and believe it’s healthy to admit not all is well.
First step to change…Cheers!