So what's new this year? A lack of preparation entering the fall (or as I like to call it, the CX season). This year, things are a bit different - with a 2017 Cape Epic entry confirmed, the schedule of training has changed. After the 24 Hours of Adrenalin, I took some quality time off the bike - 2 full weeks to be exact - before getting back into a rythym. And by rythym, I mean a couple weeks of semi-structured riding, some intervals, and then a mountain bike trip to Valemount. And by mountain bike trip to Valemount, I mean one day of epic climbing...
...followed by a few days of shuttling at the Valemount Bike Park, which is definitely worth the drive! Seriously, if you ever get the chance, go check it out!
No sooner did I get back home from Valemount was I back on the road, this time without a bike, for a contract with the Tour of Alberta. First was a few site visits in local communities to run Volunteer Orientations, then it was on the road to Lethbridge for the event.
This meant another 2 weeks off the bike, which would usually bother me, but this go around I was fine with it. Fine because I didn't mind starting from a base. I'm working towards a peak in March, which means I can't afford to be flying in September and October.
So, with that in mind, I decided my first ride back on a bike in 2 weeks should be a midweek CX race. All things considered, it went better than I was expecting, but that may have been due to somehow averaging 188 bpm for the 27 minute race. Oh, and discovering a new max HR of 196. Learn something new every day! It hurt as much as cross should, and although I finished much further back than usual, it was still a hoot.
So with that, I'm into CX season as the first build into a long winter of training. Due to a mix of school schedule, financials, and avoiding burnout, I'll likely only be racing Edmonton-area events (with the Dark Knight in Calgary being an obvious exception) before busting out the fat-bike in November, which should fit well with a transition into some longer rides to get ready for 8 days in Africa. In the midst of all that, I'm also starting back up with a cross-training program at the Base by RVH, with the goal of increased efficiency on the bike as well as injury prevention. Should be no shortage of variety to keep this winter interesting!
We also teased a little bit about fundraising efforts for a certain charity this coming fall/winter quite awhile back, and that is still happening. It's been hectic, but we're working to finalize a few more details before we'll announce that, so please do continue to stay tuned.
That's all for now. Here's hoping for a mild winter!
Thanks for reading!