When You’re Off, You’re Off: 2018 RBCChris Sproule
After a new personal record (PR) at the Fiesta Island Time Trial two weeks ago, I had an off week at the 2018 Redlands Bicycle Classic (RBC). There are days when you feel strong and fast and are able to be on the top of the podium and there are days when your body just doesn’t have it. This last week at the RBC was one of the latter. There are ways to limit the number of off days you have like ensuring your bike is working properly, eating and hydrating properly, getting enough rest, and having a training and racing plan. However, there is something about cycling, and usually you can tell in the first few laps, that some days you just don’t have it. When I played soccer at San Diego State University, I don’t recall having off days. I think the reason for this is because soccer is a team sport. If you’re off that day, the team can pick up the slack for you. Not in cycling. It’s you…all you…and when you’re off you need to try and figure out why you’re off and fix it as soon as you can. The challenge is determining what the variable was that was out of whack and threw you off. I’m still working on figuring out what that was for me this past week. On a positive note, during the last crit, I felt like I had moments of feeling like I should…strong…fit…prepared. Ultimately, it was not enough but just reinforced that something was off and starting to feel better on the last day was too little too late. This is even more motivation as next month I will be in Georgia and Wisconsin for the National Championships.