Back at It!Travis Gaertner
I’ve been super blessed that the healing since my crash at the world championships has come along better than expected. Follow-up x-rays showed the fractures have completely healed! So I’m back on the bike and working towards a slow rebuild of my fitness through longer rides at lower intensities. I find this hard as I enjoy going hard but I’ve likely peaked too early in the season the past few years and need to look at things differently.
Now is a time for slowly building back and “train to train”, setting myself up for success this season at the right time. I’m wrapping up a few weeks logging a lot of miles and then will be going into a strength training block starting October 1st through December. It’s also a time to reflect on the past and get my thoughts down on paper in preparation for this season. What I learned and did well and what needs to improve. From there, how do we improve those things. It’s a constant journey, and while we all like to think we’ve arrived and made it our own, it’s about forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. (Bonus points for anybody who can name the source of that quote).