1 month to GO-TIME!Barry Wilcox
It is exactly one month until the Valley of The Sun time trial. I was 1 minute and 40 seconds faster at this time trial than years previous. This year is a new course which is similar to the previous course. But, yes but, I need to ride faster than I have ridden in two years to meet the time requirement to increase my chances of selection to world cup 1 and 2 over in Europe.
I’m currently on my handbike 5 days/wk. I’m gradually increasing and intensity/session over the next couple months. I’m putting in a lot of zone 2 training right now with two days of intensity. A famous cyclist from Belgium once said, ‘ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike.’ Well, I’m putting in time on my bike. Training can be complicated. I enjoy training hard yet also enjoy just getting out and riding. Training is a bit different this year with the qualification race so early. Even though my season started out great last year it did not last. So, here we are prepping to ride almost 16 miles per hour over 10 miles next month.
Other than training I am teaching a class on exercise prescription for special populations at the university. I don’t like how they use ‘special’ in the class title as it includes any population other than perfectly able-bodied. Cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab, MS, CP, SCI, etc., all these populations are included. It’s an interesting class to teach. I also spent Christmas in Temecula with my brother and his family. I love southern California. I went to the beach in Oceanside one day but it was fogged-in so I opted for some fish tacos and a brief beach drive-by.
I’m really looking forward to what’s to come. Racing is going to be tough this year. I’m doing my best to stay focused. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to ride with possabilities, grateful my teaching schedule is not full now, and that I have the experiences to fine-tune this season. I will post in February after the first race of the season.