I really feel like shit (sorry Mayor I don't want to mess up my G rating) but I REALLY wish I was on my way to the South Dakota/Wyoming border about now. I didn't think it would bother me this much but it consumed my thoughts most of the day.
I have decided, after a discussion with the Mrs. last night that Gut-Check 2009 is on the schedule. I feel better and am much more focused when I have a goal in sight. It beat me last year and that still bothers me. The worst part is when I stopped last year my legs felt good, my rear end felt good but it was my ARM that failed me. My left arm had went totally numb, and honestly a year later I still don't have all the feeling back in my left hand pinky.
Training for next year starts next Tues. Why next Tues you say, it's when the kids go back to school. This frees up my lunch hour for training time. Yeah I know it's only an hour but it really makes a difference. I spend 45 minutes on my (recumbent) stationary bike Mon., Wed., & Fri. and lift weights for 45 minutes on Tues. and Thurs. This is on top of my normal riding in the evenings and weekends. Hopefully it will keep/improve my legs over the off season and get my upper body strong enough to keep feeling in my left arm.
On top of that weight, at my thinnest roadie wiener weight I weighed in at 160 lbs right now I'm at 185ish or so. This will change, honestly I really had to work/starve myself to get to 160 and did not feel strong at all at that weight. My goal is 170 to 175 this is when I feel my best and strongest so that is my goal. Its only 10 to 15 lbs which shouldn't be much of a problem with a proper training regiment.
Last but not least I feel I have the support of my family to defeat this beast of a ride. The Mrs. is on board, (she's even willing to sag my sorry butt again), the kiddos are aware that Dad will be starting to ride and lift more, with that kinda support how can I not give it another go (do I have a great and supporting wife and kids or what). There will be times it will be tough and a strain, but then again is there anything that's worth achieving that's not.
366 DAYS AND COUNTING!!!