Sunday, July 18, 2010

how to proceed? on two wheels

Yesterday I shared this article with Sweetie:

Mostly I wanted to let her know there were other non-bikey spouses out there, and I thought it was a good essay for that. I especially liked the part -- and Sweetie did, too -- where NBS (non-bikey spouse) says to BCS (bike-crazed spouse) after watching him race cyclocross the first time, "That's just sick and wrong." We both laughed about that.

The rest of the day went by in a lovely manner. I mowed the lawn, we watched the rebroadcast of part of Ken Burns' Baseball, and in the evening we walked to the park for some live theatre and enjoyed dinner at a new pub in our neighborhood. Over dinner, the subject came around to bikes and racing. Sweetie asked me if I felt that upgrading my bike would be helpful. It was as if I had been given an opening on a silver platter, and so I responded that actually, my money and time would be better spent learning how to upgrade myself -- learning how to train properly -- and maybe that could mean finding a coach or a gym where I could learn how to do this. More importantly, racing is a hobby for me and I want to find someone who can help me not only how to train safely, but how to fit it into an already varied, interesting and busy life. Professional racers live, breathe eat and sleep this stuff, and while I am certainly enjoying my trip through Racingland a lot, I don't want it to become my entire life -- and neither does Sweetie.

So I will focus on the fun for the remainder of my short-track season, and in the two-month break between that and the start of cyclocross season I will begin to make inquiries and see what I can find out. It may be I can't afford either of these things but it's worth researching.

Today I will take the A-R out for a pre-ride of a route I'm leading a group ride along next weekend, a mellow and casual affair that will include stops at home edible gardens and a picnic lunch in a neighborhood park. My job today is to make sure the route I've laid out has no surprises, and to get a very rough idea of how long it will take to get to each planned stop along the way. The morning is cool, with cloud cover and a light breeze; it will warm up to the mid 70's this afternoon, making for a near-perfect morning for a ride.

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NoPoGirl said...

I enjoy your blog! Thanks for writing. Please don't think that most bike racers are 100% devoted to the sport. I work full time, am married and have a 2-year-old and bike race. I don't have a coach (though I have access to sweet deals on bikes through my team). I also telemark ski and ski patrol, camp, hike, compete in triathlons, rock racing is something I do to stay in shape. As a Cat 4 road racer and a B cyclocross racer (and a 2 mtb racer as of tonight-yikes!), I struggle to hang on, but I love it! I just wanted to let you know that many (if not most) of use are just as much amateurs as you are. :)

bikelovejones said...

Hi NoPo: Thanks so much for your note. I just got back from my race (Monday night) and I am Dead Effing Tired. I think doing a pre-ride of twenty miles yesterday AND my race tonight was perhaps a teeny bit too much for This Body. Still, I am happy.
Your note was so great to read just after I got home and cleaned up.

Unlike you, I am not an athlete anywhere else in my life, so doing this racing thing is utterly insane and perhaps that's why I enjoy it all the more.

So where were you? And will I see you at short-track next week?
Thanks again --beth