Jan 1, 2011

2011 - The Test of Endurance

Welcome to 2011. The crash at Mountain Bike Oregon (MBO) in July, removed me from the racing scene for the remainder of 2010. Multiple complications from the initial stitches kept coming up, and the wound was re-opened more times than I care to remember.

I spent the remainder of the summer and the entire fall training in the ways that I was able to given the ongoing injury, leading group rides on the road, and spending some quality time on a full suspension mountain bike I bought in September.

Now with the scar all closed up, the nerves regenerating, I have already paid for one race in 2011: An adventure race in Vancouver BC in May. This will be my first adventure race, and needless to say I am stoked. It's January 1st, which means the training season transitions from the "prep" phase to the "build" phase, for those of you who know about periodization of training programs. Essentially you map out your year based on your priority races, and you do all kinds of charting, mapping and math to figure out how much you need to train each month, each week, each day, and what that training has to look like, all the way up until the race. Sound tedious? It is kind of, and it's not kind of. It's nice to see it all laid out, and now mine is from here until June.

June is the Test of Endurance Mountain Bike Race, a race I have been wanting to do for years. Mostly because it is called the Test Of Endurance, and that alone has my name written all over it. So the plan is to race TOE 3 weeks after the adventure race, which with a little bit of tweeking to the training schedule, should line up just fine.

The only question now is, the 50 mile version or the 100 mile version. That is TBD.