I am filled with a sense of deep loss today as I hear of the passing of Bob Bennen, he will be deeply missed by his community and his family. I met Bob a few years ago on my first group ride, we chatted and he gave me some little tips. As the ride went on I told him that I was starting to get ready for my first triathlon and he said “we should get together sometime and we can run through how it works” You know what people tell you “someday” but not Bob, a couple of weeks later he pinged me on Facebook and followed up.
So I have a friend, a really good friend, and he has started to train again. Train again with me. We are trying to ride together consistently, and it is challenging because of life schedules and that we are not near the same fitness level at the moment. However, training with him is good for my soul. We have been riding Mt. Lemmon and for now we ride like this.
- We start at the base together
- I ride to the first overlook ,turn around
- I soft pedal down until I pass him and find the first safe place to turn around again
- I ride up to him and check in, then continue up to that overlook again.
- Repeat until we are both at that overlook, then start the same thing to the next one.
- Over and over until one of us is done.
I like this riding because it lets us both ride where we are fitness wise right now, stay close enough that we don’t lose touch in case one person has a mechanical or some other issue.
So this doesn’t capture all the miles and all the time, but it still is a bit mind boggling when you look at it all added up…
I guess the open question will be, what will the coming year look like… Let’s look at the goals (in some kind of order)
- complete the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike in under 10 hours (of course first I have to finish it first, post on this coming up as I get my head around some issues)
- PR in the Ironhorse
- have a pile of fun suffering in the Mojave Death Race
- have some feeling of success in the AZ Cycling season
- return in some way to triathlons, if only to keep the body healthy while training
- still pondering the California Death Ride
Stress, I seem to have a lot of feelings of stress and anxiety. I know in my core that working out and getting exercise generally help reduce the symptoms of stress and go a long way in helping me sleep. So then how do these things get in my way… guilt. The guilt that I am not dealing with the causes, the guilt that I use exercise to procrastinate and avoid the triggers and causes of my stress and anxiety. Could I be doing something ‘productive’, should I be spending time figuring out where my life is going. SO then I skip the workout and I don’t sleep, my productivity goes down the drain and I am irritable and hard to bear.
Viscous cycle and I am really really bad at getting out of it
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I had no idea.
AAA now provides bikes with the same roadside service as automobiles.
Spend any amount of time on a bike, and it’s bound to happen—you get a second flat tire when you only packed one spare tube, that chain you’ve been meaning to replace “eventually” finally snaps, or a random-but-important bolt dislodges and disappears. If you’re lucky, this mishap will occur within walking distance of your home or bike shop—but because the Endurance Gods have a wicked sense of humor, you’ll more likely be stranded miles from anyone or anything.
Training for something is key to my focus and right now I have nothing really on my race calendar. Mojave Death Race is on the calendar, first time just as a participant not as a leader/captain. I have signed up for the Leadville lottery and would like to get a few more triathlons under my belt but, what and how long to do. Probably going to sign up for the Ironhorse and looking into the Death Ride. Also starting to look at the AZ Cycling calendar…
Easy, light morning pedal. Leave the house to ride to the swim meet. Cool cloudy, make it to the river path and just gently move down the trail. Just spend the time looking around and saying hello.