Yesterday I headed over to M College to check out their cycling center and meet with Dean P, who is the coach and man in charge of their many time national championship cycling program.
The cycling center is awesome - a couple of rooms filled will drool-worthy equipment, training tools, and way skinnier than I'll ever be 18-20somthing aged cyclists. Despite that, it wasn't an intimidating scene. Sure, I'll be the older fatter guy, but bike folks generally seem to be fun (much like beer folks) and I'm there with the same goals as everyone else: get faster.
I met with Dean and we talked about what I was looking for out of this experience, and as of today he's sending me daily workout programs with a goal of starting racing in May. He mentioned as many as 20 races this year, which seems like a lot, but I do trust him (as he said - "we've developed guys here that went pro after graduating") and I think it's going to be an awesome experience.
45 minute trainer ride at recovery pace (easy)
Add 3 x 6 (5) sub LT efforts (zone 3 -- a perceived effort of 5-6 on a a scale of 1 being super easy and 10 being maximum)
3x6(5) means three six-minute zone 3 intervals with 5 minutes off between.
As of lunch:
1,493 calorie diet. You may eat about 803 additional calories today.
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You can count on this blog getting very boring now.
This weekend we worked at the BIG winterfest, pouring beer, carrying around ice, etc - and then afterwords drank some really nice aged beer at a very nice home. Then Ted bought us dinner. I guess. All I know is that I didn't pay for it.
Birthday over. I await your (late) checks.