Thursday, September 28, 2006

CROSS OVER: more training and coaching thoughts

With the road season all but over the rise of other forms of athletic touchier start up. Cyclecross being the most prominent, well, football too I guess. I have never really gotten into cross. Racing every weekend from March to Sept is tough enough. The fall (for me) is time to rest, drink beer and fight with my girl friend over what ever game happens to be on that Sunday.
I have always wanted to race in some cyclecross races as cross is the sum of all of my weakness wrapped up into 45+ embarrassing minutes.
For the last 3 years many different reasons have come up and kept me from the races but this year I think it really may happen! Now mind you I am not suggesting that after racing all summer on the road diving full steam into a cycle cross season that goes every weekend until mid December is a good idea, in fact I think it’s a horrible idea!! My approach is that cross will bring out, and there for improve my weaknesses. I am not training full bore for these races and will only do a few. I did go to the local Cross group ride in boulder the other day. pretty fun, and great practice. I didn’t embarrass myself too much. Although I think one girl did beat me? So this weekend we’ll see how things go… Thankfully there will be no girls, sorry, women in my race.
Also going on is the need for me to throw down in a half Ironman again. Right now I am working on some logistics for the SOMA ½. The competition looks a bit harder than Montauk ½ I did last year even for the time of year. But in AZ I guess winter is just a word??
So here I am in full beer drinking, hot wing eating, parting, football watching mode and I have two sports looming that couldn’t be more different. “Coach Eric how are you going to pull this off?!?!?” “simplicity, that’s how, just keeping things simple” This may not sound like a normal “off season” but it will have me more skilled and stronger in the long run. More to come, stay tuned for my progress…

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