First let me start with a summary of 2007
Mountain: 1157.66 miles – 117:14:03 – Average Speed 9.9 mph (About 25 miles is missing because of GPS malfunctions)
Road: 132.18 miles – 7:16:15 – Average Speed 18.2 mph
Trainer: 648.52 miles – 43:35:45 – Average Speed 16.2 mph
Total: 1938.36 miles – 168:06:04 – Average Speed 11.8 mph
All in all it was a pretty good year since I spent very little time on the bike from September on.
Now looking forward, I have a lot of work to do. This morning I planned to go to the gym, but my pager went off one minute before my alarm clock. By the time I had the work stuff wrapped up, it was too late to go to the gym. So instead, I did a pre-bedtime ride on the trainer. This is when I realized how far out of shape I have gotten in three months. I rode for 43 minutes using the Carmichael Training System Mountain Bike Racing Video as a guide. I had to stop early because I was beginning to get light headed. Yikes! Oh well, tomorrow is a new day. Probably will sleep in an extra hour tomorrow and try to do a workout tomorrow night.
I have talked about starting over many times. In many ways 2008 will be a starting over year. I have managed in the last 5 months to put back on all the weight I lost 3 years ago. I suspect when I weigh in tomorrow at the gym, I will be up over 260 pounds. I have done very little in the way of exercise in the last 3 months. Well all of this has to change, and that change will start tomorrow. I have one primary goal for next year. I want to complete a 24 hour mountain bike endurance race this summer. The race I intend to enter is the 24 Hours of Hanson Hills. My understanding of the course leads to a couple of other sub goals. 1. Lose at least 40 pounds. I discovered at the hilly courses where I did the 12 hour races last summer, that it was just to difficult to push my body up hills effectively. I need to lose weight off my body to make climbing effective. 2. Training on mountain bike trails at least 2 times a week. Last summer I did not do much off road riding outside of races. This made me much more tentative and tense which equals slower. Finally 3. Improve my performance in the 3 12 hour races leading up to the 24 hour race.
Progress updates are coming tomorrow. I will try to blog about it when I can.