Approaching the end

Today has been, and will continue to be, a freakin busy day. I woke up and began writing one of 2 papers that are due tomorrow morning (both 2,000 to 3,000 words). Then I went to class, rode my guts out up Nectar Way 20 times, came home and have been writing ever since. I hope to be finished by 3 am.

I’m really looking forward to summer. Four more weeks of school. Cycling would be so much easier without it. And vise versa. Ok, here I go. No more distractions. Back to work.

3 thoughts on “Approaching the end

  1. My arms get buffer when I run in the fall for cx season. Something about swinging them back/forth activates it, vs. holding them still. Still, consider how much mass you’d realistically lose if your arms shriveled up (1-2 lbs?), and how that very minor reduction relative to your overall mass actually contributes to your more significant power-to-weight ratio. Also, consider how that p-t-w ratio influences your ability to climb on various steepness of grade.

    You can calculate all of this on http://www.analyticcycling.com and you might be surprised to see that kicking yourself to lose that small amount of weight is really not going to help you race faster. Paying attention to diet, race tactics, and especially REST/RECOVERY is very important.

    Psychologically, it is more beneficial to accept your body type, sculpt it into a good tool, but know where your strengths and weaknesses are (determined by genetics for the most part). You have to use your brains too! Ultimately you need to be able to say “what I’m doing is FUN”. Sometimes that is worth more than anything.

    Good luck.

  2. I think I could lose a lot more than 1-2 pounds. But don’t worry, I’m not changing anything to try to rapidly lose weight. I still eat about 5,000 calories a day (depending on the length and intensity of the workout). If I do change anything in my diet/training, it will be under the guidance of my coach and it will happen next fall and winter during base miles. And yes, you’re right–I do make sure every once and a while to remind myself that I am doing this for enjoyment.

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