Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Over the last couple of years I've dropped 32 lbs, going from 242 to 210. I've put a few pounds back on over the last month or so not so much because of the holidays but because of a slight winter depression and corollary lack of discipline. But that's not a big deal to me, it happens every year and I take those pounds off without any problems.
But here's the deal: I really love cycling and want to focus on speed this year. In the recreational cycling world you have A, B, and C riders. "C riders" average 10-12 mph and generally ride with their families or have slow bikes or simply enjoy going for a ride without pushing the pace. "B riders" average 14-16 mph and enjoy pushing the pace but for a number of reasons end up averaging in this range by the end of a ride. "A riders" average 18-22 mph, or even more, and are certainly athletes.
Over the last couple of years I have been a B+ or A- rider, that is, I have averaged 17-18 mph throughout the year, with occasional forays into the 18+ range. I think my fastest ride over the last couple of years was 19.2 mph over 60 miles but I had a strong tail wind so that doesn't really count.
What this means is that on a given group ride I get stuck in no-man's land between the A riders and the B riders. I'm too fast for the latter and too slow for the former. Thus, my goal for this year is to catch the back of the A pack, but that's easier said than done--believe me!
In order to accomplish this goal I will have to get my weight down between 190-200, and this won't be easy for me. I have established a healthy diet that I enjoy very much, but in order to lose another 10-20 lbs I'll have to cut my cals back even more and be very disciplined. This also is easier said than done which leads to the point of this blog entry--I must dig deep to reach my cycling goal for 2011 and catch those fast riders!
I know that I can do this; I'm just not sure if I have the resolve. Any thoughts?