Yesterday, after taking a 3.6 mile recovery walk, I rode my bike for about 12 miles and completed the same workout I did at this time last week: form sprints. The idea of this workout is to develop and improve sprinting form rather than to go full tilt, that comes later. But at the end of the ride, after seven sprinting efforts, I just couldn't help myself.
The ground was almost completely flat, the road was wide open, and I was feeling good--so I put my hands in the drops, shifted to a harder gear, rose out of the saddle, and sprinted as hard as I could sprint for about 15 seconds. I hit 26.9 mph, which I will eclipse within a few weeks, but which for now is a decent speed for me.
The most important thing I have to work on if I'm to hit 32-35 mph in a sprint this year--which is a stated goal of mine--is to deal with my fear. This will come with time and practice, but the bottom line is that it takes guts to rise out of the saddle and give 100% when you're already traveling at a decent speed. Thoughts go through my head like, "What if my chain breaks or slips? What if I put too much torque on the cogs and they give way? What if my 10 year old frame decides it's had enough and cracks? What if? What if? What if?"
It's easy to deal with these thoughts when I'm sitting around thinking about it, but try sprinting as fast as you can when you're already traveling 18-20 mph or faster and you'll see what I mean. It takes guts. And unlike the pros, I don't have a support vehicle and ambulances around to scrape me off the ground if I do go down!
So anyhow, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! I plan to just stick with the plan, keep working on my sprinting form, and slowly add intensity over the coming weeks. As I combine this with weight loss and increasing fitness levels, I'll reach my goal--of this I'm sure! I'm determined! I hit 30 last year, so 32-35 ain't nothing! It's mine!
Hope you all have a great evening, and thanks for reading.
(Here's a pic of me and the old beast from a couple years ago)