So, this time of year there is a lot going on (work, holidays, mtb season, 70.3 MIA) but nothing all at the same time. I am in what I like to call the “not plan plan” time of year. The rest of the year, I train pretty strictly off of a training plan developed from Joe Friel’s cyclist training bible. Last year I undertook a pretty ambitious program. Joe himself actually says that any cyclist who has not been riding three years (yup, me) shouldn’t need consider a plan. Everything in the first three years is base mileage. OK- I thought…but then, why not be methodical about my base right? So, I built myself a little training plan based off of 600 ATP hours (ATP=Annual Training Plan). Every Monday all winter and spring I rode for 4 hours. Monday is my long day because I work on weekends…more on that another time. You do, however, have to take life and work into account when scheduling rides and workouts.
I went from the base 1, to base 2, to base 3, build 1, build 2, peak, and back to a small base, build, build, peak…and followed his model to what I feel like is success in my racing this year (2nd at State Cri cat 3/4, 6 hr 70.3 Providence, 7th Female overall at the ORAMM). However, after the Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell, I had no race looming on the horizon. I went back to Joe and he stressed the importance of this time of year–having fun on the bike during the transition.
So, that is what I have been doing. I have been mountain biking, riding Rizzo, and even my TT bike if I feel like. I have been running a little as well (although–I hate running, it is good cross training). This is all well and good, but I really know myself and I like having a plan.
So, this time of year, I am back to ATP planning. I am pinpointing my “A” priority races, “B” priority races, and my “C” priority races for 2012 (which can be a challenge as many dates are not totally set, but you can go off of weekends from years past). I am setting my goals and trying to have a method to my madness….I am also sending in my lottery application to the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. Hopefully, this race will be another “A” priority race I can add to my calendar….how can you NOT want to do this race after watching this video: