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Whoah, Thursday already!
This weekend is really, truly the last bit of racing up here in the Seattle area, so if you’re one of the local folks reading this – and you’re not headed off to Nationals in a bit – congrats! You’re just about done with another season!
It well and truly is the last weekend of racing, with races on both Saturday and Sunday this week. That’s not a bad way to close out the season, but it’s also a fair bit of racing to nurse your well-depleted resources through this late into December!
So, racing both days this weekend?
Take today off, or do a pretty darn light workout, ideally something that focuses on leg speed.
Spin Ups –
– Get on your bike and warm up with a leisurely spin, 10-20 minutes minimum.
– After you’re warm, find a nice, long, flat or slightly downhill section of road with little to no traffic.
– Begin interval by rolling into it at a moderate speed, in a gear that’s smaller than you would typically use to sprint.
– Get out of the saddle and sprint.
– Spin the gear up out of the saddle. When your leg speed gets to the point where it’s hard to maintain, sit down and keep going until you are totally spun-out. We’re talking fast, can’t turn ‘em over any faster…
Think Road-Runner fast…
The goal here isn’t to make the bike go fast, it’s to make your legs go fast.
There’s a difference, eh?
You should do these in a small enough gear that you want to shift up.
– Repeat 3-5 times, a minute or so recovery between reps.
That’s a set.
Recover for 5 minutes, rolling around at a leisurely pace between sets.
– Go again, same thing.
Recover, then repeat as time and fitness allow.
Shoot for 3-5 sets of 3-5, or keep going until your leg speed drops off.
When you’ve completed all your reps, roll on home at a leisurely, relaxed pace. Ideally, take 1/2 hour or so to do this.
Thanks for following along.
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s been a “begging for money” bit attached to the beginning of this page for a couple of weeks now.
I’d like to thank everyone who has chipped in this season – and the past couple of seasons – when I’ve asked you to. It’s made a difference.
How much of a difference?
Well, let’s put it this way; the small donations from you folks have kept the lights on on this page.
There’s a certain (small) amount of money that has to come out of my pocket to pay for this page, and there’s a certain (larger) amount of money that, as a self-employed person, I need to write off based on the time spent on writing, posting, and – yes – giving training advice away that other people charge for.
So, once again, thanks to those who have contributed.
As much as I hate to say it, though, the contributions this season are way down compared to the last two years, and I don’t know if I can keep this going unless more people contribute.
Yeah. That sucks. I hate to have to write it, but I just looked at my bank balance, and the bills sitting on my desk, and the paying work that I’m putting off while I sit here writing this, and… well… crap.
So, that’s where we’re at.
I don’t know what the future of the CXWOTD looks like. Maybe there’s a paywall, maybe I try to pursue some corporate sponsorship, maybe I just bag the whole thing, maybe I scale things down and post less often… heck, maybe I just decide that I don’t care what the numbers say, and keep going anyways.
Nothing is going to happen in the short term. At minimum, I’m going to play things out through the end of this season before making any decisions.
Just wanted to let ya’all know what was what.
So, hey… if you feel like you’ve gotten anything of value out of this blog, and you’d like to see it continue, please do me a favor – and yes, it’s a favor, and I will be truly thankful for it – and send a buck or two (or five, or whatever…) my way.
How do you do that?
Simply click on the graphic below, and PayPal will be glad to make it happen.
Thanks for the consideration!
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