Okay, so I haven’t quite got that second part down, but the basic premise is there. Here’s my thinking: I’m really not going to lose much more weight (back when I had six percent body fat–yes two years ago–I weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 138 pounds). But since climbing is a power-to-weight activity, I figure I can work on the other side of that ratio: power. And lately, that’s been my focus, keeping up the speed for the duration of a 40-minute climb or a 40-minute time trial ride. I really don’t know if it’s working because I haven’t had any chances to go back to the Pass lately, and I probably won’t have any for a while. But that’s not the point.
I recently got a look at the Teton Pass Climb results from the race this year, and it looks like I would’ve come in 24th with my current time trial time, and that’s a heckuvalot better than last year’s 40th or so (even if it is relatively close to the same time). It also looks like a lot of people slowed down; Kit DesLauriers didn’t produce the same speed she did last year, so heck, I might’ve even been able to keep up with her again. Woulda, coulda … so much for that. But the reality was that most people didn’t really improve much on their times–maybe a minute or so at most–so improving by leaps and bounds is going to take a lot more than my casual training regimen.
But you know, really, I’m just excited about the fact that I have already been able to put a dent in last year’s time. Coming in under 42 minutes was a thrill, and if I have to spend all winter dreaming about rounding that final corner and rising to a sprint just so I can attempt to kill 40 minutes next year, I think I’m okay with that.
But yeah, that hasn’t stopped me from going to ‘extremes’ in training lately. Just today, I did something I never would’ve done before: I … used a trainer despite semi-nice weather outside. Wait, I can explain: I just needed a 40-minute high-resistance workout, and I wasn’t sure I’d get one outdoors. Either that, or I just wanted an excuse to rewatch the Plateau De Beille stage from the ’04 Tour. I realize it’s no ’06 Tour stage 17′, but it sure got my juices flowing.
Wednesday, I’m planning on doing something else a little out of character for me … I’m going to … go to the gym and actually do some squats … I know, weird. But really, I’m hoping to see some results from a more clinical approach to this power thing. And heaven knows, I might actually be able to shed a little poundage with the weights.
In other news:
- Did y’all read that they’re making a Pantani movie in Italy next year? You think we’ll get to see it with subtitles?
- Also, despite the fact that Epic frame and shock combinations are going for a minimum of $750 on Ebay these days, I found new hope today when Specialized started showing off their ’07 (or is this still their ’06) line, including a new Brain shock. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that’ll lower the value on the older Epic Comps and frames.
- And I must apologize, I neglected to take my camera with me on this past weekend’s mountain bike ride. So no pics.