Instead of riding, I’m filling my mind with memories of races, plans for future races, and a little hill running on the side. I have a saddle sore I need to get healed up (please excuse the TMI), so really, a little off-season isn’t completely unwelcome. But I’m already thinking about the races I want to do next year.
Am I the only cyclist out there who plans to race five times as much as he actually races? Every year, I find myself wishing and hoping to do all kinds of races, but when the season actually arrives, it’s much quieter. I think I end up doing five races at most each year, if I’m lucky. This year, I did a snowshoe 5k (2nd place), the bike leg of a relay triathlon (4th fastest in our division), a full reverse sprint triathlon (13th), the Snowbird Hillclimb, and that’s about it. I have a running 5k coming up (the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot has become a family tradition), so that’ll round me up with about five events for this year. As for next year, here’s what I have in mind:
• The February snowshoe 5k
• An early season pool-swim sprint triathlon with my in-laws (no, I don’t have one in mind yet)
• The Pocatello Time Trial Series ($20 for six races–not bad, eh?)
• An August hillclimb (either this one, this one, this one, or one of my own design)
• And I’ve already committed to being on a LOTOJA relay team
So, of course, I’m already dreaming about each one of these each day–particularly as I spend more time off the bike.
I also find myself dreaming about upgrades for my bike during the off-season. This year, I really don’t have a lot of equipment or apparel purchases in mind, to be honest, but there are a few items I’m interested in. Allow me to elaborate:
• I recently read a review of a bike that has the same seatpost as mine, and it included the following observation: "The seatpost is a horrid affair with obnoxious serrations that facilitate every saddle angle except the one you seem to need. It belongs on a $329 mountain bike. Its weight is comparable to most medieval battle weapons. Total pooh." Yes, the author is dead on. So I may be in the market for a more adjustable seatpost. In particular, I’m thinking about grabbing one of these. I like Bontrager stuff, so far, and I don’t need carbon because I really only do short-course racing (in case you couldn’t tell from my schedge).
• I’ve had time trial booties on my Christmas list for a couple of years now. The owner of one of the local shops told me he’d give me a deal on a pair of Nike booties if I decide to purchase them. I just have one problem: I can’t stand the word "bootie"! I’m just kidding. The real reason I haven’t purchased them is because I can’t seem to convince my wife that time trial booties are a necessity.
With the economic situation, that might be the full extent of my Christmas list. Still, I might not get either of those items. For whatever reason, members of my family are resistant to giving me cycling stuff–even though I use the cycling stuff 10x more than I use the other stuff. Maybe this will be the year, but with the economic situation, I have my doubts.