Saturday, December 26, 2009

One season ends as another begins.

This week marks a turning point. We just passed the shortest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere and I look forward to getting a few bonus moments of sunshine each day for the next six months. Soon my commute will not be completely shrouded in darkness, yet it will be quite some time before temperatures rise predictably above the freezing mark around here.

A few days ago, I officially ended one season and began another with the same ride: an indoor (6 hour) century on my trusty Cycle-Ops trainer.  I submitted this ride as my final effort in the 2009 UMCA Year Rounder competition which pushed my total over 3000 miles and allowed me to achieve my goal of the 3000 mile “Gold Award.” I also consider this indoor session to be the first official base-building training ride of the 2010 season. Having spent the past few months taking it easy with both mileage and intensity, I’ve been picking up the volume recently with indoor rides of 2 hours or more and this was my first full-out distance effort with 2010 goals in mind. I hope to log at least two indoor centuries per month between now and April to deepen my base and add raise my position in the UMCA Indoor Challenge.

With 2010 bearing down on us, it’s also time to look back on the past year and plan for the season ahead. In 2009, I:

  1. Completed my first 1200+ event on London-Edinburgh-London.
  2. Missed the sub-100 hour goal on LEL by 45 minutes: roughly equal to the amount of time spent at a pub celebrating the (near) end of the epic event.  Glad to have chosen the social over the symbolic. It wasn’t a race after all.
  3. Successfully upgraded my equipment to include a Schmidt dynohub and an Edelux headlamp, both of which work beautifully.
  4. Reached Gold classification (3000+ miles) in the UMCA Year-Rounder competition.
  5. Finished a double century race in less than 12 hours. (11h34m)
  6. Placed second in the Rapha Gentlemen’s Race.
  7. Did not win the Saratoga 12-hour race, but placed 4th and finished with a respectable 226 miles.

Under the tree this year:

  1. The above photo (framed) taken by my darling daughter.
  2. A Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS. I’ll report back once I’ve spent a little time figuring it out.
  3. A black PACE Sportswear Merino Wool Cap (available from Boure)
  4. Spinervals 2.0 Lake Placed Training Ride DVD. Trying it out tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.

Next up: Goals for 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Well done George, on your Gold Award! That is fabulous. Love the picture by your daughter. What a wonderful present. I'll be watching out for your comments on the Spinervals DVD. Happy New Year to you, have an excellent year.