Monday, December 28, 2009

How did this happen?

I hopped on one of my bikes yesterday and rode for a little over an hour for the first time in a month. I had been riding for only about a week before this last "hiatus" after coming off another 3 week ride stoppage, thanks to injury and sickness. I think in the past 3+ months, I've gotten a grand total of 2.5 to 3 weeks of riding in. Ugh...

Today, at work, I rode again for a little less than an hour... and it was easily one of the most painful rides I've had in a very long time. The combined loss of fitness from the past few months has really taken a toll. I dare say, I'm in worse shape than I was when I came back from my crash over a year ago. Granted, the night of the crash I was actually feeling quite fit... but I came back from near death in better shape than I am in right now! Again- ugh...

Thing is, these past two days of really lackluster riding have helped me realize how much I love my bikes and how much I have missed them. I hate being so out of shape and so overweight (by my standards), but I love to ride. I'm looking forward to losing weight, regaining fitness and then hopefully getting back to racing in 2010. It's time to get on the USA Cycling website and buy my racing license and try to figure out how I'm going to find enough time to train. The bruised ego is still smaller than the desire to get out there and race. It's humbling to now be pack fill, but I sure do spend a lot of time smiling at the back of the group.

I won't be fat and outta shape forever- that much I know. So here's a call to all my fellow "wanna get back in shape" friends; let's make it happen in 2010. We'll support each other, share our experiences, offer help, advice and encouragement... and we'll enjoy riding our bikes.

What say you?

Tim

7 comments:

getinlost said...

I'm In!

John Osborn said...

Right there with you with regards to the physical shape thing. Roll on 2010.

Jeff said...

Just had a nice invite from a new club being formed in North County. I've missed being in a club for, ummmm... a long time.
I no longer dream of being race-fit, but will help with the riding...
Tomorrow lunch - it's on.

Chris said...

Tim, you'll get there. Great source of motivation: www.plus3network.com lets you earn money for a charity of your choice, just by riding.

Whatever your motivation, keep those pedals turning my friend. You'll be back winning races in time for spring.

Keith said...

I am with you Tim, I will be trying to wear out my rollers :(

Lane O said...

I'm in, I was hit by a car the day after your accident at the track and am in the same state of fitness. It seems every time I start to get back into shape I have a setback of some kind that prevents me from achieving my prior fitness level.

Dan O said...

Thanks to commuting, I do okay up until December - then the wheels fall off the wagon until after the holidays. I've tapered off and now have barely ridden in 4 weeks. I'm still eating like I'm riding however (burp).

Don't sweat it - you know once you get back in the saddle and get a few weeks in - it all comes back.