Friday, April 21, 2006

Keep on Rollin'

Since I have been training less than usual I figure maybe I can just throw money at the problem. I found the perfect thing, ceramic bearings. Oh yes.. for a smidge over $300 I can replace my wheel bearings and for another $200 my bottom bracket can get the full treatment of low friction, ceramic goodness. Yes, this and my ultra lightweight, carbon, aero wheels should fill the training void nicely.

Status

Normally I'd be writing regularly about the goings on in the NW peloton, but I really haven't been racing too much. I did the first two races of the season and then hit yet another motivational wall. It's been very hard to find balance between family and racing. In fact, just last week I pretty much decided I would hang up my shoes for the season. Now I can't figure out what to do.

I think the weather has certainly played a role. When Saturday comes around and I have the choice between driving 2 hours to race in the rain or hang out with my son.. well.. the choice is obvious. On the other hand, things have cleared up around here recently and I had one of the most enjoyable training rides I've had in recent memory. Additionally, last night I went to a criterium in Seward Park and had a great time. So now I'm all excited about racing again.

The most difficult thing has been accepting that it is ok to not be the best. Ok, I was never the best, but I always felt like my fitness was improving and that everytime I showed up at a race I had a chance at winning. Now I'm less confident. I tend to approach these things with an all or nothing attitude, which probably isn't healthy.

So, I guess I'll just take it day by day. I'll race when I want and try to just enjoy it. This is going to be tough. :)