...And by 'happy August,' I mean, 'Thank God! The end of the summer is at least close enough that I can now imagine it, though it's still blazing hot way too much of the time!'
Now that my leg is back in solid working order (except for the occasional twinge) and I've discovered the Joy of Rest Days, and with 'cross season fast approaching, I've decided to set some goals for the month of August. Or, at least, a goal. I'll try to come up with more than one, as part of my effort to train myself to focus a little less narrowly.
I'll be on vacation for a week starting tomorrow morning. I'm bringing my notebook PC, because last I checked the weather isn't supposed to be perfect for loafing on the beach the whole time I'm in Florida. That being said, I'm not sure I'll do much in the way of blogging. It depends.
So. Here are my goal(s) for August:
- Ride 300 miles. Yes, that's a big jump from 213, but I don't think it's unattainable by any means. We're still talking about less than 100 miles a week. Commuting alone, if I ride both ways daily, nets me 70 miles already.
- Take at least one rest day per week. Yes, that's right — an entire day without sitting on the bike, or at least without making any actual effort on the bike.
- Put together some kind of more specific training plan for 'cross. While 'ride, then ride some more, then ride even more, then take a day off, then ride a whole lot' makes a great training plan for centuries and brevets, I'm pretty sure I'll want to mix it up a little for 'cross season.
- EAT MORE. I have noticed that I often don't eat enough to keep up with my daily caloric burn. While that's good in one respect — I'm trimming off weight at a pretty good clip — it's bad in some others. When I eat more, I feel better. Thus, eat more.
Hm. Four goals. Well, I guess that'll work for now. Not too narrow, not too broad.