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Poll : What Are Your Plans/Goals For Cycling Next Season?(30 posts)

Poll : What Are Your Plans/Goals For Cycling Next Season?CARBON110
Sep 10, 2003 5:43 AM
You may include this fall and winter as "next season" I count my cycling season from Oct-Oct. Thats when the racing stops. My goals:

-Ride as much as possible with family memebers and close friends
-Ride with Ted in TX, Jeff/Allie in Conn and VT and about 4 RBR people in SF, Plus Ray in Tahoe..what an opportunity
-Upgrade my racing cat.
-Win Roan Groan Race
-Win First stage of GMSR
-Max weight leg press this winter 300# watts
-Go to France in July for 10 days and ride anywhere

It should be a hell of a 12 months !
Points upgrade to Cat 2, then move to Masters A instead ;-) nmSpunout
Sep 10, 2003 5:46 AM
Pounds and HillsSTI
Sep 10, 2003 5:57 AM
I plan to drop about 10-15 pounds (back to racing weight) and do as many climbs as possible. I am just finishing a Cinelli Starship with an FSA compact crankset, American Dream wheels, Campy deraileurs and cluster (13-29) with Ergo levers, Ritchey WCS bar, and X2 pedals. I have great expectations for the coming season.
Keep the rubber side down.
NEXT season???biknben
Sep 10, 2003 6:06 AM
I'm in the middle of my race peak for
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My season this year began in Dec. and will go to mid-Oct. MTB racing is my priority and the race series goes from May to Oct. I have a cluster of big races this month so I planned my peak for Sept. Everything has gone well and I'm at my best right now. I'm on track to do 7k miles this year on the road which is the most I've ever done.

Next season will probably be scheduled the same. A small peak in late may/june and then a big one in Sept. I'm also planning to mix in more road racing. I'm cat'ing up so that gives me more enthusiasm to race on the road.

BTW: GMSR looked really cool. That one may be on my schedule next year.
ditto on GMSR, some Ontario teams went, must get on that! nmSpunout
Sep 10, 2003 6:12 AM
be groovy and flowingJS Haiku Shop
Sep 10, 2003 6:25 AM
"If you desire to be groovy and flowing instead of battling and conquering, miles-per-hour is the last equation you want to pay attention to."
-Bob Roll

wow, i had lots of grandiose goals this year and haven't met many of the really specific ones, most notably "super randonneur". not sure i'll go back to IL for the lesser brevets, but i plan to ride the 600k, presumably in may 2003.

you know, all i do as far as responsibility is layout the routes and show up with cue sheets. taking some of the responsibilities that others couldn't or wouldn't seems to have pushed me into a defacto leadership role, which was not my intent, but is a pleasant bit of recoil. along those lines, i've assumed a new set of tasks, the most rewarding of which seems to be fostering burgeoning distance riders and bringing those with grand aspirations "into the fold". TNSquared, SpecialTater, and many others new to our group this year are awesome new friends and unbeatable company on the road. i've been studying leaders and leadership, and one of the relevant quotes goes something like, "great leaders don't create followers, but more great leaders."

with "patronage" comes vulnerability, and i've continued these rides and efforts at the expense of playing doormat to a few (not those mentioned above, mind you) who've taken my "good nature" for granted.

here's hoping i can satisfy all my predatory instincts in cyclocross. otherwise, next year's not gonna be pleasant for some.

"Beware the fury of a patient man."
Heck, I'm in the fun part of this season!PaulCL
Sep 10, 2003 6:33 AM
The weather is cooler, lots of organized centuries, a team time trial in November (by the way, I need teammates??)...I'm not ready for goal setting yet.

But if I must....
1.Surpass 2003 mileage. I'll probably do 4000 miles this year

2.Maintain my weight over winter. Drop it in the Spring. I'd like to ride at 180, but I'm in the upper 180's now

3.Off Season: I'm in the weight room a lot and I have to stop doing so much upper body (hence the weight gain). So my weightroom goal is to do more leg work, less UB work.

4.Do one century per month May thru Oct. I'm good at the 80 milers, but a time crunch keeps me from the next 20.

5.Do a trip. This year was a week in Colorado. Friends and I are discussing a 5 day Natchez Trace trip. Anyone want to join us??? Seriously. We're trying to get up a group of at least 8 to ride and camp along the way.

6.And foremost, keep my wife happy while I get to ride. A happy wife is a happy house.

lose weight and get into racing shape again nmDougSloan
Sep 10, 2003 6:46 AM
Same as 2003, plus no injuries . . .ms
Sep 10, 2003 6:57 AM
My goals for 2003 were frustrated by weather (in January and February) and a fall in July.

The 2003 goals and what happened are as follows:

1. I wanted to do my first double century. I signed up for the Death Valley Double on March 1 (my wife had I had pre-existing plans to be in Southern California then). Bad weather on the East Coast in January and February meant that I had little outside riding miles under my belt (less than 60 miles in February). Hours and hours on the indoor trainer helped, but I was not ready. I turned back a Scotty's Castle for a ride of 130 miles.

2. Etape du Tour. Did it in 2002 and wanted to do it again in 2003, except faster. Well, my fall on July 3 put an end to that. I did start the Etape but abandoned at the top of the Col de Soudet.

3. 5,000 miles of riding for the year. I was on track at the end of June (2,677 miles notwithstanding less than 200 miles for January and February combined). But, since my fall, I have done less than 300 miles (all against doctor's orders). I hope to get in some miles during the remaining months of the year, but there is no way that I can get in 2000 miles in October, November and December.

I did accomplish some of the things that I wanted to do in 2003. I finished the Mountains of Misery without bonking as I did in 2002 and I think that I will be able to finish the Civil War Century this Saturday. If I can stay on the bike and off of the asphalt for the rest of this year and 2004, I hope that I can accomplish all of my 2003 goals in 2004.
Being back home in good ole southern caabicirider
Sep 10, 2003 7:13 AM
will be all new goals but I can hardly wait to get home, those rides in Trabuco Canyon, or along good ole PCH oh yea. Dont know if I will be able to put has many miles on next year as this year(as of sept 1, 2003 about 7900 miles)sure going to try, other goals look up get together with old cycling buddies, and have a great time in Tahoe in Jeremy I look forward to that, We will see how I can hang with the masters cat as far as racing, but overall goal just enjoy being back home I thank my blessing for the chance to get back to Southern Ca almost 11 years in NC is more than enough.
Being back home in good ole southern caCHRoadie
Sep 10, 2003 8:26 AM
Check out Ride Around The Bear and Breathless Agony--two fantastic, tough SoCal centuries.
Ray, glad you found a better place!CARBON110
Sep 10, 2003 8:49 AM
I know you had the roughest year of your life so its great to hear things are going your way. I am really impressed you stayed on your bike so much despite it all. You earned it! I look forward to riding out there with ya and I hope things continue to pick up for you
I agree with your last point, my #1 goal is always to have more fun with more folks. nmMB1
Sep 10, 2003 7:34 AM
re: Poll : What Are Your Plans/Goals For Cycling Next Season?MR_GRUMPY
Sep 10, 2003 7:40 AM
1) Getting rid of this "bug" that I've had for the last 5 months.
2) Loose 15 pounds
3) Start the "season" training year on Nov. 1
4) Be ready for the start of the racing season in early March (Brrrrrrr)
Grumpy, why does our season here start in March,...TFerguson
Sep 11, 2003 11:21 AM
when there is still snow on the ground, and end in mid-August when the two best weather months are still to come. I know that there are still some races and TTs, but most seem consider the season over after Downers.
very specific - ride more!stratoshark
Sep 10, 2003 7:47 AM
I want to continue riding organized centuries, but also expand into the 150-200 mile range. Maybe some brevets. Never done it and looks like a good challenge.

Ride the mountain bike more and learn new skills. I'm technically a newbie on the mtb.

This fall/winter, get in 2 or 3 cross races on the mtb, lift weights, run, have fun. Get ready for the long rides next year.

Also, I need to remember to help new and less experienced riders on our club rides. I grew tired this year of hanging off the back, pacing someone back up, or staying with them and getting them back to the ride start. A new happy rider is a potential lifelong cyclist. A new disgusted/frustrated rider is a future cycling dropout. I need to remember that and sacrifice my time to help them out. The more, the merrier.
word nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 10, 2003 7:51 AM
Well if you ever got your sorry self up to DC you could really get some miles in! nmMB1
Sep 10, 2003 8:34 AM
Amen, second that ! The last part is very very cool "nm"CARBON110
Sep 10, 2003 8:55 AM
Ride a Stage Race - Upgrade to Cat4-More!Dream plus
Sep 10, 2003 8:13 AM
I was going to do the Giro di Coppi but it was cancelled. Next year I hope it will make the schedule. Otherwise it's the Millionaire's Stage Race.

I won't have enough finishes to upgrade until next season. This is my first season as a Cat5. My best finish so far is 4th. I'd like to finish a little higher before I upgrade.

I rode the D20 Age graded road championship in 40+ last weekend and stayed with the lead group for 6 of the 8 climbs, and finished 5 min down. Next year I can ride 50+ and I want to be able to hang for the entire race.

But this years not over yet! There's still cross season and I don't feel nearly as burnt out as I did last year at this time.
2004 Goals:CHRoadie
Sep 10, 2003 8:22 AM
1) Finish 4th pass of Breathless Agony in 7:30
2) Finish Death Ride
3) Do Amtrak Century in 5 hours (ride time)
4) 4,500 miles
Not all are laid out yet, but....PseuZQ
Sep 10, 2003 9:25 AM
1) Devil Mountain Double. I did Taste of the Devil this year (double metric, 12k climbing) and it was a hoot!!
2) Camp for a ride. (I may yet get a chance to try it this year...stay tuned!)
3) Learn to work my on own bike. Dammit.
4) Ride some more doubles.
5) If there are longer brevets in the area maybe try those too.
6) Stay healthy
Go Fasterbimini
Sep 10, 2003 9:50 AM
Loose 10# of fat in the winter

Train Smarter - Ride recovery days easier and Strength Days Harder

Work on aero position, spinning and up my average time trail speed by 1 or 2 MPH.

Have Fun - Ride more Road races - I love being in a pack of 100 bikes going FAST

Win a couple of races at the local 1/2 mile paved oval series. Got a 2nd and two 3rds at the last evening of racing this year.

Hang with the big dogs to the finish in a large road race. (In the road races around here either all the Cats ride together or at a minimum Cats3,4,5 & masters ride together). It's a tough pack to hang onto in the hills and during the attacks and surges.

Find a way to convince my wife Judy that I'm not wasting too much time & money on this bicycling thing. (This is the tough one)
re: Poll : What Are Your Plans/Goals For Cycling Next Season?TNSquared
Sep 10, 2003 10:11 AM
Having just started riding this March, I don't have a defined season. My goals for the next 12 months include:

- ride lots and lots of dark, cold, wet miles this winter to build a fitness base and mental toughness
- continue to increase monthly mileage so that I ride 10,000 miles in any given 12 month period
- survive my first cyclocross races this fall
- compete in a road race of any kind next spring
- go from "riding" to "training" - with specific workout goals, periodization, etc., rather than just covering miles
- complete a DC or longer
- brevet?
- complete a century in less than 5 hours
- finish 3 Mountain 3 State and 6 Gap
- lose 15 lbs of gut and become a better climber
- re-visit Mt. Magazine, AR, and kick its @ss
- gain leg muscle and become stronger/faster
- develop better handling skills, road and off-road
- be able to act as ride leader when needed
- involve myself in the local club more than just as a dues-paying member
- meet up with some other RBR'ers for a group ride
- be a happy, considerate rider who gives motorists a good impression every time
- avoid staying up all night to re-read the lateste Excel catalog for the 20th time
- somewhere, sometime, beat J to just one stop sign
you need counseling nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 10, 2003 10:47 AM
staying up all night to re-read the lateste Excel catalog..Qubeley
Sep 10, 2003 1:27 PM
That I can relate. It's a sickness, man.
Try and gain some weight...Tom C
Sep 10, 2003 11:55 AM
It's the same every year. By August, I slip down to 125. This morning, 123. Skin, veins and muscle, what there is of it shows through. At 52 I thought one was supposed to show an inclination to weight gain. I guess that's for the sedentary eh? Upped the protein, lifted weights nothing works. At 5'9" I don't look small or anything and climb as well as I ever did, never had a good sprint and can still manage the occasional sub 25 minute 10 mile time trial. The funny thing is the last racing journal I kept from my last competition year 1989, I typically started the season at 142-144 and ended up around 135 so somehow I'm shrinking. Short of steroids anybody else a chronic ectomorph? Oh yes, my other goal is to keep going... year after year.
Yeah, keep going, and going, and .....hrv
Sep 10, 2003 12:19 PM
Just read a post in about a 63 yr. old road racer who placed well against a bunch of 55 yr. olds! As a relatively new road racer at 48 I can't tell you the joy I felt hearing that! I probably will not even come into form until I'm 50 something - can't wait! It's not the results; victory comes from the attempt.

re: Poll : What Are Your Plans/Goals For Cycling Next Season?noveread
Sep 10, 2003 12:45 PM
-Take lessons learned this season and apply to next season
-have fun
-get strong
-have fun
-don't get overtrained (new coach)
-have fun
-get a top-10 in cat4 (I wanna be a 3 by the time I'm 35)
-have fun

The Empty Wrapper
Next year? I still have two Doubles to do. nmBruno S
Sep 10, 2003 8:24 PM