Last night was my last race of the season — there are others I could do, but I feel as though I’ve done enough, and I have no desire to do any more. It was a fine race. It went as it usually did — I rode hard, stayed with the pack the entire way, and finished near the back, trying to stay out of people’s way. Since I have no hope of winning these things, I don’t even try. I’m there for the workout and the fun.
It’s been an odd year for riding. I started out the year hoping that I might do a triathlon, but I had to give up that plan when I injured my foot. My continuing desire to do a triathlon, though, meant that I became very aware of all the things I don’t like about bike racing. I allowed myself to feel dissatisfied in a way I hadn’t before. So even though I rode in lots of bike races, I was always thinking that I really wanted to do something else and that my focus would soon be elsewhere. This is not a great mindset to have when competing in races, and I never did all that well (although I didn’t embarrass myself either — I did respectably).
Now my foot is all healed and I’m running and swimming as well as riding, and I still feel odd because I’m training in all these sports, but the first triathlon I’ll do won’t be until late spring next year, and it feels so far off and not at all real.
But at least at this point I can concentrate on one thing instead of feeling all scattered — or rather I can concentrate on three things, the three triathlon sports. In running, I simply need to keep from injuring myself, first, and also work on endurance. I can add in some speed work later on when my endurance has improved. In swimming, I need to work on technique and endurance. It looks like I may be able to attend a master’s swim class at least once a week this fall, and that should help tremendously.
In cycling I feel a little more uncertain at the moment, as my basic skills and endurance are there already, and the triathlons I’ll be competing in aren’t long, but it’s too early to be working on speed. I suppose I just need to maintain my cycling fitness for now, and keep from getting burnt out on the sport.
After the race last night we had a little end-of-season party, and the race organizer gave out awards for the top 10 finishers in the series competition. Hobgoblin got first place!