Archive for March, 2010
Just finished a 3 day training camp with the team. Great riding, great weather, and great folks. One thing that never stops amazing me is that I always seem to be hanging with some great people on the bike. Sure everyone is a bit different, but all good people at their core. This is the first time in a while that most of the team seems to have real jobs. Nearly everyone is married and working full time. A true testament to their ability to get it done with their other life goals in the mix.
I for one was pretty nervous about having too much going on this weekend with way more riding than usual and a drive to Denver and back. The family made it work, I took Friday off work and hung out in the morning. An amazing hike with my two daughters and the dogs in the morning and a good ride in the afternoon up to Ward. Saturday the team was riding from Denver, so we arranged for the family to hit a museum and the Disney on ice performance in the morning while I got beat up on the climbs SW of Denver. Then we had a great lunch at the aquarium and home for some much needed rest. Sunday I made chilli for lunch and the team road on the famous Boulder-Roubaix course. The roads were in the best condition I have ever seen and we had a great time. The afternoon was finishing laundry, wrestling with the kids, playing starwars, and some coaching work. The weekend was capped off perfectly with some movie time with the wife and a solid night of sleep.
Now I just need to recover and get ready to prep the family garden and tear up the race next weekend.
Balancing life is clearly one of the hardest things to deal with. I can’t remember a time since I have had kids where it wasn’t a sacrifice of something to do the other thing. Helping the wife dig rocks in the garden hours before a race, surely making it pointless to race at all. Taking a day of work, not to travel to a race, but just to hang out with the family. Travelling for work and not riding or getting the chance to talk with the kids, but working 24 hours a day all week. Racing all day on a Saturday instead of playing in the yard with the kids. It is endless. I wish I had an answer. The one thing I do know is that I am better a work, at being a parent, and being a husband when I can fit in training/racing. Luckily I feel like I am finally hitting my stride at how to chase the demons out on the bike so that I am relatively sane the rest of the time without having to be on the bike too much. That is this week, next week who knows. One thing is for sure, I don’t get to watch too much TV. That may be a good thing.
One of the cool things about coaching is that you get to live through other folks. It is like being able to race 10 races each weekend. And like a father watching his son/daughter, you live and die with them out on the road. The wins are bigger than your own and the losses more devastating. This a curious connection and I rarely don’t become friends with the athletes I coach. That friendship often lasts much longer than our business relationship.
The reason I named the site everyday racer was simply because I have found that to have any chance at competing you need to be a racer everyday, not just on race day. The cool thing is that doesn’t mean you have to live like a pro cyclist. You can have a full time job, a family, and race. What you can’t have is the typical American suburban, couch potato life. Which is OK, you wouldn’t be racing if you wanted that, right? Living everyday like a racer means saying no the 4th drink at the company party, eating responsibly, planning your life so that being an athlete is part of it, and taking the time to care about the details.
Took the sprint in the first race of the year, almost caught the four man break up the road. 2nd place is a good way to start the year. Ended up 14th in the next race. A 9 man break went up the road and I got 5th in the sprint. Not a bad day at all.
I started coaching and always have coached athletes based entirely on word of mouth. I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about getting the next client, I guess I am more concerned about making the athletes I work with faster. So here it is, some type of website to discuss coaching, cycling, racing, family, and whatever else comes up within this context. I don’t know what to expect, but I hope that in 10 years I can look back at this and remember what it was all about in 2010.