With the Middle Georgia Time Trial coming up I've begun altering my training to prepare for it. There are a few factors I consider when deciding how to best prepare:
1. What Part of the Season is It (ie how deeply fatigued can I afford to go)
2. Overall Season Goals
3. Fatigue Coming Into the TT
So right now here's how those are looking for me:
1. Middle of the season, and the State RR Championship is two weeks later, followed by (TBD?) the Healthy Newton Omnium, and then two months before the last stretch of racing in late July into mid August. So I can't afford to get fatigued at this point if I want to finish out the season strongly.
2. After catting up, my only personal goal is to do well in the State TT Championships, so this is an excellent change to get some good TT specific training in.
3. I'd been feeling quite fatigued. This is because of suddenly realizing the Southeastern Championships were in Atlanta, and then suddenly ramping up my training efforts to prepare for it. I ended up getting quite sick and even though I was in shape for that race, my overall healthwas pretty deteriorated.
So, what's the plan? I think it's pretty clear what the best course of action is: GET STRONGER AND HEALTHIER. That might sound obvious, but what I have to do to get there goes against my inclinations and habits as a bike racer:
LESS LONG HARD RIDES
My favorite training is getting tons of miles in. One of my favorite ways of doing that is riding out to Tucker, doing the Tucker ride, and then riding home. 70 total miles, with 40 of them very hard, usually close to race pace. After doing that and chores around the house, I'm simply beat. And I love that feeling. It can be good for building endurance, but it's not good for getting stronger and healthier, so I can't do that.
MORE SHORT, TT SPECIFIC RIDES
These are excellent workouts, but they're just not that fun to do. You're by yourself, going as hard as you can for 20mins. It's strenuous, lonely, and hard to get motivated to do.
I've committed to eating more in order to ensure my muscles get what they need to be at their peak, and for my organs and immune systems to get everything they need to stay strong and healthy. Eating more - easy, right?! The eating part is easy, resisting the urge to get back to dieting because of feeling fat is not. It does not feel good to not feel lean. But I know it's important to do in order to get to my peak strength for the short flat TT. For this race a couple lbs more or less won't make a big difference in terms of speed.
Lifting weights and getting general strength up is excellent for having strength for TT efforts. But like doing hard 20min efforts, lifting weights simply isn't a fun activity to me.
So that's the plan! I'm looking forward to getting back to my regular schedule eventually - eating lean, working on long endurance - but am feeling stronger by the day, and it actually feels kinda nice!