Well cyclocross season has started for 2010. It feels like its snuck up on me and all of a sudden I’m on the start line having kittens because training hasn’t been ideal but that’s life for you! When you work its hard to put the hours in for training that are required for racing and I know I’m not the only one that struggles with this juggling act. Its been a mixed bag this year, having great expectations to ride a few road races but in fact ended up doing much less than anticipated.
However I had a great season of riding to work! Having a car that wasn’t particularly reliable was the best training incentive! Rain, snow or shine its ride to work (unless is blowing a gale and then I take the train. I hate the wind). I am spoilt and have the choice of 2 nice bikes, the Colnago CLX and the SCOTT CR1 and when the weathers bad (and that’s usually frequently) out comes the Claude Butler San Remo, or affectionately know as the ‘Shan Remo’. Lets say that’s its seen better days but it takes the snow, mud, salt and anything else that the Scottish weather throws at it. The difference between the bikes (besides a couple of thousand pounds) is remarkable. Basically the CLX and CR1 can be compared to say, the likes of a Suburu WRX. Handles well on the corners, accelerates fast up hills, looks great and is a pleasure to drive. The San Remo on the other hand,…well, it’s probably fair to comparable it to an Australian Road train. Now I have never driven a road train but I know that they go forward well, plow through anything (including sheep), weigh a ton and certainly don’t like to corner at high speeds! Got the idea? After that slagging, it is surprisingly comfortable and I do have a strange affection for it..sort of like that ugly pair of PJ’s that you can’t bear to throw out because they’re comfortable and most importantly… practical.
Now how this has got anything to do with cyclocross, I’ve forgotten. Ahh, training. Yes, my 34 mile round ride to work and back consist over 400m vertical climbing on a mixture of country and suburban roads and gives me a good 2 hrs of riding a day. It is possible to keep the fitness up around work, just ride. Now, I’m not saying that’s it easy, because it’s not. It does mean being a little more organised than usual, getting up a little earlier and making sure you have charged your lights, however the benefits to your fitness is worth it. So I’m thankful for all that riding to work over the year, and with a few more high intensity sessions thrown in there, I can probably leave having those kittens to someone else.