Yes. And no.
The majority of the cold weather and snow have come and gone, but we are still months away from consistently warm weather. I am excited that hours and hours on the trainer have passed and that racing has started!
They say that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again while expecting to see different results. While some might argue that cycling in general is insanity, that is off point. This year, I tried to do a couple of things differently to prepare for a challenging year of racing and to be stronger and more successful than last year. I skied less. I rode more. I learned how to dress properly for cold weather riding. I commuted for training weekends. I lifted weights. I started training with power. I acquired a time trial bike. Will any of these things make a huge difference? I can’t say. But, I am trusting that at least one of the items listed will pay off.
The thing that I’m most excited about is that I started racing earlier than I ever have. It is the end of March and I’ve already started 6 races this season. I still have a long way to go but I am happy to say that I’m on way. Here’s to doings things differently, if not smarter, and to a long (and warm) racing season!