The Switch: 2018 Season Review
My training goal for this season was to train harder and be more fit than in the past. As luck would have it, I managed to smash that goal. I started working with a coach, and they really made sure I was training at a higher level. It was a lot of hard work and sometimes I couldn’t finish the workouts, but overall progress was great and I had my best performances this season.
Speaking of performances, winning hasn’t been something I’ve ever done. That trend continued this season. However, where I really saw improvement was when racing with higher category racers. I did a couple Ca3/4 races and was able to finish with the main group. A win in my book!
I also returned to the Killington Stage Race, where I managed to stay with the main group over much of the course. Considering last year I got dropped on the first “climb” – really just the short part at the start of the second day – I’ll take my much improved finish placing as a win!
One side effect of all that training was my first experience with burnout. What is burnout? It’s when you don’t take care of yourself by getting appropriate rest, but you still “attempt” to train hard. Notice I said “attempt”.
I first noticed something wasn’t right during my trip to California. On my rides out there I just didn’t have the fitness I expected given how I was training prior to the trip. Combined with not being meticulous about getting rest and having some issues with my equipment, I noticed my mental capacity was severely decreased. Time to take a short break to refresh.
One other piece of news is that I’m leaving GFNY Racing Team. I’ve been on the team for 2 seasons, and have also been involved as a ride leader helping other riders get ready for GFNY. Those experiences have helped get me to where I am and I am eternally grateful. Where will I go? I don’t know yet. I’m taking some time to really find the right mix of people, attitude, and objectives.
Overall, I can look back at my experience and appreciate how far I’ve come. Working with a coach has been an amazing journey, and I’ll continue to do so for 2019. My hope for next season is to get some wins and upgrade to Cat 3, which moves me closer to my goal of competing in the 2020 Masters National Championship race.
How about you? How was your 2018 season? What goals do you have for 2019? Let me know in the comments below.