Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Deciding What Not To Do

In my last post, I promised to talk about choices. Recently someone suggested I talk about whether or not I'm doing the ACE this year. For those of you uninitiated into the wonderful world of Audax, the ACE is the Alpine Classic Extreme. The Alpine Classic on steroids.

The simple answer is no. The complicated answer is that I'm not doing it because it will interfere with my track racing. Am I insane???? I'm giving up doing something that I'm fairly good at (riding up big hills for a long time) in order to do something that I frankly stink at. The reasoning of course is complicated. I've been riding Audax for more than 30 years, whereas my track racing career really isn't even a year old, so how good should I really expect to be at it? Secondly, if I'm going to go off riding 1200 kilometres, how many fast twitch muscle fibres can I honestly expect my legs to recruit? Thirdly, comes my experience of Perth-Albany-Perth last year. It was a truly wonderful ride with great people and fabulous scenery. It just wasn't a challenge. I just went and did it. My bum hurt, my legs hurt, I was tired and I kept on pedalling. Maybe the hunger will come back soon. Lastly, I really love racing fast on the track.

If I'm ever going to give it a real crack, I'd better concentrate, hard.

So, it's no ACE for me, no ACC, not even hill repeats on the one in twenty. Just working hard at going fast, racing as much as I can manage and trying hard to only make the same mistakes around 43 times. I'm finding it a steep learning curve but so much fun. Yes, I'll miss all the fun and hubub in and around Bright, but most of all I'll miss that burn of pushing the last big climb out to the best I can do. So have fun with all that pain guys, I'll be thinking of you enviously. Maybe I'll be back next year.

In the pursuit of all of this I think that I recently became one of the first Australians to complete a 1200km brevet and compete in a flying 200m in a state championship within 3 months. More on that another day.


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