Since I last blew myself up at the New England Cyclocross Championships in late December, I took some time off to get my legs back under me and recover from 51 races over 9ish months. Now late January, I have begun building base miles for upcoming 2012 season. There are a lot of projects and plans in the works this year.
With no collegiate season ahead, I have turned my focus to a few early races after a pre season venture to South Carolina for training. In addition, I have teamed up with Bobby Bailey of 1K2GO Sports to build speed and gain my place on top step of the podium.
January thus far has been building as many base miles per week as unreasonably possible. In other words, hours and hours on the bike. Additionally to time spent on the two wheeled battled axe, I have managed to squeeze in some time skiing slalom at Cochrans for two evenings during each week. The quick and twitchy movements from skiing slalom have managed to make their way in to my cycling. Cadence has increased with proportional power increase. Each slalom has had huge benefits to what will be climbing and sprinting muscles. Come time for racing, I can only hope to hold on to, and build on the new found quick twitching muscles.
Looking ahead to the season, I have my eye on the podium for as many races as I can enter. A large goal, and a tough one to meet. Building off of last season, up seems like the right way to go.
On equipment; I have a new battle axe for... well, racing, riding and anything else you'd do with a bike. Based off some awesome new designs, Flahute has released a brand new more aerodynamic sprinters bike. Tubing shape has also changed, in addition to a new cut out which allows the stem to sit lower and shrink the effective steerer tube, creating a stiffer cockpit which reacts to all movements that make up that minuscule amount at the line. Full specs on the new bike to be released in late February after on road testing has been completed.