Goal Setting and the Acknowledgement of Your Strengths and Weaknesses

I was having one of those days on Facebook where I asked the world “To race HPCX or not to race HPCX… That is the question.”

Why? Well, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to. I enjoyed West Point, a lot, but I didn’t feel like I’ve gotten anywhere this week. I finished building my new cross bike (a Cannondale CX9) which will be a lot easier to shoulder, but I haven’t had a chance to do the technique work I wanted to.

So Pietro chime’s in and reminds me that I need to decide exactly what I’m doing. Am I racing cross this season, or am I training for next year?

So I sat down, talked to my coach, and started working it out. Cross, this year, needs to be fun for me. I’m not going to take the high-end efforts with me into the road season, the winter is just too long and I’m just too cheap to lay out the money to race for DFL+1. But if it’s local, and if it fits in, I’ll totally do some more cross races — just not the UCI/MAC races that Pietro’s focused on.

November 15th is going to start my spring season. I’m picking up a new powertap wheel and I’ll start training with focus then. I’m going to attack the winter with vigor, watch early morning snow flakes in my headlamp in late December. I’m going to keep losing weight — down to 199.6 lbs today, with a plan of 180 by 12/31/2011. After that starts the road to 160.

Next year is going to be a big one for me. And maybe when I’m relaxing after a training block I’ll head out to the park and work on my mounts and dismounts. I’ll work on my technique, my endurance, everything, and next year maybe I’ll focus on the NJBA Cyclocross Cup series.

But for the most part, 2012 is about the road.

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