For sure I over did it this holiday season. Looks like I will be in the same boat as the masses this new year.
The schedule reflected weights at Brookfield East with Joe tonight. After short deliberation I realized that if I can barely walk, there is no way I could complete another Joe Cieszynski "Coach" Beat Down. He agreed an easy spin and stretch were a better idea, THANK GOD!
It is no secret that I have been on a training downhill slide since I started my new job as an outside sales rep for County Materials (The best damn block manufacturing company in the fricken midwest!). That is not to say that my life has been though. For sure the last two years of my live have been the MOST exciting, at least up until now. I am sure with the baby on the way things will only get more exciting!
Taking things back to training. There has to be some sort of balance struck between my personal agenda and my professional drive. No doubt I have taken the same drive that brought me near the top step of the WORS series and converted that energy into a bridge for a successful career. I am always trying to do my best! Of coarse Lynn has helped me every step of the way as I have for her. As of recent she has been so reassuring that I will be the one tearing legs off instead of barely being able to pull my fat ass over the hills. Mike Phillips says I have another year of lax but have to be on track and killing it by 2013. I say F-That!! Lets give this thing a go for 2012. If I fall flat, screw it, I can pick it back up and follow the Mikee plan. With Lynn's reassurance and my finally seeing the light, we will hope to see the old Big D at the races.
Moving into the next phase as my training starts, I will ask for everyone that I know to keep me on my toes. It has been proven that if there is a support system in place for any person trying to accomplish a goal, the chances become greater of that happening. Not to take anything away from my teammates on 212, because without them, you might not have even seen me on the scene in 2011. I just know that if everyone that I come in contact with is asking me how my training is going, I will not be able to let you all down. And so it begins, I will update on Facebook, here, and even the 212 blog site so if you are all paying attention, ask me how things are going. My training starts officially this Tuesday with Joe in the weight room. Not sure if you heard, but he is now a Level One USA Cycling coach!!!!!!!!!
Take a close look at the third rib from the bottom. Yup that's broken for sure. Doc says it will be about 3 weeks before I feel better and about 6 weeks for a full recovery. Once again thank you to Brian Eppen for waiting on the side of the trail with me, Teammate Ryan Krayer for getting help, and the first responders for towing my bike and me off the trail. Lesson of the day: Listen to your wife when she tells you not to ride. Story behind the lesson: I actually injured my ribs on a bike ride a couple weeks ago. Lynn didn't think it was a good idea for me to race, but I wasn't going to let a bruised rib keep me from racing, so we ventured up to Rhinelander anyway. As we were waiting for the race to start, I wanted to see for myself just how bad the rib was. I took a deep breath and noticed a bulge on my left side. I decided to try to push it back into place. This should have been my convincing moment not to race as it made a cracking sound. Lynn advised me not to race, but I had to prove her wrong. I decided to race anyway against her better judgement. Things weren't going great, but I was able to race. It was all going good until I went over my limit a couple of times and couldn't breathe, but I couldn't let Lynn be right. Then for no reason other then Karma, I fell off the small pine bridge and squared up perfectly on a rock. I couldn't catch a breath, and honestly was really scared I messed things up bad. From the vantage point of other racers, it must have looked just as bad.
So again, thanks to everyone who helped me get my pathetic carcas off of the trail, and I appologize to those that I scared (Lynn and Ryan for sure).
Wish me a speedy recovery, and thanks for all of your good thoughts!
AKA Big D
Besides work I am riding more and even commuting daily to the office by bicycle. 11.67 miles one way to be exact (I even charted it). The extra 45 minutes in the morning and at night really helps to clear my head and I find myself to be alot less stressed. Becoming a professional mountain biker seemed easier than becoming a proffessional Sales person. That could be because I was having so much fun riding my bike that I forgot how hard it actually was. That sounds more reasonable!
I am having fun at work too and have also found it to be a challange. I always love a good challange, and with the construction season (and biking) right around the corner, I say bring it on!! I am motivated, ready, and can't wait to get things going on both sides. I hope everyone is gearing up for some great things to come and I will se my biking palls soon.