Okay, it has been exactly 16 days since I broke my thumb and ribs in Asheville. Sometimes it seems like it was just a couple days ago, but most of the time it feels like it has been an eternity.
I’m not one that likes to just sit around much. I like to fiddle with stuff and get things accomplished. But, getting things accomplished with the use of only one hand is frustrating. So, I’m kind of sitting around.
I have been riding the trainer pretty consistently. I think I’ve only missed two days since the accident. Yesterday I rode 2 1/2 hours. I was producing pretty good wattage I think, but still it is riding a trainer.
For some reason, I’m not sure why, the last couple years I’ve really enjoyed riding my bike. Historically, I like to ride bikes, but love to race bikes. I still love to race bikes, but the training, or just riding has gotten more enjoyable. So, overall, I’d say the sport is just better, since the training is more fun and the racing is just the same.
Riding a trainer isn’t the same. It is a chore. I don’t like sweating like that. I don’t like the noise. I don’t like the pressure on my seat, the lack of standing. I don’t like just about everything about it. One thing I do like that it keeps some resemblance of fitness for when I get to go back outside, which I’m hoping is very soon.
It is snowing right now in Topeka. Supposed to snow all day. If I weren’t injured, I’d probably call Bill and go ride trails over at the governor’s mansion. I think riding when it is sketchy out is important. It gives you skills and confidence to be able to do it during a race. In actuality, most of the bike handling skills you get to race in sketchy conditions, happen during races, but you need the confidence to be able to attain those skills and that comes from training.
I called Vincent yesterday and he is in Sedona riding. I was supposed to be there with him. We were going to go to Arizona for a week and then race a 50 mile MTB race on Saturday. I would love to be there. But, I’m sitting around home, getting all sweaty and anzy. Maybe that is a good thing in the long run? I sure hope so.