Okay, yesterday I probably wasn’t being completely truthful. I do take into account getting hurt riding and racing bicycles. I thought about it a bunch the last 24 hours and have decided I can’t handle the possibilities and inevitable results of constantly getting injured. I’ve paid my dues.
So, I’ve decided, not rashly, but after much thought, to not race or ride outside anymore. I know this sounds weird, coming from me, but it is a sane decision.
I made this decision by almost getting hit by dozens of cars the last couple days. It has been really close. It happens continuously. There are so many cars.
I was riding yesterday on the PCH, and now realized how dangerous it was riding on the open road. I remember my friend, Jim Thiele telling me that the Master’s World Track Championships are going to be in LA this October and thought that the only way I can put my mind at ease is by not riding on the road anymore.
Same with MTB riding. It is just too dangerous.
So, I’ve decided to commit to training for the World Track Championships in LA, but only riding in the individual events, not mass mass start. They are too dangerous. But, I feel that it is much too dangerous riding on the track, with so little experience, so I’ve decided to only train indoors on a trainer.
I plan to use Zwift and simulate the track racing on my track bike on a Wahoo trainer. I have a 1974 Schwinn Paramount track bike, all Campy, which has never been on a track, but has done many roller races. So, it is use to the extreme efforts.
I figure if ride indoors for the next 7 months, I’ll have the form to compete on a World level.
It’s not like I haven’t raced the track before. I was 3rd in the Team Pursuit Nationals Championships around 30 years ago. And, I set the National Hour Record, on the track, about the same time.
I think I’m up to the challenge. I’m not going to ride outside, or on the track until October. I just can’t stand the thought of getting hurt again. It has been weighing on me heavily.
Okay, wish me luck!