Studying Up

I’m sitting on my enclosed porch soaking up the last bits of warmth for the day with my fuzzy friend.  Tomorrow we go back to cold and snow, but it remains clear that spring is almost here.   With the added pressure of day light savings time arriving I’m doing something I should have started months ago…. reading up on training plans.  The past two seasons I really faked my way though the triathlon season and it showed.   I did use a plan to build up to Rev3 Quassy but then I kind of burnt myself out and fumbled about.  Luckily regularly attending group rides kept me in OK shape.    Given that I can’t afford a coach right now I headed to amazon and ebay to pick up some used books.

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I’m probably going to stick with The Cyclist’s Training Bible, but The Time-Crunched Cyclist does have a cyclocross specific plan.   It’ll probably take me another week or two to get though everything and come up with my plan for the season.  I have to be honest reading these books geared at the really talented cyclists kills me a little.  I have very little natural athletic talent, and I feel like the “real” athletes would make fun of me with my little training plan.   I do want to get better and this is the only way I know how to do it so I will soldier on.

 

All this reading about training means I have to make some decisions about the up coming season.  I’m planning on doing a short triathlon season early in the summer and then shift my focus on doing whatever I have to do to have an awesome cyclocross season.  I’m not quite ready to give up on triathlon.  At the same time I had so much fun racing cross last year that I want to see what I can do if I really focus this year.

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Out of Bread

We’re out of bread and I want a sandwich. What the normal person does is gets in her car and drives to the store to purchase a new bread. What I do is rummage around the pantry, swear about not having any powdered milk, then google up a bread machine recipe that for potato bread. I use the scientific method of picking the first one on the list and firing up the bread machine. Now I am patiently waiting for the bread to finish while doing laundry and generally putting off studying for my geometry final on Monday. I also ordered Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day since my library’s copy seems to have gone missing. If I can get the hang of my dutch oven this summer I can bake bread outside and have fresh bread without heating up the whole house. Tho trying to wrassle with the dutch oven to keep temperatures correct takes away from the convenience factor.

My mom ordered The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook. I had taken the latter out of the library and renewed it at least once. Its a huge book and has a ton or recipes in it. By the way I don’t consider the bread machine to be bread bakeing, but it is way better then store bought bread.