In February I wrote a little bit about how I was struggling a little bit to find my buzz in cycling after spending so much time on the road in the last few years. Since then, I've been able to finish up the reliability rides and think a little bit more about what I plan to do with the year in order to get back that buzz and cruise through the miles whilst having a bit of fun. I'm not in the position to be dropping money on a mountain bike currently, although that is something I see in the not to distant future, so instead I've started doing a few other little things to help make riding fun again.
The reliability rides were a great chance to see everyone you know on the bike, but not so great for talking to them whilst you try and catch what little breath you have over every corner of Yorkshire. I don't mind that because it's good training, but after eight weeks it's nice to be able to catch up with everyone on a little more relaxed terms. I train to keep fit but given I lack that desire to road race this year I've taken the opportunity over the last few weeks to get out on rides with all the different groups I know and have a really good natter over some cake and quite a few miles. When you're chatting to your mates the miles tick away seamlessly as you laugh about all the things I genuinely cannot repeat on a blog.
As I mentioned above as well, I'm not racing that much, more dabbling when I want to. I'm keeping fit and will be doing the solid FTR training rides every Tuesday but won't be basing my entire season around races. Instead, I'll be looking to the things that I enjoy most of all and will probably try and do a slightly crazy distance ride later in the year. I have one 'uphill' challenge to come which will be epic but more on that later in the year. That's my style of ride so I'll be doing the long distance and be more than happy to hook up with anyone else going the extra mile.
I've also taken a few extra days off the bike compared to normal and have a few more lined up. That doesn't mean my mileage will drop, trust me it won't, but it does mean I get a bit of rest between the bigger rides. I took a trip to London to visit the Science in Sport squad the other week for some product testing and have agreed to drive the commissaires car for the upcoming FTR Milltag road race. These little things force me to have a day off and if I know I have something planned I won't get grumpy.
The final thing I've done, much to my sincere horror, is agree to take up a little bit of running in the hope it reminds me just how awesome riding is and how terrible it would be to run all the time. I've had loads of offers for company on the run so expect me to take these up soon and don't be surprised if I demand a selfie. Alternatively, I may be found curled up in a ball after about a mile, cursing all sports.
I'm feeling a little bit happier with everything on the bike now and think I've just about worked out the balance. Hopefully everyone else has their balance already?