Another year of cycling in the record books. 2018 was a good year cycling for me..only because I dropped so much weight (down to 160 lbs from 195 lbs.) It was fun dropping all the Fatty Patty's on group rides- especially in/on the hills. On one ride in the spring, I dropped the group leader on a long 1 mile hill that averaged 9% grade. He wasn't a happy camper. I don't think anyone ever passed him on the hill before..haha
For me, 2019 will be more year-round recreational cycling including more fishing and golfing in the spring, summer and fall. What I won't be doing for the first time in 10 years is USA Cycling Officiating. I decided to take the year off in 2019 as I was burning out in 2018. I was disappointed in 2018 because at least a half-dozen races I signed up to officiate were canceled. I was also disappointed at one particular race director/organizer who obviously doesn't know the difference between safe and unsafe race conditions. I'll spare the details so that I don't embarrass her.
Today I'm actually going on a group ride w/ the old farts. It's a local 'C' ride that I ride my bike to/from. It will be a little chilly (in the 40s), but hopefully the sun will be out. The people on this ride are in their 50s and 60s and ride year-round. They may actually be in better shape than what I'm in right now because I stopped riding outdoors in October. I've been riding on my indoor Computrainer using Zwift just to maintain some level of fitness. Riding indoors isn't as good as riding outdoors, but it's better than nothing. I'll continue to ride/train through the Winter both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting).
In the Spring/Summer of 2019, on my 60th birthday, I plan to ride from my home in Doylestown, PA to my Lake House on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mtns. It's a 100+ mile ride with over 3000 ft. of climbing. My friend, and Cat 1 racer, Jason Wood may join me on the ride. I've ridden many century rides in the past (100+ miles) but I never rode to the Poconos before. And, I never rode at the (fast) pace that I'll probably be riding...especially with Jason. I'm hoping to average 16 mph which includes hills and stops for water breaks and pee breaks.
Although I'm not actively coaching right now, I am helping a few people with their cycling training. If anyone needs any help or advice with their cycling training, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll help you out- for free.
Hope to see you on the road in 2019. Happy New Year! Ride On! Coach Rob
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I just launched another online coaching platform on FaceBook and as I was referencing books and stuff for folks I came across the article that you wrote about the PPT course I put on back in 2010!
I read thru your final 2018 post and it's good to see that you are still out there gettin' after it!
I've completely crossed over into the world of XC MTB'ing...this will be my fifth year in the dirt and I'm lovin' it...all of the PPT and evolutions (as I see them) of T-Max intervals and SPAM which have replaced my PPT, V02 and FTP protocols...have you heard of these?
I just wanted to reach out and say thanks for the support from all those years ago and also congratulations on still doing it....it's a big deal...and riding when it's 40 degrees outside?!!
I'm not sure if my gmail email will still be forwarded to me so you can catch me on my personal firstname.lastname@example.org if you like.
Thanks again and take care!
In all the catching up I forgot to ask you if I could link back to you original PPT post? I want to show folks the progression of my approach to training.
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