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 Posted: Sat Jan 30th, 2010 06:27 pm

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I have made up a list of goals for the 2010 racing season and there are several pertinent themes running through my list.

I would like to find out what other Bellas do when dealing with these issues:

a. work: schedule and other demands of the job and their effects on fitness/overall health
b. balancing available free time and available disposable income (for training/racing) against other aspects of your life (spouse, other interests, faith community if applicable, etc)
c. influence of/support from partner, spouse, significant other; is your sweetie a cyclist, or even the least bit athletic? If not, how does that affect your emotional response to the balancing the rest of your life with demands of training and racing? How do you discuss/negotiate time for training and racing with a non-athletic spouse? How important is it for your sweetie to come watch you race? Do you think your unathletic spouse may be intimidated by your interest in racing?
d. Do you have much contact with other racers, on VB or other teams, between races? Do you train alone? If not, how do you find others to ride/train with? Do you live far away from other Bellas and if so, how do you work with that while maintaining your affiliation?
e. What are things you do at home without benefit of fancy equipment, gym membership or personal trainer to get stronger and faster? Do you find that these help enough to make a difference on their own?
f. How many Bellas are later entries into athletics -- i.e., got into athletics (and especially bike racing) past age 40, and how does that inform the goals you set for yourself?
g. Do you find annual goal-setting helpful, or depressing?

Feel free to discuss here unless you're more comfortable PM'g me.
Thanks --Beth

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 Posted: Sun Jan 31st, 2010 05:39 pm

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those are great questions!

i have all sorts of things to blabber about this but i need more time!

later today maybe!!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 05:13 am

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a.  i don't do so well with this one.  i do what it takes to do my job well.  and i train with whatever time and energy that leaves me.  some weeks i am pretty drained from work.  if i'm not, i manage to drain myself training.  i take little breaks or else i go crazy.  so i'm probably not a good example to follow.  it has been a big challenge for me to learn to go easy on myself and is still something i struggle with at times.

b.  other interests and aspects of my life?  what are those?  if you read a. above you will know my answer to this question!  a lot of cyclists are a tad obsessive.  i'm not saying it's good.  i find it hard to commit to racing as well as to much else that isn't essential (ie, husband, dog).  but i am a firm believer that we can and do each make time for the things that are important to us.

c.  my sweetie is a cyclist and much more athletic than me.  even though we are lucky to both be involved in the same sport, we don't always like the same races or even disciplines.  what works for us is making the other person the priority.  his races are more important to me than mine are (for the most part) and mine are his priority (for the most part).  in the end, we both seem to get most of what we need/want and don't have conflicts over it very often.

d.  i live in a very rural area and don't live near very many competitive cyclists at all.  i train alone or with my husband.  we bellas stay in touch online, get together sometimes for social events, and hang out together and support eachother at races.  i'm one of the farther out location-wise bellas in our area so i am not as in touch with the core group as i'd like to be.

e.  stretch and foam roller a lot.  i couldn't walk without those things.

f.  41.  i'm even older now.

g.  goals have their role, but i think they are generally way overly-emphasized.  for me, they can be very counter productive.

goals set up expectations.  expectations only allows for one acceptable result.  i try to focus on the process instead.  some have rephrased this as "intentions". 

i've found that working hard and with determination solely to meet a certain goal isn't nearly as productive as working because i take joy and strength from what i am doing.  i've tried to elimate the word "should" from my vocabulary.  i try no to train because i should, but because i want to.  some days that is easier than others.

if my goal is a certain race, and something happens, like i get a cold or i don't clip in well or the weather turns bad, then all my work was for nothing. it is disappointing and makes me less likely to want to do that again.

if instead, my intention is to use my strength as a team strategist to have fun racing with my teammates, then i am still able to keep my intention in almost any situation.  it gives me control of my success and helps me build my courage to try to do more. 

if that makes any sense.....

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 05:40 am

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Thanks for your thoughtful answers.

Most of my issues seem to boil down to "a" (balancing energy and time between work, others parts of my life and the bike) and "c" (doing the delicate dance between a lifelong cyclist who's gotten into racing and her partner who is at best a fair-weather farmers' market kinda rider, but who has recently begun doing yoga with me and says she'd like to go on longer rides with me now and then). The medical stuff (Crohn's) I just have to live with, since I don't personally know anyone else who's got it and is trying to do athletics. I am learning to listen harder to my body, and trying to respect it when it says it really doesn't want to go for a hard ride today. (The last time I ignored that message was at the PIR Cross Crusade race in November. I should've just stayed home, but instead I flailed -- and failed -- miserably and in pain before DNF'g. Lesson learned.)

I took Stompy (version 2.0) out for a long ride today, just for fun, and it was great. I jumped driveway ramps, bunnyhopped curbs, skidded out in gravel and roared through a muddy, rain-soaked set of berms at a construction site before heading home. The point was to remember why I got into this -- for fun. I'll be doing more of those kind of rides this year for sure.


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actually, for many many many years i was a recreational rider while my husband raced

i had no idea how often he put aside his training schedule to do a ride with me until i started racing.....

but what kept us spending time together during those years and even now that we are both doing the racing thing is riding a tandem.  it lets us both ride at our own level yet together and cooperatively. and it is super fun!  tandems don't work for everyone, that is for sure.  but if you've never tried one, you two should consider it!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 06:13 am

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and i asked some of these same questions about 4 years ago on the VB race forum and got a lot of good answers....

see if this link works

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/velobellarace/message/7317

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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2010 04:49 pm

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a) work isn't too bad, a 9-5 so predictable.  I can go do dawn patrols and weekend rides. It's a desk job, so I've set up a standing desk so I'm not sitting / slouching all day. :)

b) income is the big one - I did the math and realized that without sports I'd be way in the black, saving and whatnot, but with sports? Ouch - got a second job to help pay for it, otherwise in the red. Way in the red. Ouch again.

c) my SO is also an athlete, so we train together for one sport, but I bike a LOT more and have to be careful not to leave him at home too much.  I also don't make him come to races, since he gets bored or feels left out, though he is really supportive and doesn't tell me he feels that way...

d) Luckily, another DH racer lives close by, and we spend as much time together as we can, and travel together to races. Phew!

e) I rode my first mtn bike at age 24, relatively late but still early, so I can't comment on this too much. ;)

f) I leave my goal setting to the basics: ride every week, be outdoors as much as possible, race certain races, eat healthy.  I find that enough - too many specific goals and I feel weighted down.


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