Sunday, January 11, 2009

2008 Bike Year Review

A little reflection time before 2009 goes screaming too far ahead. Changed from Carmichael Training to Training Bible (on my own) which helped me outline my cycling year and organize my training. Started with Sufferfest 2.0, survived a couple of Airport long loops, started doing some regular testing on Joe's computrainer, got a VO2 max test done, rode the Wheels O'fire in the snow (dumb but fun) and decided that yoga didn't help me much. My first big racing season is finished. Raced with Colavita all year and have now moved over to Aaron's. Started as a Cat 5 (though all races were 4/5 or 4 only) and moved up to a Cat 3. I had one race crash, got some rollers and a TT bike!

I trained 490 hours
Logged 6766 miles
13 Pizza Rides
16 Northlake Rides
41 trips to the gym
60 Rides on the trainer...ouch

2008 Season Highlights
Nationally Ranked 11th by USA Cycling in Cat 4 Road Racing (as of 10/2/2008)
Georgia State Road Race Champion (gold medalist)
2nd Pepper Place Alabama State Criterium Championships (silver medalist)
13 top 10 mass start finishes in 2008 Season
Ranked 23rd in Georgia Cup GC, only entered 6 of 21 races for ranking (crashed in one of them)
2008 Season (22 races)
1st Union City Georgia State Championship Road Race
2nd Pepper Criterium Alabama State Criterium Championship
7th South Carolina State Road Race Championship
13th LaGrange Georgia State Criterium Championship

4th Athens Twilight Greenway Races Criterium (qualified for Pro race)
4th Gainesville Georgia Cup Criterium
6th Gainesville Georgia Cup Road Race
6th Atlanta Crit Series (Sunday)
6th Atlanta Crit Series (Friday)
9th Dog Days of Summer - Cherokee County Road Race

Tour of Atlanta Stage Race Overall Stage Race Finish - 11th
Stage 1 - 13th Time Trial
Stage 2 – Sprints, qualified for final (stupid pedal)
Stage 3 – 6th Circuit race
Stage 4 – 5th Team Time Trial
Stage 5 – 7th Road Race
Stage 6 – 6th Criterium
Stage 7 – 9th Criterium

It was a good year. Thanks to my riding friends for the fun and serious hurting you put on me to make me a better rider but mostly THANK YOU Leslie for putting up with all my s*^t to do this. I love you!

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