Joe to Pro Cycling

In 2009 I'd been inactive for 8 years, had just turned 30, weighed 240 lbs and had enough. This blog is the journey of starting brand new in the sport of cycling, regaining fitness and aiming to compete in the Elite ranks of Amateur racing.

Current Weight: 180 lbs

Road Cat: 3

Cyclocross Cat: 2


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    Jens Voigt Wins in Colorado - A Day in the Life of Jens - Presented by: Nissan (by RadioshackNissanTrek)

    “Sit back, you know. Eat your cookies and cake.” See. This is why I love Jens. He’s got his priorities straight.


    Clean Build: Vanilla Bicycles Cream Cross

    Don’t go after big goals, not until you’ve succeed in micro-goals. I say aim for something small, almost unnoticeable to accomplish every day - and do that for 90 days and see the difference it makes.

    Just 100 calories less a day in your diet, 2-5 miles more per ride, asleep 15 minutes earlier or awake 15 minutes earlier. Something immensely doable, and that doesn’t make much of a difference over a day will create a HUGE difference over weeks, months, years and your lifetime.

    july and august it has been hard to be motivated to “train.” I’ve ridden plenty - but I’ve had to refocus a little bit. tonight i spent time looking at training, looking at obvious goals I need to chase down, and figuring out what I need to focus on. it’s been good. cycling comes and goes, in waves. as an amateur being competitive you can’t always be “on” as you grow in the sport. and you can’t ever lose that love of just being on the bike.

    that’s why i’ve even gone to the point of taking my garmin mount off, and turning off all the sounds on it, and running it just in my back pocket on rides. its cause I need to reconnect with the feel of the ride, the reason for getting on the bike hours a week, why it’s sacrifice I want to make.

    if you lose the joy of going on a ride then training is just some sort of expression of need or want - or insecurity - and that motive will never deliver or last. training for elite cycling has to come from a healthy place if it’s going to last - and if you are going to have the patience for it to take hold.

    Nice, organized core workouts for cyclists.

    2013 Tarmac SL4 - new ride!

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