So we've let go of January, one of the darkest months for a road cyclist in Finland. You need to get back on track with training after the Christmas-break. The lack of sunlight does not make it any easier.
November 9, 2015, that's the date when I last posted something here. I actually took time and read that article, and realized how lost I was. And it seems my writing about it was just a way to get it out and continue on that same path.
It has been a couple of really strange weeks, both in good and bad. It feels as if the ups and downs have both peaked in an abnormal way. I won't go into any details about the downs, but I guess you need them every now and then to really figure out what's important in life. I've been fortunate to have many ups as well, and those I'm more than glad to share with you.
It feels strange wrapping up a cycling season in February when everyone does it in December or early January. But I will do it now, mainly because my memory is really bad but also because I want to go back and look at what I did so it's easier to compare to my efforts today. Cycling year 2014 was great in many ways. And a warning to those of you who are looking for a short story, you can stop reading here.
Yesterday was a proof of the power of thought. I went out for a ride, and halfway I realized my saddlebag was left home. I'd been training on the trainer already for a week and therefore removed it. Well I thought, I only had one or two punctures this year, I can't have that bad luck it would happen just now.
A month ago I got some news that made it uncertain whether I could train for next season or not. That would mean, next season would be just one of getting back to shape. On Friday I got to know, that event won't take place now, and will be postponed until spring or autumn, or in best case not take place at all.
I've been training frequently for a while now and my legs are telling me they need a day off. "Shut up legs" is the famous saying by Jens Voigt, probably the hardest guy in the peloton. On the bike, the one who can keep the legs and body "quiet" for the longest time will probably do a good in race. But off the bike, you need to listen to your body in order to avoid overtraining and injuries. So today I've been cleaning my bike, reading bike blogs and books and of course, Sundays are also for watching sports on TV.
And the truly inspirational, one and only Jens Voigt about fighting your body:
Hope you had a good weekend!