Goals for next summer
What to aim for?
I got what I wanted out of summer 2008-2009 on the bike. I got my flying 200 down below my initial goal (13.5 outdoors) way back in November (round 2 of the sprint series), revised the goal to a 13.2 outdoors, and surprised myself with a 12.916 at DISC on the weekend, which tops the 13.2 outdoors. So, mission accomplished with interest.
What to do for next summer? I have a few years left as a MMAS2 rider, so I think the Vic masters sprints are something I'd like to at least make the semi finals of. To have done that this year I'd have needed to have ridden a 12.5 to get into the top 8. Possible? Can I find half a second in a year? That would also have me riding in the A grade group at the sprint series. I don't think that's too far out, or too easy. So for 2009-2010 my main goal is a sub 13s flying 200 outdoors and a 12.5s flying 200 indoors. I'd also like to squat 5 x 5 at 180kg and get my cleans up to 100kg.
I'd like to get my standing starts quicker so I can be a better asset for the Blackburn masters team sprint as well. I have no interest in kilos or 750m ITTs for now. As much as I admire the kilo champions, it's an event that sucks to do. It's too long to be a sprint (1 minute+ is too much for anaerobic systems) and too short and fast to be an enduro race. It takes a special breed of psycopath to ride the kilo well and I'm not one of them.
I'd also like to keep the aboc website at the top of the google search results for cycle coaching in Australia, so will need to keep on writing articles and hopefully entertaining you all with my writing. Suggestions for articles and content are much appreciated, please send them on through. Along the way there's plans to write a book on sprint training for cyclists (yes, I'll be picking the brains of the best around here to do it) and also a guide to bike fit that dispels some of the myths (like KOPS, Lemond methods etc) that will be the product of the experience I've gained fitting hundreds of people at the LBS over the last few years. I'm going to improve the facilities in the PowerHaus (better lighting, more space etc) too.
What else? Continue to work with the Foxy Ox and to build up aboc as a coaching resource, run more camps up at Hotham, break even on our winter DISC sessions, find a few seconds in Em's legs so she can shine at the Aussies next March and keep on having fun coaching and racing. To keep on riding with friends as much as I can squeeze in and get my kayak roll working again. Look at maybe doing a level 2 AS&C or Cycle coaching course if time and budget permit.
Of course, this season isn't over. Round 6 is in two weeks. Bring it on!