So what does all this mean for 2012? Well I am breaking new grounds for 2012. As you've probably already seen by all my annoying GoPro video's, I've spent alot of time mountain biking. In October I bought a new Specialized Stumpy 29er Carbon. The sucker is sweet!!! I've had more fun on this thing than I can remember for the last 2 years.
You may or may not know but I started cycling as a mountain biker. I didn't start off as a roady. Back when I race motocross I used mountain biking as training during the week. So in August I picked up my old Gary Fisher and started riding again. Got so hooked on it I picked this sucker up. Even though it's freezing cold and snowing outside, I've been riding it all winter. It's just a blast and a great way to avoid the trainer.
For 2012 I am going to do more offroad racing. Currently I'm signed up for 3 Xterra races and I am also planning on either doing the US Championships in Ogden, UT or the Worlds in Maui. This is going to be based on qualifying at Richmond for Xterra Maui, or qualifying for Kona at Louisville. I can't do both Maui and Kona. I'm almost positive I won't qualify for both so that might work itself out. In addition to Xterra racing, I'm also planning on doing some 6 hour and 100 mile mountain bike races. I figure these will be good to get my racing fix as well as get the long bike rides in for Ironman. In fact, at this point, I only have Ironman Louisville, a local sprint, and maybe a local Olympic on my schedule for road races. The rest of my races are offroad based races. Honestly, after doing 300+ mile weeks on the same roads, I could use a change and this will get me that. Here is my schedule for 2012.
March 24th - Barry Roubaix Gravel Road race
April 22nd - Yankee Springs Mountain bike TT
May 6th – Fort Custer Augusta Michigan – Mountain bike race
May 12th - 6 hours of Stoney Creek
May 20th – Fort Custer Xterra
May 26th – Hanson Hills 100 mountain bike race
June 10 - Xterra East Championships
June 17th – Xterra Torn Shirt Brighton
July 7th – Stony Creek MTB marathon
August 19th – Island Lake Sprint
August 26th – Ironman Louisville (Depending on Knee status)
September 9th – Addison oaks Mtb
September 22nd – Xterra National Champs Ogden, UT
One of the biggest possible impacts on my Ironman racing this year may come from my knee. Back in June I was testing out using some shorter cranks on my bike. I had adjusted my seat up the difference in the length of the crank but for some reason I went cranking up a hill and I hyperextended my knee that I've had a few surgeries on. It was an immediate shocking pain. I knew exactly what I had done. The pain had subsided that day but from that point on, during long runs, I could feel it. It didn't bother me that bad, but I knew it wasn't 100%. You can see in my running I have a little limp. I haven't ran smooth in 7 months. Going into Placid I was hoping that it was tight muscles, but after Lake Placid and during my rest time, it actually got worse. Since then I've had to put it off due to poor insurance that my doc didn't take. So now with the new job (at the old place) I have better insurance. I'm having surgery done on Tuesday to repair some meniscus and clean up scar tissue. I don't forsee this as a show stopper for Ironman training but it will put some time into my training plan. The last thing I want to do when I can run again to go out too strong and do too much at one time. So that might impact my run training for Louisville but not for Xterra racing since those are only 6 miles at the most.
So all that said, thanks for reading and I look forward to a new year in 2012. Keep an out for more YouTube video's coming in 2012. Might even be doing them in 3D (unless I sell my old GoPro).