The Student Becomes the Teacher


Or, more accurately, the participant becomes the mentor. That’s right folks! I apparently write a pretty mean essay (or no one else applied), as the “Powers That Be” over at Team in Training have seen their way clear to entrust me with my very own group of participants for the upcoming summer cycle season. Try not to be too stunned here or I may just get offended! I turned in my paperwork this very evening and will join an all-star selection of coaches and mentors in prepping the next batch of TNT cyclists for century riding success. We’ll be training for the Moab Century Tour in Utah this September. The ride is rumored to be absolutely gorgeous and “basically flat” (except for the “Big Nasty” climb that kicks the whole thing off). Really… they call it that.

Giant, hopefully-more-legend-than-actual-devil, hills aside… I’m pretty frikkin’ excited. I’ve wanted to be a mentor since my very first couple weeks of training back in ’07, but have always had to put it off for one reason or another. I’m happy to finally have no new (forseen) marriages, moves, job changes, or broken bones on the horizon, which means I can actually give something back to a group that did an awful lot for me. I was amazingly fortunate to have the mentors and ride support that I did through my two training seasons; I can’t wait to return the favor!

All this means that I’m pretty much bouncing in my chair right now ready to get started. There’s a whole season of ride posts, hill repeats posts and food review posts just *bursting* to be written! Of course the actual training season doesn’t start for another full month, so I have to be content geeking out to bike porn on the computer every day. (Gear people… gear. Where are your minds?!) I’ve been on a (mostly mental, for now) shopping spree for the last week straight; picking out new jerseys, new shorts, and, in moments of true weakness, new bikes. I’ve only actually given in to one jersey, one pair of shorts and a bunch of new tester food so far, but my wallet will be grateful to get training under way!

For now, this week is shaping up to be pretty busy (and kinda cold), but I’m hoping to channel all of this energy into some more self-sponsored training rides come the weekend. I can’t be 100% certain… but more pre-season miles logging (and less gear-related spending) is probably going to make for a better “get a headstart on getting in shape” plan. Probably. Maybe I should do both, just in case…

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An often sarcastic, occasionally humorous journal of my training adventures in preparation for the Livestrong century ride. I took up cycling back in '07 in hopes of meeting new people, and, with the help of Team in Training, making my small positive difference in the world -- and haven't stopped spinning since. Follow along as my Trek road bike and I try and hash out our differences, hopefully with me upright and in the saddle.

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