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for March 2014, so what would I do to replace it? TransAndes was perfect. And signing up for it motivated me to get back into a regular training routine, something I was struggling to do after a big year of racing in Pink Air Force 1 Low
How will the race go? To be honest, the stats alone intimidate me. I've been riding an average of 10 to 12 hours a week. But the race will have me on the bike for 25 or so hours in six days and climbing 37,000 feet! I have been doing very short, to the point training rides, but most of them have been on my trainer so I have not been getting much elevation gain. What does that mean for me on those 37,000 feet? I just don't know. And for even more intimidation by numbers, I bought a scale for the first time in years, then stepped on it just after the holidays only to find a few extra pounds of holiday cheer compared to my last weigh in back in early December.
I can't believe the start of my 2014 season is already here and instead of easing into it, I'm jumping right in. This week, I'm racing the TransAndes Challenge, a six day stage race across southern Chile. Each day, we will climb up as many as 8,500 vertical feet and spend four to five hours on the bike. And this is coming after my longest off season ever. It's been great: I've gotten plenty of rest and taken some fun rides. But I have put in fewer hours on the bike than usual it's easily the least amount of riding I've ever done over the fall and winter. I have wanted to try this race for years, but I was hesitant to sign up, fearful I wasn't in strong enough shape. But two of my sponsors, Michael David Winery and DeFeet, encouraged me to go, so just six weeks before race day, I clicked the online submit button on the registration form and bought a plane ticket.
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In the period before the race began, I felt a strange mix of ease and anxiety about it. I am excited at the prospect of starting 2014 with something big and new. Back in November, when I was planning my early 2014 race calendar, I was feeling a little bit lost because the last two years have been Nike Air Force 1 High Grey Suede focused on training for the 2013 Yak Attack, a 10 day race in Nepal, across the Himalayas, during first week of March. Yak Attack was not on my schedule Nike Air Force One Low Blue
2013. I also signed on to work with a new coaching company for 2014, Balance Point Racing. The training program is different from what I've previously, and I'm excited to see what happens.
TransAndes will be a great race, sort of a summer training camp in Chile. I'll make new friends, drink some malbec, and explore a new mountain range from my bike. My goal is to do my best, to accept where I'm at, and to have a great adventure. Accepting where you are at in training and in events, instead of having high expectations for yourself, is always a challenge, but I hope to be pleasantly surprised. There's only one way for me to find out: Go out and do it. I'll be back to tell you how it went.
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