Bags, Boxes and Bottles
Bj Jason Harrod
Wow. I just made through the madness that is my life surrounding the holidays and after. What is the ‘and after’, you ask? Birthday madness at my house; four of them in eight days. All done now, though, and it is high time to turn back to the bike. I am in dire need of shedding my winter coat so when spring arrives with its flourish, its flowers, its sunshiny days, I am ready to embrace the longer, warmer days and spend some quality time training in order to get fit enough to maybe, maybe, even race a crit or four this season. Maybe.
I am not a road guy by nature. In fact, I ride the road because of the simplicity of the bike, the fact that as soon as I roll off of my driveway the route begins and because it allows me to control the ride better. In a perfect world I would ride three days on, one day off, and two out of the six rides would be on the dirt. But I rarely get my way as there are the kids, their sports, school, wife, coaching, blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong, I love it all and would not have it any other way … really. But, as I have mentioned a time or thrice, I am a list guy. Today I made my list, my list that outlines the way back to fitness. For me at least. Wanna hear it? Here it go.
First of all I try not to make my lists to specific, as my schedule can change from day to day, even hour to hour. For the ride portion of the list, I aim for a minimum of four days a week on the bike, a maximum of six, six being ideal. The rides themselves would ideally be one medium tempo, one long slow one, one short effort – likely on the dirt. Rinse and repeat. Then there is the diet. I am not a dieter but I do find that keeping it simple is the easiest thing for me. Basically, if it comes in a box, a bag, or a bottle I do my best to avoid it. That certainly does not mean I abstain, though I do try to keep those items as far from my mouth as possible. Water – drink lots of water or litz of izer as this one cat I know calls it. Sleep. I try to sleep as much as possible.
This is by no means a blueprint for fitness but knowing me, my habits, and my body I find that after two weeks of these types of behaviors I can see the difference in the mirror and feel the difference in the way my clothes hang. Well, I must be off to eat something that likely comes in its own wrapper, is a lean protein, or comes ready to eat from the mother earth. And let’s not forget to drink litz of izer.