My 2012 off-season
And 2013 goals
By Charon Smith (Surf City Cyclery)
I was recently asked by CI what have I been up to during my break from the local racing scene. My first response was, ‘really you guys think people really want to know what I have been up to’? At first I did not want to write anything. Simply because I am pretty active on Facebook, and I try to keep in touch with the people I race against since we often do not see one another during the off season.
I took about a month off from the bike really just relaxing to allow my body to take a break from the stress of being on the bike so much. I did a little traveling, nothing major like some of my rich friends I race against. After taking my break, I slowly began doing some lower body and abs workouts, simply to rebuild and repair the muscle tissue that were broken down or had become weak from training and racing week after week. This hurt really bad once I got started; it is pretty amazing how the body responds to something after not doing a particular workout for many months. So after 6-8 weeks of weight training, I slowly began to get back on the bike, which sucked, because of the fitness level I lost after taking time off the bike. It felt weird because I had just come off being extremely fit 2 months ago on the bike. Maybe all the cakes, chips, pies, candy and all the other bad foods I ate didn’t help. Lately I have been doing very long easy zone 2 rides with small groups of friends that I train with on a regular basis during the off season. I typically try to stay away from group rides, but I will do some from time to time. I feel personally, that they do not work the best for me during this time of year. I see no need to pound the body right now as I will get plenty of that once racing picks up soon.
My goals for 2013 are pretty much the same as they were in 2012. They are to win and win as much as possible for the team and myself. Long term is always winning Nats; I believe that is all the top riders’ goal coming into a season. I am really excited about the new additions we have added to Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW; the official roster will be released shortly by our team manager/director Mike Faello. I have been told by a few guys who I will race against that I have a bulls eye on my back, which I don’t understand why, but to be honest it does not matter so much because my approach is always the same: compete hard, train smart, and may the best team/man win, period. With the pieces we add, I foresee another great season for us as a unit. I expect the competition to be very tough, as it always is in the Crit capital of the world. I am not sure what many of the other teams have done, but I am certain everyone has done their homework to bring the fire for 2013. I am very excited to see there will be random testing done on the local race scene next year; it is much needed to assure everyone is on an even playing field, and with the constant rumors of guys taking short cuts to fulfill their goals on the bike. I am a firm believer if one does their homework during the off-season, and once the season starts, they will do well. I always say cycling is not a magical sport, but being a hard worker with a little talent has some advantages. That is where team work comes in to play to balance everything out, it’s pretty cool everyone has a chance if they prepare, race smart, and have good leadership.
Other than that I have been training pretty smart and feel I am on target for what I need to be doing in order to have a successful season of racing in 2013. I wish everyone the best of luck in 2013, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s new kits, bikes, and all the other swag that comes with being a bike racer. I am also excited to see who will have a break out season, or will things remain the same in 2013 as they were in 2012? I am getting excited as I type; I can’t wait to compete, smile, laugh, and try to manage the pain and angry that comes with racing. Most of all I know I need to stay relaxed, as this wise man once told me. Thanks again CI, for giving me and all the other riders this platform.
Charon Smith your back-to-back State Crit Champ 35+