Seriously, I'm done with snow and ready for road. With idle time on my hands, I've been spending way too much time trolling through the interwebs for all things bikely, and can't wait to get back in the saddle. Check this site out for really well produced mini-docs on the Cervelo Team over the 2009 season. Witness: scary driving/sandwich eating by their DS, the biggest watches you've ever seen, racy shots of Heinrich Hausler on the massage table, and the narrator's cute Canadian accent. I really liked the Flanders episode.
Tomorrow I can look foward to another extended spin session at the rec center. So sweaty.
Routine. When I snowboard alone I sometimes get in my own head. Today, I began to notice the little chair lift routine that I repeat on every run:
- Hockey stop.
- Unstrap back leg.
- Loosen front buckles.
- Get on lift.
- Pull down footrest/safety bar.
- Pull up gaiter to cover mouth and nose.
- Pull hood over helmet.
- Draw fingers out of mitts and clench thumbs for warmth.
- Sit and plan my next run.
- Re-insert fingers in mitt.
- Push off hood.
- Push up safety bar.
- Get off lift.
- Pull down gaiter.
- Strap in back foot
- Tighten front buckles.
- Rip shreds to the extreme!!!!
This pattern somehow made me feel all warm inside - literally and figuratively. I am a self-admitted creature of habit, and take odd satisfaction from learning and internalizing a system that works efficiently and consistently. I have routines for getting out the door to go snowboarding, taking a shower in the gym after spin class, and prepping for a bike ride. Oddly, the Rain Man routine of prepping the bottles and food, laying out the clothes, getting out the bag, and packing the gear is part of what I enjoy about riding bikes.
I'm not alone in this. See Joe Parkin's description of pre-race prep in Belgium. I love that post.