I can come up with a million reasons why my stoke had gone missing. I have had a long season with some big efforts and big results (for me). I haven't exactly put in a consistent/focused training block since Ironman Couer d'Alene, instead just making occasional deposits to and frequent withdrawals from the EK Bank of Fitness. And mountain biking is much much harder on your aerobic system than triathlon is, making those sub-MAF rides a thing of the past. I started looking past the race and craving some solid base-phase training. It's not exactly a good sign to be craving a heart rate in the 130s when you need 6+ hours of 165ish to get the job done at BT Epic.
|Running from zombies. Nerd alert - I wore my compass for this race. Photo by John Peiffer.|
|Me, zombie, zombie, One-Arm James, zombie, Jeff. Also note zombie in background on a cell phone...calling for MORE BRAINS?! Photo by John Peiffer.|
|Skull and a buckle. Photo by Ralph Pfremmer.|
|GO READ IT: http://semi-rad.com/2012/09/do-you-have-the-stoke-2/|
|2010 BT Epic course. 55 miles of mostly singletrack in Mark Twain National Forest.|
*Technically I still have 2 races left in 2012, but they are both in December so I'm not even considering them part of "this season". Pin It