2009 Challenges Chosen! What are yours?

Rather than train yesterday, I met up with the team from

Woke up feeling a bit woozy and feeling guilty about not having trained. I realised my winter traing motivation was ebbing away faster than the red poured out of the bottle the previous night.

Goals! I need something to work towards if I'm going to train hard and make the right choices (e.g., Intervals vs. Shiraz). So, finally, I've sorted out my 2009 Challenges. Here they are. It will be tough to balance these with my family and professional goals (both of which will evolve dramtically in 2009), but gotta give it a try.

May 29th - 31st - Go to Bourg d'Oisans, France and ride Alpe d'Huez, Telegraph, Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, and whatever else happens to be in the area. It's my birthday, so this is a big treat. I chose this goal because I've wanted to do these climbs since I was a kid, it's not too far away, and it will be good training for the Saentis classic.

June 13th - Saentis Classic, Switzerland.  130k with 1,800m of climbing. This looks like a nice cyclosportif - great scenery, not too competitive, can get there and back in a day, and the timing is far enough away to be fit for, but close enough to now that I really need to be training hard! I want to be fit enough to hang with the Speed group...

July 8th - Ride up Mt. Evans, Colorado. I'll be in Colorado visiting the folks so thought I might do the Mt Evans race. Turns out you need a license to do it, so that's my excuse.  Instead, I'll go together with good friend David Hancock and ride up it. It's the highest paved road in North America.  I suspect that means it's also the most painful.

August 16th - Eiger Mountain Bike Challenge, Grindelwald, Switzerland. 55k with 2,500m of climbing. The Eiger is my favorite mountain in the whole world. I love it. I wanted to do one mountain bike race in late summer, and this one gives me the chance to race below the Eiger. Very cool. Having done Swiss mountain bike sportives before, I know this will be full of tough-as-nails-eurodogs, so I'll be sure to get my ass kicked.

So, there we go. It's settled. Four goals over four months. Now, time to get on the bike and get more serious about fitness.

I'll post these goals in my profile. Join me there as I need more friends to motivate me!

PS. It doesn't fit into my schedule, but Sufferfest's favorite cyclist of all time, Gianni Bugno (who really needs to make an appearance in a future Sufferfest Video, come to think of it), has his own GranFondo on May 1st. It's near Lake Como.  Hmm....maybe we could squeeze this in....

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