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January 25, 2011

James vs. The Gila Monster

by hammonjj

Another week gone by, another week of training under my belt.  It’s been fairly uneventful with an emphasis on uneventful.  The weather hasn’t been cooperating much lately and the early days are pushing me to the trainer more and more.  I think I may go postal in the near future if I can’t get outside to ride more.  There’s something about riding inside that drives me to the edge of sanity and I’d prefer to to back off from that edge a bit.

The good news?  We’re supposed to stay in the high 40’s to low 50’s for the next week, which is perfect cycling weather.  A little on the cool side, but comfortable.

I did make one major decision this week regarding my training and racing.  I will be participating in the 2011 edition of the Tour of the Gila.  This five day stage race will pit me against some of the top Cat 3 talent in the country and it boasts tons of climbing each day.  Even the time trial and criterium’s profile look more like hill climbs than traditional races.  The event takes place April 27-May 1st and I couldn’t be more excited.

Time to get back to training!  My coach has me doing another high volume week in preparation for some serious stage racing!

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