Bicycle Racing As a Hobby
As most of you know, I’m an avid fan of P90X. Right now, Insanity is destroying me. By “destroying,” I mean making me stronger on a daily basis through an intense workout. I love what these programs represent and I love watching them be a huge part of life transformations. I also race. I’m a triathlete, a cyclist, and a somewhat reluctant runner. Why take on racing as a hobby when I have the complete library of Beachbody DVDs at home to keep me fit?
The answer is—because it challenges me. And, it’s fun.
The best I’ve ever done is third in my age group at a rather small, but very hard, sprint triathlon. So, it’s clear that I’m not doing it for the money or for the winning. Racing does several things for me:
First, it is really fun. The energy at a race is electric. Everyone with a number has spent some significant portion of time preparing for the event and you can just feel all the nervous energy in the air. It’s something that cannot be replicated.
Second, the process of preparing for a race thrills me. I’ve helped a lot of people incorporate programs like P90X into their endurance sports training and I thoroughly enjoy that process.
Third, I’m addicted to the training. I am Dave Ward and I am an exercise junkie. I just love it! There was a time in my life when working out was something I dreaded. Now, working out is usually the best part of my day.
Finally, having a goal keeps me motivated. The day of the race is the day of the race. You can’t move it and you had better be ready when it arrives. It reminds me of preparing for the Bar Exam. You have one shot to make it happen and that keeps me going on the days when I might not feel like training as hard as I should.
So, what’s next on my race schedule? The Tour de Scottsdale—a 70 mile bike race on October 4th. This will be my first bike race and I’m really excited about it.
Cycling is my favorite endurance sport. I’ve been doing weekly long rides (45 to 60 miles) and weekly short hill repeats (15 to 20 miles packed with climbs) to prepare. I’ve also been doing Insanity and last week added in some strength training using P90X and Tony’s One on One (particularly Core Ball Sandwich and the brutal 30/15 routine). I feel a lot stronger with the added strength training. I know it won’t necessarily help me on the bike, but I like to throw weights around a couple of days a week.
After the Tour, I’ll do the Phoenix Rock and Roll Half Marathon in January. Then…well, I’m a little on the fence, but I’ve always wanted to do the U.S. Navy SEAL Superfrog Triathlon. It’s a half-ironman distance (1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13 mile run) with a brutal course. The swim is in the ocean…in March. The bike course is flat and fast, going between Coronado and Imperial Beach in San Diego. The run is 13 miles along the the beach…a pretty scary prospect. Most of it occurs on some hard packed sand, but sections of it go into the deep stuff. Pain…lots of pain. I have a few things to assess, but I think I’m going to do it. My good friend Seth Gibree just committed to it and that has lit a bit of a fire under me. More to follow on that to be sure.
So, there you have it. This I took on bicycle racing as a hobby. I’d love to help you down this exciting path…all you have to do is message me.