Wednesday, 25 February 2009

D-Day minus four

I thought I'd better contribute to the countdown to the debacle that might occur on Sunday. In contrast to "Grumpy" Art Vanderlay's training, my winter programme has been disrupted by three weeks of illness in December, the two week snowy period in February, several days consumed by travelling to a job interview, and generally not having enough time left over after work.
It's not all doom and gloom - some days I find myself feeling pretty damned good, but I worry about inconsistency day to day. We shall see how it goes on Sunday!
So, with Team Grumpy rule #1 fulfilled, onto other matters.
I had a telephone call at work yesterday from a pleasant chap at Cycling Weekly, the not terribly august journal that I subscribed to for decades until I kicked the habit it in the face of declining time trial coverage and increased "get fit while you sleep" and cyclosportive articles. I had a nice chat with the lad, and pointed out that if Cycling Weekly made a strategic decision to go after the "lifestyle cycling" market instead of one of the principal core cycle sport audiences, they really ought to expect long-time subscribers to vanish. After all, it's not as though they made much effort to cater for all aspects of the sport. I declined the cheap subscription offer they are making to former subscribers.


Art Vanderlay said...

Well, I've survived the winter without any real illness until this last week. My cough has largely gone but I do have a stinking head cold now. I'm confident that it will be gone in a day or two. But this does remond me that another Team Grumpy rule should be:

never train or race with a bad cough - it will destroy your entire season.

Bearing in mind the experiences of 2006 I have done very little since this cough first emerged. I feel pretty good today but ahve decided to do a very light spin on the turbo and nothing more.

Grumpy Bob said...

Added as rule #5!

Art Vanderlay said...

Hmm, all these rules and so few of them grumpy ones.

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