So having looked at the absolute disaster that was the 2011 Northshore Inline Marathon and subsequently survived my final hour bike ride at UT Austin, it’s time to put the 2011 season to rest with a year-end wrap up, look back, and post season analysis along with some general plans going forwards.
The Season Overview
First and foremost, comparing to 2011 to 2010, if nothing else good happened the fact that I didn’t find myself cratered into a near life ending depresssion can only be seen as a good thing, Frankly, compared to last year, anything would have been an improvement.
Beyond that, I came into this season with the plan to move up both in distance (from the half to the full marathon) along with level (from the open to the elite). My preparation was a bit truncated, by maybe a month coming out of the mess that was 2010 but I can’t honestly say that was the big issue.
Somehow the season managed to start disastrously with the Ronde Von Manda (where I got dropped right away and spent 2 hours riding through the cold, gray countryside) and end almost identically in Duluth (where I got dropped right away and spent 90 minutes skating through the cold, gray countryside). I am obsessed with cycles but this is why: my life seems to run on them.
In between those two things, it was a little more variable. I was happy with my performance at the Texas Road Rash although it identified some differences in the racing I had moved to; even though I didn’t do the final race, breaking a decade+ old issue of mine (cracking 20 minutes) against the 10k in Chicago was a high point.
I even got involved in bike racing, something I had managed to avoid for the near decade I had ridden and that not only provided another outlet for my mediocre ability and competition drive but I got some good experience, got some good training, avoided the crashes and started to get more comfortable in the pack.