It's always around this time of year when training turns from peaceful rides through the beautiful country-side, to pain and suffering; either on the rollers or at the front of a fast moving group ride.
This week marks the begin of this season's first build phase. For the past 4 weeks I've been building up from 6 minute threshold intervals to 12 minute intervals. These hurt enough and will continue; however, now I'll also be adding some 3 minute all out intervals, which really, really hurt.
Racing is also about to kick off. The Del Mar Crit series won't be happening this season, so there are a lot less local races at the start of the season. Anyone who races will tell you that the best way to prepare yourself for racing is to go race. Therefore, to fill in the gap, I'm going to be taking a few far off road trips this season in order to get some early season races. Imperial Valley (a good 2 hour drive) is next weekend. I'll also be heading out to Vegas for the Southern Nevada Stage Race.