Today's post comes from Salsa sponsored rider Danielle Musto. -Kid
Preparing for the 2010 race season has kept me very busy during these Winter months. I've been talking to sponsors, working on my race calendar, and most importantly, training for the upcoming season.
Training during Wintertime while living in Michigan can be challenging. The sun rarely makes an appearance through the perpetually cloudy gray sky, and the weather varies between cold, colder and coldest. Throw in a few ice and snowstorms, and it gets hard to find the motivation needed to go outside. Ironically, my coach (Lynda Wallenfels) lives in the desert, but she is very creative at scheduling my workouts around the winter weather. I'm also lucky to have a lot of local biking buddies who are willing to ride in cold temps. It's much harder for me to bail when I actually have a 'ride date' with someone. When I do get out I end up wearing so many layers of cold weather riding gear that it's hard to move, but I like to think that it counts as extra strength training.
Even though I get outside when I can, there are still many days where I end up riding inside on the dreaded trainer. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but sometimes it's actually nice to be all toasty and warm while watching a movie. Usually I find myself daydreaming about all of the races and trips I have planned for summer.
And speaking of races, I finally have the main races in my 2010 schedule nailed down. This year choosing my 'A' races was even harder then usual, mostly because there's SO MANY cool events that I want to do. Trust me, if I had my way I would race every weekend, but that's physically and financially not possible.
This year, my biggest focus of the season will be the 24 Hour National Championships at Big Bear, West Virginia on June 12th and 13th. Since the race is early in the season, I have the opportunity to compete in a few races later in the summer that I've wanted to do for a long time, such as the Cascade Creampuff 100, Salsa 2-4, and the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. I'm very excited, as this is the first year where I can actually compete in the entire Triple Crown Series.
While Spring in Michigan is still many weeks away, a visit to Phoenix, Arizona is right around the corner! In a little over a week I am traveling west for a Winter training camp with a few friends. I absolutely can't wait. This will be my first time riding on one of my new race bikes. Right now my Dos Niner has been built up by Velo City Cycles, is in transit heading west, and I am counting down the days until I can ride it on singletrack.
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These are a few of my favorite things: Mountain biking, good coffee, good food, and hanging out with my husband, family and adopted greyhound. It really doesn't take much to make me happy. Of course, winning a race every now and then is good too! www.daniellemusto.blogspot.com