Skipped running yesterday. The 4 hour nap I took told me maybe I was a little tired. Almost went for a quick run last night but decided it would just be padding & streak chasing. Got out this AM early, had to cut it short though since the rain was coming in.
Had an interesting thought while I was running. Amber keeps asking what i'm training for. Honestly don't know besides training. That got me thinking about training vs. racing. I used to be a huge believer in racing yourself into shape. By shape I mean top end fitness. Which for me takes about 13 weeks of training first. Then I could cut back on the miles, be it running or riding, and race myself into top shape. Now I lean towards racing gets in the way of training. I like to race but I think I like training more. Strange I know.
Another thought I had was about doping & training. Doping has pretty much completely put me off on PRO cycling. I don't get much enjoyment out of watching it any more since the cloud of doping is always there. Suspensions are a joke since the suspended rider almost always comes back to racing. The adaptation is made while on drugs. You can't take that away from them by suspending them. I would imagine most suspended riders train & recover. If I was a suspend PRO racer I'd spend my suspension training huge volumes & focus on recovery for the whole suspension. Then when I came back I'd have the benefit of the adaptation & racing I made while on the drugs & the benefit of all the quality training I was able to do while suspended. Sounds crazy but I think this has become common practice. Look at all the suspended riders that come back & win races straight out of the gate.
I think to remove Doping one of two things has to happen. Automatic life time bans or bans on training while suspended. Give the rider a two year suspension. Ban training for the first year of the suspension. The rider couldn't train for a year & would loose most if not all of the adaptation he made while training & racing on his drug of choice. Then he'd have to train another year to get fit enough to maybe rejoin the peloton. I'd say that go along way as a deterrent to using drugs. Since right now a 2 year ban is a licence to train.
Neither of these will happen so PRO cycling will probably end up eating its self.