Stopped off at Discount Steel to buy some 3″ square tubing with which to build my own welding stand. It’ll be what I’m learning to TIG weld on, too, incidentally. Once it’s done, it gets powder-coated (red or black), and I’ll set it up down in the basement. It’ll be awhile before I’m building at home — probably not until after the wedding, I suspect — but over the next few months, I’ll be pulling in more and more bits of hardware. The building table is probably the next big item after that.
I started my off-season training program last night — after the steel place, I hit up the gym. And was quickly reminded of how much I despise training at this time of year because it feels like I’m not really accomplishing anything. Last night called for 45 minutes of “E2” — endurance work in zones 1 and 2, for those of you not using Joe Friel’s system. I noodled along and for the first 15 minutes or so, I was really frustrated. So I put on some really angry music and visualized racing ‘cross and that mostly removed my thought process from the situation. Occasionally, I’d have a moment or two of wanting to let the frustration boil over into working harder than I should, but I opted to trust the training program and finished up.
Also had weights on the agenda last night, too. This was not as frustrating, and I did a balance of full-body work. It’s early in the season, so I’m in the “stability” phase of trying to build fine muscle structure and get the body used to shoving weights around again. Low weights, high reps. The only thing that really killed me was the lunges — the legs are pretty damn tired, and last night I was having a difficult time with the stairs. Clearly, I overdid it a bit.
Today’s a lot easier a day — an E1 recovery ride for an hour. High near 50° today, so I may bundle up and do it out on the pavement while Kate’s off shopping for wedding dresses with her mom.
Tomorrow’s a day off from training (I’m at 8.5 hours a week for the first 8 weeks of this) more framebuilding class with Paul, which should be a lot of fun. I get to talk over my blueprints with him, among other things, and explain why I put a 73.5° head tube angle on a ‘cross bike.