Since returning to racing, sometimes I have found it disappointing how weak I am when I think of how strong (I think) I was. I had an OK season last year, but never really found my groove - you know, where your not really hurting just tapping away at the pedals and absolutely flying. When you feel like this, training sails by and the results just happen.
I guess last year was just getting my body used to the motions and retraining it to suffer. I rode a lot of hard miles and raced often. To my surprise, I never came close to burning out, but I took about three total weeks off in October anyway.
All of the sudden... POW! I feel like old Chuck, the way I used to feel. I know it is only November, but I feel great and can't wait for the 2009 season. I love getting these base miles in and I am finally used to how cold it gets here.
So if your wondering why I am smiling now, it's because I had lost my legs and then found 'em - again.