Thanks to the well wishers who emailed me about my shoulder: it is doing great, the shoulder surgery was a success and it is working with 90-95% range and no pain.
On the cycling front, the left knee is still giving me problems, so I am going to abandon the blue Shimano road shoe cleats (very little float) and put the yellow cleats back on. And I still cannot feel that comfortable in the new fit, even though the power numbers are higher. This has been a frustrating season, psychologically more difficult than any race, pretty much a goner as far as anything competetive: I cannot make up 2 months of base training and I feel like a porker on the bike (6 pounds heavier than last year at this time).
But today I had a wonderful ride on my Moots MootoX RSL mountain bike up to Black Mountain, the first good ride on it since last fall. Wow! With the tubeless Furious Fred tires, the thing is incredibly responsive and fast.
Weight loss has not happened. With a caloric deficit for 10 days now, I’ve gained 2 pounds. Well, I’ve probably lost some fat, the heavier training seems to have my body retaining water or food or both. Damned hard pyschologically, so I’ll just have to keep at it. But that damned left knee has to get happy to make it possible.
With all this, I am totally intimidated by the idea of doing the Alta Alpine 8-Pass Challenge this year, which is only 7 weeks away. Last year I romped through it (first one to finish for the day, but 2nd place) and was rather pleased with my effort. This year I doubt I could finish. It’s hard to underperform past levels.