After much consideration, I have decided to change the way I ride and train for this upcoming season. I am now training with the assistance of a coach.
I haven't had a coach since I ran track and cross country in high school oh-so-many years ago. Then, we just did what we were told. We ran the times, or at least tried to run the times we were given for each workout. We didn't ask questions about it, we just ran.
My relationship with my new coach began with questions. He wanted to know what goals I had for 2008 and wanted me to rate myself on certain cycling skills like sprinting, climbing etc.
Goals? Cross is definitely my top goal. Beyond that though, I'm not sure. I will have to think about it.
Along with thinking about training in a different way i.e. goal oriented, I will need a power meter.
So, a new wheelset will have to wait.