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Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Here's a cool idea. 30 Days of Biking. Especially if you are on Twitter. But even if you're not, you can at least take part. Just ride everyday for 30 days in April. Simple as pie.
However, if you are on Twitter, you should tweet each day about your ride, no matter how short or far and add #30daysofbiking to your tweet.
It'll be interesting to see other peoples tweets as they take part in the project. I'm sure we'll see a ton of pictures about peoples rides.
My only reservation is weather, riding, even to work, in the rain sucks. I admit, I'm a fair weather rider. And rain could put me off. Especially on days I'm not scheduled for a training ride.
One last thing, you can follow my tweets with this link.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
|Duct tape keeps keeps your booties around years after they should be retired.|
|Dome house near Pine Island, off the Douglas trail.|
|Kenda Kwik 700x30c tires fit just fine on the orange fixed.|
|Plenty of room for gravel rides and some cyclocross.|
Saturday, March 20, 2010
|Charge branded Sugino Messenger chainring.|
Thanks Charge! You guys rock harder than a majikist! Even if you aren't sending me a Freezer ti cyclocross rig to race on.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Bicycling is an expensive sport. Equipment itself is a major expense. Bikes are not cheep. Then you can easily spend $300-500 or more a year just on things that wear out and/or replacement clothing. And that's being conservative in the estimate.
While I like being competitive, at this point I couldn't see spending the kind of money that they want to charge at a Granny-Gear production event. Now granted, as they state in the article, you get a lot of amenities included. Fancy timing systems, P.A. systems, stages for awards, beer gardens, etc. Porta-pottys and food vendors are great for family and support crews.
But even with all of that, over $100 bucks for entry to race is really steep. I couldn't see spending that kind of money. At least at this point in my life.
The article talks a bit about grassroots race promoters that charge less then $100 for a solo racer, and a little more for a team. These seem a bit more reasonable.
But the article fails to mention that there are a growing number of no-entry fee grassroots races being put on. Races like Ragnarok and Almanzo. Right now they seem to revolve around gravel road race events. And those are great. But they are not the do all-end all, and I think we will see a decline in numbers after a peak is reached. When that is, I'm not sure, but that's getting off the point. I think it's great that they are being put on, but more importantly. They are evolving somewhat and I think people putting them on will start to expand to pavement and even trail racing.
Now, not all events can and will be free. But I really don't think you need to pay an arm and a leg to be able to race your bike. And truthfully, you can turn any ride into a virtual race. In fact many group ride are just that, and excuse for racer types to play, train, and do a race, without actually racing.
And really... isn't that even more fun. Show up to a group ride with a bunch of licenced racers who are training to cat up this year. Hanging with, or even beating them on climbs and sprints. Maybe I'm odd. But I enjoy that a bit.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Click the above chart of my current training load to see a larger version. I think as long as I get back on track next week I'll be ok.
I really think the current weather has a ton to do with the motivation this week. Not only with training, but with work, and even my general mood. It's been cloudy and rainy pretty much all week. And that really led to just feeling blah and not wanting to get up to train, or go to the gym.
Time for some spring maintenance too. I need to cut a fork steerer, swap the crown race, then overhaul hubs and pedal bearings and finally install a new chain on the roadie. I'm still looking for 28 or 30c cyclocross tires to fit on the roadie for the Almanzo100. I'm scouring eBay, but I don't want to spend a fortune.
One last thing before I check out for now, be sure to leave a comment, as I'd love to hear from you readers.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
What you also see is a couple of spikes into tempo zone. See, if I don't watch it, I actually go into tempo without really realizing it. So I need to watch that I don't go into it. Or when I do catch myself in it (like today) back off (or go harder).
But that's training back off, or go harder.
Friday, March 5, 2010
In that time I've been training by riding my rollers, usually an hour to an hour fifteen per session. In years past I've ridden outdoors by now, at least a couple times. But then in the past I wasn't riding indoors at all. So the amount of hours I've put in this year is much more then I have, and as a result my CTL, ATL and TSB scores are looking much better then in years past.
The only drawback is that I'm afraid that the fitness is short duration/high intensity and not long endurance that I will need to race the Almanzo. Those one hour sessions aren't worthless, but they don't do that much for a 6+ hour ride on gravel.
So hopefully I'll be able to start some Saturday morning rides, and start racking up even more hours, driving the CTL up.
On another note, I'm planning on riding the road bike this year, but that bike is starting to age. Last fall I noticed that there seem to be some delamination going on with the carbon on the fork, as well as a pedal that completely froze, and the normal tires that have worn.
Thankfully my sponsorship with S-family racing has been extended and has included these new items and a helmet too. The team manager doesn't think it's safe to be riding with a 10 year old Giro Boraes. The team was able to secure a fork and Speedplay pedals.
One thing I haven't been able to get ahold of yet, is a pair of cyclocross tires that will fit in the fork and stays of the road bike. It would be great to find a 28 or 30c tire that has some tread to it in a folding bead. I'm not even sure if vittoria cross XN's will fit.
That's all I have time for tonight. Hopefully I can get some more info on training status and riding updates.
Newton's Third Law is wrong: Although it states that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, there is no force equal in reaction to an attack by Gunnar Soroos. Gunnar Soroos rides for Toms Shoes Cycling Team. Gunnar Soroos is so crazy and awesome that he flips out ALL the time. I heard that Gunnar was eating at a diner. And when some dude dropped a spoon Gunnar Soroos killed the whole town. My friend Oprah Winfrey said that she saw Gunnar Soroos totally uppercut some jerkface just because they opened a window. Gunnar Soroos doesn't shop at Costco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gunnar Soroos has two speeds. Fast, and Kill! The main export of a Gunnar Soroos attack is pain. You can control how people can interact with you and your friends. Choose who can see you, who can speak to you, who can hurt you, and who can be ignored.