Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Cold? ....... nah
Friday, February 23, 2007
How To Shower - Men & Women - Watch a funny movie here
Nice thing about winding down from a big race is getting caught up on all the racing action that's been blogged about everywhere. Season's are beginning everywhere. Rather than redo his great job I'll refer you to UltraRob who has put up links to great reports.
Don't forget to read about the 24 hours of Old Pueblo by Tinker, Adam, Dave, and Lynda - heal quickly Lynda.
6/12 hours of Razorback - the first of the NORBA marathon series. Reports by Namrita, and Eddie O. and the solo Goat.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sebring 24 Hour
It was cold. It got warmer, it got windier, it got colder, it got windier, the wind let up for a while. It started raining. I was asleep.
Did the first century in sub 5 hours. No-drafting. Sort of a "new" PR.
216 miles in less than 12 hours
I had plenty of layers on. Thick tights, heavy winter gloves, balaclava too. Looked like many had decided not to start because of the cold weather. Expected a big group of drafters to take off at warp speed like last year but that never happened. I went out smooth and steady and was actually too warm early on. D-Bo was riding around w/Andy's crew so I was able to switch to some thinner gloves. That helped.
Ran out of fluids at mile 75. The sun was out in full force and I guess the temp was approaching 50. I was definately getting over heated. The last 10 miles were a bit miserable - directly into a freshening 10-15 mph wind. My mouth felt like a desert. Tried to choke down Gu's but they just stuck to everything in my dry mouth like glue. Still managed a sub 5 hour (no-drafting) century. I guess that's sort of a PR. Last time I'd broke 5 hours was maybe 25 years ago ........... yeesh I'm getting old. Seems to be a right of passage every year at Sebring to get leg cramps in the first century. Was prepared with Endurolytes and they did the trick. Took 4-6 every hour, while I had fluids anyway. Was pretty dry and bonked by the end of the century.
After about 6 12 mile loops the wind was starting to get to my head. I'd really planned on getting in 10 short loops, but that first beat into the wind on Rt 98 was relentless, and seemed to get worse every lap. I had to put my head down and stare at the pavement for 3-4 miles, not looking up until near the end. When I saw a Powerbar someone had dropped on the shoulder, I knew that stretch of road was almost finished.
Labels: race report
The bike has nice balance .......
You can read some nice Sebring reports by :
Pete and Wendy have some photos up here.
Stay tuned and
Monday, February 19, 2007
some prerace wrenching for me.
Friday, February 16, 2007
On the Move
are immediately releaved by a nice spin
Labels: road trip.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
From the person that is just trying to hang on at their first group ride, to some of the fastest guys (AND girls) on our team trying to find a way to increase their performance while juggling the day to day demands of life and family. Sure it's inspirational to see all the go-fast pros knocking out new PRs and standing on boxes everywhere, but I get more from the middle and back of the packers - maybe because that's what I am. Those that are out there slugging and slogging amidst the everyday trials and tribulations of our human condition.
Today I got on the rollers again. Still finding it quite fun (yes Andy it will grow old, but I'm enjoying it while I can). Even in the biggest gear rollers aren't too intensive, and they sure get you to smooth out your pedal stroke. I'm sort of wishing I'd of started on 'em earlier.
Before the workout I was scanning the DVD drawer to find suitable inspiration, and stumbled upon the RAAM 2003 DVD. Forgot I even had it. Probably because it was in the wrong DVD case. Somehow it got in there with the Collective.
Watching the thing was fascinating. 2003 was Allen Larsen's second year, the year he came in first place ahead of a rookie named Jure' Robic. The coverage was by OLN and a compilation of the 4 episodes they broadcast on TV. The adventure and drama that unfolded both in the front and at the back of the pack made an hour go buy in the blink of an eye. The stories really put a lot of things in perspective. On one hand it made my upcoming little 24 hour race seem insignificant. But on the other hand it made it the most important thing in the world. What it didn't do is trivialize the struggles we all go through, both on and off the bike. I was about to reluctantly hop off the bike at the end of the DVD when a little tribute came on. I'm really sure I never saw this before, and was totally unaware that it was there on the DVD.
It was a speech at the finish line by Zach Bingham of Team Vail/Go Fast. After watching it the first time I rewound it and played it again, then again. Then I had to get off the bike and watch it a few more times. It really hit home. I'll paraphrase it :
Zach finishing his description of the RAAM 2001 race :
"Most of all we learned a lot about the race and about each other.
During the race across america personalities get stripped down, and you can see what's inside. Like an onion, peeled to the core, and it's not always for the best. In RAAM there's no chance to hide your flaws, every crew member and every racer knows what I mean. But there is a chance to see your personality in a new way and improve yourself...........
The experience of RAAM changed all of our lives, we gave RAAM a check and some sweat and got something we did not expect in return."
Then he goes on to describe the 2003 race :
"But I do know that this experience in RAAM let him see and feel things that most people will never get to see or feel...............................
We all must continue down the road, to see the sights, and smell the smells .......................
RAAM must continue so the richness of the experience can be enjoyed by more people. The intensity .......... the highs........... and yes the lows. It's all a part of life, we just cram a decade of it into a week and call it a race.....
The only way to see what it is we left out there is to race again. Team Vail will be back, to race the 4 man division for Brett, again next year."
Team Vail-GoFast (now Vail/Beaver Creek) has been there every year since, seeing the sights, smelling the smells, experiencing the highs ................. and yes the lows.
They finished every year except 2003, when Zach made that speech. That year they lost a close friend and racer Brett Malin, who was struck by a semi and killed during the race.
I edited out some of the speech, to focus mainly on the joy and not to revisit any sadness.
Team Vail/Beaver Creek will ride again this year.
I thank them all for the inspiration. It's not often that I am (or will admit to being) moved to tears, but this was one of those moments.
note - I struggled with this post. Not the actual writing of it, but putting it up. The last thing I wanted to do was reopen anyone's sadness or sorrow. From what I've seen and heard of those involved, I really don't believe it will. If it did, I'm truly sorry.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Say It Aint So.........
Monday, February 12, 2007
Mythbusters Part 1
Case in point - Just try to compare numbers on frame geometry between the Gary Fisher RIG and the C'Dale Caffeine :
Absolutely impossible. Only 1 or 2 of the metrics are the same.
The proof of the puddin' is always in the ridin'.
It'd be nice to line up the bikes you're comparing or considering to buy next to each other live and in person, but that isn't practical for the most part. Heck, I wanted to line them up next to each other in my own home since I've had them, but couldn't seem to make the time. It's always more fun getting your RideOn than thinking about all this jibberish anyway.
Then I got a brainstorm!!!!!!! Well........................ Maybe not a full on storm, but more like a graupel laden thundershower :
Take pictures! Yeaaaaaa. That's the ticket.
Now I know a whole lot more about photography than I do about frame geometry, and I know the photo technique on these shots sucked. Better lighting and a longer focal length would be a big improvement. But bear with me, it's something I whipped up in a flurry last night.
The camera was on a tripod 30 inches high, and 92 inches away from the bikes. Those #'s are totally insignificant, but they were consistant and hence reproducible.
Throw up a green screen behind the bike and voila' :
The green screen just makes it easier to clean up the background :
No, that isn't some fancy new double spoke pattern. It's just shadows, silly. I already told you my lighting was rushed and haphazard.
Then you (or me as the case may be) can draw lines, doodles, and other funny faces all over the image.
Which can then be stripped, observed, and pondered. I'm overwhelmed by all the deep, intellectual, mind-numbing, thought processes that could be inspired.
All pretty cool stuff.
But not as cool as being able to overlay the metrics/geometry of your many bikes(s) on top of each other!
We'll do just that in part 2.
Now imagine, if you will, a standardized and AVAILABLE database of ALL two wheeled vehicles that you could (with a click or two of a mouse) - overlay, compare, and ANALyze ad nauseum.
My goodness - a veritable orgy of stripped down bicycle graphics and dimensions. Here I sit beside myself in awe of the potential ramifications.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I think Lon Haldeman said :
"You can train too much, but you can't ride too much."Friday was a GREAT ride.
Dan was dressed like a Ninja, (Ninjas are often lurking in shadows, even when fixing a flat on a frigid sunny day)
and he rode like one too.
Ninjas don't carry extra tubes, or CO2.
They make them magically appear (out of their riding partners pockets) when they flat.
Lots of stunts, skinnies, teeters, and what not at the Swich since I was there last. Fun stuff.
Made plans for the Florida road trip.
Fixed gear lust - soon to be sated .
Thursday, February 08, 2007
If you didn't follow Bryce's blog during last years event, it's worth going back through to read the archives if you have time to burn. Go here to start reading from the beginning of the race. There are some incredible times shared by the crew, as well as some inspiring comments. Good reading. I particularly like the following which is quoted from his blog :
Good stuff. Looking forward to seeing Bryce again at Sebring and shaking his hand.
"Imagine being one thousand times more exhausted than you’ve ever been in
your life. Your body started making outright demands for real sleep over 6 days
and 2000 miles ago. Finally, when your legs absolutely refuse to pedal one mile
further without a break, you are told that you are allowed to rest — for 3
hours. Then you are expected to get up, feel rejuvenated, and race well once
I posted the link to Shanna's new blog which has been pretty active with her preparing for this year's Swiss Gigathlon. The GIG is a 9 day race on foot, inline skates, mountain bike, swimming, road bike, and I don't know what else - 'cause my German isn't as good as it once was.
Here is a link to Shanna's RAAM 2006 blog from the beginning.
The UMCA seems to have run amuk. If you want to read about it go here or here. I would rather just
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
The Richmond crew got their own tradition started at Sherando on Sunday.
I had a hundred excuses, (and a few of them good ones), to stay in bed a bit later on Sunday then hit Freedom Park again for an easy recovery ride. This time on the Epic, which was dialed in with new pedal style. If they only made a 29er Epic. Really appreciated the auto lockout terralogic Fox Forks after dealing with locking out the bobbing Lefty. If only FOX made a 29er fork....... maybe someday.
Lots of history in the area. Looks like they're recreating some of it on the property.
Had 1-2 inches of snow forecast for this morning. Got excited about possibly riding in it. It never came. Still a nice cool morning to get out and get a good
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Gettin a little chilly out.
Got 4+ hours of sleddin' in on Friday.
no no no. Not that sled.............................................
With over 10 hours of single track now on the C'Dale Caffiene 29er,
Some universal truthes can be revealed.
It feels a bit more like this sled :
Than this one :
But it still is fun to ride. (So is a moped)
Hit up Freedom Park in the drizzly 40 degree rain in an attempt to further develop my relationship with the Caffiene.
Lots of love-hate going on. Well........ hate's a strong word.
Let's say love-dislike?
Nah, more like love-confusion. Yea, that's it.
Love-confusion. I guess Love and Confusion go hand in hand most of the time anyway. (Universal truth #1)
Like many relationships. Sometimes you just have to stop trying to figure things out, and go with the flow. (Universal truth #2)
Unfortunately Blindly going with the flow can lead to some dangerous, and potentially painful situations. (Universal Truth #3). Everytime the flow got going, the front end would wash out. Lots of understeer in fast corners. Still feels like the head tube angle is too steep. Whatever. Just embrace it and ride.
I really enjoyed the trails. Lots of tight twisties. Sort of like Lodi Farms, with less climbing, roots, and squeeze plays.
With average temps stuck in the 30s the group rides were a bit chilly today, but fun nontheless. With Wild Bill up at the D20 officials clinic, Wayno volunteered Dag to be our leader. And lead he did. If that doesn't instill the fear of road rash in ya' - nothin' will.. Everyone behaved and the rides went smooth as silk. Rough silk maybe, but still smooth. Nice rides.