Friday, February 29, 2008

2 contact lenses, 1 eye

I get up this a.m. for the 5:15 club. Put my shorts on and put my contacts in. Fill up my water bottle, then skillfully avoid the 2 cats prowling in the dark and make my way up to the living room where the bike is set up.

I turn on the lights and things are looking a little fuzzy. I blink, once, twice and my left eye is seriously protesting. This is not an all together uncommon event. Eyes get dry, contacts move out of place and need to be readjusted. I reach up and pull the contact from my eye and prepare to put it back in and I stop because I feel something still in my eye. So, back to the bathroom to look in the mirror to see exactly what's going on and I discover a 2nd contact in my left eye. D'oh! In my early morning stupor: 2 contacts 1 eye.

Nothing to do but open up another set of lenses, put those in... ahhh! much better and get my ride on.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Neck Deep

Intervals. I am neck deep in them. Very short ones and short ones no real long ones... yet. Thankfully, next week is a recovery week. I can honestly say that I have never trained this hard, this early before. Despite being cooped up inside, I feel good. Hoping for a break this weekend with at least Sunday looking good.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Foo Fighters 2/25/08 Allstate Arena

In a word, f*&king incredible... wait that was 2 words. But it was. Amazing energy, a great song selection and a small stage with all 8 players on it for 3 or 4 acoustic tunes.

These guys can play, sometimes slow and soft, but mostly fast and loud, which is the way I like it. Dave Grohl knows how to work the crowd as well.

Us in the snow before the show


Let It Die
The Pretender
Times Like These
Learn To Fly
Cheer Up Boys, Your Makeup Is Running
This is a Call
Stacked Actors
Skin And Bones
My Hero
Cold Day In The Sun
But, Honestly
Monkey Wrench
All My Life
Encore:Big Me
Long Road To Ruin
Best Of You

Best songs: Times Like These, My Hero!!!!, All My Life, and the dueling guitar solos and drum solo in Stacked Actors- very Led Zepplinish.

The small acoustic stage

Before the encore Dave Grohl told this story about the first show he ever saw being at the Cubby Bear some 20 years ago, when he saw Naked Raygun and Rights of the Accused! Given that we are about the same age, odds were that I,, as well as some of you out there, may very well have been to this same show. To think I could have been slam dancing into Dave Grohl!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Tattoos of the Peloton #23- Luciano Pagliarini

Luciano Pagliarini. Six point star on the inside of his left bicep. Saunier-Duval rider.
Won stage 6 of Cali after Cavendish was relegated for holding on to his team car.
Photo: velonews.

Friday, February 22, 2008


Besides being the end of the work week, I love Fridays because they are the easiest of my workouts. 1 hour or so- easy. Just spinning. No efforts, no intervals, just spin out.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


I'm reading the V-news on-line updates from Cali and this made me laugh:

02:06 PM: Gesink driving
as he and Leipheimer are putting a big effort. There's the dufus with the elk horns.

Ha! I guess any press is good press!


I am feeling a bit down these days. Can't really put my finger on why. Maybe I'm too busy with work, maybe riding indoors is getting to me, maybe being sick is bumming me out, whatever it is I need to kick it, 'cuz those outside forces don't look to be changing anytime soon.

The load at work isn't going to change, the weather looks cold for the forseeable future and eventually I will solve my ongoing sinus issues. I think I need some racing goals sooner that cross season, because September seems so far away.

With all this snow on the ground now, I'm starting to wonder when the trails will dry. I know it's early to start thinking about that, but we've had so much precipitation that they're going to be wet for a very long time.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


You hear PROS talk about fellings and listening to their bodies etc. I absolutely believe there is alot of truth to that.

I went to bed last night thinking I would ride if I got enough sleep, but didn't set my alarm because I wasn't sure how I would feel. I can usually guage my body's ability to handle a workout by the way I feel when I first wake up. Alert and refreshed means good hard workout, foggy and slow means save it for another day. The last few days I haven't woken up until 7 a.m., a good 2 hours after my usual wake up time. It wasn't like I woke up at 5 and decided to go back to sleep, I simply just slept later. Even though I was sleeping more, I wasn't feeling that much better

This morning I woke up at 5:15 a.m. No alarm. I thought about just lying in bed and then decided that since I woke up around my normal time and felt pretty good, I should get up and ride and so I did.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Well, ASO did it. Contending that it would be inappropriate to allow Astana to compete at the Tour, ASO issued a statent baring the team not only from the Tour but also from all ASO owned events. As reasons for their decision, ASO stated:

- the damage caused by Astana to the Tour de France and cycling in
general, in both 2006 and 2007
-"The Astana team in effect last year betrayed the confidence of organizers
who even then invited them on trust of an overhaul presented by their leaders." Source

Johan Bruyneel's response:

What's strange is, ASO does not invite us because of the past of a team that had
the same name. Many other teams, with a similar suspicious past, that did not
change management or structure, can participate without problems. Where is the
consistency? Is Tour the France not losing all credibility now? Source.

Is Johan right? Is ASO treating all teams fairly?

The following teams were all invited to ASO's Paris-Nice:

High Road (T-mobile)
Saunier Duval

Any of them have any violations in 2006 and/or 2007:

Rabobank: Rasmussen 2007 Tour (lied about where he was and had missed 2 pre-Tour controls), kicked out of the Tour. Arguably, if he had stayed in the Tour he would have won.

Cofidis: C. Moreni, 2007 Tour (testosterone). As I remember they left the Tour just like Astana did.

High Road (T-mobile): Sinkewitz, 2007, (testosterone); Lorenzo Bernucci, 2007(Sibutramine)

Saunier Duval: Mayo, 2007 Tour (EPO).

I'm not saying that Astana deserved a bid or not. However, when "rules" are not consistently applied, the decision maker loses whatever credibility it had.

In the end, its the riders who pay. You think Levi's got another Tour in his legs if he can't do this one?

Wednesday... again

Feeling a bit better, but still low in the energy department. The alley behind our place is basically covered in 4 inches of ice... until last night... now it has 4 inches of fresh snow on top of the ice.

I will get back on the bike tomorrow. Do a few days of easy rides and start back to regular training next week. 5:15 club is back in action.

I saw all 4 remaining presidential candidates speak on CNN last night. Both Obama and Clinton had large enthusastic crowds. I favor Obama, but when it gets right down to it, I don't see that much of a diffeence between them. Huckleberry just had a few reporters around. As I've said before, this guy scares the crap out of me, but I have to agree with 1 thing he said last night and that is that he was staying in the race because he thought voters in the remaning states should have the right to cast their votes and have those votes be counted even if he could not win the noibnation. He then said he was staying in the race also because... well something could happen to McCain before the convention. Ouch... he came this close to saying "you know, McCain could die."

Speaking of McCain, his speech was full of nonsense. I'm not sure what the hell he was tlaking about. I'm not even sure he knew what he was talking about. Talk about bland and uninspiring. The most telling thing about McCain's speech was that when he finished and the camera pulled back to show the small crowd, it was full of balding white guys.


Monday, February 11, 2008


It's cold here and I have a cold, of course.

Started with a sore throat on Friday and of course moved into the sinuses by the weekend. Haven't been on the bike since Friday. We had dinner plans for Saturday night including a sitter and i decided to still go out to dinner rather than cancel. Don't feel too bad, just run down. That makes for low attendance at the 5:15 club.

Even with the massive amounts of CO snow, at least one rider has been showing up and getting his workouts in.

Will see how I feel in the morning and try again then. Luckily, Elora hasn't caught it. I can handle being miserable, but a sick kid!!! That's even worse.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Alberto Contador when asked whether not be able to race the Tour "rattles him":

Cycling is living some crazy days right now.

Contrary to previous reports, he has no "plan B." Its the Tour or nothing. As it should be I suppose. But, if I were a betting man (and I am), I would guess no Tour for Astana. And no Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix and any other race that ASO controls.

In a word: lame.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Stayed up late, well for me anyway, to watch Super Tuesday coverage. Obama got 1.2 million votes in IL alone! I hope he can keep it going.

Went to bed later and so woke up late. As a result, I felt slow on the trainer this morning. Was supposed to 75-90 minutes today, but only did 65 minutes.

I need to spend some time this weekedn giving the bike some love: new tires, bar tape etc., take the summer wheels (Carbonnes) off and put on the lighter spring wheels (Ksyriums). Even with all the wet, snowy and cold weather, you know there will be a warmer, dry weekend towards the end of the on the month and everyone will be out there.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Rest In Peace.

Remember when they bought GT- they killed that brand. The same will happen with Cannondale. DC is right... you can trace this back to Cannondale's foray into motorsports.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

No sled

We went to 6 or 7 stores today looking for a sled, no luck. Everyone was out. So, with a foot of snow on the ground, what do you do with an almost 3 year old?

I'll try again tomorrow for a sled.

Did 1:45 on the trainer today. Watched parts of 2 World Cup races, Nys won both. 2 hours tomorrow.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Mix it up

So far, I like training with the assistance of a coach. O.k., so its only been a month, but I feel more focused. It's tough to stay focused during the winter months, especially if your indoors. Since I do all of my training early in the a.m., I'm indoors alot. Having someone tell me exactly what I have to do each day has been kind of liberating. I set up the bike, look a what I'm supposed to do, and then do it. I don't have to spend alot of time figuring out what pace, cadence etc.

The early results are promising; my weight has remained steady. In the winter, that's my principal concern.

Janaury was pretty casual. After taking a full three weeks off in December, it was nice to get back on the bike. Four weeks of mostly tempo rides with some light efforts thrown in.

Yesterday I received this one sentence e-mail from my coach:

starting next week things will get a little more interesting. Mix things up a bit.

My first real goals aren't until June, so I don't need to tear it up now. So, some short intervals, stuff like that will be welcome. Especially since we just got almost a foot of snow here and indoors is where I'll be for awhile.