Saturday, March 29, 2008

New ink, Judson and the SRM

I love new ink. Harlan came up with a great design that perfectly complements what I already have on my left shoulder and the new images look great.

First Judson today with the SRM. Ride was pretty fast, but I flatted right before the cemetery turn, hit a nice size pothole, rear tire instantly lost all pressure. Roman and Tony stopped and we changed it pretty quickly, but we missed the group and had to ride back on our own. Not so bad, but the wind was raging. I heard the speeds were pretty quick coming home. Better luck tomorrow. It was a little colder this morning then I wanted, but winter is over. It's almost April and time for spring, damnit.

The SRM head displays alot of data: power, HR, speed, cadence and then also scrolls time and distance. That's alot of numbers and they're really too small to see any one of them while riding in the group. So, I didn't really even look at it. The file was interesting if just to reveal how slow we went after getting the flat.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

iPod Heavy Rotation

Mastodon... again. I love these guys. It reminds of when i first heard Metallica for the first time so many years ago.
Black Flag, First Four Years
Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Let's take the whole day off

I get an e-mail from Dr. Roman saying: "hey, I'm going to take Wednesday off, let's go for a long ride, it'll be the nicest, sunniest day of the week."

The responses flood in- "woooo-hoooo, I can take Wednesday off too" and "hey, I know a couple of other people who can go too." Soon it's going to be like 10 people.

Me, nope. Worst day of the week. Slammed. Have to prepare witnesses for a trial that starts next week.

Even, if I wasn't slammed today, I'm already off on Friday for my Harlan appointment, so no chance of taking today off.

Can anyone guess the band who sang the title of this post?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Tattoos of the Peloton #25- Pozzato #2

Filippo Pozzato. Took 2nd at Milan-SanRemo. I think the end of the tattoo is 2006, so it is most likely a date of some kind, marriage, birth of kid??
I like how the white SIDIS are perfectly positioned for the reflection in the mirror.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Oh yeah

Yay- it's snowing. We're expected to get 6" tonight. I am so happy... so happy, I think I could cry.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Good for him

So, Jonathan Page lands on his feet and secures an American sponsor. He will ride for PlanetBike next season. Go here and here for details. Also, the WI UCI race will now be called the "Madcross presents Jonathan Page's Planet Bike Cup" on September 27th and 28th in Madison, Wisconsin. Pretty cool! That's the weekend after Interbike, so it may be in and out of Vegas and then to WI for the races. I think, though, I'd have to get an international license to do that race, but hell it's only $$!

As for me, back on the trainer. This morning, 90 minutes of warm-up and then tempo with 2 minute big ring efforts, I am cooked. I just need a little more daylight in the morning and i can get outside everyday. Maybe. Cold and dark. The only thing that could be worse than that is cold, dark and wet.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Finally got outside this past Sunday and did some nice miles. We decided to leave earlier than the regular group and ride at a more consistent pace rather than the ebb and attack of the regular group ride.

It was colder than I thought it was going to be and never got above 31F, but I was toasty. A good pair of tights, the 851 and the Nike mutt meant only my exposed face was cold.

A couple of guys joked about my 35F requirement to ride outside, but the truth is it is a sliding scale, directly related to the amount of time I have spent riding indoors. Too much time indoors and the temp that I am willing to endure drops. After spedning more than 60 hours indoors in 2008, Sunday was such a day. At least the sun came out periodically to give us the feel of being warm.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tattoos of the Peloton #24- Clément L’Hotellerie

Clément L’Hotellerie - Skil/Shimano rider. Band on his right arm, just under his jersey.

Won the king of the mountains at the 2008 Paris-Nice, placed 3rd place in the 2006 U23 cyclocross worlds.
22 years old. From the Skil/Shimano team website: “My dream is to win Paris-Roubaix.”
Photo: velonews.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Thursday. I am beat. The "spring up" part of daylight savings time always kicks my ass. One hour doesn't seem like alot, but it messes with my whole existence. The clock says 10:00 p.m., but my body says it's only 9, so it's really hard to fall asleep. My wake-up time stays the same: 5:15 a.m. As a result, I've been draggin all week.

Thursdays are also my hardest workouts during the work week. Today was 3 minutes tempo, 2 minutes ON- not full on but about 70% for an hour and warm-up, cool down. So that's 12 efforts total, pedaling squares by the end of them, but feeling strong none the less. Tomorrow's ride is easy as easy can be.


Ink: Looking at Chris' and Spicyride's new ink, I'm getting psyched for the 28th. Need to work out details of the design.

Politics: Ferraro left Clinton's campaign and should have done so sooner. Her comment is an example of the thinking that dominates Clinton's campaign and overall strategy.


CSC leaving PRO cycling. I'm not surprised given the state cycling right now, not just doping but more importantly the UCI v. ASO battle. What company would want to pony up all that cash and then risk not getting invited to the most important races?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Overheard - Alison Dunlap

Alison Dunlap, retired PRO mountain bike racer, commenting on her career and retirement:

I look back on how hard I suffered and how long it took to become a good cyclist and I think 'Yeah, I could accomplish anything if you just apply that same philosophy.'

She accomplished quite a bit during her 13 year PRO career: a World Championship jersey and several US Champs in both mountain bike and cross.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Could Not

I just could not get motivated to ride indoors this weekend. I had time constraints on both days that meant I had to be done early, so outside wasn't an option with below 20s that early.

I got Saturday's session in with no problem, but struggled on Sunday. Ended up just spinning for an hour or so instead of the more strenuous workout I was supposed to do.

The weather looks to be improving, but then looks to be wet and chilly again this weekend.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Battle Royal

Looks like the ASO v. UCI Battle Royal will come to a head this Sunday with Paris-Nice. I haven't gotten on my soapbox with this one yet, because I'm not really sure how I feel. The more I read about it, the more I think ASO is full of crap and only concerned about its bottom line. On the other hand, it's not like the UCI has been doing anyone any favors and certainly appears to be acting very heavy handedly.

It's like playing cards with 2 players who are holding equal hands. ASO controls the Tour and some of the other most prestigious events and has a legitimate interest in keeping its events clean, blah, blah, blah. UCI is the international sanctioning body and has the power to determine who can race and where. But, do we really need the ProTour? Will the Tour Down Under ever be as importnant as the TdF or even P-R?

Since the IOC will follow what the UCI says, I think Wiggins and Cavendish are on the right track. If your goal is the Olympics, why chance it.

It's just another example of how the riders get caught in the cross fire again.

And there is only one solution: UNION. I know other writers/bloogers have said the same thing. If enough people say it, maybe it will happen and the riders will have a voice that will finally be heard.


The recovery week is over. Start back to regular workouts tomorrow. The high for tomorrow is supposed to be 26F. Much lower when I'll be riding at 5:30 or so. So, I'll be indoors tomorrow. Sunday looks a bit better, high at least in the low 30s and i can wait until mid-morning to ride, so I'll shoot for Sunday to get outside.

I now the weather will break, but even I am having trouble riding inside right now.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

And You Thought Your Bike Was Light

Get a load of this! German rider puts together a 7 pd. bike, starting with a $15k set of custom wheels. Granted he's running a compact (50,36) and only a 6 spd. cassette (11-16), but 7 pds!

iPod Heavy Rotation

Fu Manchu, The Action is Go
Mastodon, Leviathan
QOTSA, Songs for the Deaf

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Just One of Those Days

Where nothing seems to be going right.

I worked most of the day on a 25 page document only to have it disappear. POOF! I had saved it a number of times, but the computer/server gods were not in my favor and it is gone. No backup exists either.

Now begins the recreating of the document. On second thought, instead, I'm going to drink some coffee.

At least my ride this morning was good, even if it was in the dark on the trainer.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Palos Meltdown 08

I know it's months away, but I had so much fun at this race. Anyways, I saw a comment on the forums... the course will be different from last year and apparently will NOT be posted before the race!

Clean = fast

While I was getting ready to ride yesterday morning, Elora walked up to my bike and we had the following conversation:

E: Papa, why did you bring your bike to the bike shop yesterday?
Me: Because I had to clean it and get it ready to go for a ride.
E: Why?
Me: Because I haven't ridden this one for awhile and it needs to be clean.
E: Why? Why does your bike have to be clean?
Me: Because a clean bike is a fast bike.

She looked up at me, touched one of the chain stays, ran her finger up the seat stay and said:

"A dirty bike is slow."


Looks like we have more of this on the way.

When I really feel/need to be riding in weather like this.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

1st group ride of 2008

Eating oatmeal and getting ready to go. Checked the weather and it is already 38F. 38! We are celebrating and it's only 38!