Saturday, March 29, 2008
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
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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?
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
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
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
Thursday, March 13, 2008
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
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.' Cyclingnews.com.
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
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
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.
I now the weather will break, but even I am having trouble riding inside right now.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
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
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.
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."