Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I took kiddo to gymnastics today and sat for 1.5 hours but I got to listen to the Sandinista album by the Clash...that's some good shit. It was kindof surreal--me sitting in the middle of all the soccer moms, rocking out with my iPod at full volume.... Soooo, I didn't have that much time to ride so i jumped on the velodyne, warmed up for 5' then did 25 min at 260w. My PE is a lot higher than on the road so I'm slowly working my way up. The other day I did 15min at 272w and thought I was going to die. The power output is just so freakin relentless. It's all good.

The new Powertap hub's on the way...I must have been a good boy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Part 2

just got a 24 hole Powertap SL off ebay for $'s getting closer.

I've been on the velodyne the last 2 days...nothing like a steady 260w for 30min.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

here's a tip...

Green Team!!!

oh yeah...nsfw

Thursday, November 22, 2007


That's my new nickname for Jed...I felt like i was motorpacing today. Sure he's racing pro cyclocross for Jittery Joes but damn, he was just ticking it off today at 30mph...It was a great ride today (in shortsleeves) with a solid group of 7 of us starting out with Jed, Treze and I going longer. I haven't seen a TSS over 220 in a while. Bring on the tofurky.

Speaking of's a good pic of his cross fan club at Hendersonville. A very drunk Nutty is the "J"

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Speedplay JERKS

So I've got an auction on eBay for an old pair of Speedplay X2's and the asswipes at Speedplay actually contacted eBay and had the auction pulled for "copyright violation". It seems my description of these pedals somehow caused them harm. Way to go speedplay, you won a great victory today. Time to shop for some new pedals...

update: got an email back from them saying...

We are sorry for the inconvenience. We do have a reason for the way we handle eBay auctions with stolen material. If you would like to discuss our policy please call us at 1-800-468-6694.
Speedplay Customer Service
Yeah...stolen material. Screw you andy...

It also looks like Andy's been reading my blog...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Freakin freakish weather...another 78 degree day. Went out to do a threshold workout and just go with the flow. Ended up feeling great and doing 30min at 270w so I'm pretty happy with that...steady progress, don't try to kill it...yet. Hooked up with Chris and we cruised in. I'm lookin to put together a 3-4 hour group ride on tofurky day.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

carbon fetish

Saturday was cold but it warmed up pretty quick...did 3.5 hours, mostly tooling around. I tried to ride at the front a lot for exercise and to keep the TSS high. Did a couple of hard efforts.

I rode the new reynolds wheels and they were sweet, but I am coming from a PT Pro hub and open pro rim that has around 15k miles on it. The reynolds were fast, held their speed well and were incredibly stiff...nearly too stiff. I gotta run lower air pressure with these. Now I gotta find a PT hub.

2 riders, exactly the same except wheels (reynolds on one, 32 spoke box rim on the other). The more aero rider will be 14m ahead after 2k. I'm sold.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I just watched the Jaarmarktcross Niel race from a couple weeks ago...Lars Boom got a 10s gap on Bart Wellens in the last lap and then Boom was struggling and then he started smacking himself in the face, first a right then left...Hard.  I ain't never seen shit like that before.  Cross rules.  Wallens ended up catching him and winning.

If anyone wants a CD-ROM with these races on it let me know...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Let's Go

Today was 82 degrees and I was able to get out at 4pm...Sweet!

For my first interval of the winter I set my sights pretty low and did 1x20 at 260w which is probably what my FTP is right now especially with the last 6 weeks of no real structured training. It wasn't that hard but I was glad when I stopped.

The plan* right now is to do 1x20's twice a week for a few weeks then bump it up to 1x30's...then to 2x20. Weekends are for longer and harder rides (SST and VO2 efforts).

*subject to change every hour

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day 1

Today was close to 80 degrees so I decided the vacation was over and it's time to start training again. I got out and did 2 hours at about 85% of FTP...basically just hammered in the sweet spot. Jersey and shorts only--very nice. Ended the ride in the dark...but not really thanks to my Niterider H.I.D. That thing kicks ass.

Oh yeah...I'm up to 156lb. Chips and Beer, baby! I've also been downloading the Euro Cross races from this dutch guy...I just watched the Koppenberg --> Nys is a friggin monster.

I'm half way to a very sweet Powertap wheelset. Now I need a 24 hole wireless hub to rebuild the rear. I'm selling a set of Rolf Prima Vigor clinchers for $300 (I may already have a buyer...)

Great story on This american life this week.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Mr Mom

Julie's lecturing at NYU so I'm solo with the kid...My runs are up to 30min and I can walk the next day. The word from today's group ride is that panties got all in a bunch and people got dropped hard...sorry i missed it!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sweet Spot revisited

It took him 2 years but Frank at FasCatCoaching put up a "part 2" to his article on training at the Sweet Spot.  It's a "must read" and something I'm planning on using for a lot of velodyne hours this winter.

Also there's a new massage therapist in town who's rubbed the legs of some of the best cyclists in the country when she worked as a soigneur for HealthNet.  If you're interested shoot me an email for her contact info.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

bike practice

2 hours...near 70 degrees...bibs...jersey. Scha-wing.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

winters here

The cold temps are here so a later start today was warranted. A group of us did 2.5 hrs and we rode steady to hardish tempo. I got some VO2 work in chasing Karl and Lang. Incredible day in the high 60's...the legs felt pretty good.