Thursday, December 24, 2009

On the Road

I was able to squeeze a workout in on Tuesday at the crit course.  The legs felt like shit but I did 45' @ 90% with one 15' interval in there at FTP.  We're doing a little stopover for Xmas in KY then headed out tomorrow for SLC.  I'm looking forward to a week of skiing hard, riding hard and living large in my sis-in-law's McMansion.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Putting in the hours

Karl got his Ph.D last week so Chris threw a huge bash last night...I stumbled in at 2am so we pushed the ride back an hour. A good group showed up and we had a stellar winter ride. Temps in the 40's but very comfortable. At the G-mart I continued on and away from town solo so I'd be committed to a 4 hr ride. It's too easy to just head home when you get close and you're tired.

I ended up with exactly 4 hours and absolutely nothing to do the rest of the day. Crusty's moving so I did help him clear some carbon bits out of his garage (and into my bike room!). Now it's time to start putting in the long rides (and huge TSS) every weekend. Gonna hopefully get some big climbing days in Utah next week.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

and another

The usual...

Monday, December 14, 2009


Went to pull the bike down for tonights ride and...broken spoke. How does one break a spoke with a bike just hanging by a hook? I can't really complain as I have 12k miles on that wheel. Anyway, plan B was to grab my old PT Pro wheel that has about 20+k miles on it. I've been lending this out to power newbies but now that I have it back it seems to be reading about 30w low.

So tonight I just rode by PE and glanced at the wattage every once in a while. I pretty much know where my 90% threshold is...just gotta keep pressure on the pedals and not daydream too much. I ended up with good legs and kept rolling it for 70 min. Dark night, warmish temps (53˚), a bright light and a light mist/rain made for a really nice ride.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Start of FTP

Slept in then putzed around and finally got out for a ride after lunch. It was just over 40˚ and not really that horrible but I did need to keep the intensity turned up a notch to stay warm. I just rode all the way out Bluff Rd via the swamp to 601 then turned around and headed back. Simple ride.

On the way in I was getting chilled so I decided to do two 10' threshold intervals. Both at around 280w (aka 100%). Felt just ok as I rode pretty hard for the first 1:30.

15' from my house it started raining and 5' from my house it started sucking really bad. I was glad to be home.

Friday, December 11, 2009


99% done...beamshots this weekend and a full writeup, it's very sweet:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


The wind was howling today but the 70+ temps were nice. I did the usual at the crit course for 60' with the huge tailwind up the final stretch @ 27mph...very hard not to go over FTP with those conditions. The backside, downhill...18mph and I was close to needing my small ring! Legs a little tired from yesterday but PE was pretty much in line.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

back at it

The bad thing about feeling sick is that at a point you're not sure if you're still sick or just feeling like crap from not riding/exercising. That's where I was and I'm glad it was raining today so I could just get on the Velodyne and cruise. I warmed up for a bit then did 45' at around 90ish %. It was pretty easy but I felt 100% better after doing it.

Tomorrow I'm headed to the crit course after work and I'm gonna kill it...

My mega light is almost done. I'm getting good at soldering super small circuit boards. Once it's operational I'll post detailed pics and some beamshots.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

not 100%

I was going to do a morning workout today but woke up at 4:30 with a sore throat and bad head...sortof half sick. I stayed home from work and basically just laid around all day to hopefully head off anything that may be developing. Should be good to go this weekend.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

another ride

I totally didn't want to ride today but with rain on the way I forced myself to go. Ended up with a solid hour at the usual .9 IF. I just felt blah...sortof dead legs and it felt way harder than it should have. Luckily I had some good tunes and after I got going I had a few spells where I felt just ok.

It's December and time to start thinking about doing some IF 1.0 workouts...but I'm gonna start out pretty low key.

I've got a full SRAM Red Group I'm selling and a bunch of "vintage" Zipp wheels (1 track disc, 1 road disc, 1 front 303...all tubular). Ping me if you're interested...soon to be on eBay.