Fun crit last night...Army dude chased all breaks then led it out for the last 4 laps. JC got the jump from a long way out and won.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
I wasn't sure if the ave speed was higher on thursday but I sure hoped so cuz I was hanging on for dear life. We were flying. Strong ass riding by all involved. We ended with 12-15 guys so that was cool. 1st 30' we averaged 24.8, 2nd 30' we did 27.8 mph. That's fast. A shout out to P. Discoe who hung in there till the bitter end despite being out of shape with a bunch of racers hammering each other...that's experience or stupidity. ;-)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A smallish group tonight and a solid foursome got away and worked it to keep the chase away. Karl, wingo, MW and mystery strong dude with the latter taking the sprint.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tonight's sufferfest was a good one. We had 20+ riders and did the first 30' at 25.1 mph, the next 30' at 26.2 mph. The 35 miles was done in 90min. Fast! I told someone that I would have attacked more but that's a little hard to do when we're hammering at 28mph. The sprints were hard with the one at Cabin Creek rd especially brutal with lots of attacks starting at a few miles to go then JC killing it at the end.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Come ready to ride hard but there will be some regroup/cut through spots if you (or me!) get dropped. If you're going to whine, cry or bitch...stay home.
Last week was a train wreck...30mph winds which shredded the group on lap 1. Jay, Nick and USC Erik got away after 20' then everyone else went home!
1. USC Erik
Tonight's race was really nice...fast with lots of attacking. I was away with Jay and MW for a while but it was too early. Karl and Nick were in a dangerous late move with 2 laps to go and I did a suicidal pull to close it down then pulled out to watch Marc W take the win.
1. Marc W
2. Jay ?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Rain kept most people at home (including me). GW, Crusty, Gabe duked it out with 3 others.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Fun Crit. I was in a couple of good moves, one late one with karl and nick. Jay countered this with 3 to go. I saw it develop and tried to get on his wheel but I was tired and...he blew past me and was gone, drat. JC finished solo 3 seconds in front of a stampeding field. With 1 to go I found "the wheel" and rode it as far as I could but was pretty blocked. I think Marc W and maybe Clayton was up there at the end. Did anyone see it?
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Carolina Masters put on a clinic today plain and simple. The way they're riding right now there's no doubt that they could do some damage in the regular P,1,2 field. All 6 or 7 or 8 of them lined up on the start line and from the gun they were launching bombs. The first 25' we were close to 28 mph and my IF was pegged at 1.0. Let's just say it was pretty dynamic but our OSB team was always in the mix. I was actually feeling good and had pretty good legs today...for a while.
Ryan Jenkins and another guy ended up in a break (Karl came sooo close to bridging...Arrrgh) then CM sat on the front and aggressively covered any and all attacks. At this point as a rider you can choose to just sit in the field and follow CM around riding easy tempo on the front or you can do what you came to do and actually race your bike. 98% of racers will amazingly choose the first option.
Very quickly the break got to about 2' and I knew that without some form of chase that they'd be long gone. And this was only in the first 20 miles of a 90+ mile race. So after Karl did a monster pull (he then disappeared to recover) I found Robert and we went to the front and basically did a 2 man TT and began to *very* slowly bring the break back. I tried to go pretty hard on the climbs to limit the attacking which was fucking up the chase. Also kudo's to CM for letting us do our thing without interference. I didn't think we'd actually make the catch but just wanted to keep it close so LL had a chance to get across later in the race.
Now I know that a lot of guys just do these races for fun/exercise and to just sit in...but in a field of 50+ guys it's ridiculous that not ONE other rider from another team came forward to help with the chase when Robert and I were killing ourselves on the front for 45 minutes. If you're reading this and were in the race: LAME!
After 20+ minutes of chasing I was getting pretty fried so I told Robert that I was done and drifted back into the field to rest. Unbelievably Robert stayed on the front drilling it solo for the next 20 minutes. That was impressive to watch.
At about mile 40-something I knew that I wouldn't survive the next 47 mile lap as I was already cramping...I gave LL and Karl each a bottle then picked up one at the feed zone and did one last chase back to the field and gave it to Robert.
My day was done. Eventually LL got 9th and Robert 15th...CM went 1,2,3,4. Ugh...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Field Sprint, nothing much more to add cuz I can't sprint.
1. Marc W
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Mrs K and I rolled out early to get a workout in before the crit but there was a train stopped on Beltline Rd so I did my SST interval down Rosewood and past the stadium. Not ideal so I tacked on a bit of time to make up for the stoplights etc. I ended up with 35' at 90-93% and felt OK, not great.
GW and I gapped Karl and Toby at one point so we slowed down to let them get back on and I told them to just sit on for a few laps to recover. I knew we had a much greater chance of staying away with them pulling through every once in a while than just GW and myself.
With under one lap to go I pulled out the team card and told Karl to take a flyer...that forced GW to chase him down the backstretch into the wind. As soon as he caught him I countered hard but GW still had the juice to close the gap so then I settled on Toby's wheel with GW on mine.
The sun was in a good position so I could watch GW's shadow so when he jumped I was right on him. I came off his wheel pretty fast and he was starting to die--I thought I had it but the fucker looked over and found another gear in the last 50m and held me off by inches. ;-) I guess that's what happens when you have a sub 1k watt sprint. A very fun race. GW is absolutely flying right now.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Bike racing sometimes ain't pretty, it's a battle and you do what you need to do to win.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Ladd needs volunteers for his Time Trial on 4/3. It's from 8-12. If you can help out send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The TNWC is back. One down, 38 to go.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The legs were pretty dead this morning so I rode over to the course to get an extra long warmup. I wasn't expecting much today. A smallish field but the usual strong men were there from Carolina Masters and POA. I figured things would be sorted out in the first few laps.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Today was the Blythewood road race. I was a little apprehensive cuz I really haven't been training that much and I knew it would be a hard mans race. Plus the wind was howling so there would be nowhere to hide either in a break or the field.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Been sick since I unclipped from the race on Sunday. Bad head cold. I did manage to only drink 1/2 bottle in the race and I was also so dehydrated on Monday that I nearly passed out. I kept seeing all these pretty floaty things for about 3 hrs and spent the day in bed.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Today's race was 6 laps at the Donaldson center, about 45 miles. A break of 3 took off from the gun and the group just rolled around at 21 mph for 3 laps. Patience was the key as we weren't too worried about the break.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
It was damn cold this morning... around 30˚ and probably the coldest race I've done. Our team has always kicked ass at Fork Shoals so we were psyched, confident and looking forward to it (last year we finished 1-2-4). We did 3 laps and 45 miles (despite the flyer saying 60 miles). At the end of the first lap Jay was up the road in a small break and LL and Ryan Jenkens from Carolina Masters bridged across. Once they got together they were gone as Ryan is a great TT'er and has won a ton of races.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Greenville training series #1 was today for LL, Jay, RK and I. I woke up with a really crap stomach for some reason that bothered me all day. Weather was nice and around 50˚ at the start.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
We got a new TT series here in Columbia this year. 20k and 40k options. Awesome course. First race is April 3. More info is HERE. Click the image below to see it larger.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Got everything ready to ride this morning except my motivation to get up at 5:45...got lucky with the rain and was able to do an unstructured 2:20.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Awesome weather today...had to ride. My legs have been a bit trashed since Saturday and yesterday's Tabata intervals didn't help much. Today was going to be just an easy cruise but once I got going the legs felt good so I did a 40' interval at 96% and ended up with a 2 hour ride in the fort. Nice surprise. More tabata's tomorrow then I'll post some info on these intervals from hell.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
So we've had a taste of what winter feels like to most of the rest of the country. Not very nice for road riding. Saturday when I went out it was 28˚ and I rode for about 2.5 hrs. Had to keep it at >200w to stay warm...below that and I could feel the cold creeping in. I had planned on 4 hrs so I spun on the velodyne when I got back for a while and ended up with close to 3.5 hrs total.
My dressing strategy: bibs, knee warmers, thin wool ski socks (knee high) and over all this I had a pair of AmFib tights. Up top a LS base layer, LS Jersey and a Cannondale winter jacket that I have never worn cuz it's way too hot for around here (I use it on my scooter). Hands got my soft side ski gloves and full booties for the feet. My secret weapon is stuffing chemical hot packs in both gloves/toes of booties. These make a huge difference. Hat and balaclava round it out (taped helmet vents too).
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I've had days like this before...I feel like shit and am tired and all I want to do after work is just go to bed. And I know my ride is going to suck...but sometimes it doesn't, like today.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I'm back from our annual ski trip to Utah. I didn't get a huge amount of riding in out there but did a couple days on the trainer then one good day on the road. The good thing is that my sister in law loves my fizik saddle and wider easton bars so I left them installed so the Orbea is good to go whenever I head back out there.