73* and sunny, nice day for a ride!

Today was 73* and sunny in beautiful Waynesboro, VA. I got up early because there is a chance of rain this afternoon. I left at about 9:15a.m. for a ride up to Bridgewater and back. About 58 miles of rolling country side, a little less than 3 hours, 4 bottles of Accelerade, and 1 gel packet later I was home. It was a really nice day for a ride. Not exactly the December I'm used to.


Who says getting hit by a car doesn't pay?

Well here it is, my new TT bike. Still getting things adjusted to fit so there will still be many changes coming. Yesterday I was planning on a 60 mile ride to help the fitting process and 10 mile into it my chain snapped. I really wasn't looking forward to the walk home and luckily I didn't have to. I got some great help from Keven Sweeney, a local cyclist. First he offered to go home and get me a chain tool, which was great of him. Unfortunately he had one of those folding chain tools that never seem to work quite right so I couldn't get the chain fixed. Then he offered to drive me home. I got the chain fixed easily once I was at home and had access to my work stand and tools.
Now to a larger issue. It may be difficult to believe but I've had more broken chains this year than flat tires so it's time to add a new tool to my saddle bag.


Trainer ride today

I spent 2 hours on the trainer today on my new TT bike. After words I went outside and realized it was actually about 60* and even with the rain I could have ridden outside quite comfortably. Oh well, the trainer ride was probably a better use of my training time.



I guess it's November but in VA it really doesn't feel like it. It may snow sometime this winter but at this point it sure doesn't feel like it. So anyway, it's been a while since I posted and I just wanted to give a little update. My shoulder is healing and feeling better everyday. Everything is worked out with the insurance company and I should be picking up my new Giant Trinity Alliance on Saturday. This winter my training will consist of steady state trainer rides on my days of work and long outdoor rides on my days off, at least until the weather turns bad. In January I'll be heading to FL to visit my parents and have a make-shift 2 week training camp. That's right, 2 weeks of nothing but long rides and recovery, with some weight training and swimming thrown in just for fun. Racing season will start early in 2008 since I'm planning on doing the Sebring 24 hour race in February, also in FL. It's a RAAM qualifier but I have absolutely no desires to ever attempt that one. I'll post pics of my new bike as soon as I pick it up;-)


Praise God! Not so good day on the bike

Well, you know how people say, "I feel like I've been run over by a car", I only say that because it actually happened. I was out for a 63mile ride today and was 51miles into it when a gray Hyundai ran a stop sign and I smashed into the side of it. I flipped over the handlebars and landed on my shoulder. So there I was lying in the middle of the road clutching my arm and checking to make sure all of my parts are still around. I eventually crawled to the side of the road and started checking my collar bone to see if it was broken. It wasn't, but still hurt. After seeing the EMTs and the State policeman I eventually made it home. Now comes the long process of trying to get things replaced by the insurance company. The strange thing is that my most distinct memory of the accident is when my helmet hit the ground, the sound and feeling of the helmet crushing and absorbing the impact and saving my life. God is truly wonderful.


Columbus Day

Monday wasn't a very happy Columbus Day for me. I had the great idea that I should do my best impression of Columbus and explore new worlds, or at least some new roads/trails. I went out on my CX bike for what I thought would be a 3 hour ride on a rather cool day. The unexplored trail turned out to be much longer than I had originally thought and wasn't really even fit for a Mt. bike let alone a cross bike. While on the trail I flipped over the handle bars one time too many and ended up hurting my left shoulder and wrist. Another problem was that it turned out being much hotter than expected and my ride took 4 hours instead of 3 so I was extremely dehydrated by the time I got home. I also screwed up my cross bike in the process. Since I now have no bike and an aching wrist and shoulder I decided to skip Ironcross V, which was going to be my last major race of the season. Now I'm going to start focusing on some longer rides to get ready for the Sebring 24 hour race in February. Tomorrow I'm going to do a 70 mile ride on my TT bike. I've never ridden a TT bike that far before but I suppose if I'm going to ride one for 24 hours I better start sometime.:-)


Race Weekend!- Peanut Butter Festival Mt. bike Race and M.O.M. Cyclocross race #1

What a weekend. I've done 2 races in the same weekend before but not 2 races that have been this intense.
Saturday was the Peanut Butter Festival Mt. Bike Race. It was 15 miles through beautiful New Bethlehem, PA. It was a cool morning, only about 50*. It was sunny at first but the clouds rolled in and took care of that. It was actually very nice weather for the race because I knew although we would be cold standing at the start line it would be plenty warm by the time we were 5 minutes into the race. The race was going well and I was into the single track in about 12-15th place and sitting comfortably. I was just waiting for the more wide open spots that I knew were coming so I could pass. Then disaster struck. At first I was only wheezing a little, but then a whole lot. Full blown asthma attack and I was miles from my inhaler. I should have used it before the race but I had decided not to just so I could see if I could make it through the race without needing it. At that point I did the only thing I could do, I pushed through and kept moving along, even if it was at a much slower pace. After I was able to breathe again I eventually caught 2 or 3 of the people who had passed me but the rest were just too far ahead. I ended up finishing in 19th place. That was sort of discouraging but I did feel good that I improved my finish time from the previous year by 11 minutes and that was even with the asthma attacks.

On Sunday was the first of the 17th annual Month Of Mud race series. It was the cyclocross race at Mammoth park in Latrobe, PA. I figured I was still fatigued from the race on Saturday and cyclocross is possibly the most physically demanding of all bike racing so what better time to step up to race in the expert class. I started near the back of the pack and that is pretty much where I stayed. I passed a few riders and had a few others pass me but for the most part the first part of the course did not allow for much passing and by the time you could pass it was way to spread out for me to even try to catch anyone ahead of me. Of course the boys from Freddie Fu were flying and 2 of them lapped me on the fourth lap. It was amazing how smooth they were riding and at a completely different level than the rest of the field. I think the two of them finished minutes ahead of third place. It was a fun weekend of racing and I learned a few things. Mostly I learned that I need to do more intervals:-(


A perfect day in the Valley

The title for this post pretty much says it all. When I woke up it was 65* and sunny. The temperature topped out at 83* and there wasn't a cloud in sight all day. I was off today so I was able to go Mt. biking and just enjoy the day. If only everyday was like this one. Maybe not having weather like this all of the time makes us appreciate it all that much more.


End of the season?

Is it the end of the racing season already? It sure feels like it. I know I have two races this weekend and at least one in October but I feel like it's over already. I've been doing some longer rides on my cyclocross bike in preparation for Ironcross and a few Mt. bike rides also. This really is a fun time of year.


The Happiest Place on Earth!

And no I'm not talking about Disney World. On 9/4/07 I headed to Laurel Mountain to do some Mt. biking. The weather was perfect for a ride, high 70's and sunny. Not a cloud to be seen. I rode with my father for an hour and a half and then the real fun started. We left to head home and my dad said "Isn't there a pie shop in Laughlintown?" So of course we stopped at the happiest place on earth.


Tour de Millersburg

I departed VA at 4:00a.m. Saturday morning. I only got 4 hours of sleep which is not the ideal way to prepare for a stage race. I got there at 8:10 and had an hour to prepare for the Saturday morning ITT after stopping by registration. I warmed up for 20 minutes on the trainer before heading to the start line. It was a flat 12 mile out and back with only one slight rise in the course. The weekend started off well with a 4th place finish in the ITT. Then it was off to get something to eat and try my best to recover slightly before the afternoon crit. I actually ended up falling asleep in my car while waiting around. The crit was 13 laps/20 miles. I hung in for the first 12 miles and then on the only slight rise in the course I came unhitched and there was no catching back on. The only reason I finished the race was because I had to in order to take the start at the road race on Sunday. Saturday night I got a good night of rest and was up early Sunday morning hoping I had recovered enough to make a showing at the road race. So I was feeling good and on my way to the start line when disaster struck and my chain cracked in half. That was it, end of my race before it ever started. Now for the 4 hour drive back to good old Waynesboro, VA. The weekend started out well with a 4th place in the TT and only got worse from there. I guess you live and learn and along the way I met Bob Roll.


XTERRA Appalachia

The results are in and what an outstanding event it was. We had 88 participants from 12 different states and from as far away as California. The weather was perfect and the participants were pumped. It was also great to se so many 1st timers out there. There were at least two guys that purchased mountain bikes one more than 1 month prior to the event and at least 4 that have never participated in any type of multisprt event or race for that matter. Props go out to.. Eric Scott (1st place male overall) Great guy and outstanding athelete...His dad also cuts so awsome single track Barbara Howe (1st place female overall) Mike Kline (1st Multisport or race event ever) Great mountainbiker and all round nice guy Michael Simone (1st Multisport or race event ever plus new to cycling) Duane Corbete (1st Multisport or race event ever plus new to cycling) Mark Henk, Don Gibbon, Keith Hilliard and Leonard Maliver (Local guys supporting the event) Cant say enough good things about these four. And the Golden bandage award goes to... Kelly Yoder...Broken colar bone number 5, Thats got to be some kind of record....(Kelly is well known in the cycling comunity Thanks again to all of those that participated.


Wow this place is dead

I guess everyone has stopped posting here but I'll give it a try and see if we can get some things started again. I've been pretty busy in the last couple of months with moving and a new job. I've been training lots and probably harder than ever before but not racing much. I showed up for the Summer Heat ITT in Brookville, PA and after getting off to a great start I got off course and didn't finish. That was terrible because the winning time was over an hour and I did better than that last year. I would have smoked that time this time around. Oh well:-( The next day Rich, Mark, and I headed out to do a century. It was a good time and the weather cooperated fully. I was a little sore early in the morning from the hard effort the previous day but started feeling really good at around 40 miles. The longer we rode the better I felt. That is until mile 86 when my seat tilted on the seat post and I was forced to ride the rest of the day with my seat at a 45 degree angle. I was just back in PA this weekend and went for a ride with Rich on Sunday afternoon. After talking with him I'm looking forward to starting getting some more time on the mountain bike. There are some a ton of trails around here that I have to check out. Can't wait to get started!


Mountain Biking in VA and making new friends

I went to VA this weekend to get a new employee physical and drug test for my new job. I looked online and found there was a MTB race while I was there. Of course I signed up and prepared myself for suffering. I was right about that part, it was a sufferfest. It was 2 laps of 11miles each with 1500ft of climbing per lap. It actually turned out to be the most XC/ least all-mountain course I've ever raced. It was a really nice course. Tight, twisty single track the entire way. There were no fire roads to be found. The best part of it was I managed not to get last place, I got next to last. I realize I need to start doing alot more core work because after the first 5miles every bump I hit felt like someone was punching me in the kidneys. At that point even steadying my body to put pressure to the pedals was a major chore. It was weird because in all of the races I've ever done this had never happened to me before. Oh well, more ab work and maybe next time things will go better. On a lighter note, at one point on my second lap I came around a turn and started my acceleration when a squirrel fell 20feet out of a tree and landed on the path right in front of me. I chuckled to myself and stopped concentrating for a moment, just long enough to hook my bar end on a tree and send me flipping over the handlebars. After the race the race director said that someone needed a ride home so if anyone was going toward Harrisonburg they would appreciate it. I figured this would be a good time to meet some new riders in VA so I decided I'd offer the extra room in my car. It tuned out it was Jeremiah Bishop and a friend of his that needed the ride. So I got to make the trip home with a great pro mountain biker and pick his brain. Jeremiah is a really nice guy and you can tell why he is a pro just by his enthusiasm about training and cycling. Who would have thought I'd come home from my weekend saying I shared a pint of Ben and Jerry's Half Baked ice cream with a World Class athlete like Jeremiah Bishop.



I just registered for the Walnut Creek Chimney Challenge. I don't know why I'm doing this. Racing MTB was a crazy pursuit for me in the first place and now since I've done the expert race at Roaring Run last year and there is no turning back I'm stuck. Doomed to last place for quite some time until I either improve or die. Dieing would definitely be easier but probably not as much fun. I have no idea what the course is like except that there seems to be alot of climbing and descending every lap. It should be fun;-)


Today I took my first MTB ride of the year. I haven't been on my Rush since last year when we were doing night rides on Monday nights. I had my bike out last week to look it over and found that my front wheel was not pointed straight but had been twisted to the right when the bars were straight. It wasn't much so I really didn't realize it and with the front fender on I couldn't see my wheel so that helped conceal the problem. With that fixed I had a whole new mindset heading into today that all of my problems of last year were because of that and not my poor handling skills. It was a beautiful day for a ride with a temperature of 60* at the beginning of the ride but 70* by the end, and it was sunny and cloudless the entire time. I was riding at Roaring Run in Apollo. The trails there were pristine. I must say my new found confidence paid off because I did seem to be riding better than in the past, although not nearly as good as the company that I usually ride with. It was a great day to be in the woods with my bike. Now hopefully it won't rain for every MTB race again this year.


I did a 38mile ride this morning, unfortunately it was before things warmed up. After lunch when I went to get the mail I was elated to get my copy of 24 Solo, the movie I was gushing about in my last post. I also got my copy of Off Road to Athens back from Rich last night so now both movies are comfortably resting in my possession. They really do motivate you to go out and ride especially MTB. Anyone up for a ride?


Tour of Virginia

On Saturday I was in Harrisonburg, VA for the Tour of Virginia criterium. It was 15 laps of a flat 1.3 mile course. There were two 90 degree corners and one 160 degree corner. Now to set the stage for this story there are a few things you need to know about me and criteriums. First, I have never finished one. I've only tried two of them but didn't finish either because of a wreck occurring in front of me in both and I never caught back on. Second, I don't like them. Finally, third, on my yearly training plan that I wrote in December one of my season long goals was just to finish with the main pack in one of these crazy events. Now back to the race. It was a good field of cat. 3, cat. 4, and juniors. I figured it would be fast since this is one of the larger profile events in VA, similar to the Tour de 'toona in PA. The race started out fast and never let up. No one wanted to let a break go anywhere which was fine with me because that meant I just got to hide from the wind until the last lap. It was a nice day in the high 60's at race time and sunny. The race was very uneventful and actually easier than I had thought it would be. Now jump to the end...............Coming down the final straight I had positioned myself in fifth or sixth place for the sprint when someone from behind me takes off like a rocket. I say to myself, "Self, this is your chance." So I follow his wheel. It seemed to be going well at first as he seemed to be going strong. Then all of a sudden he just died. Right in the middle of the road he just putzed out. So there I was into the wind with 500 yards still to go. I knew I was in trouble so I just took off and hoped for the best. With about 200 yards I hear the clicking of derailleurs and there goes a guy whizzing past and then another and another. I ended up finishing 4th cat. 4 and 7th over all. Not too bad, but not too good either. On the other hand I did finally finish a crit. with the main pack and I was happy about that.
I also got to see the movie 24 Solo in the theater in Harrisonburg. It was a cool experience. The director of the film was there to talk about the making of the movie. Sue Haywood was there to watch the movie, she was also in the last movie from Gripped Films, Off Road to Athens. There were also a bunch of the pros who had just finished their race who decided to stop by and see the movie. It was truly awesome. I'm not sure if it would have been as powerful if it was not in a movie theater but I do know that I'm psyched to go ride my mtb. I'll be getting the receiving my copy of the movie in the mail this week if anyone would like to see it let me know. It may be the greatest cycling movie ever!


Mingo Creek #3

Well, you can never say I'm not consistent. Race #3 was the nicest day for any of the races, by far. So of course the field was full for the first time in the series. Once again Joe Vallese went off the front. I didn't know what he looked like so when I saw him go I wasn't really worried until someone told me who it was. I then tried a crazy move to try and catch him but when no one followed me I quickly gave up that chase and decided I'd try for the sprint again. On the last lap I was trying to stay in the top 3 riders on the downhill to avoid getting boxed in. On the last small hill I got completely on the left and had to move really far forward or I knew I'd get shut in. On the back straight two people tried to make moves that I jumped on right away. The second rider to go was from Spokes N Skies and I moved around him about 200yards til the last turn. When we hit the small bump as you make the turn I started my sprint and felt my back wheel come off of the ground. From there, there was no turning back. With approx. 200 yards to go I saw a rider starting to pull along side me and I was just hoping that I wasn't already in my 53x12. Luckily I was spinning my legs off in a 53x14 so I still had two gears to go and it allowed me to hold him off by about a wheel length. This second place also got me the overall win in the series for points. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stick around for the awards ceremony because I had to ride straight back to my car and get on the road so I could make it to work on time.


Mingo Creek #2

34 degrees and rain, not a great day for a bike race. I had a blowout while riding to the start line and didn't even know if I'd make the start. If it wasn't for the help from Mr. Pointon I probably wouldn't have. I didn't feel the need for leg warmers so I lined up without them. Apparently I was the only one who felt like this because everyone else had them. By the first time up the small hill on course I was fine and had warmed up. The 4/5 race only had 17 people at the start line and only 6 were left in the lead group by the second lap. At that point Joe Vallese was already off the front. The race went on rather uneventfully because with only 6 people in the group it more of a small group ride. On the final lap after clearing the top of the hill my hands were so frozen that I couldn't feel them enough to shift into my large chainring for about 20 seconds and even then it was only by reaching over with my right hand and pulling the shifter over. On the sprint Luke and his teammate were trying to box me in so I decided to jump earlier than I had originally wanted to but it all worked out for good as I held off the field for another second place.


Mingo Creek #1

It was a great showing by Indiana Cycling! April fools, I was the only one from Indiana Cycling who showed up. The race was a pretty easy pace for the first 4 laps. The last 3 laps things picked up a bit because a guy from Trizilla broke away from the field. With only me their from Indiana and no one willing to work together there was no catching him. On the back stretch one guy jumped and decided to start his sprint from about 1 mile to the line and I jumped on his wheel. So after he was spent I was in the wind with about 1/2 miles to go, so when we made the last right turn I jumped and was able to hold off the field til the finish for a second place finish.


2007 spring training camp

I just got back from my first of what I can make an annual training camp. I spent the week in Bridgewater, VA. I really didn't have any particular plans except to just ride, and ride alot. It ended up being a really nice week. The weather was sunny all week and it only rained one evening after I was finished riding for the day. I ended up riding between 2 1/2 and 3 hours a day. Some days I rode hard and some I rode easy. It was a great time and I got to ride more outside in this one week than I had ridden all year up until this point. I'm not exactly sure if this week will help my racing this year but one thing that is for sure. It's amazing what time off, riding your bike, and plenty of sun can do to raise your spirit.


Dismal Dash ITT

It was off to visit my Aunt in VA beach this weekend to do a race in Suffolk, VA. I got there Saturday morning at 7pm after driving all night. I slept for a few hours and got up for a short ride. The rest of the day had nothing to do with biking and was spent goofing around and refueling(eating). The next morning I woke up and saw that it was cold outside. What's up with that, this is VA. It wasn't actually cold, it was in the mid 30s, but the wind was terrible so it felt much colder. By race time the sun was shinning and the temperature wasn't an issue. I started out fine, on a flat out and back course, and made the turn around in 28min 30 sec. I knew the wind was at my back the whole way there because at one point I went to shift into a harder gear and realized I was already in my 53x11. A quick look at the speedometer and I saw I was cruising along at 32mph. After the turn around it was a struggle. You immediately got smacked in the face with a cold wind and all you could do is hold your aero position and keep pedaling hard. I ended up with a finishing time of 1:03:10.50. It was good enough for 6th place out of 42 in Cat.4 and 27 out of 240 overall. It was really fun and it was interesting to do a race that flat. I can only imagine what a road race would be like.


New bike in Race Dress

It's ready for VA this weekend, I don't know if I am.


Jumping into the Blog

Hey, this old dog just learned something new. I'm bloggin' baby. I also wanted to share my plan for more speed this year. I've added a new power-adding accessory to my bike. I found a nice chrome 3" exhaust tip while on a ride. When I figure out how to post a picture, I'll show you my new setup. Do you think it's a good plan?


Well, sometimes I like being proved wrong. Less than 24 hours after wondering if I'd get to ride my TT bike outside before the race in VA I was out on the road. Not exactly ideal conditions outside but I'll take it. I think the bike fit is just about right and the position is comfortable. My shoulders were a little sore and I'm not exactly sure why. I'd be happy to hear any suggestions.


My first race of the season

Well, I committed to my first race of the season. It is on March 18 in Suffolk, VA. This 40k ITT may be my first chance to ride my new TT bike outside unless the weather improves. I guess trainer time can be very valuable but this weather is ridiculous. I actually just saw the sun for the first time today and it looks like if I didn't have to go to work I could actually go outside and ride today. Oh well, maybe this weekend.


New TT bike

I got my new TT bike. I don't have the position quite right yet as you can tell from the picture. It is a really nice bike and much lighter than my Cervelo was. I think I can still get quite a bit lower on this thing.


One month later, I did more power testing today and the numbers continue to rise. I may still have a chance to be less of an embarrassment to Indiana Cycling.



Not familiar? Its that special, yet very controversial, term for the phase of weight lifting that builds gigantic muscles by lifting huge weights with few reps. More muscle to use during the long, muscle atrophying cycling race season. Sounds like a simple concept, right? Long story short, Ive decided to integrate this style of training into the weight lifting portion of my cycling program. But, I didn't anticipate the massive amounts of pain squatting 200lbs until you can feel your muscles quiver would cause. Especially the next day. When I couldn't get out of my lofted dormitory bed. Needless to say, I was forced to throw myself out in order to start my day. At least the pain from the fall was less than that in my legs. But on the bright side, lifting that much weight only hurts once! and the pain is indeed always worth tearing the legs off of the competition during race season. This is a rough estimate of what hypertrophy will make you look like...


I bonked on a trainer ride today!

I didn't know something that stupid was possible but with me it is. It wasn't from not eating or anything like that. I guess from being sick and the lack of sleep from work I am just a bit worn out right now. I think tomorrow will be some nice easy form sprints.


I was on the trainer for an hour this morning. I was doing the Trainright time trial video. That thing is tough. It makes for a really gut busting effort but there is enough recovery allowed, and the efforts are short enough, to make it manageable. Now if I could just kick this chest cold. I am feeling better today so hopefully this will continue.

Juniors/Espoirs World 'Cross Champs

lots of action in Hooglede, Belgium this morning as the World Cyclocross Championships went down in fine style on a particularly grueling course. The USA was well represented in the Juniors race with a Silver medal by Danny Summerhill. The espoirs was a particularly interesting race due to its complete domination by Lars Boom of the Netherlands riding everyone off his wheel and finishing with a hefty 1:00+ lead on the first chasers. The USA was represented by USGP of Cross U23 winner, Collegiate Nat's winner and fellow UVMer, Jamie Driscol. no word on how he finished as of yet.

Tomorrow morning the Women's and Men's Elite Cyclocross World Champs are being broadcast live on cycling.tv, so head over there for all the wonderful cross coverage you could ever want.


Ride your bike today!

First I want to say congratulations to Alex and the guys from UVM for raising money for a worthwhile cause while getting in some winter hours and getting to see a bunch of crazy folk. Now, my message for the rest of you. Go ride your bike today. Whether it is on a Mt. or cyclocross bike outside, on the trainer inside or on an exercise bike. Just ride and try to remember that even though it may be snowy outside right now, in a few months it will be sunny and warm and we'll be spending long hours outside on many a fun filled ride. Also, remember that all of the time you put in this winter will mean less pain and rust in the spring when you really want to get things going. If you can't go for a ride today then try to get out and go for a run or a walk and enjoy the cool, crisp weather that tries so hard to keep us inside.


The place: Church St. Burlington, Vt, The Event: UVM Cycling 24 hr trainer ride...

So the UVM Cycling team had this crazy idea to have a 24 hour trainer ride in order to raise some money to fund a local bike safety clinic for elementary school students with any additional money going to help the club out. A good idea, right? All us socially awkward cyclist have to do is bring a bicycle, hop into a trainer, and spin our legs for awhile and the mostly sedentary population can be amazed and toss us some spare change. If only things were that easy. For the most part, people were very generous and liked the legitimate cause being supported by a bunch of college kids with big quads. But that was before it began to get dark, and colder, and attract a bunch of sketchy fellows who helped us on the first shift (5pm - 10:30pm) pass the time. This included the various people who came by and asked if we had a solar power generator (yes, thats correct solar power) in the trainer to capture all of the power we generated for later use. I suppose thats what you get for living in an area know for the hippie, alternative power loving population. To this we politely replied that, yes, we were generating many watts over our hours of time on the trainers and that they were connected via underground cables that routed to the local shops and kept them lit and heated throughout the winter time. Nice. This wasn't even the beginning. Another activist approached and told tales of woe such as the funding for breast cancer being 30 times as much as prostate cancer and the unfairness of this. As I left from my first shift, an older homeless man had come and began telling his story of being imprisoned by John D. Rockafeller and truly being an alien in human form with his real body being kept by the Rockafellers and the CIA. He also apparently had organs made from cancerous tumors that he crudely fashioned by cutting them and sewing them into the various organs necessary for survival. The us mint is also apparently being run by the CIA and if anyone sees any 1977 coins or bills, you should hold onto it, for they are worth many thousands of dollars due to the fact they were printed by the same Rockafellers and insiders involved in the Watergate scandal. This was also apparently the year that the world's magnetic fields reversed, the planets aligned and water began to flow backwards. Welcome to Burlington, the city of the future. Thankfully I missed the graveyard shift, when many other wonderful people came by for a visit to Chris Warden and Vinnie Scalia, our two guys holding it down for the night. They were smart enough to bring a video camera to capture the craziness. This included a shirtless tibetan sherpa screaming wildly and breaking his cellphone on the ground, sexual advances of an inebriated young woman to a front tire before dropping trow for a little bathroom break in a nearby alleyway, another lady wildly meowing while pounding on a shop window, and the late-night snow plow passing within inches of annihilating our entire tent setup. A Beauty to behold, I'm sure. Makes me glad that I was completely passed out for that entire time. The next day, I returned to do some more trainer riding and fill in any gaps that people didn't show up to ride in. This allowed me another 4 hours on the trainer to people watch and enjoy the company of my fellow UVM compatriots. All in all, it was successful, free coffee was provided by the fine folks of starbucks, many stories have come from the experience, everything went off without a hitch, and a fun time was had by all involved. Can't wait til race season starts.
I had an exciting day of power testing on the trainer today. I have gotten stronger although I'm still weak. Afterwords, I went to Indiana to visit Rich at work and I got to see the new carbon rush that he got in. I didn't think I'd be that impressed with it since I already own a rush but I must admit that I though it was a really nice looking bike. I wish I would have taken a picture to post here because the Cannondale catalog does not do this bike justice. Oh well, I guess I can take a pic next time I'm there if I remember.


trainers and rollers

Today was supposed to be a 3 hour+ base ride, the winter weather decided to make the roads wet. In light of the fact that i had just spent about 3 hours cleaning my bike on monday, i decided to take to the indoor training tools and some tv, newspaper, and videos to pass the time. Thankfully, it was a suprisingly easy time with and hour and a half on both the trainers and rollers. Can't wait for the roads to dry so i can get back outdoors.
This morning I decided that since I had the day off I would brave the cold and head out for a ride. I got out the cyclocross bike and headed out for an easy 30 miles. Unfortunately I only made it about 1.5 miles when I go a flat tire.(I hate cinders) I decided that since I was still relatively close to home I would walk home instead of standing beside the road and freezing while I was changing my tube and I didn't want to continue the ride with no spare tube and debris all over the road. So I walked home and decided that instead of going back outside I would stay inside on the trainer and do the Trainright Criterium video. I have a love/hate relationship with these videos. I hate them while I'm doing them but love how I feel when the video is over. So although I didn't get the workout I wanted this morning the intervals from the video probably helped me more than the slog through the snow would have. Just another note on the snow today. I have completely forgot about how nice of a winter it has been and I'm already ticked off at how much snow sucks and how much hate it. I can't wait for summer!


I just got back from a 47-mile ride on my new bike. It's official, Rich didn't change things around just to screw with me, thank you Rich. I do believe that blue is faster than silver. I just hope that red or black wouldn't have been faster than blue but I don't think it is possible that any color is faster than blue. I met up with Brian Wieczorek about 18 miles into the ride and rode with him for about we parted ways to go home and avoid the rain that is supposed to come but has yet to arrive. Now comes my favorite part of training�.rest, recovery, and post training meal.


Here is a better picture of my beautiful new Six13. This may just be the nicest bike ever :-)

I spent an hour and a half on the trainer this afternoon on my new, blue Six13. It is a beautiful bike. I'll clean the mud off of the front tire and put up another pic. I got there from wheeling the bike from my car into the house. Anyway, 1.5 hours is the longest I've spent on the trainer this year and I don't like it. I would have much rather been outside but really didn't want to get rained on.


Let's play "What did we learn today?"

I learned that doing intervals at a prescribed power level (and holding it at that level for 8 minutes) is sooooo much easier when done on an indoor trainer. It's a bit odd being able to get outside to ride at this time of year.


Happy New Year!

Today we had our annual New Year's day ride. We had a pretty good turnout, I think there were 11 that showed up. For some reason I got the crazy idea to ride from my house to the ride and then ride home. I thought that people would probably want to do a ride around 20 miles so my total day would be around 55-60. We ended up riding 28 miles so my day ended up at 68 miles and on the last 10 miles of my ride home I really felt it. I was completely bonked. But now that I've had a few hours to recover I feel great. It was a great time and I got to see some people who I normally don't see all winter while we're in hibernation from riding.