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What the?

January. Time for winter parkas, gloves and layers. 62 degrees? What the?! Yup in deed we are having a pretty unbelievable spell here in zee republic. I got hot on my Carter Lake run today and had to jettison the leg and arm warmers. Paradise.

I got the roadie completely re-dialed by Dwayne at BCS. For not riding it n nearly a full calendar year, it was awesome to be back on it. You forget the speeds you can maintain out on the open roads. I set it up absolutely identically to my 'cross position, slightly modifying the position Todd Carver set up for me. More forward and aggressive and it felt infinitely better. Todd got rid of the pain...and I think this subtle tweak will see me happier as well. The Belgian bike fit gurus would likely scoff (with their 140mm stems and laid back seats) but it felt like a whole new and better bike. I also jettisoned the Ritchey Streem flat top bars (bunk, IMHO) and went for the carbon version of what I am using on my 'cross bikes: The Ritchey WCS Classic. Such an incredible feel in those bars.
And so the long distance stuff begins. 3.5 hours today with a re-loop of the Carter backside climb and I felt fantastic. I need to seriously burn some of this weight off and re-develop some of that slow twitch again.

Is spring here?

Reader Comments (12)

-17f at my house this AM.

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKurt P.

yo - good to meet you today dude, once i recover from last week maybe we can ride again!

take it easy

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterconnor sallee

K to the P: Move that basketball team-sized family back to Bouldertown.

Connor! Hey man! Nice to meet you and your bud. I'm impressed with how parents are growing their kids these days. It was great to meet you and definitely stay in contact.


January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Dude, come on! White bar tape for the love of God :-)

January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Kerkove

Now Jeff, know that white bar tape can not be unveiled on road bikes at LEAST until May, right?

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I dig that Blue & White paint job. Shimano? I thought you had banished that from all your steeds? Is that an XC70 I see sleeping in the garage?

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScottyD

good lookin' bike Keller

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeff

Scotty: Yeah that paint job was custom. Done by one of Sycip's friends in Chico, CA. Bomber clear coat....still looks brand new and it was done in '00! Indeed I need to make the leap on the roadie to SRAM. Gotta sell some stuff first! And yup, that is one hazed grocery getter in the car hole.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Saw you on Carter's 2nd dam going the other way. Wanted to ask what was up with the slow speed Larimer County Sheriff shadow.
Big Boulder ride and we have had drama as you know...

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBerthoud Ben

BB: Yeah! I noticed that too! I suspect they are going to be diligently monitoring Carter given the HUGE amounts of rider/driver run ins that occur up there. Thank God I only use Carter early season as this summer's going to be retarded there.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

GK -- as one of yer loyal readers I would enjoy seeing more of your training plans, sessions, whatevers. Keeps me motivated to get out there myself.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Hey Phil!

Hmm, honestly, these days is truly 'plan-less'. It's just about time on the bike, setting the pace I want, and smiling. But if there is any true goal, it's about longer distances 65-85 miles typically on rolling hills. That's about all the body can stand this time of year!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

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