The non-racing weekend for me ended up being great. 3 1/2 hours on the 1 x 1 looping Hall was absolutely what the body needed. OK, maybe not needed but the grins were there while turning the 32 x 16...sort of like Chris Horner grins in a poker face sort of way no matter if he's soft pedaling or winning stages in the T d Suisse.
Sunday my wife and I rolled for 3. She is a capital 'A' animal. The gears she turns are stupid. Retarded big. "Honey, you're in the 53 14. Knock it back." Wife: "Oh, shoot, sorry."
Lunchtime ride today with my office mate down in Littleton on the paths. Brought out the new Rock Lobster and it is so dialed. When's cross. Where's Mol?
Horner pic courtesy of Roadcycling.com
Our boy did it. Got himself a contract for 2 years with Sunweb-Projob. I'm still confused by the whole Mario De Clercq relationship (friend/coach/mentor) as he is still shadowed by the same drug allegations that brought down The Lion of Flanders.
I am an armchair DS though and just happy that the boy's got some cash flow....and can get on with having their 2nd kid with some level of financial comfort. How these 'cross pros do it, I dunno. There is zero money (beyond Nijs).
Traveling all week on biz, then coming back and doing a 1x1 ride in mud yesterday (trying to 'catch up' of course...) would drain any hard man. Rolled with Dave today who wanted to roll easy. We did a little 36/left hand/Back lee hill jaunt.
Racing this weekend? Probably not. The fam needs me and I them so we'll do some fun stuff. Gonna ride fat tires to ensure maximum grin which is exactly what I need to bring the stress scores down down down.
The weather has been great. Yesterday was epic with a capital "E". Races going off at Stazio but a core group is still slogging out some training miles. Bobby, The "WB", Longman, JFry, Maas, Boups and I did Carter at mach speed. Race simulation for sure. Constant attacks and it was all smiles. With all the attacking and climbing we did over 7o miles, I still felt fairly fresh at the end....probably as my curfew was quickly coming and my lady needed a break from the kids. Longman AGAIN you impressed. You're teh protected one mate at our first race.
Home, quick shower and change, the kids of course wanted to go ride bikes. Billions of kids crawling around. This 'hood is killer. More crappy video:
I don't want to start Windows vs iMac wars but let me just say that my first experience in trying to off load DV to my iMovies was horse cockey. I mean, this supposed wunderkind of media arts couldn't even detect my Sony cam corder via USB. My WInXP machine sniffed it out as soon as I slapped that beeatch in and the free Windows Movie Maker software was brainlessly simple to use. What a galactic let down. I bought that fricken thing for purposes like this. I'm buying a Vista machine. Screw this Mac sheeit. My iPod just shit the bed too (hard drive implosion) so I am just pissed at Apple at the moment. Screw 'em.
Anywhoo, I want to do crappy videos like this. This is what I ripped from my session last season I gave to some of the RM'ers just getting into CX. I gave 'em barrier work lessons and we did repeats around my prop barriers. Fun. Anyways, more to come this season.
Folks, so sorry for the weak amount of postings. I have been incredibly busy with work and just not motivated at all to say much of anything. I will try and get some good stuff going on soon but need to get on a bike and sweat a bit. Hotel spin bikes suck but training on the road is what it is.
More this week then a break.
Not to be confused with NAMBLA. I wish I were at the North American Hand Made Bicycle Show back in my 'ol Left Coast home. My boys Mike and Paul are showing their sexcellent wares again this year. Last year Mike unveiled his 9'er to great accreditation (see photo from last year Mike sent me). Mike's billet-ing (note the stays on this bike) is insane and now being leveraged by other frame builders as he is a mechanical engineer and he leverages 3D CAD's to have all parts CNC'd robotically. I wish I were there to support him this year!
I'm sure all you bike sluts have wasted your lunch breaks eyeballing CyclingNews' coverage of the NAHMBS and seen Vanilla bicycles Speedvagon....and it is SICK. It's a 1X1 cross bike but note the details such as the seat post extension to the frame with the canti cable being routed through. So many intricate details. Yummy. Sacha's got to throw some Dugast's with that creamy white sidewall on this beauty though. These Tufo's look bunk. (Photo from www.cyclingnews.com).
The bike that stole my heart due to it's simplicity is this Richard Sachs. I can't get over it. It is so clean that it is obsessive for me to look at (or rather for me to STOP looking at). I think I want to hump it a little. Hump. hump. (Photo from CyclingNews.com).
I'll continue to day dream for now about hand made bikes.
Glorious. The Republic I thought I lived in is back. Maaaaaybe 5 or 10 degrees warmer but absolutely gorgeous. Sun warming muscles on long rides. Today we had a mass of RM-Izze's show up at Amante. The woman's team showed up in force for Couch's echelon and pace-lining clinic. We helped out for a bit then we split off from the clinic and threw down. We rolled fast for a while and then decided to recon Boulder Roubaix and the course was in great shape. I got the Boonen like visions out there today. Very little mud believe it or not on the course. Longman, Bobby, Hix, Sharpe, and Neeeeequette laid wood on each other. Sorry about all the attacks guys. You helped me get my intervals in and the suffering in the sun was so sweet. Painful yet sweet. Longman, you impressed.
Yesterday in anticipation of this weather, my big man got his upgrade. B-Money Dwight from BCS hooked up my boy with this Scott he's been eye-balling. He, Dwayne....everyone made him feel like a total Rock Star with the pro treatment. The bike was prepped and waiting for him and they had it staged in like the middle of the shop awaiting him right next to a Scott Addict SL and some other eye candy. Rad. Thanks guys.
Of course, with Daddy washing his bikes today apres ride, the boys in the 'hood had to get in on the act. Got to teach 'em young to take care of the equipment (yes I am rubbing of my anal retention uber-young to take care of their sheeit and some day line up ot their races with some of that sparkling fresh bar tape. Mmm. Fresh bar tape).
On the road again this week. Hotel gyms await me and I'll again be attempting to avoid the cocktails with the schmoes who actually enjoy being away from their real lives. I hit my stopwatch when I get on the plane and stop it when I hit DIA.
Last night, our friend Dirk Friel came to RM and personally gave the team the tutorial on how to use the TraningPeaks and CyclingPeaks software. This is stunning as a bunch of chumps liek us were getting the same touch that ProTour teams like Astana Predictor-Lotto and T-Mobile get from Dirk directly. Training peaks was a sponsor in 04/05 and now back as a prime sponsor for 07 and will be emblazoned on our sides like you see here in our old 04 uni's.
The tutorials went great and his walk through of how ProTour teams are really engaged these days with TrainingPeaks was awesome to listen to. Interestingly, as most teams are pushing towards a complete no-doping policy, the side benefits of having all that data (aside from super fit athletes) is data to fall back on to 'prove' rider workloads...essentially to validate teh cleanliness of the squad and that their performances are very real and not medicinal. So, TrainingPeaks is sort of like the Sarbanes Oxley of the athletic world! Maybe keeping ProTour teams out of Enron-like equivilents of doping versus dismal financial ethics.
There are TONS of resources on the TrainingPeaks site in addition to distractions like fairly intimate pictures of Dirk's experience with the big teams. This one of Dirk offering Lance a bag of Doritos from the Predictor-Lotto car is hilarious.
More impressive is visibility into real data from guys like Mario Aerts. Bringing up Mario's *.WKO data file in CyclingPeaks is...well...humbling. It's not often that you see a human push 300+ watts for 25 minutes right there in technicolor.
So, we're psyched to be working with Dirk and training peaks again and try to be more competitive with all this 'data'.