Monday, December 29, 2008

flats and flats

I am just about out the door after spending the normal 15 minutes of putting on chamois butter, filling my pockets with nutrition and spare tubes, pulling on the bibs and all the other normal shit that goes along with getting ready for a ride, when I noticed that I had a flat on the rear wheel! FUCK!! So I patch it and roll out. 6 miles later I realize the rear tire is low. O My God! I must have botched the patch job. Anyways...

Fixed the flat and did two laps up San Dimas Canyon, which for those who don't know is a nice long uphill grade that finishes with a short 3 minute 8 percent climb. Overall I put 2 hours in. That's it for today.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Past Two!

So this week i was lucky enough to have my best friend John come down to visit from Sacramento. I was also lucky enough to have him bring his bike. Like I have posted in the past I have been logging a lot of solo base miles. So it was great to have my best friend and teammate out for a couple awesome rides. Since John rarely gets a chance to partake in any long climbs we set out for Glendora Mountain Rd. (GMR) on Christmas eve. We had a great ride although the weather was gray and cold. At the top of GMR there were still some patches of snow scattered throughout the hills.

Due to xmas we didn't get another chance to ride until today. So looking to log some nice long miles we took hwy 39 to East Fork Rd. and up the back side of GMR. It's my favorite ride right now and to be coupled with my best friend made it that much better. So overall we logged 3:38 most of which was climbing.

Now John is gone and its back to the solo training. Thank God I am almost done with base miles and going to start intesity. No more long cold mornings talking to myself. Just shorter rides that are going to make me puke.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Rain Rain go away!

As much as I love the rain (makes me think of Portland) I am in need of logging some long hours on the bike. Yeah, I used to ride in the rain all the time when I lived in Oregon, but I no longer live in Oregon so it's hard to muster up the energy to get out and get soaked and freeze when tomorrow is likely to be sunny and in the high 50's at least. So alas another day on the f'n trainer.

I can say this... I am NOT suffering from burnout!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Solo?

So I went on what I would thought would be yet another solo ride (mainly because of my schedule not because no one likes me). I was riding on Baseline rd. in La Verne when lo and behold I saw the Montrose Ride heading up San Dimas ave. So of course I jumped into the ride which was moving pretty good. To my surprise I felt pretty strong. Knowing that I only had about 25 minutes to ride with the group I decided to bury my self. So during a 3 minute sustained uphill grade I pushed to get the the front and set a tempo of 18-19 mph. I than sat up and filed back in to the peleton for the flats. Than during the next climb I big ringed it and ended up being 3rd up the climb. After that I just rolled with them for a few more miles and than peeled off to head back home. It was fun and exciting to be in a big pack again. I felt like it had been forever. It left me wanting more and I feel even more eager for the new season to begin.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Trainer madness

So due to a crazy holiday work schedule I'm really taking it easy this week. So today I road 50 minutes on the trainer. This week was to be my Base 2 week 3 but due to the lack of hours I am going to get in I will pick up next week and basically start at Base 2 week 3 which will have 19.5 hours of riding planned. A little set back but not really a big deal as long as I am riding almost everyday this week.

Good news is I hit a cadence of 189 today on the trainer and held it for 20 seconds, than maintained a 170 for one minute. My pedal stroke really came together last season, and seems to be still improving!

I think that is all for today gotta head to work!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Its been awhile

Wow, I haven't looked at this blog nor even thought about it in quite some time. Well I'm back. A lot of things have changed in my life since my last entries but there is one constant. Racing my Bike. I am in my 7th week of training during the off season which is Base 2 in the periodization method of training I abide by. Due to starting a little late this season I will mix a Base 3 and Build 1 period intertwining the both endurance rides and development of power and the raising of Lactate Threshold through intensity.

I was off to an excellent start for Base 1 but find it difficult to log the miles needed for Base 2 with the rain, along with a crazy work schedule due to the holiday season. But that shit happens every year and I find a way to train and if not I try to not stress about it since its out of my hands. The thing for this season is train hard but have MORE fun than last season. No more stressing about stupid stuff, I want to enjoy the sport and my commitment to training. Don't get me wrong I am going to win races this season and I plan on winning a lot of them. What I mean is not getting pissed if someone crashes in front of me, or if something out of my control happens before or during a race. I want to take the big picture of cycling less serious and take the individual aspects of it i.e. training and focusing on goals and winning races to the next level.

So with that said here are my short term goals for the beginning of the season:

1. WIN THE GREEN JERSEY AT SDSR
2. WIN the Crit at SDSR
3. A sub 17 minute time trail at SDSR
4. Finish in the top 20 at SDSR

So there you have it. You can see what race i am focused on. It's my home town race and my favorite as well. I will be racing Boulevard, Red Trolley, Roger Millikan Memorial Crit, and Ontario Dare to Race, as training races to prepare for SDSR.

So I said it before and Ill say it again IM BACK. I will do my best to update a training log and thoughts about cycling and other ongoing events of my life.

Peace

Ride Lots!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I Miss Portland Today

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One more time (trial)

So I took yesterday off of the bike with plans to hit it hard today with a time trail around Bonelli park. This is my everyday loop, a 7 mile rolling hills loop that I use as a fitness and strength test throughout the year. I probably should have had a ride in the day before such a hard effort, but I figured "F it"I could use the long intense effort regardless if it is a personal record or not. Without further suspense, my time to beat was 18:30 which I posted late July of last year. My last time out this season (about a month ago) I posted a 18:41. Well I did it, I beat another one of my personal bests, putting up a time of 18:14!! This is also after having to break on one of the turns due to the only spot where there is a light and traffic, and after slowing down just a tad for some construction work. So another record setting day!! I have noticed that since I busted my speed sensor at San Pedro my TT have been great. Not being a slave to how fast I'm riding and riding strictly on feel and H.R. NAP TIME!!

PEACE!!

Monday, June 30, 2008

GMR TT

So back to training...

This morning I time trialed Glendora Mountain Road. For those not familiar with the ride it is a 8.1 mile climb with an average grade of a little over 6%. My personal best and therefore the time to beat was 42:50. I am proud to say I demolished it this morning posting a time of 39:40!! Happy to be back to training. Enough tapering for some f'n crit!! Tomorrow I am TT'n Bonelli a 7 mile rolling loop. The time to beat there is 18:30. I let you know how it goes!!

Oh and congrats to Chester for finishing 4th at Manhattan. I race with him often, he is a strong rider and a nice guy so its nice to see him finishing well.

Peace
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Manhattan Biatchhhh

So yesterday I was in Manhattan Beach for the grand prix racing with the Cat 4's. Before our 7am race time (such bullshit to make us start that early) I overslept due to my cell phone being set on vibrate and therefore not hearing the alarm sound for me to get up to prep for the race. To make a long and shitty story short, basically I showed up to the race with very very little warm up time, frazzled and not focused from the hustling of getting ready which led to the legs feeling heavy and unprepared. During the race I really just couldn't concentrate. I couldn't relax and at the same time didn't have the desire to fight for position and set pace and all the necessary elements needed for this rough grand prix (especially with a field of 120 riders). So about 5 laps into the race I came to the realization that this just wasn't my day, so instead of killing myself for some shitty finish, or getting killed from a crash I pulled out of the race.

I cruised back to my hotel room disillusioned at my decision to quit. Simply put I felt like shit about the whole situation. But I have to live with that and try and take something away from it. So here is what I came up with.

1. don't mix business with pleasure. It was my birthday weekend and Kristine and I had went out to Manhattan Beach to celebrate and to be close to the race. It should have been either or and I would have much rather just celebrated my birthday and skipped the race. This brings us to...

2. Skip a race every now and then (even if it is a NRC) I am getting burnt out not having a weekend off of racing for 5 weeks now. The packing up the bike, the trainer, the wheels, nutrition, etc... and trying to eat perfect, rest well and all gets old. Especially when it cuts into time with real life.

3. Relax. It's only racing (wow did I just say that) But its true its just riding a bike.

So what on my agenda... well due to this weekend I decided to take some time away from racing and bring focus back to training. With only a hand full of races left I would like to end the season strong and not burnt out. So my next race will be Ontario #4 on July 20th. It's time to get the monkey off my back of not having a win under my belt and this is the perfect course for that. Home town advantage!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

31 and Loving Life

So today I turned 31 years old. The calmness I inherit with each passing year is welcomed with open arms, and I can truly say that it feels good to be in my 30's. Now bikes... I am racing this Sunday @ Manhattan Beach Grand Prix and am looking forward to it. The climb before the first chicane always makes for an interesting race...especially when your in front and everyone else is pulling their break levers. I am hoping for good results, at the begging of the season I created 3 racing goals and the 2nd was top 5 at Manhattan Beach. I have trained hard and have said no to late night snacks for some time now, with a little luck on my side (last year I got caught behind a crash on the last lap) and some good tactics I feel confident and am even willing to up the ante from top 5 to podium!! See you guys out there.