Thursday, March 26, 2009

sdsr

So its been awhile since my last post. The reasons behind this are many but mainly its due to the fact that I don't believe that anyone reads this. So I find myself recollecting training sessions or races while in front of the computer much less frequent. Instead I have been thinking of my training and or racing while on the bike. The best solo rides are the ones where I can day dream about past races and think about what I did right, and more importantly what I did wrong. And there is nothing better than playing out an up coming race in my head and imagining wining the race. There is something to be said for positive thinking and believing in yourself and all of the hard work you have put in.

So what have you missed. Stage 2 of Murrieta, going into the final lap I was caught behind a crash and was forced to chase back on. When it came down to the sprint I had no more bullets to fire. Finished 28th.

SDSR was a big dissapointment for me. I crushed my best time ever on the TT putting up a 17:18 which put me in 42nd place after day one. I went into the RR feeling great and strong. I rode really well and held great position throughout the race. Making sure I was up front leading into the Canon climb so not to get shuffled back too much, racing really aggressive. Than on the 4th lap I made a horrible shift and dropped my chain on the climb. I was dissconnected with the group and had to TT the last 2 laps. I made the time cut and surprisingly enough finished only 6 minutes behind the leader. For the stage I finished 60th of 103 starters, the time gap dropped me from 42nd to 60th overall for th GC. TO BE CONTINUED.. I got to go get some lunch.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Broken

Last night I went to sleep dreading waking up. I woke up this morning with risiduale fear but changed my mindset and started to get ready to tackle the goal that lay ahead of me. The subject of my anxiety was non other than the trainer!! I have promised myself to do add at least one trainer session a week to my regiment. Last week being my recovery week I got to skip it but today was set to do a the Spinervals video Muscle Breakdown which has a 5 minute set 4 seconds on 4 seconds off sprint workout (Murder I tell you)! I set up my trainer last night so there would be no excuses seeing that I needed to be at work at 10am. After my bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee I suited up, poped in the video, and mounted my bike only to find that my left cleat was not engaging with the pedal. It simply wasn't locking in. My fear of the days workout turned into the fear of NOT working out! I took the whole cleat apart thinking all of the training in the rain must have clogged up the mechanism with dirt and grime. To my surprise the metal ring that allows the cleat to work (speedplay) had broken in two. Working a double shift today along with a laundry list of stuff to take care of (and now adding going to the LBS for new cleats) before I leave for Sacramento tomorrow is not going to allow me to get a ride in today. Oh well these kinds of thing happens, I will just have to add some open road intervals to my 4 hour planned ride tomorrow in Sac tomorrow. I just love that I was so not looking forward to todays workout until I couldn't accomplish it! I will miss the feeling of domination that comes over me after interval sessions done on the trainer are finished. Well I guess I will do some core exersises tonight to burn a few calories and gain a little strenght.

Peace out!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Crash Fiesta!!

Sunday I was driving home from Long Beach after the race filled with questions I commonly ask myself on bad days on the bike. Questions such as "Why did I get up at 5 a.m. and drive 40 +miles to a race today?" or "Why did I decline invitations to hang out with my friends last night to have a few beers?" Apparently there is one answer to these along with similar questions pertaining to days like Sunday and that is TO HAVE DUMB ASSES CRASH THEIR BIKES RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!! Sure sure you could argue that I was in bad position or some shit like that but the truth of the matter is that I was sitting 10th wheel going into the last turn when a few geniuses decided to go 5 wide into the turn and therefore cross 3 lines coming out of the turn wiping a lot of guys out. Luckily I avoided it but was left watching guys who were sitting 20 go right around me!!

Seriously it was one of the worst races I have EVER done. No one, I mean no one wanted to create pace. It being my first CBR race in awhile and the pace being so slow made me think the first lap was a warm up lap and even asked the guy next to me if it was. ha. After he said no I went to the front and lifted our whopping 23 mph pace to 30 to string it out and start the race. I think there may, I reapeat may have been 3 other laps were 4 or 5 guys did some work and the peloton went single file. Of course the slow pace lead to what I counted 4 crashes! Some guys were serioulsy hurt and I hope they all recover well and didn't suffer as bad it looked.

Oh and if your thinking "well thats the Cat 4's for you"" I say HA!! I did the 30+ 3/4 race and it was even worse with some really narley crashes on the straight away out of turn 2. After coming to a complete stop due to the 2nd of 3 crashes in this race I decided there was something in the air that day and instead of taking my free lap headed to my truck to call it a day.

Crossing wheels never made sense to me. Why can't people just either ride behind you or next to you. Oh it's because they are not fit enough to get into a position that is safe they are constantly trying to be somewhere they shouldn't be. Exactly why I ride in the top 5 but sometimes I get shuffled back from a surge every now and then and find myself being subseptable to the delimma.

Oh well, a week off from racing this week. Going to concentrate on putting in some really hard intervals. I am going up to Sacramento to train with my best friend John for the weekend which will be a blast. Hopefully the weather holds up. The following week will consist of Stage 2 of the Tour De Murrieta which is the Circuit race and the following week is SDSR! March Madness is about to begin so hold on its going to be a wild one!!