Highlands Ranch Area Cycling Road Cycling Colorado Streech Greg Streech Gregory

Saturday, April 30, 2005

True team player, Eki is out

He took one for the Boss (my interpretation). Ekimov was injured by an automobile during a training ride w/ Lance near Austin. Lance is fine. Eki broke his sternum, out for six weeks, he'll probably miss the Tour. Won't surprise me if he retires, too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Switch

So as you may have noticed, I have had a serious bout of the blahs. Not really interested in doing anything; much less training. And it has shown in my TT times. Redlight dropped me a line today saying essentially that he had caught the blahs as well. The good news for me is that I seem to be coming out of them.

So today I tried a little different warm up for the TT. I had Anne's truck so I was able to get a little more relaxed warm up. I didn't have to worry about my backpack or any of the other issues you have when you don't have a comfy car as your base. The end result is that I got a better warm up. It wasn't perfect though. I wasn't able to get my heart rate to nearly the level I had hoped. Additionally, while getting my handle bars put back into the right spot, I manage to fall off the bike while clipped in and gouged a couple canyons into the back of my right calf. The bike grease and the sweat combined in the wound to produce an angry, bloody cut that screamed at me. This was most likely a positive in that it provided a little anger to my ride.

When I launched, the wind was howling. The good news is that the rain had not come on in force; just a couple of "spritzings" along the course. The wind was so rough that in spots I would look up to find myself blown clear across the road and heading for the ditch. As luck would have it, the gale was in my face on the big climb. I was nearly in my lightest gear (2 up) on a climb that can easily be done in the big ring. Did I say the wind was howling?

The typically fast part of the course was relegated to medium gears and hard work downhill. When I got to the turn around, I had only been passed by the old guy. As I made my way out of the turn around I saw no less than 8 or 9 guys bearing down on me. They were coming so hard that I could feel the heat of the laser sights planted between my shoulders. Yet another reason to go HARD. I went so hard that only two of these dudes got me and that was about 2 miles from the finish.

In the end, I scored a nice 27:39? or so. I was pleased given the viciousness of the wind. I had to go immediately so Redlight was on his own. As I rolled out of the parking lot, in came the rain. Buckets of rain. Rain and cold like what I rode in last week. Speaking to Redlight, he described ride conditions very similar to mine from last week. He just didn't have the hail. I think he froze his tail off. I think he said his time was about 10 seconds faster than mine. I'm not sure how much time the rain cost him but I am pleased that my time is more in step with where I should have finished.

Either way, another great CCTT. I love this racing WAY better than the rec rides.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Lion King out to pasture

Cipo retires before the Giro. More at VeloNews.

http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/7943.0.html

Monday, April 25, 2005

Are you kidding me???

This can't be right. What race would he do? In May? Screw LA, what about Danielson? Maybe he's coming back for a rematch with our very own Roodlicht.

SI.com - More Sports - Danielson�wins Tour de Georgia; Lance fifth - Sunday April 24, 2005 10:22PM: "Armstrong announced his retirement last Monday, hinting that the Tour de Georgia could be his last race in the United States. However, team officials said he probably will add another American race to his training schedule in May, most likely in Colorado."

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Danielson can climb

After having Lance pull for him on the second to last climb (a very classy move), Tom put down his Bob Cooke hammer and dropped Landis, and eventually Levi to take the Georgia Tour lead. Danielson's thoughts in the final kilometer? Lance just pulled for me, how can I not go absolutely all out?

I remember him flying by me on Mt. Evans. At least now we know he's probably just a little faster than most in the world... Oh, and Lance said he may not be good enough for the Tour de France yet (?).

Quite Time

While waiting for Roodlicht to finish his masterpiece on Wednesday, I spent some time chatting with the race organinizer, Beth Wrenn Estes. She is the president of the ACA and we should feel lucky to have her. At first I was eves dropping on her conversations with fellow ACA race organizers. They spent a lot of time talking about this great course and that great course; what they were going to do out this government agency etc, etc. Bottom line is that they are really into putting on exciting and fun races.

I told her about my "racing" experiences, or lack thereof. She pointed me to a series of 4 seminars that they are putting on at the Colorado Speedway with the goal being to help riders learn how to ride critieriums, in pelotons, sprints and all of the skills that you will need to race. Its only $30 to do this.

This conversation starting me pondering what I want to do on the bike. Right now, I am considering working solely on racing and blowing off "rec rides". This means no Triple but yes to the Bob Cook. For some reason, the Triple has lost its appeal. Maybe that is because I exercised the '03 deamon in '04. Maybe its, as Fab pointed out, I fall into the hyper competitive slot and they don't have a clock on the rec rides.

Eitherway, this is what is rolling around in my mind; plus how I might ride a little more aggressively at the CCTT. Thoughts, comments???

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Rain wrecks rides...

Apparently, the weather yesterday affected people in a variety of ways. Some guys were significantly faster than last week, others slower. Some were exactly in the same ranking, despite time changes. Some were close to last week's time, but ranking changed a lot.

I placed 7th, with a time of 25.55. I chose to gamble and left the jacket off, and rode in the skinsuit (with undershirt, armwarmers, leg warmers and shoe covers). Dirt rode in windier, rainier conditions, with his jacket. He still managed to improve his overall rank on a list of 60 riders (70 last week).

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Misspelled my name...

Redlight in Dutch is Roodlicht, as used by Dirt so frequently.

Today's headline? This is just wrong...

"Tour de Georgia: Wrolich wins in Rome"

Off to the land of the ice and snow

Thanks to the kind folks Channel 7, we are able to look into the future of Denver's weather for a full seven days. Nevermind the fact that the weather casters have no clue what will happen in the next 6 hours, we are all comforted by this far reaching forecast.

It was their predictions that led Redlight and I to be concerned/excited about the prospects of today's TT at Cherry Creek. With Mike Nelson calling for a repeat blizzard, it looked like we might be riding in the crap again. The good news is that bad weather keeps the fast woosies home and allows my fat ass to scoop a few podium points.

On the drive in this morning I thought that maybe the forecast had been accurate. The skies were ugly and spitting rain. But, by the time I rolled out for lunch, I saw some blue and the temp was climbing. But, then again, who knows. I still have 3:30 until my start and anything can happen between then and now. The good news is that I think I might just be able to do better than last week.....At least if I don't, I'm gonna quit this miserable sport for good and take up something cool like knitting.

On another note, with my mother-in-law in town last weekend, she hosted me and the family to a nice lunch at Lansdown Arms. Pretty good food with marginal service. The coolest thing was the art located just out the front door of the place.

Below is a picture of Mary giving it a go. What do you think?


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Monday, April 18, 2005

Bye Bye Lance... and Tyler

So Lance goes out on his own terms, with the chance of winning the TdF and going out a champion.

Tyler got 2 years suspension and 4 years of not riding for a ProTour team. He'll be in the 65+ category when that is done. According to the details, the UCI told him and the team in the spring of 2004 that he was a target... and they got him still. I know he can appeal, but that doesn't look so good for his career.

So, who follows Lance as the next US man? Danielson? Horner? Streech? Hell, if equipment has anything to do with it, it'll be Hammerson.

Zacht of dun, hard of dik???

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Monarch Loop TT

56:09, Saddler Ranch Stop Sign and back. According to my computer, 20.6 mph average.

Almost perfect on the traffic lights. Almost fell off after the finish...

Friday, April 15, 2005

Hmmm... sounds like a day to be home

During our training camp, look at what we will miss:

Stage 4, June 9: Tournon-sur-Rhone - Le Mont-Ventoux (182km)

This stage is of the Dauphine race, with Lance present.

Q, got TiVo?

Thursday, April 14, 2005


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Hoste is a stud

Excerpt from the Paceline.com regarding Paris-Roubaix.

Hoste's injury from Sunday...
One of the more remarkable achievements from Sunday was the Discovery Channel's Leif Hoste's finish - 33rd in the group at 4:52. What's the big deal of that finish, especially when Hoste last year finished 12th last year, in Hincapie's group at 29 seconds? Consider that Hoste finished the race with a fractured sternum and a tear in one of his lungs. Bruyneel recalled that Hoste went down on the 1,700 meter Orchies cobble section.

"He's out of the hospital now but will not be able to do any races for at least four weeks," said Bruyneel, meaning Hoste would miss the Tour of Italy, a race he was slated to start.

Bruyneel remembered Hoste puncturing and making it back into front group just when the winning move went. "He didn't make that group and then (Leon) Van Bon punctured (from the front group) and fell back. Leif was with Van Bon's group and I told him on the radio that I thought Van Bon would attack, so he went to his wheel for the next section but then fell with his chest hitting his handlebars. It was amazing he finished the race. After the race, he didn't seem to be in too much pain but he started to complain afterwards when he got home."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Results are in...

25.45 was good enough for 11th of 70 in the SM35+(cat4) group. I noticed that two dudes in the 65+ group kicked my ass significantly. I'm about 1 and 3/4 minutes off the lead pace in our group, and I don't think I'll find that speed.

What a rush.

RED Letter Day

What a great start to the CCTT, '05 style. The short version is that I totally sucked, Redlight had a personal best.

Since our start times are about an hour apart, I got to the course early to get checked in and begin the warm up process. This was a little strange in that my support vehicle consisted of the backpack that I rode over with. But soon enough, Redlight rolled in with his 'burb and I was working to get the heart rate up.

Three pees coupled with a ridiculous level of nervousness, it was time for me to line up. As I sized up the competition, I asked the guy who starts right after me, "Are you fast?" Stunned by my question he replied,"Ugh, no not really." To this I couldn't help but say, "Well, I guess I'm gonna feel really bad if you pass me?" He was not really amuzed.

The race had a strong head wind from the east which put this in your face as you start and at the turn around at the back end of the course. It also meant that you had a nice tailwind on the home stretch.

After suffering like a dog, I put up a pathetic 28:15. I can only guess it was the lack of recent training and the 400 gallons of booze I felt complied to drink last Saturday night. I think I will join AA.

As for Redlight, the good fortune of our start times meant I was able to cheer his start and finish. I would like to think that contributed to his personal best 25:45.

As part of cheering, I was able to snap a couple photos of dude's start.





I was too busy screaming at the final straight to take any pictures. But trust me, dude was hammering. I knew going in the Redlight was gonna throw down a good time. But 25:45 with the wind was a really impressive ride. I wonder if he made it into the points?

Now, when you have set your personal best on this wicked course, you are allow to sport a wicked look. To wit, I submit the following for consideration:



Dude went so fast it sucked the hair out of his lid!

Well done my brother. But now I have a time that I can improve on while you have already done the best possible. No where but down hill for you Bro.

Snail Dik

Interesting Read

This came from a friend of my parents. Makes us look like some fat old men. Oh, we are!
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E-Mail #1) Hi,

I just arrived home late last night from being in Florida to see Chris participate in a 24 hour ultra marathon qualifying race for the Race Across America. Riders need to complete 425 miles within 24 hours to qualify. Over 200 riders participated, however 25 were trying to qualify for RAM. Only four riders qualified, one of them being Christopher. There were 3 different races. The Century, the first 100 mile race, a 12 hour race and the 24 hour race. I am please and proud to inform you that Chris won all three races.

The race started at 6:30 AM on Sat. and finished at 6:30 PM on Sunday. Chris reached the 425 miles at 2:30 AM. He continued riding until the race finished. According to the computer on his bike he rode 520 miles, however the race computer had him at 500 miles. There were two reasons for this. When he first got on the race track at 6:30 PM the cones were still set up for the formula one cars that had just finished racing and Chris did some extra riding off of the bike route. This also was the first year the race officials were using a computer counting system for each lap. The computer wasn't always beeping each time his bike went over the counter.

Needless to say it was a little frustrating at times. Cal kept saying he was going down to the officials for his hourly harassment.

Chris broke a couple of records. One was the Sebring track record for the last eight years, which was 437 miles in 24 hours. The race officials and other riders had lots of nice things to say about Chris and his steady riding pace for the entire race. He was only off of his bike for 6 to 8 minutes for a couple of bathroom pit stops and to change into warmer clothing. It was amazing to watch him ride the at the same pace from the first hours to the last hour.

After dusk the riders were brought in off of the road course and rode the last 12 hours on the Sebring Race track. The only lights were in the pit area where the support crews were set up. The corners on the track were marked with glow sticks, however the last few laps of the race the glow sticks had gone out and it was total darkness. Chris said it was quite dangerous and he ended up in the grass at times. He had to slow his pace and hope he didn't crash, which a few riders did.

During the night Chris could hear rustling in the grass along side the track, all he could think of was alligators. He thinks it was the rabbits which were all over the track.

The only down side after the race was no massage therapist to work on Chris and stretch his body. This won't happen again.

Cal's nephew Rob, and my brother Denny and Royce drove to the race and were there for several hours. It was great fun to see them, however Chris was only able to yell a quick hi or comments, such as "this is boring", as he rode past where our support crew was set up.

Chris's crew chief for the RAM, Dan Cline, and his wife Debbie met Chris in Atlanta and followed him as he rode to Sebring. Dan is a cyclist as well and he rode part of the time with Chris. Chris's mechanic, manager and a television camera man came from Denmark as well. All of us with the support crew were given team jackets and we looked quite professional.

Chris left Florida for San Diego to ride the first part of the RAM course. Cal is out there with him to follow behind him. The weather isn't the best. Chris will return to Denmark on Monday where he will continue his 12 hour a day training.

April 2 & 3 he will compete in another Ultra Marathon Qualifying Race in Alabama. This is a 500 mile two day race and the terrain will have more climbing, which Chris loves. Cal and I are going to be part of the support crew. This race will be a chance to practice driving behind Chris like it will be for the RAM and to work out the kinks for the support crew.

The camera man and manager had digital cameras and will email us pictures which I will forward on to you.

My goal is to get myself in better shape for the Alabama race. Chris is a great inspiration.


E-Mail #2)
Chris arrived in Birmingham with an achilles tendon injury, however he rode the 500 mile race any way. The weather was lousy. Cold with high winds steady at 38 to 40 miles per hour with strong gusts over 50 mph. There were downed trees and power lines in some places. These were his head winds all the way into Georgia the first day. At night the wind switched directions so instead of having tail winds on the return ride he had head winds again.

The tree pollen was incredibly heavy. Thick clouds of yellow which triggered asthma for Chris and caused him to spit up lots of yellow junk. Even for those of us not riding the pollen burned our lungs. When he finished the race he had a streak of yellow pollen up his back side.

This race was a staggered start as riders could chose when they wanted to start. Two riders who were trying to qualify for RAAM started at 8 pm the night before Chris started. One other rider from Texas started at 7 am with Chris. A couple of teams had started earlier as well. Chris passed every one by 1 am.

This race is considered to be one of the most brutal courses. Lots of steep ascents some 2 to 3 miles long with short descents with lots of turns. When he got into the Georgia mountains Chris could see the painted signs of Go Lance Armstrong painted on the rocks from the Tour de Georgia last year.

Chris finished the 500 miles in 29 hours and 27 minutes. This was a record for this race. Previous record from last year, in excellent weather, was 37 hours. One of the riders who was 30 miles from the finish was attacked by a German shepherd and ended up with a fractured collar bone. There were lots of loose dogs all along the race course. They all seem to go into attack mode when seeing a cyclist.

Chris was referred to as "an animal, a machine & a freak of nature". As his mother I prefer a well trained athlete. Chris received a lot of nice comments from riders and officials as well. One of the race officials, who has ridden the RAAM, and his wife kept referring to Chris's "Armstrong legs."

Before the race the official said that when Chris finished they would present his medal and then take it back and get it engraved and mail it to him. Chris suggested that they were premature in talking about medals before the race began.

After the race the comments were that Chris will bring the RAAM title back to the USA. Which is Chris's goal.

The support crew learned lots of new things during this race. One is the essential job of previewing the race course. The discovery that there was major road construction on part of the course with a detour was a surprise for the race officials. The night before the race they had to redo the maps for riders.

Another one is to know where the spare tire is on a rental vehicle and how to get at it and operate the jack. Several hours into the race Chris heard the sound of air leaking from a tire. He thought it was one of his, however realized that it wasn't and the sound was coming from the follow van. He radioed they had a flat tire and kept getting the response "Is it your back or front tire?" It took a good part of an hour for the tire change. Fortunately the second van wasn't too far away and could take up the place of the follow van. It was good this happened in the day time since at night the van with the official lights and signs must be behind Chris at all times and must keep Chris in the beam of the head lights.

Other hazards for the rider are screw drivers thrown at the rider (fortunately hit Chris on the shoulder) & swarms of African bees that are huddled in a compact group until a car or cyclists go by and then swarm into the air.

Chris left Birmingham for San Diego and a few days of rest to try to heal his achilles and to be fitted with new cycling shoes, which won't put pressure on his tendon.

Cal left on Sunday to meet in San Diego for the preview of the RAAM route to Atlantic City. The plan was for Chris to ride parts and drive the rest, however on Monday when he trained his achilles flared up again. Chris stayed in San Diego to connect with a physical therapist and sports medicine doctor and will go back to Tucson to train.

The 3 crew members are on the RAAM route for the next few days. Without Chris they won't have to prepare peanut butter & belly sandwiches, which is what one of the Danes thought the name was.

Chris is now officially registered for the RAAM and if you are interested you can read is rider profile at the Race Across America website.

I'll up date you on this continuing endeavor.

Bring on the opposition

Four hours from now:

I will have a heart rate nearing 190 bpm and will be going faster than you (Redlight excepted).

I will have a song in my head, most likely "The Game" by Jurassic 5.

My neck will hurt from strain brought on by the weird angle imposed by TT positioning.

For the same reason, my butt wont even be on the seat and therefore not in any pain.

There will be sweat pouring out of me.

I will be pissed because the 65 year old just passed me.

I will be at the base of the one hill wondering if it is faster to stand or stay aero.

I will have a stripe of black staining the back of my jersey from all the water on the course.

You will be getting fat.

Snail Dik

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Similar Experiences

As a few know, I had the pleasant experience of being stuck in LA when the cold winds of a snow storm blew into Denver. It started with a 5:30 am wakeup call from Anne where, I quote, "Greg, you've got a problem." Indeed, I have only been sleeping for 3 hours, my head hurts, I'm hung over and there is no way in hell that the skateboard that I drive is gonna navigate the ten feet of snow that Denver got.

So, after a couple hours of fanagling, shuttling from Burbank to LAX, I was on my way to Phoenix. I figured, closer to home and I could get back to Denver before Thursday (which is when the counter agent said she could get me there from Burbank). This is a photo of me in the Supershuttle on the way to LAX.

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It looks startlingly like Hincapie on the pave of Northern France, but I assure you, this is me.

So, I have finally made it home. My fat ass is sufficiently covered in lard which is perfect for tomorrow's start to the CCTT. At least the sun will be shining and the temp will be pushing 70 degrees. Rock on brothers. I can hardly wait for the PAIN.

The one good thing is I can take out all of my weekend frustrations on the pedals.

Snail Dik

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Pedal'r Group Ride

Rode at 7:00 this morning with the crew from Pedal'r (8 - 12 people). Mostly good riders. I was thinking about just spinning through a relaxing recovery ride after the miles I have logged in the past 8 days, but you know how it is when you get going in a pack of guys. I took some big pulls through Chatfield and shredded the group. Outsprinted the one guy still hanging on my wheel to Titan Road. I was a bit cooked on the way back through the park after all that effort, but still made it back to the dam near the front. It was a good group and a fun ride. They meet every Saturday morning at 7:00 at either the Wildcat or County Line store depending on the week (more details on their site). Also, Ed the owner rescued me this morning by letting me snag some cold weather gear before the ride since I left much of mine at work Friday. Ed's a champ. He also hooked me up with some great new stuff for my ride that you will see next time we pound the pedals together.

I'm on the way back. Logged 200 miles in the past 8 days. I'll be out of commission for a little while between snow and work, but happy to be back on the bike more. Good luck to the CCTT crew.

Ridus Interruptus

Apparently, I have one of two problems. I push too many watts, or I'm so slow my chain rusted while I rode. Either way, I headed out to Chatfield today. During the 3rd interval up the dam road, the gears started popping on the rear cassette. I did one more interval after a minor adjustment, and then rode over the top to add a little flat stuff.

Going over the next hump after the dam road, the chain started jumping again, but this time worse. I stopped to check it out, and guess what? I actually broke one of the pins holding my chain together. It was only barely hanging on, probably would have completely snapped with the next heavy force.

I nursed it back to BikeSource and got a quick repair (got time to see the Cervelo P3 SL, very sweet). $3.14 later, it rides like before, without skipping the gears. Since the gears have been bugging me for a while, I wonder how close I have been to a complete disaster. Imagine standing up, hammering hard, and breaking the chain... my voice rises just worrying about it.

Imagine if that would have happened during the CCTT.

Friday, April 08, 2005

pavé

The other day Roodlicht and I got into a discussion about pavé and just what it is. We all know that several sections of pavé are included in this weekend's Paris-Rubaix race. In fact, the trophy for winning this race is a piece of pavé.

Being our resident euro, Redlight informed me that this stuff is brutal to ride. Your bike bounces all over the place, it slides, you puncture, its gritty. Apparently Redlight has ridden quite a bit of pavé when he lived in Belgium and a long section was right out his front door.

I dug up a photo from the net of one section from the Paris-Rubaix race.

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Yikes. How would you like to go full bore over this? Can you imagine a full ride on this junk?

Supposedly the discovery Channel team has a new bike with a suspension system to even out the pounding. What is even more curious is that I read they might not even ride Paris-Rubaix this weekend. Something about the toll it might take on the team. Now that would be a drag.

As for me, I would love to take a run on pavé for one reason; to say that I have done it. Bob Roll recommend riding all of the pavé sections of Paris-Rubaix, just not all at once. Maybe someday.

Snail Dik

wanna try this???

"A few years ago, my 1200-watt maximum in a sprint was still enough to win," he noted. "Now, you probably need 1300."


That would be Zabel talking. Man, I don't create enough watts to light a flashlight for more than a few seconds.

Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. Since it looks like snow, we should be good to sit and watch them roll.

Hammerson Commute Update

Took Thursday off after the fiasco on Wednesday night. By the way, I ended up with 51.1 commute miles on Wednesday (should have been 43.6 - see earlier comment).

Resumed my cycling commute on Friday. What a glorious morning. Woke up sleepy, but the pistons were strong. Made the trip from Casa de Hammerson to the cash register building in a blistering 1:03.00, shaving 11 minutes off my time from Wednesday. Averaged 21.0 mph for the 21.7 mile trip, despite dodging goose poop, buses, slower cyclists and the law. I'm back baby! The Haagen Dazs last night must have helped.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

More Speculation

As rabid fans, it is always intriguing to speculate on what is going on with the "titans" of our sport. That being said, SI has an article today laying out the reasons that LA may bail on Pro Cycling after the Tour. In fact they reference a quote from Gazzetta.

SI.com - More Sports - Armstrong: Retirement is a possibility after Tour de France - Thursday April 7, 2005 1:10PM: "'Four more months and it's over ...,' the 33-year-old was quoted as saying in Gazzetta dello Sport."

Personally, I think if he does, Bob Roll might just kick his butt. Roll went on to a 10 year career on the Mountain bike Circuit. But then again, LA doesn't need the dough and Bobke did. The bigger question will be if OLN will still cover cycling once LA bails. If I were running the cycling section of OLN, I might be working hard on ways to make the sport more than just LA coverage. Get people interested in the other American riders; something to root for when LA is gone.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Drive By, Body Pierce

With such glorious weather and the daylight savings demons working to make longer days, I had to take a run at Monarch tonight. In so doing, I knew that I would be battling the white minivans in low light conditions.

With the blessing of my lovely wife, I launched at a little after 6 pm. What follows is the download from my watch. You will notice that lap two is timed from the stop sign at Saddle Ranch.


Lap Time Lap Time HR Max Avg Min Dist min/mile
1.0:01:17.3 0:01:17.3 150 148 128 117 0.3 6:44
2.0:59:56.3 0:58:39.0 176 182 174 144 19.7 4:47
3.1:01:03.5 0:01:07.2 148 173 162 148 0.3 5:25

Yeah baby.

So what's with the title? Our friend Beck was singing this song in my head as I ticked on the X1's.

Jib better start riding harder or he will never catch me.

Snail Dik

Hammerson off the Couch and Biking to Work!

I still ate Haagen Dazs last night, but I have formally decided to get my form back (such as it is). As Dirt (LPBM) mentioned I did ride 45 - 50 miles with he and Redlight on Saturday, and I have done various outdoor rides between November and March. No basement or spin class work so far though. Taking it nice and easy. Still working on peaking for October 23rd in Austin.

So, I dusted off my carbon steed and took her to work today. A nice 21.8 mile cruise from Casa de Hammerson to the Wells Fargo Center (cash register building) downtown. Dodged a few walkers, dogs and buses on the way, but on the whole a relatively uneventful ride. The thermometer was hovering at 30 degrees when I left, but it was not uncomfortable. I did reach and maintain outlaw speed (20+ mph) on the Platte River trail, but avoided ticketing. Looking forward to the warmer weather on the trip home. A nice 43.6 miles of training/commute for the day. Now if Mother Nature will cooperate, I will be getting some serious training miles in during the week.

Look out Cherry Creek TT boys, you might be seeing more of my ass soon (look further up the road). Out!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Lookout Mountain Hill Climb

Saturday, April 30, our group starts at 11:00AM. This is a 4.5 mile sprint, with 1200 feet elevation gain. Be prepared to run above maximum HR the entire ride if you want to stay with the group. You'll never feel closer to being Lance than this one (or at least O'Grady in the grupetto...)

Anyone interested?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

More money than brains...

While I have heard this said about me, my current sad financial situation makes me wonder if I have any braincells at all...

Anyway, I digress. I rode at Chatfield today. Dead in the middle of an interval, I pass this guy walking. I finished my interval, looked back, and none of the three following riders stopped to check on him. I actually turned around, and it turns out he had a flat.

So here's the story. The dude is about 50 years old, riding a sweet Kestrel Evoke with all carbon parts. Shimano Dura Ace, Fizik Arione seat, and that's where it ENDS... NO cages, no camelback, no pouch under the seat with repair gear, nothing in his pockets, no phone... And he rode in from downtown.

So I let him have a repair patch (didn't think he deserved a tube), and he used my tools to change the tire. He said "Nice litespeed, I rode one two before this bike". He had no idea how to change a tire, got the inner tube all twisted, but the patch was on. Then he proceeds to use a CO2 catridge and pop the tire off the rim. Finally, he's up and running, wondering about the air pressure (I'm thinking he better ride, or I'm getting pissed.)

Anyway, Keith O'Neil, next time you may consider some fluids and a patch kit... otherwise, I'm not sure you're worthy of that ride and I'll have to steal it.

"Bluenen" again

Although his picture shows less of the blue that forced his name, Bluenen rode off the front and won solo at the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

He definitely is "snel", not "dik"

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Who the heck is Jib???

Positively brilliant ride today. Me, Redlight and Jib (more on the new name later) tore into a 48 mile blast up to Cherry Creek this afternoon. It’s April 2 and we were granted a day of 65 degrees with a lot of wind. Aaaah, Spring time in the Rockies.

With so many miles ridden it is easy to get callous towards a meaningless early season ride. You might ask, “What is so special about miles 10,243 to 10,290?” To this I answer that there is uniqueness to each ride. Something that you can’t predict or even anticipate occurring usually does.

Today was no exception. It started like any other; Peacocks on the porch bitching about why they were going to suck today. “I’ve ridden hard the past 4 days and am gonna be terrible today” “I didn’t get any sleep” blah blah blah. In true Peacock fashion, Redlight’s wife witnessed it all.

Off we rode. The wind sucked and required more effort that I wanted to give. Along the way, Jib informed us that he had just received sponsorship from Hagen Daaz. Something about being a poster child for off-season blah and a need to fill oneself with lactose based carbs.

After dodging pissed Chevy drivers, wicked intersections and the usual spate of hateful minivan pilots, we rolled into the glorious track that is Cherry Creek. I’m not sure what happen to Jib at this point, but Redlight and I took to the aero-bars with the intent of crushing our legs across the TT course. With the head wind, this really, really hurt.

While I kept Redlight in sight, he clearly was stronger today. Even though I made a wrong turn, I think Redlight was 30 seconds faster across the course. More important were the improvements that we both made in dealing with the turn around. For those unfamiliar, the CCTT route turns around in a parking lot on the north end of the reservoir. No big deal except for the variable radius of the turn and the concern for sand somewhere in the turn around. Bottom line, you are not comfortable going full on in this weird turn.

At the end of the ride Redlight and I both did our obligatory turns of coughing our lungs out. I think that Jib was mildly amused. Seems that the aero position and self hatred produced a pace that Jib couldn’t hold for the whole course.

On the ride home we kept a very, very slow pace. It was somewhere on Dayton Drive while hiding from the wind that I realized that Jib’s ridiculously huge frame cuts all of the negative wind effects for those on his wheel. Dude is so big that he is like a sail on the Nina, Pinta or the Santa Maria; he is a Jib. As such, I hereby christen the old Hammerson the new Jib. I hope that you all enjoy his draft as much as I.

So the net of it all was an awesome 48 miles at 18.4 average pace. And while this may only be one little ride, I am left with the burning in my legs and the endorphins in my veins screaming that this was the greatest ride of all time. That is, until next time.

Snail Dik to you my friend.

Tires?

I am going to order new tires from biketiresdirect.com on monday. if you are interested in pooling an order, please check the site and send me what you want. I will place the order and you can send me the cash. This should cut down on shipping.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Meridian Crit starts Tuesday...

The Meridian Office Park ride will start this coming Tuesday. It is Tuesday and Thursday every week until October. They start at 6:00 and ride around the 2 ¼ mile circular course until 7:00. It is a rigorous ride, but anybody can jump in on a lap, and drop out when they want. It is like a crit, but no entry fee. It is great for conditioning and for developing pack skills. Come and try it!

As posted by an ACA member. It's not the greatest timing right now due to the epic time trial battle between Dirt and myself on Wednesdays. But we ought to go out as a group and try this sometime soon.

R.

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