Sunday, July 29, 2007
As happy as I am about the weekend, I am also sad. The Tour de France ended today and I am lost. I just love watching that race and don't know what I'm going to do next week. I am afraid of the withdrawls! What if I start crying while conducting an interview? Or, if out of the blue, I start talking with a British accent? This could be bad, real bad... At least my sister and brother-in-law will be in from Texas later this week so, that may soften the blow and get me through it.
In spite of the unexpected and unprecedented controversy this years race offered, the TdF is still the most incredible event in the world - bar none. I am so in awe of the dedication, focus and committment these guys have to achieve what seems to be the impossible. Both from an indiviudal and team stanpoint. At least it was that way for Discovery and Rabobank. Three weeks and over 2K miles, in weather ranging from snow and rain to strong wind and over 100 degrees is beyond my comprehension. And to think that if you are alergic to bee stings and you have to get one of those shots that keeps you from dying, the organizers will DQ you from the race! If you are wearing the Yellow Jersey when the bee decides to make you face look like a Cabbage Patch doll, you gotta make a decision real quick. Do I want to live, or, do I want to roll the dice and hope I live and keep the Yellow Jersey? Hummm, that's a tough one... About all these guys can take for pain is aspirin! These guys fall off their bikes at 35+ mph and, for the most part, get up and race again tomorrow. No pain killers, nothing! Compare that to the soccer butterflies who fall down in pain if someone gets within a foot of them and, they get carted off on a stretcher. Wimps!
I am encourage for the TdF and the future of cycling. Hopefully the cheats are getting the message and the new guard will do a better job at policing their own. As either Phil or Paul pointed out, both Vino and Ras are in their 30's and may be the last of the old guard racers who had no problem with doping. If the road cycling powers can put their collective egos aside and focus as one, the time is ripe for effective and purposeful change, and, with a peleton of willing participants backing them. Wouldn't it be wonderful to watch the race next year and not have worry if the Yellow Jersey wearer will show up for the next stage. Change is going to happen and it's going to be good.
Viva la Tour!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I've had a good training week by placing more emphasis on quality and rest. My good buddy Nordic Dave counseled me this past week and reminded me that my fitness is good because of the strong base I built over the winter and now is not the time to add mega-miles. Rest is more important than miles and hours. So, with that sage advice in hand, I have lifted the guilt monkey off my back and will focus on rest and positive thoughts during the final 2 weeks leading to Leadville on August 11th.
With my new-found guilt free attitude in hand, Kevin Nelson and I went on a 4 hour MTB ride today in the Park City area, and had a blast. We did a fun loop that had a lot of variety with plenty of time to chat. The loop included part of Lost Prospector, Round Valley and Somewhere Elks, Glen Wilde and back to Round Valley. Kevin's a great riding partner that I have enjoyed many, many hours racing, training and traveling with over the past 3 years. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someday he'll feel sorry for me and partner with me on a multi-day stage race. That's a good reason for me to stay fit. One day out of the blue he'll call and say he's ready, so, I have to be prepared. I'll rationalized my training obsession any way I can ;-)
That's it for today. Tomorrow is my last long ride on the road. I've pared it down to 4-5 hours instead of the scheduled 7, per Dr. Nordic Dave.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
My recovery from the 12 hour race is coming along nicely. I've decided to stop racing on the weekends and cut back on the intensity during the week. I'll rely on the fitness I have been working on the last year and concentrate of rest and recovery. If Leadville goes well, then that strategy is a good one. Stay tuned for the outcome on that one too.
This weekend is the E-100 50 mile solo in Park City. I have a couple friends that will be toeing the line and wish them good health and good speed.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I don't know, it must be the dog days of summer that have drained my energy and challenged my typically positive spirit. It's so hot and dry I don't want to move off the couch! Thank God for the Tour de France. I have Leadville in 4 weeks, but the way I feel now I won't even be able to drive there, let alone ride 100 miles at 12,600 feet!
I'm heading out the door for an early morning spin with Dwight Hibdon & Kevin Nelson for what is scheduled to be an easy road ride. I'll write more later and add some pics.
The easy spin was just that. How refreshing!!! We stayed in the small ring and talked for 3 hours. Now that's fun riding. Kevin sucker punched me on the hill sprint behind the Capitol, otherwise we were very docile and honorable all morning.
Kevin pulled and all-time 1st today. No, it wasn't some spectacular riding feat, it was, well, it was Kevin! He punctures his front tire and puts in a new tube. Unbeknownst to him, it has a faulty valve and all the CO2 rushed out. He then puts in a second tube that has too short a stem that barely sticks through the rim, so he can't inflate the tube. Then he then puts in a 3rd tube and snaps the stem in half! Seriously, he snaps the metal stem completely in half. Now we are out of tubes and only 20 minutes into the ride and Kevin's tire is still flat. Fortunately, Dwight had a temporary quick patch he put on the original tube and that held for the next 2.5 uneventful hours.
All in all it was a great Sunday ride with two good friends. Thanks guys and GIRJ...
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Check out the water splash! It took Kevin about 20 times just to get 1 shot, but it was a good one. Don't quit your day job Kev.
I may have to pass on Saturday's race if this keeps up.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday was the Logan Joy Ride which was run on a hot, dry, dusty 5 mile circuit through the trees and meadows of Sherwood Hills. My group had a good turnout and I rode to a surprisingly strong third place finish behind Roger Gillespie and Mark Enders. My Grand Masters teammates Dwight Hibdon and Bill Dark finished 4th and 5th so MadDog Cycles was well represented. Next week is the Snowbird Mountain Bout which is no more than a lung and leg busting 20 minute climb starting at 8,000 feet followed by a hair raising 5 minute downhill that has some of the scariest double track on the ICUP circuit. Because of that, the turnout is usually low. I've won my group the last 4 years but may pass this year to get more miles in for the Leadville 100 in August. Of course, I may change my mind at the last minute. After all, that race is a great high intensity 3x20 interval workout.
Today I rode with Dwight from Hogle Zoo to Henefer. We worked the climbs pretty well and kept a steady pace for the 70 mile, 4+ hour ride. Dwight helped me with my high speed descending since I turn into a woosey when the speed-o-meter hits 40 mph. I hit 44 which brought a big smile, after I stopped! We got a 0700 start and beat the wind and heat. I'm glad for that because I was still tired when I got home and spent the afternoon watching Stage 1 of the Tour de France where Robbie McEwen came out of nowhere to win the sprint and the Wimbeldon Gentleman's Final where Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in 5 set nail biter to win his 5th straight Wimbeldon title. Both were incredibly exciting and a great way to recover from a hard ride.
Friday, July 6, 2007
This has been a good week of training, even in the heat. Saturday will be my last ICUP race for the 2007 season since I need to get more weekend miles in. Ed Chauner does a great job putting together one of the best, if not the best, mountain bike race series in the country. If you like to ride fast challenging trails, treat yourself and do one of these races.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Bionic Dave and Momma Lynda, the hottest team on the planet. After stage one they were ripping it. After stage 4 they are still on top and putting serious hurt on the competition. I've ridden with these guys and they are seriously fast and strong. Uphill, downhill, broken collarbones, it doesn't matter, they'll rip your legs off! Way to go guys.
OK, now my juices are flowing. Is there anyone out there that wants to do the BC Bike Race, or the Trans Rockies with an over 50 guy? 80+, 100+, male duo, co-ed duo I'm good to go. I promise I'll train hard and we'll make a serious run. eMail me and let's get it going for 2008.