Thursday, October 29, 2009

Longer

The long season just got longer. USPRO road race championships were moved back to September 18-19th, instead of the last week in August to first week in September. Sometimes I think having the US championships around the same time as the rest of the world would be cool. If you won you could race the rest of the season in your new jersey. All is well though as I guess you get to bring out the fresh jersey for the following season. I do enjoy racing and riding in September though as the summer heat is fading.

The rest of the racing calendar is finally coming together and there are a few new races, along with the old stand ins, which should all lead to a very exciting year.

Good to see Breezer making race bikes once again. They have always been into making bikes for transportation as that was thebicycles real purpose, and it's always a good decision to use one for that purpose. I think I wouldn't mind replacing my 1998ish Jet Stream with a new 2010 Lightning. Could we see a 2011 Venturi? For now I will stare at this.



Breeze On

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hilly Hundred Weekend

Well the big annual event that is know as the Hilly Hundred has come and gone. Ever since moving to Indiana for college this is the weekend that has marked the start of my new training season. Although since doing Iceman last year and this year it's turned into just a fantastic weekend to get some good training in as the preparation for Iceman continues. Funny thing is that one of the guys I was riding with Shawn asked after I told him I was doing Iceman if that it was the end of the 2009 or the beginning of 2010. After some thought I guess it's sort of an early kick off to 201o as my break for 2009 is over and all focus is on 2010.

The weather on Saturday wasn't quite ideal, but as long as you were moving it wasn't so bad. I had met up with Chad, his wife Whitney, and a few of our friends. It's the kind of ride that you usually don't ride hard, but is to fun to ride hard as you will find yourself passing a line of cyclist from start to finish. Like I also jokingly would tell people as I saw them on course, "No time for chit chat, working." We took the first half of the 50 mile loop rather relaxed and stayed as a group. Then stopped for some fried chicken and cookies at the stop before taking off again.

Certain circumstances led to a few of us picking the pace up a bit and before I knew it we were cruising down the road at a good clip. Arriving to the finish pretty quickly Chad and I decided to venture out for another quick 50, and a quick 50 it was. Luckily by the time we had made it back to the halfway point they had some jugs of water as I was out and needed something as the poptart I had for breakfast wasn't lasting. After that quick stop I got my second wind and we're back at the start/finish 35 minutes faster then the previous lap.

That night a friend of ours Greg and his wife had people over at the house for a get together. It was pretty awesome as they had some awesome food. Ribs, pulled pork for sandwiches, beans, coleslaw, corn muffins, cookies, and some kind of peanut butter cheese cake. I sure made up for the calories missed during breakfast, burned and then some. The rest of the evening was just a chit chat session mostly about nerdy things like biking.

The following morning after having cookies and a bowl of cereal for breakfast, Chad and I headed from Greg's to the hilly and hopped on the course and started to ride backwards to meet up with everyone who drove to the start. I can't explain how annoying it was to hear others yell out and tell us that we were going the wrong way. As if the thousands of cyclist going the other way wasn't enough of a clue. Once we met up with everyone we took it a bit easier, but soon came up on Bean Blossom, a local climb. After going up that hard it turned into much of the same as the day before. Chad I and I told ourselves we weren't going to ride hard, but we both just love it. Don't let him fool you either. I rag him alot, but he loves to go hard as much as I do, but most the time he needs someone to start for him. We make the perfect training couple. We did regroup at the halfway point for some more chicken and cookies though, just enough time for Todd Lee to switch our bottles, helmets, and gloves around on our bikes. Good one.

All in all it turned into a pretty hard weekend of training for October. Actually it would be pretty hard in July. We finished with 9hours of riding and 8200 Kj's.

So I made it home finally around 4pm on Sunday after what I considered to be my busiest week in a very, very long time. Working and riding on Monday and Tuesday leaving home at 7am home at 8pm, then riding Wednesday morning before driving to Michigan that night for funeral services Thursday and Friday, driving home Friday arriving in time for my father in laws surprise 50th, driving to the hilly on Saturday, going to Gregs party after, and finishing with the hilly on Sunday. Now I know what normal people feel like. Especially my dad who I spent Thursday with, or at least part of it as he arrived home from work at 12:30am, getting up at 8:30 am, putting my mountain bike together in the morning, going out to lunch with his brother for my dad's birthday at noon, and being back just in time to catch his ride for work at 1pm. Repeat weekly. Wow.

Breeze On

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sad News

Unfortunelty I had to make a quick trip up to Michigan last night after hearing one of our families friend had lost his long bout with cancer. Josh Jasman was diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 14 and fought a very hard battle for 5 years. He lived strong and no matter how hard things got he always looked forward. Josh has set a great example and can be inspiration to anyone on how to fight through pain and livestrong.


So while up in Michigan I decided that maybe I should get my mountain bike and start preparing for Iceman, which is only 15 days away. I headed out this afternoon and rode the trails around the State Park here in Bay City. It wasn't anything challenging, but still I could tell my handling is so out of whack. I'm hitting the stronger breaks to hard, overstearing, and creeping around corners. And all that was just trying to get out of the driveway. Luckily there's no single track at the park or I might be still there lying on the ground hurt. Ok it wasn't that bad, but I'm going to need at least 2 more days on the mountain bike, which I guess can include my preride on the course Friday.

I saw the new paint scheme for our Masi 3VC Team Issue frames for the 2010 season and they are pretty sweet. Our bikes will be geared up with Sram again which is awesome. I've grown to like it very much. If you're not on Sram maybe it's time you take the leap. Also our new team kit designs are in the final stages, I personally haven't seen them yet, but from what I hear they are going to be pretty outlandish.

Two more days till the Hilly Hundred, not to be confused with the Breezer True Hilly Hundred. This one is far more popular, less hilly, and half the distance. But they have fried chicken.

Breeze On

Coaching

I've received a couple of comments about coaching. If you are interested in coaching just send me an email. My email is jakerytlewski@gmail.com I'd love to help you out.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

tuesday

Had a substitute gig for the day. The morning started off rather different as they had an assembly in the morning. The school actually hired this act of three dancers to perform for 40 minutes. It was like watching the first additions to any reality show such as Americas Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol. I don't watch those shows, but Katie does and thats how I know. It was pretty funny and I laughed inside the whole time.

The rest of the day was horrible as it was marked by lying and annoying kids. Including the time they told me they had to leave earlier for another class before they had and basically storm the door I was standing in front of. I held my ground and let them go when it was the correct time. Then another kid asked if he could get a drink of water well over 100 times before asking if he could use the batheroom another 100 times. And this was all in a 45 minute time frame. He said he was going to go right there and I told him to do what he needed to do, and he didn't. I called his bluff. I should play poker sometime.

After school Katie wanted a snack so as I tried to cool off from my day we drove to a pizza place so she could eat some breadsticks, then headed for home.

Once home I needed to go for a ride, not because Andy put it on my schedule, but because I just needed to get out. It was a very pleasant ride and it was awesome to get out and enjoy the nice weather. I just cruised at Birdman's speed (200watts) and took it all in. It was just peaceful and pleasant and made me realize how lucky I am that this is all I have to do 90% of the year.

The best thing on my ride was seeing a boy playing with what appeared to be a giant dog from far away. As I approached I saw it was no dog at all, but a goat, yes a goat. I wasn't really in the country either, it was a western suburb of Brownsburg, just before the country, but it was a nieghborhood. There's nothing like seeing a boy and his goat.

I came home had a shower, made dinner, and plopped in my recliner with a blanket and got set for Monday night football as it was already 8pm. I made it through about half the first quarter before zoning in and out and after halftime I called it quits before taking Lucy out and heading for bed, as tomorrow is going to be another long day. I give mad props and always have to those with full time jobs and families, that can ride at a competitive level. It's no easy task.

Breeze On

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Post Daily

Is it possible to post something daily or at least semi daily. Maybe. I shall try.

Yesterday was the Breezer True Hilly Hundred. It was another exceptional ride and so glad that those who came did come out. Maybe next year someone will actually return as no one from last year showed up this year. Interesting. A real entry on this one later.

Rode early this morning. Wanted to get out earlier to be back in time for the football games, but I'm not quite ready yet to be riding in sub freezing temperatures. Waited a bit and just cut ride a bit shorter since yesterday was a big day. Of course by halftime of the Lions game it was over. Actually after the first Lions first series it was over. Still fun to hang with Katie's family at BW3 while watching the game. Katie was even in Lions apparel, which made the walk of shame more manageable as we left at halftime of a 23-0 game. Only a loving wife would do something that nice. Also I want to know when did the Vikings get so popular in Indianapolis?

Tonight Katie's mom had family night at her work. The families of the employees can come get some food and buy things at an incredible discount. Lots of them seemed to get a bit of Christmas shopping done. I've never been in a Hallmark store for more then 5 minutes let alone the 2hrs that we spent tonight. Luckily the white cream covered chocolate balls of heaven helped ease the pain.

Bed early tonight as I have the whole real job gig tomorrow, that actually isn't so much of a real job as I'm filling in for the person who holds the real job, but still I have to be there at a certain time and leave at a certain time. Substitute teaching and bike riding that's what Jake Rytlewski does.

Breeze On

Monday, October 12, 2009

Breezer True Hilly Hundred

Breezer True Hilly Hundred is this weekend (October 17th). Ride starts from Martinsville, IN at 10:30am from the Starbucks right off of highway 37. So far looks like there will be a good size group going. Weather is looking decent as well.

Here is a map and some gps info from last years ride.

Breeze On

Friday, October 09, 2009

Lame

Checking out Velonews the other day and this quote has to go right up there in the things NOT to say.

"As I looked up from my power meter after completing an interval session, I saw a runner coming right at me in the bike path."

First of all it wasn't me. I love my power meter more then most, but l I don't and recommend that you don't do intervals on a bike path. Also I don't look at my power meter on a bike path as those are what I now refer to as Birdman rides, slow and social. Third off all this was probably not a specific "bike" path, but multi trail like most. I could be wrong though.

This reminds me of one of my other favorite never say quotes during my colleges years. I will keep the name anonymous.

"As the field was coming around to lap me..."

Never a way to start off a complaint to the chief official.

Keep your eyes up and be safe.

Breeze On