Friday, July 25, 2014

FasCat Athlete Update

Lots of action from my FasCat athletes lately.

Scott B. has been doing a great job. He won the Lodi criterium before heading off to Cascades to take part in the Cat 2 race. He placed in the top 10 in the Time Trial and followed that up two days later with a third place in the criterium. He is well on track for his bigger goals at Masters Nationals in September. Scott B is on a little bit of a rest before his last big build up for Nationals.

The winning podium for Scott! 

A solid 3rd place podium at the Cat 2 Cascade Criterium for Scott

Another rider who has been doing an outstanding job of late is John G. His podium streak is continuing. At the Salida Cat 3 TT he finished 2nd and then in the Masters 35 + Cat 3 road race in Salida he finished off in a strong 3rd place. John had the legs to win the race just needed to do things tactically different. Once you are strong enough to win races you have to learn how to win races. He has a few more chances this year.

Paul S. who is in his preparation for the cross season came away with a victory in a weekly off road race. His build is going very well. Paul is coming off a hard training camp up in the Northern Georgia mountains where he did 1300 TSS in 7 days! He had some much needed rest after that and is now responded very well to the training.

Another cross racer who is building for the cross season later this year is Sean B. He did a local mountain bike race for some good intensity training. He ended up finishing 3rd in his wave. This is without having done any race specific intervals or high intensity training yet. He will be doing that soon enough though as the cross season is approaching.

Dave B has begun his preparation for Masters Nationals TT. After building much of the early season on the TT bike for the State Championships he took a bit of break on the TT bike and now is back on it. He walked away two weekends ago with another double victory weekend, one in the 20km and one in the 40km.

Another rider who deserves a little praise is Michael N. He just got is Cat 3 upgrade and has been going through some growing pains. But he is hanging tough. He scored an awesome 8th place in the Cat 3 race at Salida and finished in the top half in the criterium which was held in adverse conditions. He would have had a good road race if he hadn't snapped his chain in the first 6 miles. Look for Michael to improve as the year goes on and he gains experience in the Cat 3 field.

It is another big weekend for my FasCat athletes. One event of note will be higher then any other as racers will be racing up Mt. Evans in Colorado this weekend. It is the one event I wanted to do when out there but won't be able to make it. Good luck to my athletes competing in the event. Look for updates next week.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

FasCat Tour Plan: Day 1 - Field Test

I've decided to keeps things interesting this month so I will complete FasCat's Tour De France plan written by co worker Carson. He built a program based on the stages in the Tour and the demands. Of course everything is cut down in duration and intensity so the average person with a job and a family can complete it.  Here is a link of the plan on Velonews. http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/06/training-center/on-the-bike/tour-training-plan_333135


Today was the 20 minute Field Test. I'm not one who really likes to do these. I always have an idea of what my threshold is through riding. I've been assuming lately that my FTP is around 340 watts.

 Here in central Indiana there is no 20 minute climb. So to keep things more interesting during this I made a 20 minute loop. This way the wind would always be coming from a different direction, I'd have 4 corners to break things up, and I can always go out and retest on same loop.

 So I went out and cruised for a while and included a 5 minute effort at tempo for warm up. Well after the test my average for 20 minute was 348 watts. But I got caught by some construction and had to slow for 30 seconds with only a 94 watt average. When I cut that out and took at my average it came out to be 356 watts making my threshold right at 340. Dang I'm smart. Yeah maybe I could have gone a little harder, but that is pretty much what I was thinking. Not bad for inconsistent training in the month of June.  

I happened to weigh myself this morning and I was 142 lbs or 64.5 kgs so for watts per Kilogram that puts it at 5.51

Strava Link: http://app.strava.com/activities/160836011

Tomorrow is an off day in the plan. YES! Then it will be 24 days straight of riding. I will be riding on the rest days as they do that in the Tour as well. Hopefully I can make it through the plan successfully and don't have an hiccups. But again I have other priorities such as family and work, but I will try. 


















Rode int he new FasCat kit. Pretty stylish.



Always fun to see Personal Records after you hit save on the Garmin.

Breeze On

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June 28th / 29th Weekend Review

Something new coming to my blog. I'm really hoping to find time to do this. As I have started coaching full time I have a lot of athletes accomplishing big goals. I'd really like to share most of these as they have worked very hard to accomplish these. Being half way through the year there already have been many, but I guess I will just have to start now.

This past Saturday was the Colorado State Time Trial Championships. I had a few athletes take part with quite some success. In the Masters Category 4 45+ Terry G. finished on the podium in 3rd place and Kevin E. had a strong ride as well with a top 10 finish in the 36 rider field. Then in the Category 3 race John G. finished in 2nd place, he was only 30 seconds off the pace in the 40km race. He improved on his time from last year by 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Another event this weekend in Colorado was more then a race, it was for Charity. It was the MS150 ride. The route took riders from Denver up into Fort Collins. I had a couple of riders doing this. One was Steve S. Not only was this his first every century, but he completed it in 5.5 hours! He had only planned on doing the Buff Classic in August as a goal. He started just riding last year and actually got the bug to race this year and has completed in two races of late. The other rider to complete the ride was Earl T. His goal was to be faster then last year and not get dropped by his friend. He is in his 60's and his goal was to finish Saturday's ride in under 8 hours. Not only did he do that, but he did it in under 6.5 hours! Earl's big goal is a few weeks with completing the Mt. Evans Hill Climb in under 3 hours, which he as been within 10 minutes of in training twice this year.

Another rider of mine, Kevin K., had a goal of competing in the Blood Sweet and Gears. It is a 100 mile ride in North Carolina. He had been doing great in training and making improvements after coming back from an injury in March. Unfortunately he came down with a sickness the week before and wasn't a 100% came the day of the event. He still managed to fight through it to finish strong.

Across the pond I have been working with an athlete, Erik L. who's goal was competing in a 200 km team race. Their goal was to finish the race in under 5.5 hours. Not only did they break that time by 19 minutes but Erik was one of the strongest on the team. He has been absolutely killing the training. He has one of the new Garmin Virb cameras and has sent me a few videos of him training over there. They have been pretty neat.

Eric appears to be all smiles crossing the line. 

Closer to home Michael J. finished just off the podium in 4th place in a criterium in California. He is one race away from getting his Cat 4 upgrade. 

There are endurance riders then their are true endurance riders. Mike J. is a different type of athlete then I am use to coaching. He is into off road, gravel endurance racing. His longest event this year was nearly 400 miles and he completed it in just over 40 hrs, only a couple of those were sleeping. This past weekend was a short event for him at 180 miles. He ended finishing on the podium in 3rd place. 30 riders started the event and only 6 were able to complete it. 


Here is Mike at the finish. Apparently it was pretty muddy in the beginning. 

If you thought racing two crits in one day was challenge try doing a 40km individual time trial and a 40 km team time trial in one day. That is exactly what Scott Bromstead did. In his 40km time trial he was able to finish 5th in his age group. On the day he had done 80 km's of time trialing! That is a quick way to 180 TSS. 

Lot's of good racing to come from my FasCat athletes with some big goals coming up. The big ones this month include the Salida Omnium, Silver Rush 50 and Mt. Evans Hill Climb. Of course there are others and a few goals to be reached. Great job guys and keep up the hard training! 

Breeze On

Monday, April 14, 2014

Redlands

I guess it's better late then never. It has been over almost exactly a week now but I finally have time sit and write a few things. And even say that there is plenty of other things I could be doing. Like analyzing weekend power files, writing programs and putting together new baby things. I guess Monday will be busy.


Riding the rollers on Monday at work. 


Pinning up numbers for the first big race of the year

I flew out of Boulder late Tuesday night after working and having dinner with my wife and father in law as they were visiting Boulder. Tuesday afternoon I did get to do a nice staff ride with Frank and my roomate Tucker. It was nice to get one last one in before heading to the race and back to Indy afterwards. I arrived to the airport with plenty of time and even more time as my late flight was delayed. New arrival into Ontario was 11:15 pm. By the time I got the host house and in bed I had a solid 10 hours to sleep, eat and get ready for stage 1.


Team director Frey all smiles the first day. He wasn't that happy at midnight picking me up from the airport. Nobody would have been. 

I went into stage 1 just wanting to get some racing in and feel it out. It was a fairly technical with a short punchy climb and a downhill with a few corners. Luckily the roads were relatively wide and the spitting rain never came pouring down long. Luckily things settled down a bit after the neutral start and a break went up the road. Pretty much just went around in circles from there. I felt surprisingly good for being my first race in over a month. Our new team member Brecht felt really good as well and got a solid top 10.


Our European contingent. Matt on the left, Brecht on the right. 

The second day was the time trial up at Big Bear. There were rumors swirling that this might be cancelled because of snow up there and on the pass driving up. Luck enough for us the weather turned out to be quite spectacular. My race went exactly like last year. I had practically the same power, same time and same equipment.


The drive up to Big Bear.


I rode in the front with Max on the way down. I sat in the back on the way up and felt horrible on the drive up and for about an hour afterwards. It was way more miserable then the TT.

The third day was the long Beaumont Road Race Stage. On tap was 120 miles. The plan for me was just to wait till the last lap and make the front group, but I'd decided to help my teammates early and cover moves. I got up there with Ryan and started going for the move. It took a while but I went hard in the beginning of the third lap and got a group going. It was a little big and some were sitting on and some would skip turns. Very incohesive. We still managed to get up to 5 minutes, but by the last lap everyone dicked around enough for us to get caught 7km from the finish. Brecht finished off strong again with another top 10.


Morning ride before the criterium. I was a little disappointed in Matt. He seems to have lost his Euro flair as he wasn't wearing leg warmers. Last year he wore them when it was 75, this morning it was maybe 60. 


Come to sunny and warm southern California they say. I think I wore long sleeves every day but the last. At least it was mostly dry. 

The fourth day and my least favorite was the criterium. After spending a lot of energy in the break the day before and the racing adding up I was a bit worried about how I would feel. Luckily it was the best I've felt in a criterium in a while. It might have been a little easier as Max got in the break early and we could just sit back and roll it. The break actually stayed away and Max finished 5th.

Sunday brought the famous Sunset Road Race. It is one of the if not the toughest circuits in the US. The race starts with two short crit laps which have points on the line each lap then KOM points with time bonuses the first time up the climb on the circuit. The race of course started fast and by the first time over the KOM the race was split into many groups. Through the feed zone it did settle down, but the field continued to whittle down as normal each lap. By halfway through there may have been 60 riders left (half). We still had three with Matt, Cortlan and myself.


They had a good live stream of the race and Maddy was watching. Glad I got out front so she could see that I was actually racing. 


Hoping a group would come across and help out a bit. 

A break eventually went but the pace never let up and the 4 guys didn't get much time. They were caught with 2.5 circuits remaining. Once they were caught I ended up getting off the front. I was hoping for a group to come up to me. I went down the hill and made it over the KOM alone with 1 guy chasing. Unfortunately he and I didn't have much of gap and it came back just before the feedzone. I recovered on the downhill to make it over in the group the last time and to the closing circuits. I wasn't able to do much the rest of the race. Every since I did Redlands the first time in 2005 I wanted to be able to get through and race this race. I never got back until last year and flatted out but it felt good to be there this year.

Our host house was pretty amazing and made us some great dinners. They were also out at the races cheering us on. Nothing better then steak tacos after a hard week of racing. 

That night we went to hotel airport as most of us had early flights. We hung out for a while at the hotel bar that night and had a good time. Some of us also had some giant pieces of cake. Mine was carrot so it's ok it was healthy! 

Now am back home in Indy waiting on the arrival of Carolyn Rose. Should only be a few weeks. I'll be racing this Friday in Winston Salem as long as we don't have an early arrival

Breeze On

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Redlands

Redlands starts tomorrow!

Things are a little different this year. Last year I had left a two week long training camp and showed up to Redlands a few days early. This year I will be showing up a few hours before. Last year I did a pre race ride on the Sunset Course. This year my pre race ride was our lunch ride at work. Although I do have to say the ride was pretty awesome and we even stopped for lunch afterwards! Last year we picked up Erik Hamilton to guess ride for us. This year he is our mechanic. Last year it was 4 stages this year it is 5. My mind is blown!

I can't wait to meet my new teammates for the first time at the breakfast table tomorrow or even not until the pre race meeting an hour before the start. Luckily with our new Youtube page I know what they look and sound like.














Our unofficial team photo last year on the Sunset course. 

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In the break at Redlands my first year as a pro

I can't believe with how long I've been racing that I've only done Redlands twice. I did it my first year as a pro and last year. I'm really looking forward to the Sunset Loop Road race this year. It is one of the better race course of the year. Hopefully the training and living at altitude has helped.

You can watch Saturdays criterium and the finish of the Sunset Loop this weekend on Velonews. >>

Frank has seemed to be worried that I haven't done any races this year before. He must have forgot I did the Carter Lake Road Race on February 23rd. Also every ride I do is like a race just as Tucker. Wish us luck.

Breeze On

Monday, March 31, 2014

Work. On a Weekend!?!

Well I did get a team camp this year. This past weekend we had a special camp for FasCat Athletes only. We did threshold test, bike fits, had presentations, power analysis, and of course some fantastic riding.

Friday we did a ride in the early afternoon. The first two hours were easy and relatively flat. Some had just flew in and did a threshold test so it was a nice way to ease into it. Then for the few brave souls who wanted me more, we did more. We headed straight up Old Stage over to Lefthand and back up and over Lee Hill. This third hour wasn't so nice and the campers got an appetizer of climbing. Everyone seemed to stretch the legs out a bit.











Rolling the Flats outside of Boulder


















Coach Tucker and I excited after the first days ride. 














Dinner the first night at 4580 next to FasCat. Steak and Frites. So Euro!

Saturday we headed out as a group back to Lefthand Canyon. This time we headed all the way up the nearly 4,000 foot climb to Ward. Clothes were stripped off immediately at the bottom. Then they were immediately put back on at the top as the temperature was a good 20 degrees colder and the wind was blowing. But the ride from there is almost all downhill back to Lyons. Once in Lyons we had Cokes and treats as we regrouped. Then we headed back to FasCat the long way. It was nearly a 4 hour adventure. Some even didn't get enough and rode out to Sunshine and did 4 more miles of climb.















On the Peak to Peak Highway above Ward. Yeah it's a little colder and winder up there this time of year.

Sunday we rolled easy for a good 20 mile warm up before tackling one of Boulders most famous climbs, Flagstaff. Everyone put what they had left into the climb and emptied the tank. There are some extremely fast FasCat athletes. I took a bit of short cut so I could meet them on the climb and snap some pictures so they could remember the moment. Most of them even had energy to smile!













My coworkers and I on Flagstaff. Matti is missing as he had to go find an athlete who missed the turn off and did SuperFlag.

I can't believe I get paid to do this.

Breeze On

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Year Ago

What a difference a year makes? A year ago today I was in a van driving to Redlands, California with Matt Green and Andy Buntz. We didn't exactly start from Indianapolis as the previous weekend we were in southern Florida which we had driven to the week before. But anyways...

We ended up stopping here in Boulder, Colorado for some mountain training and take a few days rest from the drive. At that time I had no idea I would be living there in a year. I could have dreamed it, but could never really imagine it being a possibility.

We also picked up Erik Hamilton in Boulder who was guess riding for us at Redlands. Now he is our mechanic. We will now have the fastest mechanic.

Andy checking on the route. Yup still a long way to go!

Matt and Andy watching a movie to help pass some of the 30 +hours

Obligatory picture of the arch heading west. 

Riding i n Boulder. Lefthand canyon. One of the best roads.
But with the recent huge floods half the road has been washed away
and is mostly dirt in a few mile section. The people up here
have went through a lot with the destruction. 


Riding up Lee Hill. Just over my shoulder is where
I work. I've now done this climb numerous times

Stopping for pictures on the drive.





















Now instead of leaving a week before Redlands I am flying out hours before the start. I will be flying out Tuesday night and racing Wednesday early afternoon. This last weekend in Boulder will be busy. My wife is flying in with her father and we are looking at places to live, daycare, doctors, schools, and etc. I also have the FasCat Athlete Training Camp Friday thru Sunday. Then I want to finish off some work on Monday and be ready to go straight back to Indianapolis after Redlands and prepare for the birth of my second child.

Breeze On

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last Weekend

This past weekend was my last quiet weekend. From here on in it will be good times. My roommate Tucker went away for Spring Break so I had the place to myself. It was the weekend of Jake. It sort of reminded me of an old Seinfeld episode, "The Summer of George" (watch from 1 minute in)

 

I could walk around naked, watch what I wanted on TV, eat Oreos and not be judged, and drink milk straight from the carton. Of course the only one of those things I did was eat Oreos. 

I dropped Tucker off at the airport on Wednesday and had his car to get back and forth to work while he was gone. I was able to rock out to some sweet music. This is still one of my favorites. 


On that day my new kits came in. I love getting new clothes. They look pretty similar to last year but at least this year we did get tall socks. Thanks Matt for getting that correct this year! Got to hide those kankles. Thanks to Pactimo again for providing us with stellar kits. 


So what did I exactly do for my free weekend. Well Saturday the weather wasn't conducive to training. I was able to sneak out early before the snow and do a quick hour. Well I didn't beat the snow as the last 20 minutes it had started, but I did beat getting wet and that is all that really matters. After the ride I couldn't think of a better lunch to have then one of my favorites growing up, grilled cheese and tomato soup. 


I think I was in bed by 8 pm just watching TV. The ride and lunch were the exciting part of my day, neither of which were really exciting.  

Sunday I was able to get out for a longer ride which was nice. It got pretty warm. I was going to ride to Boulder do a climb or two and then check out the local criterium. Well I got on Lefthand Canyon, one of the long climbs and just decided to go all the way to the top. Once on the top I could cut across on the Peak to Peak Highway to Coal Creek which would take me downhill 25 miles to home. 

Once up  on the Peak to Peak  at 9,000 feet the temperature was quite a bit colder but luckily I had the proper clothes with me. Again I was riding in snow, but it was just from the blowing so not to bad. I stopped in Nederland for some drinks and a Snickers. When I unclipped this happend. 


My Speedplay cleat had ripped out of the plastic piece that holds it to the shoe. Uh now what? I'm kind of far from everything and everybody. Even though I was 18 miles from Boulder, it was 18 miles downhill. I knew Jason was racing the criterium and it was a late start, so I figured if I could get there he'd be able to give me ride. So I headed down the canyon. I could get my cleat to hold a bit in my show if I didn't move to much. But I couldn't stop pedaling. Every time my foot came off the pedal I would tell myself to stop pedaling you dueche. But then I would continue pedaling. This went the whole way down. 

Eventually I was able to make it to the race and Jason gave me a ride home. After showering and making chicken tacos the weekend was over. The last weekend of nothing was basically that. I can't wait for the next few weekends. FasCat athlete camp, Redlands, home, Winston Salem, maybe Joe Martin or Gila, New Baby! and that takes me to the first weekend of May. Lots to come

Breeze On 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Successful Failure

Sunday turned out to be a much better day. I had a great ride out to Boulder and enjoyed over 9000 ft of climbing. The best part of the ride was that as it went on clothes kept coming off. Unlike the previous day where we ended it snow, Sunday we ended in shorts and jersey. 

Post Sunday's ride recovery drinks. A proud Michigander as you can see. 

Monday's attire included my St. Patrick's Day Shirt. To bad I wasn't around for the festivities at Coonan's Irish Pub back in Bay City. 

The last 12 hours have been a bit of a successful failure. I've kitted up twice to go for a ride but haven't completed one. Yesterday I felt completely exhausted but still managed to get dressed. I asked Tucker if he was riding and after waffling he said no. So I said alright either am I, let's head home. I was in bed by 7:30. But before bed I Facetimed with Madelyn and she was confused why I was in bed, yet it was light out the window? But after waking up this morning and feeling 100% better then all day yesterday I knew I made the right decision. 

Then today Tucker is flying out for spring break so he wanted to get one last ride in. So I got dressed to ride in the morning as well. But once we got to Boulder it was only 25 so again I backed down and decided I should have plenty of time to ride after dropping him off at the airport this afternoon when it is in the 50's. Wish me luck. 

Breeze On

Saturday, March 15, 2014

New Bike

My new team bike finally arrived after a few hold ups. I still get so excited about a new bike. I mean who wouldn't be. There is nothing wrong with my current bike at all. It is a top of the line Fuji frame with Ultegra Di2, but it's almost a year old so time to move on.

Besides with the Astellas Cycling Team we have a new 3 year sponsor with Litespeed. It has been a great partnership so far and I look forward to working with them and racing on their bikes. I had planned on racing on their T5 titanium road bike, but with them being out of stock I went with the L1R. After my first ride around the block I realized I am going to be very happy with this bike. Check them out here. Litespeed is known for their Titanium bikes but they have stepped into the carbon market with some great technology. It even includes helping with making the Mars Rover. So I think it should be just fine here on Earth.



Last night I went out for a ride after work with Tucker for the maiden voyage. It was a nice easy ride but was good to get a feel for the bike. Tucker was worried about riding with me on a new bike and thinking I'd be constantly stopping and making adjustments. Clearly he doesn't know me at all. Anytime anyone made adjustments for me starting with my Dad they asked how it feels and I would 99% of the time say, "Good."  I made my measurements as I set it up and it would be good to go. Well I was wrong. I did make an adjustment to lower the saddle a bit, but I made that after the ride.



Today we went out and it was bit cooler. We went up Coal Creek which may have not been the best option with the potential of some weather moving in. I was closing in on the Peak to Peak Highway and a bit of flurry action got a bit heavier. Instead of being some kind of nut job I flipped it. I saw blue sky so knew I made the right decision. After the small hill up to the big decent off Coal Creek I saw that the clouds looked like they were moving in. Soon enough it was snowing. Then the roads were beginning to be covered in snow. I knew it would be warmer at the bottom, but I had to get there. I also knew the mile marker at the bottom was 11 but I was at 17. Oh crap 6 miles of this! Luckily it's a fairly straight forward decent and around mile marker 13 it was just wet and by 11 it was dry roads. With cold and wet feet the only option was to head straight for home. It did continue to flurry and the wind was picking up so it was good time to stop.

In bigger news just found out my roomate doesn't read blogs. What's the point of writing a blog if one of my biggest fans doesn't even read the blog. He was pretty happy to point out that he is now a published writer as his Training Tip made it onto Training Peaks. I informed him I've been a published writer for years now with my blog. 

In the biggest news my teammates have been doing pretty well racing in Arizona. Last weekend they got a 4th place finish in the Old Pueblo Crtierium and then today they had two in the top 10 and one moved up to 4th overall in the Tucson Bicycle Classic. Hopefully they finish of the stage race strong tomorrow and get on that podium. 

Breeze On

Thursday, March 13, 2014

TBT: Team Camp 2005 Advantage Benefits Endeavour

This week has been the Astellas Cycling Team camp that I have been unable to attend. Thought I'd throw it back today to the first pro team camp I ever did. It was with the Advantage Benefits Endeavour Cycling Team. 

The team was a merger between to elite cycling clubs, one out of Michigan (Advantage Benefits) and one out of Wisconsin (Endeavour). A good friend of mine Brian Sheedy saw potential in me and saw me making improvements which led me to getting a spot on the team. I don't think I realized how lucky I was to get that opportunity at the time, but seeing it now I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for that opportunity. 

We had our first half team gathering in the Chicago area as most of our team was from Michigan and Wisconsin. We met up with our director Robbie Ventura and the team manager Tom Schuler. It was only a quick night and the one thing I remember is how giddy Brent Bookwalter and myself were to get started and about the powertap wheels we were giving for training. 

Our team camp was in central California as our first two weekends of racing would be close by. The team had rented a cottage about halfway up to the Sierras in a little town called Mi Wuk Village. It was on the Sonora Pass. 


There were two ways to ride durinng camp. Either start straight uphill and finish downhill, or go downhill and finish uphill. 

The view from going up wasn't so bad. I remember sending this picture to my then girlfriend Katie saying don't worry there is snow in California as well. 

First on our agenda was the Merced Cycling classic, it was the first time we all met up out there. 


Here we are getting ready for our first big pro event. We didn't have a team vehicle yet, team bikes, or clothes! It looked like just a bunch of friends heading to the races together. Frank Pipp is giving everyone a pep talk. 


My opponent Nick Reistead during the collegiate racing became my teammate during the pro season. There was also Garrett Peltonen who rode for Wisconsin as well. The Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference was well represented. 

This camp had one of the most epic rides I've ever been on. Frank Pipp mapped it out but I don't think he even realized how hard it would be. We would start in the valley near Merced and head up into the foothills of the Sierra do some climbing before finally heading up for the cabin. 

Everything was going well in the flats and guys were even sprinting for signs. One rider was doing some Low cadence work as we rolled up to the hills. The first climb finally approached after 40 or 50 miles of riding and it was a nice 25 minute or so climb. It put a sting in the legs but everyone was good. We had a fast and long decent followed by another longer climb. We rolled at a good pace and soon guys started to get tired. 70 miles into and another decent on a very narrow road followed by another long climb. By this time guys were all over the road and we hadn't even started the final accent up to the cabin. Soon it was just Karl and myself. 10 miles to go and mostly uphill Karl looks at me and says, "Snake you are going to have to ahead with out me." I pushed on making back to an empty cabin. 10 minutes went by soon 15 and nobody yet. Finally Karl came and I asked how he was and he said he was fine after the Snickers and Coke he stopped for. Riders trickled in all with stories to tell. Two even ended up hitch hiking home after some issues. It was a great bonding moment. 

Our team kits and bikes finally arrived and we started looking really pro. 


It wasn't long after that, when we started racing like a pro team. It was our first stage race in San Dimas we worked hard to get our man Karl Menzies into a top 3 overall. With a good time trial result I was also able to place in the top 10 overall in my first pro stage race. But it really was amazing how quickly we raced together as a team and took on the top team in the country at the time in Health Net. The whole year the team really raced well together. It was quite amazing looking back on it. 


Breeze On



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Time maybe....

Not quite sure what season it is in Boulder. It seems to be some type of hybrid that I've never encountered before. Well at least repeatedly in a pattern. One day it is 20's and snowing and the next it is 60. Heck you could wake up to 30's and snow on the ground and by evening it will be dry and 60's.

Two examples. Friday it snowed all day and into the night (luckily not much stuck to the pavement) by mid day Saturday it was dry and 50's and on Sunday everyone was getting sun burnt in the 70 degree weather.

This morning I rode and it was almost 50 and as I write this blog at noon it is 35 and snowing. Crazy. No complaints though as there have been only a few days on the trainer recently instead of weeks / months.

Riding on Sunday and Monday in shorts and a jersey. So comfortable and enjoyable.



There was suppose to be criterium race this past weekend but it was cancelled due to the snow from the day / night before. Almost everyone knew it would be cancelled as there was no way it would be cleared up by 7:30 am (start of first race), but Tucker went ahead and made his bike race ready. I just took pictures and ate a peanut butter and jelly while he wasted his time. But like I said by the afternoon the weather was great and it turned out to be a great day for a bike ride.


After Sunday's ride Tucker and met up with some of my old college friends and their significant others, Swain and Royal. Man that was a great time. The Swains were in town on vacation while the Royals moved to Denver years ago. It was great catching up and talking a bit about the past. Tucker got to hear about how great Marian College was and the education we received. I think once he heard about the rock test he knew we went to a quality institution. 


Just a nice picture of the sun shining and the snow capped mountains. 


The Astellas boys are down at team camp in Arizona and I'm missing out. I like seeing all the updates and pictures and feel like I'm missing out. Looks like they are having a good time. Only a few more weeks till Redlands and I get to meet up with them. 

The good news is my new Litespeed bike is on the way. The bad news is for some reason it was sent to Wyoming, Michigan first by accident and had to return to Chicago before heading out this way. It should be here Thursday. Pictures and review to follow. 

Breeze On