Sunday, February 28, 2010

Team Camp

Made it to team camp with Rob Bush a couple of days ago. We ended up splitting the drive up a bit to make it less stressful and actually get a ride in on the way down, which was super awesome.

I've spent only a few days in Chattanooga last year, but ever since that time I've wanted to go back and ride on the climbs around the area. It just so happened to be on the way to camp and Rob and I decided to do our ride there.

Here I am at the top of the "W" climb. Pretty awesome switchbacks at the top as you can see.

We ended up with over 8,000 feet of climbing in under 70 miles. It was an awesome ride and I can't wait to get back again.

From there we continued on. We arrived in Macon on Thursday night and spent much of Friday receiving the rest of our clothes, equipment, bags, bikes, and such. Also on Friday we got our professional bike fits done by Jim Baldesere who does an amazing job. The amount of time he spends on everyone is incredible. He makes sure everyone is 100% comfortable. The process includes measurements of the whole body, tracing of the feet, lazers, levels, tweaking and shimming. It's quite the scene.

Saturday we did our first team ride. It wasn't anything super exciting, but everyone got to get on their bikes and get a feel for them. Also it was a good time to talk to the new teammates while on the bikes.

Here we are waiting and tweeting.

Some of you have already noticed that some do not have bar tap. Well they didn't want to put bar tape on before fitting as levers would be moved all around. Chad told them they could put some on, but Frankie told them to harden up and they need not to bother with bar tape. It's a luxury, not a necessity.

We have been having our team meetings every night where we have been introducing ourselves to everyone as most of the team is new. We've discussed our likes, dislikes, goals, sponsors, plan for the week, and so on. We have already met some of our great sponsors as they are here with us at camp. So far it has been Tim with Masi, Stephano with Kenda Tires, and Chris and "The Don" with Mercury.

Today some our going to a LifeTime fitness to do some V02 testing and meet with members up there to ride. While others will be staying around and doing a longer ride. I'll be doing the latter as I need some more time on the bike to get ready for Taiwan then a V02 test.

2 more days till Birdman shows up! New bike photos coming. Maybe this afternoon after ride.

Breeze On

Monday, February 22, 2010

Super Secret Training

After a week of being sick I took off in a car with my dad and headed to secret location for some training. Katie and Madelyn joined us a day later as they flew in so they didn't have to bother with the long duration in the car in search of warmer weather.

Luckily we were able to find some warm weather and sunshine. Thank you to my Aunt Denise and Uncle Rodger for letting us stay in their home.

There aren't many better ways to finish a ride then meeting your family on the beach. Like much of the country this so called location was cooler then normal, but coming from Indiana upper 50's to low 60's work for this guy. The nicest day I developed quite the sunburn which left me to cover up problem areas such as my lobster claws the rest of the week. Sunscreen will be bolded on the list of things to take to camp and Taiwan.

Got to go out riding with my dad even a couple of days for bit. He did pretty well for a guy who hasn't ridden his bike in a while. He has a method of riding really well for a week or two, then taking month or longer off.

Enjoying the sunshine. I can't wait till we get to some normal temperatures back home.

After dropping Katie and Madelyn off at the airport my dad and I jumped back into the car and headed to location #2 where I would meet up with Birdman and do some more training. I prefer this location for training way more, even though it may be cooler. It's hard to beat this type of riding though.

The wife loves the beach, while I love the mountain view. Here's my dad at the top a of 3 mile climb that averaged 10%. The last bit was a mere 20-25%. His face shows it. Although I don't know what he was complaining about, he was the one with a 34x26. Maybe he should look into a triple.

Here's Chad giving the thumbs up after the climb. 4hrs later at the top of the same climb he would be making the same gesture towards me but with a different finger. I guess you could get that way after climbing 9000ft coming from the flat lands.

The second day we joined a nice group for part of the ride and it was nice to have some company. I know Chad enjoyed it as he sat at the back being his normal chit chatty self. After an hour of riding the group told me that I was going to go a different way that had a couple of nice climbs. I tried to talk Chad into going with me, but after yesterday he was done with the big climbs. I didn't really want to do them myself, but the group basically pushed me that way and on I went. When I caught back up to them 45 minutes later the group size had myestersly shrunk in half.

The best part of the ride as Dirk showing us the local spring to fill up our bottles with. Nothing like fresh mountain water.

Now back in Indy the dream week is over. It's currently 33 with rain/mist/fog. Luckily I only need to get through 4 days of this before it's off to training camp in Macon, GA. I'm ready to get the new equipment, gear, and mostly bonding with old and new team members. Hopefully I get to daily updates at camp.

Breeze On

Monday, February 15, 2010

Got out.

Had to get out of Indiana. Couldn't handle another week of cold and snow, so I headed to Florida with Katie, Madelyn, and my dad.

This is much better.

Breeze On

Monday, February 01, 2010

MMBA Annual Meeting

So I made a quick trip up to Michigan to join a few other established Michigan racers to speak at the MMBA annual meeting. I joined Kacey Manderfield, David Williams, and Frankie Andreu.

First up was signing some autographs on cards made up by Joe Lekovish of the MBRA.

It's kind of weird to be on this side of the table. I'm so use to being on the other side and still should be with the likes of Frankie Andreu. I wanted his autograph.

Then we had a little Q&A led by Joe, and Frankie did most of the talking. He did have the most interesting things and experience. Would you rather hear about the Tour De France or Schabobele? Of course I did find Kacey's talk on the 6 days interesting, and always find those stories fascinating. Racing late into the night, and with a party atmosphere sounds like a blast. Guy East has had some good stories on those as well.

Frankie and I also talked about our plans and team goals for the upcoming Tour of Taiwan. We both talked about how it's a huge event for the team, and that we are looking forward to getting the year off on the right foot. The key will be working as a team and being aggressive. Since none of us were teammates last year our 10 day camp prior to leaving will help us get to know each other and bond. Another exciting thing is that none of us have ever been there, so that always makes things interesting. I'm also looking forward to my quick stop and rendezvous with teammates in Anchorage, Alaska.

After that I raffled off a bit of Kenda swag. Ryan of the Tri City Cyclist, my old race team, won my jersey. Which is funny of course because last year I gave the club a bunch of old things and he walked away with two or three, now he won one. Sorry to those who got the size small skinsuits! It's all I had.

Thanks to Joe for inviting us to come up and talk. Plans are already in place to hold the event again, and expanding it. Hopefully I will be able to make it up again.

Ok the recovery week is over, and not a moment to soon as I was itching to get things rolling again. Another 3 week block before camp and then it will be full on from there. Only 4 days between the end of camp and our departure for Taiwan. Things are about to get busy, as if they weren't already with the new addition.

Breeze On