Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day 3 into recovery and no riding yet. Bummer as it was mid 60's and sunny. Spent day with my daughter instead so it was a great day.

Tomorrow I have a schedule to work with which is nice. At 10am I have to register my dad and I for Iceman. Then at 6:30pm Madelyn has gymnastics. At some point I'll probably think I can ride the trainer and try to move and realize it ain't going to happen and I'll take a nap instead. Hopefully I'll get back to subbing next week to keep me a bit more occupied.

Breeze On

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My new race bike.

To bad it will be staying so clean for a couple of weeks.

Thanks Trek Bicycles and Prairie Path Cycles for supply the team with these awesome bikes. Homemade in AMERICA! Full review to come once I get more then one 110km bike ride on it.

Breeze On
Time for a preseason break. The training hasnt been to hard and I'm not burned out as I'm actually just coming off a nice recovery week.

It all started Sunday when I decided to do an early morning ride, even though it was going to be a 50 degree February afternoon, and ride before a birthday party I was going to with the family. So I took out my new flashy Trek that I got from the team the night before and cruised for 3.5hrs. I rolled up to the party, cleaned up and enjoyed some pizza.

The sun was shinning bright and the kids were playing in the yard. It had turned into a beautiful afternoon. After the party my wife had to go into school to get ready for the week. Her school is a mile from the local mountain bike trails. Well I thought what a great opportunity to get out and roll on the mountain bike a bit since it's so nice.

I was out cruising on my Breezer 29er really getting a good feel for it. I was just floating through the trails feeling really good and smooth. The sun was setting so I checked my clock and I had my hour, but decided I'd take one more run at a section of trail, maybe 5mins of riding. About 2 minutes later I was flying over my handlebars, smashing on the ground and sliding down a hill. I jumped up and felt the pain in my shoulder instantly. I picked up my bike and started to walk towards the car knowing my shoulder was broken. There was no question. I was able to hop on a paved part and roll to the car with my arm dangling. My wife met me at the park and drove me to the hospital where it was confirmed that I broke my scapula and collar bone. Doctor says 6-8weeks and I say 4-6weeks or whenever I feel better. As of today Wednesday I still can't move my arm very much, so it will be a while.

So what does this all mean. It's only February so it won't matter much, well that is what I keep telling myself to keep some bit of sanity. I won't be going to Texas to ride and race with the boys next week. I will miss the Tampa Twilight Crit at the end of March. I'll be riding by then, but won't risk anything. My first race will either the weekend of April 14th/15th or at Sunny King on the weekend of April 21st/22nd.

After having the best winter we have every had and getting the best winter training I have done I am now forced to take a break. Luckily it's a long year so there should be plenty of opportunities down the road.

How bout this for irony. I received two new bikes over the past week and half and currently can't ride either of them. I can just stare at them for now. On top of that it's still in the 50's and tomorrow is suppose to be in the 60's. I'll be the guy on the balcony rocking in a my chair stare off into the distance.

Breeze On

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Look what showed up yesterday afternoon.

Who wants to go mountain biking?

First impressions. This bike is really really BIG! With the 29inch wheels and higher bottom bracket it dwarfs my road bikes. It's quite hilarious. I can't imagine how great it's just going to roll over obstacles and through the trails. I hope it is as much to fun to ride as Madelyn had with the box.

A real review on the Breezer Cloud 9 when I get some quality time on it. It won't be long, trust me.

Breeze On

Now I am just waiting on my new Trek Madone and the races to start!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

After 4-5 days stuck inside riding I finally got back outside today. At the same time I realize how lucky we have been this winter. If the past few days is the worse we have had it, we have had it pretty good. Temperatures were in the mid to upper 20's, but the wind made it brutal. Some rides I know braved the conditions while I wussed out and hunkered down indoors. Then yesterday we woke up to a fresh 2inches of snow, but it had mostly melted by evening. Like I said we've been lucky. The forecast for the next 10 days looks really decent and February is almost over!

Racing season must be approaching soon as the amount of trash talking texts I've received from Birdman as increased tremendously. He has sent a picture of his bike twice which now has a sharpy image of a snake along with the words "Snake Champ" and now since he won a masters race in Florida this past weekend there is a podium shot circulating. He also keeps asking how many races I've won. Of course the one's of one don't count. As if I didn't have enough motivation he is really helping me out.

So I'm expecting my new mountain bike any day now. Much of yesterday and today has been spent starring out the window waiting on the big brown truck. Maybe this afternoon will be the day. It never ever gets old getting a new bike. On top of that I will be getting my new road bike in the next week or two. Hot diggity.

Breeze On

Friday, February 10, 2012

I'm proud and honored to announce I will be sponsored by Breezer Bikes this year for mountain bike races. For the past two years I've wanted to get back into mountain biking and with the endurance scene exploding I figured this will be a great year to give it a go. All my training over the past years have focused around endurance and I started racing off road so now I figured I'll put the two together. It's going to take a bit of off road training to get the results I would like, but I'm very excited to do the work. It will be a change of scenery. All the while I will still be focused on my road cycling with the Astellas Oncology Cycling Team.

Most of you know my history with Breezer Bikes. I've owned a Breezer ever since my 3rd year in racing. I owned, and still have a Breezer Venturi. I've raced that bike from juniors, through college, and even a few early season pro races before team bikes arrived. I received my Breezer Jet Stream mountain bike from my dad. I had that until 2 years ago when the new line of Breezers came out and they sent me a new Thunder to try out. This year they are sponsoring me with a Cloud 9, which is a full carbon 29er. (A lot more on that bike to come)

For now here is a few pics of my Breezers over the years.

The Orginial. My dad got a great deal on the Dura Ace 25th group. I was a very fortunate kid.

Did get another one a few years later that was a size bigger. Turned out to be slightly to big. Luckily hung onto the other one as well.

The Jet Stream I got handed down from my dad. It was originally painted in a Ruby Red color that was pretty. My dad had that thing blinged out with "Paul" components. I thought he had them personalized at first! This is after it got repainted a few years later and had parts updated.

Here is the Thunder I got sent to me two years ago. Breezer stopped making mountain bikes for a while and focused on commuting bikes. As most of us forget a lot bikes are a great form of transportation. I didn't even get my license till I was 18 as I rode every where. I don't even have a car now and ride most places.

After a few years I had my Venturi repainted and update with parts, it was 2006. It is like this today, but a new update might be needed as the parts are starting to wear out. Things tend to wear out after thousands of miles. Maybe I should just get the new updated Venturi to go with the Cloud 9 I will be racing this season.

Pictures/videos and ride quality of the Cloud 9 to come through out the year. I'm sure there will be plenty of good stories to go along

Breeze On

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I was writing some emails last night and wife asked what I was doing. I told her and she was said, "Oh, I was wondering what you could be possibly be blogging about," as she thought that was what I was doing.

That gave me an idea this morning, maybe I should write a blog. But it will be short as she was right and I really don't have much to blog about.

The weather here as been fantastic for the end of January and the beginning of February. Of course this morning we did get a touch of snow, and the forecast for this weekend is some bitter cold, but after all the great weather we have you won't find me complaining. The training has been going great for myself, as I imagine it has for many others as well. Sometimes the bad weather is better because it takes more motivation to train and everyone trains in nice weather. But in my old age I prefer the comfort of the nice weather and will just try to work a little harder.

Sunday was going to be a great day and I was going to get out with a group. I tried meeting a group that was coming from Marian at a normal meeting spot, but after waiting 20minutes I decided that was long enough and I'd move on.

It just so happens I was heading south towards where Birdman was driving to meet Greg at his house with Liebo. Sweet, I'll call them and ride with them. So I called and hooked it up where to meet them. So after about 20 more minutes of waiting around they crested the hill, and we rolled together. After about 15minutes of cruising together I thought they would head in my direction back north as I was 50 miles out, but they decided they wanted to ride south. So after 40 minutes of waiting to ride with a group I ended up doing 15 minutes with a guy on cross bike, a guy on a TT bike, and Birdman. So in actuality I wasted 55 minutes of my day. Nevertheless I had a great ride that day and a ton of fun riding my bike in the bright warm sunshine.

Breeze On