Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I like winter?

Winter in the foothills of Colorado is nothing like the winter that I grew up with in Michigan and then Indiana. The sun is almost always shining and the high temperatures have been at least in the 40's over the past two and a half weeks. And to be straight the last few days have been more 50's then 40's. It's unbelievable. 

This was this past Sunday. No big deal as the day before was 58 and two days later was 64. 

I'm starting to wondering if I was back in Indiana if I would have cracked and giving up cycling already. The past few years I've spent less and less time on the trainer because of motivation to ride indoors. It be ok, but by the looks of it this winter would have been quite the challenge. Hang in there everyone.

I did miss my brother in laws wedding. Congratulations to Jim and his wife Maura. I wish I could have been there. Sounds like everything was wonderful.

Here is one of the pretty flower girls. Of course I think she's the prettiest! 

Indoor Cycling Classes have started at FasCat. There are 11 classes a week that follow a 9 week program. I help coach two of the classes. It is great for those who work during the day and want to ride with others because of the short day light hours. We started off with a FTP test and hopefully after 7 weeks of workouts they will have raised it up. It's pretty fun coaching riders in person as they train. Especially since every athlete is giving a powermeter, and their proper training zones. There is no hiding.

Teaching the Wednesday Night class.

Everyone received a personal lanyard with their zones after the first test. It's easy for them to remember their zones. It's even easier for me to know everyone's zones. 

Since the weather has been great I've been able to get in some great riding. There is just about everything you'd want here. Mountains, hills, dirt roads, sun, wind, other riders and etc. I did my first group ride this past weekend with some mountain bikers and cross racers. They took us out on some dirt roads. I forgot how much fun dirt roads are, and there are plenty of them around. 

Near the top of Super Flagstaff. I don't think you could ever get sick of the views here. 

Flagstaff is the most popular climb and has two tops. You either stop at the amphitheater parking lot, which is about 2.5 miles at 6.8% or do Super Flag which includes the next 2 miles which average 11%. 

Speaking of views here is the view of the drive into Boulder for work. 

Baby girl #2 will be on her way soon. Less then 15 weeks to go to my wife's due date. I'm starting to get very excited. 

Also coming up is my wife's birthday. She will be turning 30. She is not bothered by that at all, which is good because 30's are awesome.  

Breeze On