Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tumacacori

Did the Tumacacori road race on Sunday after working 27 hours and two consecutive doubles at work on Friday and Saturday. Not really the best race prep that I've ever had. Anyway, I headed down to the race not really knowing what to expect out of the legs for the day. Turned out that I ended up having a decent day once I was able to get moving, to bad for me that happened after I had been spit out the back on the climb on lap 2. I rode in a group that was about 30 seconds to 1 minute behind that pack for about 3 laps but we just couldn't close the gap. Used the race as a killer training ride after that and pulled the climb every lap until I attacked the group with two to go and caught a few more guys on the way in to finish up in 16th place. David Glick, Tim Carolan, and Jared Gilyard had the best showing for the team, finishing up in 4th, 6th, and 7th respectively. Jared would have been 2nd had he not had his lap count a little screwed up in the end, bummer about that. Full results can be found here. Adios.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Intervals

Went up to Christie Rd. yesterday and did a bunch of hill repeats on it. This was the first time that I've done a workout like this at this location, and it seems to work pretty well. It's a gradual hill at first with a few ramps that progressively gets steeper towards that top. And the pavement is really nice as well??????? Ran into Jared and Glick at separate times during the ride, both those guys were out spinning their legs out from the San Dimas Stage Race over the weekend. Glick had a good ride there, taking 20th GC in the pro 1 category.

Here are my interval times, if anyone wants to know:
1. 4:43
2. 4:44
3. 5:04
4. 5:06
5. 5:14

I think that this would have been a cool workout to do with a power meter, because as you can see from the times, my power was dropping off towards the end. If anyone has a spare powertap that they would like to lend out for a couple weeks, drop me a line. Adios.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Good Article

Saw this today on espn.com and thought I'd post a link. Makes you think about things a bit.

Had the day off work, so I was able to get in about 4.5 hours during the afternoon. Pretty good ride that had me all over the northwest side of Tucson and Ora Valley, with some good music from The Ditty Bops to help me pass the time a little more quickly. Adios.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Scottdale Grand Prix

Two firsts for me yesterday: I did my first ever masters 30+ race, and I think it also was the first time that I've raced in record breaking heat. It would have been a bit nicer if the two firsts came in the two races that I did, but I guess I've got to start somewhere.

Cruised up to the Scottsdale Grand Prix, which is only in it's second year on the calender but I think that it is already one of the better single day races going. Really well organized, fast course, and a great payout. I decided to enter the masters 30+ race as a warm-up for the pro 1,2 race later in the afternoon. The plan was to sit in and get the legs warmed up, but that went out the window on lap two when a break of six guys, including two RideClean members (Forbes and Alvarez) went up the road. I went across to it with Jake the Snake in tow, as that looked to be the race right there. I was pretty worked upon getting there and sat on as long as I could, but never really recovered and got popped off about halfway through the 40 minute race. I think it had something to do with the 98 degree heat. Anyway, I managed to hold off the field and come in for an 8th place finish.

Didn't do much in the hour-and-a-half between races except sit in the shade and sip on a Jamba Juice smoothie. They were set up in the pit area of the race, and that razberry smoothie hit the spot, especially on such a hot day.

The pro 1,2 race was a 75 minute sufferfest, but thankfully we had a bit of cloudcover roll in just before the start, which helped to cool things down a bit, but it still had to have been about 95 degrees. Nothing to crazy went down in this race, it was a typical AZ pro 1,2 criterium, fast from the start with lots of attacks, but no real serious moves getting off the front. I was gambling on a field sprint, especially since I was racing without any teammates in the field. It was looking like a pretty tired peloton around the 60 minute mark, when a four man break containing RideClean riders Rob Alvarez and Jake Rubelt, as well as pro mountain biker Scott Keller got a bit of a gap on the field. White Mountain and Nick Schrieber did a ton of work pulling it back with 1.5 laps to go. The last lap was pretty crazy with lot's of swarming at the front. I couldn't quite make it far enough up into the last corner and ended up 11th in the sprint, with Sean Mazich from race host Waste Management taking the win. Full results from all races can be found here. Adios.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Long Day on the Bike

Epic ride today. A bunch of us road out to Kitt Peak, with a detour over Gates Pass on the way out and on the way back. This must have been what Shane felt like riding with Bunselmeyer all those years ago.

Ride stats:
Ride time: 6:36:50
Miles: 125.7
Kitt Peak time: 1:03:15
Kcals: 5158

Adios.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Mellow weekend

This was a well deserved and very much appreciated Sunday off the bike. I took advantage of my Mom being in town from Mi, to take the weekend off of work and relax a little bit. It was especially nice because this was the first weekend of spring break, so there is no schoolwork to worry about for another ten days.

I did do the Shootout yesterday, which was just as fun (chaotic) as always. The usual suspects were all represented; even the retired Gord rolled down on his newly built up retro Peuguot. I was looking to test myself a bit on the ride, so I launched an attack just after the bridge and ended up in a break of about five guys that was brought back just before the start of the hills. Phil Ligget would have said that my body was crying out to stop at this point (and I would have agreed!), but I settled back in and helped the team do a great leadout for Scott going into the hill. It was one of the best leadout's that we have done, as everyone was on the front for the last 1.5 miles before the hill. To bad for us that Mike D. and Buck where latched onto Scott's wheel, with Buck coming around in the last 25 meters to take the sprint.

Fast cruise into town and then 18 holes of golf out at the Starr Pass course. Always eventful, let's just say that I had a 68 on my card by the end...I'll leave it to you to guess the number of holes for that one! Adios.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

KOM and 5th on the Day!

Just got back into town from the Red River Stage Race up in Globe, AZ. This was originally scheduled to be a three day stage race based on points, but after almost having to cancel the race due to low pre-registration, the format was changed to an omnium, meaning that y0u could register for individual stages, which was what most of our team did.

So yesterday was a 90 minute criterium, that featured two 15% grade hills on the 1 km long course. Not much to say about this race other than I did not feel my best and was spit out the back about twenty minutes in, which led to spectator status shortly thereafter. Just don't have the high end fitness right now, hopefully that will change over the next month or so.

Today was much better. I think I may have benefited from the 16 oz. T-Bone that I polished off for dinner last night, much to the chagrin of my teammates present at the table! Anyway, I went to cover a move about two miles into the race, which turned into an eighty-nine mile six man breakaway. Picked up the King of the Mountains on the way out, unfortunately made the wrong side of the split once things started to heat up on the main climb that came about twenty miles from the finish, but was still able to hang on for a solid 5th place on the day. The course was beautiful, with Roosevelt Lake to the east and the Superstition Mountains to the west. A good day on the bike. Adios.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Last Six Months

Well, seems like the public has been clamoring for a new update to the blog, so here goes. School, work, little bit of training, Christmas vacation with the family in MI, back to AZ, 4.0 for the fall semester at UA!!!, back to school for spring, seven hour - 130 mile ride to Arivaca that was awesome back in January, sick and in the hospital one week later :( , turned 34 and felt old for the first time, super-busy month of Feb at the JW, trying to fit in some training through it all, raced Valley of the Sun and got killed in the road race, little redemption by taking a prime the next day, 30 mph club at Sonoita-Patagonia TT last weekend, leaving for the Globe Omnium in one hour, haven't packed a thing so I've gotta go. More frequent updates to come. Adios.