Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hillsboro Day 1

Long day today. Started with a 4:30am wake up call after a restless 4.5 hours of sleep. I headed over to campus to meet up with the University of Arizona Cycling Team to drive over to the 20km time trial just outside of Las Cruces, NM. Fast forward 5 hours (including the one hour time change) in the car and we had arrived at out destination. The 50 degree temps that greeted us as we exited the car were a shock to the system after the month of 70's that Tucson has been experiencing as of late.

After about a 30 minute warm-up, I headed over to the start. Jon Scholnick was my 30 second man, so I figured that it would only be a matter of time before he caught me. The course was mostly flat, with some low grade rolling terrain and lots of wind. I started a little slow, taking my time to get into a nice rhythm. Jon caught me after about 5km which gave me some motivation to push a little harder. In the end it was a decent effort, good training, and I hope to be able to build on this ride in the weeks to come.

We finally made it to the hotel around 3:30 after a little post-TT ride. Everyone headed out for some authentic Las Cruces Mexican food followed by a impromptu pull-up contest. A couple beers back at the hotel and an early night followed. Tomorrow is the road race in Hillsboro, which is about 50 miles from the hotel, so it is going to be an early night for me and I am going to hit the pillow as soon as I finish this sentence. Adios.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Nice First Day of Spring Break

Spent the day today doing a leisurely 20 mile bike ride around town, hit up Time Market for an Americano and a Magic Bar, spent about an hour hanging out with Linnea, then played a quick nine holes at Dell Urich. Got paired up on the tee box with a couple of junior golfers, one was 8 and the other was in 6th grade. Turns out that the 6th grader was the number one ranked golfer in Tucson for his age bracket. Needless to say, I got worked. That's ok, though, I still had fun. And I can always look back on that 300 yard bomb on the 6th hole. Now if only I could do something about those 30 footers? Adios.

Spring Break 2009

Woo Hoo, another spring break is upon us. At my ripe old age I am starting to feel a bit like Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School when the yearly tradition comes around. This year I will be celebrating by driving over to Hillsboro, NM early Saturday morning for my first collegiate race, the Hillsboro Omnium. I'll be racing Collegiate "A", which will be combined with the Pro 1,2 so it should make for some pretty fast racing. I think it is kind of funny that I raced masters last weekend and am racing collegiate this weekend. Still waiting for the day that I can race all three events together, I wonder if that has ever been done before? Adios.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

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TBC Wrap Up

Well, I put the cap onto a bit of a crappy weekend by missing my start time and never making it back into the group today, so I pulled out of the race after three laps. Legs were pretty well fucked anyway after yesterdays cramping, but it would have been nice to get some racing laps today. Rode home and was back in bed at 8:30, right about the time the rest of the guys were probably just winding down from the field sprint. Back to the drawing board, I guess. Adios.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

TBC Stage 2 Road Race....Bad Legs = Bad Cramps

3 laps, 20 mile course, lots of attacks. No breaks stuck for more then a couple miles at a time. I started getting little twinges in my left leg about 35 miles into the race. Sat in the bunch for the entire last lap trying to work them out, and thought that I had accomplished that. It was looking like a field sprint when we made the turn onto La Canada for the final 4 miles of the race. Then it happened. First a twinge in my left quad, followed by a twinge in my right. I tried desperately to rub them out. More twinges, spasms, extreme pain. Went from pedaling smooth circles and thinking of who to follow in the sprint to pedaling awkward squares and falling off the back. Actually had to take my feet out of the pedals and stop on the side of the road for a couple minutes. Not good. Felt like Erik Long on the Mogollon. Long story short, lost 5:53 in the final two miles of a 60 mile event. Oh well, I guess that's why they call it training. Adios.

Friday, March 06, 2009

TBC Stage 1 Time Trial

Well, I just got back a little while ago from my first race in a long time. I'm racing the Tucson Bike Classic in the old mans category this weekend (35+). Today was the time trial through McCain Loop out in the desert west of Tucson. Always a hard ride. I decided to go Eddie Merckx style and road without any areo equipment, since I really don't think my fitness would have been good enough for a decent result, not to mention that my TT position when clipping areo bars onto my normal bike is terrible. Got a good workout out of the ride, and clocked 9:10 according to my unscientific calculations. If I had to guess, I would say that I probably will split the field of 40 with that time.

Tomorrow is a road race down in Sahaurita. 60 miles of rolling terrain. Right now my only goal is to make it through the first lap, see how I feel and evaluate from there.

Currently listening to the latest U2 album, "No Line on the Horizon." I've only heard it a couple times at this point, so I'm not totally sold on it yet. So far there are several outstanding songs, a couple that are so-so, and one that really sucks, but the verdict is still out on if it will be a good album or not. I really need a few more listens to make that decision. That being said, nothing that U2 has put out over the past 15 years (basically since Zooropa) has come close to touching the quality of their earlier work. I'd pay big bucks to be able to go back in time and see them on the Joshua Tree tour. Adios.