Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time Trial Caloi Rig Front End Trashed

Crashed the TT Caloi Rig today on the Salado Greenway after a blow-out going 24+ mph, front wheel taco/potato chip, carbon fork steerer tube bent, all the aero stuff on the profile design front end all banged up, derailleur hanger bent/bolt stressed, pride bruised, ribs bruised, legs bruised, right-hand bruised and hurting! Rid buddy Jens (the guy with all the tatoos-used to be a wrench) comes by on his mtb offers to get his car to drive me home. Then proceeded to do a 22 miler recovery/fart around ride on the Litespeed Goat!

That was my status to my team on facebook. Cycle-Logic, not that they were counting on me doing incredible things with the TT rig, but we all do what we can with and for the team. I'm happy that this year I was on track to do better than I had done two years ago. I look forward to continue my progress without the Caloi TT rig. You can see above all the stuff that needs to be fixed and that will take a while to cure due to the tough times. I guess I could do the time trial events a la Eddie Merckx probably on the Gruene TT and nothin' else. Oh well!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

New Family and Faith Friendly Goals

Well on my way on the weight loss front with 20 lbs shy! 100 Miler, 79 miler, 100K in 4:03 in the bank. Intervals on Thursday with Bike Mojo. Started planning the Brevet. Things are lookin' up! This was from March 15, 2011. So that was about a month ago, and since then another five pounds has gone. So March 24, 2011 and we're 25 shy of where I was at Christmas! So, I'm starting to think the Brevet is not the way to go, but I decided to continue to concentrate on weight loss and try to pick up speed.

So three weeks ago I had the best finish on a ride in a long time I did the time trial course as part of the Pancakes in Paradise and finished first. I averaged 19.6 on the way out and 18.9 on the way back. Best finish in a whole lot of years, back to where I was a couple of years ago.

One week later I completed the worst 100 miler in my life. Winds of up to 31 MPH! There was one time when I remember coasting and normally one coasts at close to 10 miles an hour. The wind kept me at 3 MPH. While I was in the 60s to the 90s I was the lanterne rouge (caboose club) then once I got to Brietzke and got some help from the wind I started passing a few folks and started averaging something better than 14finally. At least I was not last in the long run. But I do know what that's like. I found out a week later that many turned around at the escape route out from the south and didn't finish the freakin' 100!

Reevaluated everything with that one. Faith, Family, and friends don't need to be affected by something that's supposed to be fun and healthy! Decided to continue, but with lessened mileage and a different commitment to speed and team. The weight-loss needs to continue. If it doesn't I'll go back to base mileage and work with a club that can sustain long slow miles. No brevet for now because of time commitment!
So now what?! Where am I?!

On fiesta Friday Gabe and I went for a ride and he schooled me on speed, goals, and hills. I couldn't have asked for a better time!

So last weekend, after the abysmal 100, I tried to hang with Chainreaction on River Road and got dropped somewhere close to Tarpley and headed back home by my lonesome since everyone was doin' major miles. The next day I hooked up with some guys from the neighborhood that I was able to hang with until we got on the rollers on Southton. They stopped at the RR tracks two hills from the Shell and turned around so I turned around with them and again they smoked me and I lost 'em around Mission Espada. So yeah, we were averaging in the 20s, but I couldn't sustain forever so I'll work on that meanwhile.

So this weekend I went for a short ride that turned into a long ride by mistake cause I couldn't find my turnoff. I was able to conquer Old #9 with the Litespeed Goat, but unfortunately the descent was less than stellar! At times I was averaging 20 uphill, crazy winds! So on the way home it was hard, but never found the one hill that I was looking to descend!

Yesterday again, I went with Chainreaction and we cut the 40 something short to 30 something that went well, but again not stellar since the day before took too much out of me. Today was good with TT practice for 31 miles.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Season what Season!

So last week I did very well in a short distance time trial being that I was the first one back and averaged 19.6 on the way out then dropped to 18.9 on the way back. Thinking that I would have an awesome result like last week this week was a mistake because I totally blew out, blew up then dissolved with a brief come back at the end. So I resolve to reassess this whole cycling mess!

I blew out my back somewhere around thirty working too hard on the hills between Retama and Bulverde/46 then was hanging on the hills at 1863, but with some cramping issues then hung on after the 50 then from 70 to 90 I totally blew up - the wind was just more than I could handle! In fact I was the lanterne rouge from 70 to 90. Yes I admit it I blew off the hills on Schertz pkwy in liu of the flats on the back road to Selma. Then rejoined the route at 99 and finished with 101+

I always said that family, faith and friends come first! So why in the hell am I busting my butt for 7+ hours! This has gotta stop! I will go back to Family Faith and Friends and ride with the Hill Country Touring group until something amazing happens with my training. So if nothing happens not much will be reported here, unfortunately not like it has been a whole lot of posting anyway! Thanks for listening/reading! Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Athletic Goals for the Year

Season's Goals:

Short-Term Goal: Concentrate on losing weight while building base miles. Thank you economy for the impetus.

Intermediate Goal: 200 Lbs - lean, massive, cycling machine! Top five on Thursday Night Bike Mojo Ride, Finish with the Chainreaction Racers, try Wheelmen again eventually and finish with the fast group.

Season: Race the TT again at Ironhouse, Race 100M on Wildflower, Race 100K beat
4:03 plan and complete a Brevet 200K distance event, and finish another triathlon same or greater distance. Support Cycle Logic Sponsors through referrals, participation and some racing :-)

Training Objectives:

+Plan rest ie periodization
+Hold/Concentrate on Long Ride (with weight loss speed will come)
+Fartlek - speed play
+Maintain Nutrition
+Explore on Rides combine Routes