Friday, March 27, 2009

Sunday the 29th

If the weather holds out what is the plan for the ride this Sunday?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rubbin' is Racin'

I've brought up the idea of having a little session one day where we do some contact drills to make us all more comfortable with being run into or bumped while riding. It looks like this coming Monday is going to be pretty nice, low 60's and plenty of sun. I'd like to get a group together and go through about 5 drills I have found. I'll send out a file with them explained in some detail.

I need to know A) Is there still an interest from the team in doing this and B) What time will work for everyone on a Monday? I'm expecting this to be probably 30 minutes or so. Old Mill Park was suggested as a place to do this since it has large grassy areas where we can play around. You would need to bring tennis shoes for this. Just to put everyone's mind at ease, the types of things I am talking about are leaning shoulder to shoulder, riding with a hand on someone else's back, handlebar to hip, etc. All would be done at 5mph or so and if you 'fell' off you'd just put your foot down real quick, thus the need for tennis shoes.

Anyone game?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Between the posts

This past weekend took a toll on me; I had to use Monday as a rest day. Will be observing a normal week of workouts Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun. Wednesday evening hope to be in the park - weather permitting. Thankful this week is a down week. Will look to do my hour easy recovery rides in front of the tube taking in the NCAA's. Excited to test on Saturday with Power Meter if possible. Shout out to the BikeWorks boys throwing down this Saturday. Looks like it may be a wet one. Hope to you all in the park.

Peace, the Jinks

Inquiring minds want to know!

My Bikeworks brothers, what are you up to? It seems that posting has become sporatic for some and non-existent for others. Let's not let the doldrums of a cold spring dampen our enthusiasm for training logs. Did we suffer at the Dismal Dash for nothing? Of course not, we suffered so that we could tell others the tale. Do we continue to train despite the demands of work and family? Of course we do. Does knowing that your teamates are doing the same somehow make it easier? Of course it does. Bikeworks Racing is my TEAM. So say we all, so say we all, SO SAY WE ALL!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sunday the 22nd, E Ride?

BWR Crew,

Is there still a plan for an E ride this Sunday?

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 09 training Jeff

I'm so far behind on my blog, I will not even attempt to make it all up, with the increase training time hitting close to 2hrs a work out my daughter's solf ball program and increasing activity at work, I have been barley finding time to relax. My training has been right on target with the only exception I had some trouble getting thru the 5th 10min Lt, I just put it behind me and moved on. this week has been a tough week for me starting with 2x20 min LTS, then we hit the park for 1.5hr low E and I fealt relieved when Bill instructed us to cut the sprints to 8 sec.
As for yesterday I can vouch for Greg, He to was hammering out the 2x30 min Tempo on the FCC route. I'm realy feeling the training with still another week to go!
Its nice to have a race to look forward to inorder to maintain focus DISMAL DASH!!!

Dismal Weather TT

Looks like splendid weather for a DISMAL dash. Any plans on caravaning down? I'm taking Jumpin Jack Rabbitt Flash.

Any pre TT ride plans? If it is dry, anybody want to hit the park? What time?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

* Mar 09 Trng Log - Greg

First off, to echo Ed's post, daylight savings time is the best thing since sliced bread. What a difference that made, I too couldn't have imagined doing that workout indoors.

Hit 253 and 251 watts for my 20 min intervals, pretty happy with that, felt comfortable (as much as you can be) during the efforts. I was definitely playing around with gearing and where to hold the handlebars during climbs. I was also trying to catch my shadow from the side to see how aero I was. All in all, it was a good ride and I look forward to riding outdoors from now on.

Dismal Dash... what kind of course is that? In terms of elevation, is it all dead flat? I know it is out and back but what are the other little details about it. Normally windy? It looks like the temps are only going to be low 50s, which isn't terrible but I'll have to think about clothing options carefully.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Yo Blogger's,
Have found my way back to the post!! It's Tuesday and I'm enjoying a rest day (My Monday's are your Wednesday's which put my rest day on Tuesday). I've received the order from Hed. Anyone who has stuff coming give a shout!

The Jinks

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Three quick reminders:

We still need to look at cats for the Tour of Ephrata.

If we deemed a race priority "A", a single race should be attempted that day. Coming into the priority A race even slightly less than 100% is not good. Multiples can be done on other "B" race days or on the same day after the A race and not before.

Tysons is full for the cat 5 and 4. 35+ is open, as is the 3 and 123. BUT we must act soon! 48hours.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ride Schedule

Is the ride tomorrow open to the 'Gades? If yes, what time?

* Mar 09 Trng Log - Jordan

BikeWorks Boot Camp

Rolled into historic F'burg this evening and had a good time with the rest of the team on the TT gear. The evening meeting was a great opportunity to meet some of the guys I haven't met yet, enjoy a few laughs, and get motivated about a great team effort this season. I am really looking forward to riding tomorrow, drinking some good coffee, and in general having some quality time to bond with my team. With 4 guys riding in 2 categories, we could really make an impact in some races this season!


Had to get outside today and get some hours in since there was no school and it was in the mid 50's. Was feeling good starting the first high-end tempo rep so decided to hammer for a full 60 at threshold pace, with a little more juice on the hills. End result was a full 60 minutes at a normalized power of 330 watts, 15W over FTP. I'm going to bump the road bike FTP up to 325W at this point. It's good to know that training on the TT bike is translating over to the road bike, I don't think it works as well the other direction, at least from my experience.

5 x 10s

Since we are still relatively buried under snow, which tuned to ice overnight, school was closed again today. It also meant staying indoors for the wonderful FTP intervals. I took a full rest day yesterday, instead of the usual short active recovery ride, mostly because the YMCA was closed so I didn't have to teach my class. I generally tend to feel “clogged up” when I ride the day after a full rest day, so I was a wondering what today would hold. Having upped my FTP 10 watts after last week’s test, I switched the cassette on my trainer wheel so that I had a 16-tooth ring, which would allow me to hold a more comfortable cadence at 300-310W.

Mentally, I struggled more than I usually do, but I think being indoors had a lot to do with it- well, that and the fact that these intervals were 10W harder than previous FTP workouts. I found myself thinking, “How does one ever string all of these intervals together with no rest?” To help cope during the middle intervals, I decided to recall the pain I was in after a crash last July, which gave me instant perspective, and I started encouraging myself out loud the way I do to my students in spin class - positive self-talk always help, even if it just distracts you from how slowly time is passing. I even pushed a bit harder during the 4th interval, just to build my mental toughness.

The numbers: 303W, 303W, 302W, 309W, 304W. Interestingly, the consistency of the efforts shows my body was up to the task, even if my brain wasn't wholly convinced.

FTP Testing

Well, that was the hardest 20 minute effort I have put in this season. Being indoors and on the TT bike didn't make it easier. Nor did the Chinese buffet dinner from Saturday night, methinks. I think I may have started about 5 watts harder than I should have, but I was able to average 319 watts for the 20-minute test, although I had to come out of the aero bars a couple of times just to keep my effort up and maintain my focus. I'm going to penalize myself 4-5 watts for that and ballpark my FTP at about 300W. It's a 10W improvement from 6 weeks ago, so I'm not complaining, but you always hope for that transcendental test where you simply amaze yourself by cranking out something 5-15W higher than you expected. In good time, in good time.

I was also riding on my new TT saddle, I picked up an ISM Adamo on Saturday and so I've only used it twice. I would never change equipment the day before a race, so why did I do it the day before a benchmark test? Just like the Tootsie Roll Pop, the world may never know. Regardless, it is now my favorite, if only because it is called the "Adamo". I am seriously thinking of breaking out my blue pen and making the final "o" into an "a". Since Steve has a lock on "The Old Man", the bike will have to be nicknamed "Apollo". Or maybe "Liam".

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Renegade Rides

I'll start a fresh thread every month for the "Gades rides.

Saturday - How about 1000 from hyperion in shorts and jersies?

Sunday - any thoughts? The BWR guys are in some kind of sadistic Bill Boot Camp. I think it might be a cover for a gay retreat.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Renegade Trainee Jack

March 31st - Last day of the month - finished it off with the normal commute. Felt pretty good, even at the end point which is the short but steep hill on River Rd. Well, thats not really the end but I'm not far from there. On days where I have enough energy I try to TT from the top of the hill the house. I noticed today that I was getting higher speeds in the drops. Not aero enough in the bars yet, I suppose.
March 30th - After work went to Old Mill Park to practice being more comfortable getting bumped while riding. I'm wondering what aspects we'd be able to incorporate into an E ride. Nice to see Gus, too. Maybe next time we can find a little longer stretch of grass of dirt road to practice on. It would also be interesting to see some of the smaller riders practicing with the bigger ones - the dynamic would surely change.
The shaved legs take a little getting used to. In the daylight I noticed all of the spots I had missed, so tonight was touch up time.
Thanks Bill for the water bottle. I'm still thinking about how you said the pros would stop riding if they got dropped. Jinks said that maybe if they had all stayed in and formed a peloton they might have been able to do some damage . . . . I wish I had been there to see it.
March 29th -
After the ride I decided to shave the legs. I may need to go to the ER later for a transfusion to replace all the blood I lost. How do you shave behind your knee? Anyway, the next time has to be easier.
As for the ride I had alot of fun. The few sprints were pretty vicious,(for me), especially the first one the Steve led. There are still alot of things I need to work on, i.e. not accelerating when coming to the front of a paceline, higher cadence, not standing up in a paceline, etc etc. Big thanks to Steve for all the new gear - it was like Christmas!
March 28th -
Messed around with the rear shifter cable and frayed it . . . . long story but really frustrating because I don't have another one on hand. Ride wise I took it easy at first because I thought it was going to be a fast ride tomorrow. When everyone started posting that it was going to be a E ride I went and put in some more miles. See everyone tomorrow.
March 27th -
Felt good riding today. My thoughts veered towards not riding at all bc my stomach still felt strange, but on the bike my legs felt strong. Guess all of those carbs did some good after all. Had to tell stop myself from riding too hard once or twice because I didn't want to be over exerted for the weekend. Really hoping the weather holds out for Sunday - a fast ride would be nice. I'll ride tomorrow, but keep it in the E range.
March 26th -
Got a call before riding in this morning, "Hey, its raining, you might want to leave a little early . . . . ". Looked out the window, wondering how hard it was coming down. Just a drizzle, not a dismal dash type of rain. So into the rain I rode, arriving in Stafford waterlogged and well hydrated from consuming a full camelbak on the way. Started to really drag ass at work, so I caught a ride back, intending to finish the day with some time on the trainer. Stopped by GNC, just to see what was new, decided to pick up something to put some carbs and protein in my system. Bought a drink I've never tried before, but it promised 197 grams of carbs, so I was game. Guzzled the drink down on a fairly empty stomach, and jumped on the trainer at home. Mistake. The carbohydrate filled drink was rebelling within my stomach, inciting diarrhea as it worked its way through. So, I would ride for 10 minutes, hit the latrine, resume riding, latrine, etc etc. Finished the ride and am now making sure I replenish all the lost fluid.
March 25th - Didn't have to work til later today, so I left the house early and got in a good ride just shy of three hours before work. Rode a lot of hills, and found myself pretty worn out at work. Someone in an SUV charged around me as we were headed uphill, barely escaping a car coming down the hill from the opposite side. I can't but wonder what would have happened if he/she had been going a little bit faster. Probably would be posting from the hospital.
Whats up with the weather? It needs to go ahead and get warm . . . . I was thinking about shooting over to the park to see if anyone was still around after work, but it started to sprinkle, plus it was getting late.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend.
March 24th - Shorter ride today, just to let everything heal a little bit so I can work harder later in the week. Spent the time I was riding practicing riding in the drops (Bill) and doing full circles (Ben). They're giving out free samples of some endurance/recovery drinks at GNC, so I've been doing my best to get as many as I can. The mix they have this week is called Intravol, and it has no caffeine, if anyone is interested. Maybe it is a placebo effect but the spring seems to come back into my step a little bit quicker if I drink some. I was drinking some mixed in the camelbak during my sunday ride, but I didn't finish it all. So today when I went to take a sip . . . surprise! . . . . some sort of strange fermentation was occurring.
March 23rd -
Great day weather wise. A little cold in the morning, but it warmed up later. Big thanks to Bill for my official Hammer Nutrition kit. After I got home yesterday I put it on and walked around the house, feeling more like a cyclist than ever. Now I've just got to shave my legs, but I'm not sure I have a razor that is strong enough. Come this weekend we'll see though . . . . .
March 21st -
Good ride with Ben. Started off a little chilly, but the exertion warmed me up. For some reason I felt un necessarily worn out after the ride. Ben said that right now I'm a biker, and under his tutelage one day I'll be a cyclist. He compared it to boot camp in the marines, and how before the crucible they are recruits, but afterwards marines. I didn't ask if whether or not he was going to put em through some super difficult cycling test . . . . . I think he was talking more about the small things i.e. coming to a ride with proper equipment, cycling etiquette, etc . I do need to work on pulling through though . . . . I found myself zoning out and missing the elbow signal. But all in all, a good ride. Looking forward to the recovery ride tomorrow.
March 19th -
The plan was for this to be a longer riding day, but somewhere along the line it turned into a recovery day. With no powertap I can't tell how many watts I couldn't produce today, but my game was really off for some reason. So I rode to Brocks to apply for a new job and back, and sat around planning to do another ride . . . . . didn't happen. Maybe it was all in my head . . . ? I was a Borders reading a cycling magazine and it had an article about amino acids and how they were better for a cyclist than protein powder. Over at GNC they said it was common practice to take both, but the magazine said that the protein powder might deliver too many calories for cyclists looking to stay lightweight. Since I ran out of protein today I'm going to give the amino a try.
Massaged my legs for a good thirty minutes to facilitate recovery. The magazine also showed some space legs compression system . . . . if I hit the lotto I'mma buy one.
March 18th -
Today was a really great day, riding wise. Since I haven't given Ben his clip on TT bars back yet, I'm pretending every ride is a TT. Not really much to report. Tomorrow will be hopefully alot longer day riding - even though I feel improvement I want to be the best Cat 5 that I can be, maybe place in the top three in an event this season.
March 17th -
Anyone have some old rollers they want to sell? I spent the day on the trainer, which in itself was fun, but too monotonous. I'm guessing with the rollers at least I'd have the added excitement of falling off from time to time (until I became more skilled). Watched the biking portions of all the triathlon shows I taped. Towards the end of the day the weather was looking good, hope it gets better tomorrow. Whats everyone doing for the weekend? My schedule is still up in the air . . . might go with Ben if everything falls into place.
March 16th -
Either I was dehydrated after yesterday or I'm losing weight - weighed in 3 lbs lighter today than normal. Went for a ride outside to warm up the legs, but the after feeling a bit of a chill I came back and finished inside. Proved to be a wise decision bc it started raining after I was indoors . . . . Nothing too interesting today. I'm looking forward to the summer when all complaints will be about the heat, sunburns, etc.
March 15th -
Dismal Dash - Having never TT'd before I thought it went well. Big thanks to Ben for letting me use his clip on bars - spent 90 percent of the time down in them. I enjoyed this one more than the training race, even with the rain.
Started strong enough, but I could have been smarter with the warm up. My inexperience showed when I showed with no trainer. But, lucky for me, BWR showed up right as I was about to go on, which gave me a reason to abort the warm up.
About the time my glasses fogged up I started to hit a nice rhythm. This continued uninterrupted til later into the ride when my gouch and feet started to tingle. So I forced myself to do some out of the saddle efforts to restore circulation. As I began it was interesting to watch the grimaces on riders faces as they were close to finishing their rides. Shot a couple of them who looked like they were really suffering a thumbs up. Ben was all smiles as we passed one another.
Nice to meet your satellite member, Jordan. And sorry Greg if I disturbed your rhythm when Ben and I rode past . . . . got a good pic of you though.
March 14th -
GNC had a free sample day, so naturally I was there. Tomorrow is the big TT day - stopped by the shop and asked Andres advice. Ben, see you tomorrow morning man . . . .
March 13th -
Slow day, bit of a taper in the commute so that I will be rested for the TT. Whats up with the snow? I was pretty psyched with the warmer weather earlier this month. Nothing to do tomorrow except buy a spike shooter for sunday and relax.
March 12th -
No morning commute bc I wanted to see my sister before she went back to VA Tech. Forgot my gear bag in the car when I was dropped off this morning - so the only thing I had was the Sidis, no jacket, helmet, gloves, etc etc. So, after work I threw on an old hoodie that wouldn't zip up and a grimy pair of gloves, encrusted with old ham fat and sugar. After tying the hood string tight I realized it created a "little red riding hood" effect. Riding wise I felt fine though. I was gonna shoot over to the park because its seems like alot of guys are training over there, but I'll wait til I'm properly equipped. Looking forward to the TT this weekend - any prediction as to what the fastest time will be?
March 11th -
Commuting in the morning was nice because of the tailwind. After work washed the bike and got an out of true wheel fixed. Rode around downtown fred for a little bit, then headed back to River Road. On the top of River Road spotted a nice cell phone on the ground in its holster . . . . I don't know much about phones but it was pretty high speed - touch screen, internet, camera, all the latest gadgets. As I was examining it someone called and told me they dropped it while riding a motorcycle to Central Park. Long story short I dropped it off at his job - I was hoping for a reward so that I could get a spike shooter or cliff bar, but no joy. Looking forward to this weekends event. I have some family in Suffolk, and because of the race and a sick family member some other relatives may show, kinda like a informal family reunion. Anyone have an old jersey they are willing to sell? I could wear my signature gold shirt but it'll catch too much wind . . . . .
March 10th -
Nothing too special, mostly trainer time. I really didn't ride smart on Sunday - I should have eaten more and paid closer attention to hydration. I'm not feeling bad now or anything, but I don't want to jeopardize any forward progress. Haven't heard from anyone ina while . . . . where is everybody? Perhaps I've been ex communicated from the Fred riding community . . . . if not see you all this weekend!
March 9th -
Felt tired riding today. Stopped by GNC since I haven't been in a week. Sat in the massage chair for a while. Nice slow recovery day. My back actually felt a little tight after the ride with Ben and the ride from up north. I was wondering if I should do like Steve and pick up some Arnica oil.
8th -
Since I had a good weekend vibe going I tried to go out with a bang and put some in some work in the capital. When I realized that you can't drop off a rental car at a different location unless you pay an additional fee, it was off to Fraconia Springfield metro to see my friend off in DC. Rode around DC for a little bit, saw some guys with the liquigas kit riding in Georgetown . . . . as it got later I realized that I would have to at least take the metro back to Springfield so that I could be back in Fred before dark. Rode back to Rossyln, metro to Springfield . . . . time to head back to Fred. Nothing to special about the ride back . . . . . wish I had thought to bring some chamois cream . . . . .
Good luck to the BWR crew and Renegades in the upcoming week . . . . . .!
March 7th -
Nice ride with Ben. Started at Hyperion, where the Fred running club didn't seem to appreciate out presence. I had taken it easy with a short ride on Friday in order to spend time with my friend who came to visit, so Saturday I felt pretty fresh. I need to get a new mouthpiece for my Camelbak now that the weather is getting warmer. Ran out of water on Sat, and tried to get some from some "deliverance" type county store, but they refused to help me get hydrated. Stopped by Bens and topped off the bottles - thanks for everything Ben. All in all it was a good ride which put me in a good frame of mind for my weekend.
March 5th -
Didn't go north because my friend doesn't get in til quite late . . . . rode back from Stafford and then around Spotsy for a while . . . . towards the end saw a rider in Central Park, going at a good pace. I gave chase, but was too far behind to start with. Rode home on the verge of bonking . . . .
looking forward to the weekend . . . . is the fast ride from last week carried over?
March 4th -
Nothing like being a renegade. Actually, its been a bit lonely, not riding with anyone else . . . . people driving keep me amused with the awkward looks they cast at me. Not sure how what the temperature was today, but the sun felt good. Not too windy, either. Good friend of mine is coming down from NYC . . . . . . I might be up in DC tomorrow to meet him, so if you get a chance pray for a strong wind blowing north . . . .
Whats the game plan for this Sunday? And when is the next race that BWR will be going to?
Tuesday March 3rd -
I really felt all the trainer time from the past few days during this mornings commute. I knew it was going to be cold, so I chose to not check the temp before leaving. Mentally this helped, as did the sunshine. When its sunny sometimes I can fool myself into thinking its warm. Wind was strong, but not too too bad. I had to cross a snowy patch, and after a bot of snow got into the bottom of the shoe it became difficult to clip in. I ended up solving spraying it down with Accelerade to loosen it up. Upon arriving at work I realized I had neglected to let the dogs out, so after work I caught a ride back to Fred. Back at the house I jumped on the trainer to get a few more miles.

On another note, can you wear skins compression tights like regular tights after they wear out?

Sunday I went out for a quick ride in the morning before the weather got too bad. Snapped the left shifter cable and rode home in the small ring in style. Fixed the cable and finished on the trainer.

Trainer time today, plain and simple. Interesting reading the comments about the "old man" tights - Bill was right in saying that they are a pain to wear for more than a couple of hours. Often after putting them on before bed I wake up after an hour or two and wrestle them off, then return to sleep. Wish there was something more interesting to post, but everyone knows what being on a trainer is like. Looking forward to warmer weather this week, and a group ride filled weekend. Tomorrow post will surely be more interesting as I'll be taking to the streets. Be safe everyone . . . .

* Mar 09 Trng Log - Steve

New protocol requires posts at bottom of page

#3 MUD BATH 3/5/09
Bill and I rendezvoued in the park for the tempo workout. Numerous wet and muddy patches made for some nice splatter patterns on the jersey and shorts. (Hope the red clay comes out of the jersey.) Bill asked what the best part of the workout was and my answer was simply "being outside". What a difference being off the trainer and rollers makes. Despite Bill's superior power numbers we were able to stay together for each interval and remarkably were within 1 watt of each other for average each time. Bill had more/better power over the last ten yards of a rise than I, but I was able to stabilize at higher speeds on the "trough" portions of the course and carry that momentum into the next rise. I believe we both were feeling the effort by the last interval, but it was good. In a piece of lucky bad luck I flatted after the last interval on the way to the car. Bill went up the road to fetch his car to give me a ride back to mine. Some time later he re-appeared. I really appreciated his dedication to discipline by not exceeding recovery power on the way back to the vehicle. It gave me plenty of time to cool down while observing the flora and fauna in the park. Thanks for the lift Bill. It is teamwork like that we will be fostering in camp this weekend.

#2 TIRED LEGS 3/3/09
Because of the inclimate weather I was not able to pick up my bike from the shop until Tuesday afternoon. That concerned me since the LT workouts were on the schedule and I had not been on the bike in over a week. No cycling plus extended fatigue from skiing (should have known better from the January trip) meant a painful re-entry attempt. I was suspicious when my heart rate was a little high during the warm up and remained high during the tempo session. Confirmation followed in the first LT session. My heart rate shot up and I was pedaling squares with painful quads and hamstrings (and a tender knee from a slight mishap in some deeper powder). I finished the session and added a minute of recovery by stretching. Round two saw my heart rate go even higher into the red and my legs were still not functioning. Hmmm says I to myself, perhaps you have not recovered from the skiing and you need to spin the legs instead of punishing them. So that's what I did for another 30 minutes at low tempo. My heart rate never recovered so I know it was the right decision. I will spin tonight and prepare to do tempo work Thursday. On the good news side, I can look forward to camp and the push from my teammates.

It is inspiring to read all of your training posts. Keep it up. Once I retrieve my bike from Dre' I will be back in the saddle and into the program. Although I was not on the bike last week, it was not a "down" week. As my teammates know, I rarely just sit back and relax. My goal every day on the slopes was to improve and push new boundaries. At the end of each day I felt the fatigue from the effort. My goal for this trip was to ski the big moguls smoothly at speed. I improved but their is still work to do. One instructor suggested my natural talent was at Giant Slalom or downhill, that is until he found out I was in my 50's. Then he suggested I grow up (not happening). Although my hull may be riddled with hairline fractures, I am sure that with a little help from my friends I have a few more jumps left in me!

* Mar 09 Trng Log - BILL


Yesterday I linked up with Ed for some real "classics" suffering in the elements. It was 33 and drizzling. We just road slow muscle tension in the grass(cross bike), which I could feel last evening. I came home, ate, and hopped on the trainer for 1:45min of E. JayJay the Jet Plane(aka Jeff) loaned me a DVD called Chasing Lance. It was an original series on Discovery. I think it is necessary viewing for any cyclist at this time of year. The motivation he's showing is quite infectious, plus you see him planning every detail, which was our missing link(and frankly the thing no other teams place much focus on). The final bit I pulled from the time at E was that a team is not Lance(he'll be the 1st to say that) but it's everyone constantly searching for a way to make the team better. Here's the shout-If we're not doing this, we aren't anywhere near our true potential as a program. Reflect on how you can make us better and act! It's called contribution-(get it oked from the boys)

And you thought this was about sweat!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

* Mar 09 Trng Log - Ed


Looks like the longest period for 'archiving' is monthly, so we'll need to re-do our individual 'My Training Log' posts monthly. You can go into previous months and see your/others' stuff too, but you'll have to scroll to find it. Sorry, this appears to be a limitation of this site's functionality (or my ability to comprehend it in any case!).

From Snow to Snow

After a wonderful day of travel (Frak United Airlines) I am back in the Burg. My hematocrit level is naturally elevated from time spent at altitude and the muscle tension drills hopefully will payoff in strength gained. Now I have a few questions for the Blog Meister (whoever that may be). It seems in my absence that the style and formatting of blogs has become widely divergent and difficult to follow. Some have gone renegade, some are just whiley and some are just cyclo. Hopefully we can have a summit meeting and publish a general rule for posts and formatting. Otherwise I am back to Now where did I put that snow shovel?

SKINS alternative

For those out there who do not have "Skin" compression tights to speed up thier recovery, there is an alternative. Robinsons medical supply, located on Rt 3 by Staples (behind the "Other" bike shop) will size you up with a set of compression tights that do almost the same.

For those of us who have pissed off the minister of finance with our unscrupulous spending in an effort to buy speed, these tights (mid-calf stockings) are only $45.00. They dont wear like tights. They wear like old foggies compression stockings for our varicose veins but, I'm thinking a garter belt might pull off the look.

Picture this; 230 lb Big Ben, wearing beige, mid-calf compression stockings, with a frilly lace garter belt holding up my stockings.

NOW, go hit the trainer for two hours of bliss.