Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bike Update (kinda)

I made the jump and purchased a new (used) bike and frame.  This week I am having Chuck at Pacific Coast Cyclery transfer the components from the bike to the frame.  Hopefully I can race it this weekend.

Here are some photos from where we started.

p.s. it looks like it will be wicked light!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A new Bike?

I like Audrey, actually who am I kidding, I love her.  Vertically compliant yet latterly stiff and all that.  But there is one problem with her, as classic as she is, she can't fully compete in the modern races, especially crits.  So I have been looking, and well maybe I found something...

Monday, March 31, 2008

Saturday Ride

Ride - Celo Pacific Club Ride
Route - Inland Route

Starting this ride my goal was to stay with the group up the main climb, and let the chips fall as they may after that.  As we started the ride it looked like I would be able to accomplish that because the pace was pretty slow, however as we hit the hill my quads started to burn.  I was dropped climbing to Deer Springs Road, but was able to hang during the run towards Circle R Dr.  I was unable to stay with the lead group during the main climb, I just did not have the power.  That I understood, but the annoying thing was that I was completely dropped on the run towards the school house which is a rolling downhill run.  I definitely need to work on my burst accelerations, top speed, and cornering.

After the regroup I was able to pull myself together and did a couple of strong pulls during the run in to Oceanside.  In all it was a good ride that provided some valuable feedback.

Friday, March 28, 2008

A Nice Casual Ride

Tonight was supposed to be a nice easy going ride. After 6 months off I finally got my friend on a bicycle. And i was easily cruising at about 18 mph.

But then...

I almost ran over a skunk and got sprayed.

Then to make matters worse I fell at the train tracks trying to move backwards away from the tracks as a train came through.

Let's see what happens tomorrow.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Painfully Obviuos

Please file this under painfully obvious:

Friday, March 14, 2008


I bought some rollers tonight.  I am a excited to try them out, but also a little scared.   I will report about what happens.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tour de Murrieta Circuit Race

Last Sunday I raced in the Tour de Murrieta and had a wake up call.  This was my first circuit race, and with the laps at 3 miles I thought that Audrey would be able to keep up.  Unfortunately, due to me getting tired I started to get lazy on my shifting, which of course slowed me down.  That was not the wake up call though, due to the Cat V's inability to go smoothly through the turns there was A LOT of surges.  After three laps my legs were fried and I was dropped.  All my training focussed on endurance and hill climbing had not prepared me for this.

End result, I finished the race and I was not last.