Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Never to proud to wear pink. Thanks to Limited Brands for all they do.
Originally I had signed up to do the one day 100 mile ride, but by Friday I was running on adrenaline and changed my plans and rode both days for 180 miles. I'm so glad I did!
It truly was an amazing weekend. The weather was almost perfect, except for a few sprinkles. No heat!
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
I have to admit, I have lusted for Rapha and Assos for a long time, but could not see paying those prices. Rapha Pro Team jersey/bibs goes for about 460, low end Assos about the same.
I got a code for a 15% discount, so I went for it. In the 25 years I have been riding and racing, I never took this type of plunge on a kit, so what the heck.
Online order went smooth. The kit was shipped from Switzerland, and arrived 10 days afterwards.
I was like a kid at Christmas.. had to open. I was super impressed with the quality and the fit. The fit was true to size, I wear medium and it is a perfect fit.
The jersey is made of two different fabrics. The front and the arms are Lycra with a somewhat silky feel. Very lightweight. The back is polyester with a somewhat open weave. Pockets are nice and deep. no sagging.
The sleeves are long enough and have wide cuffs. Dots of silicon prevent the sleeves from riding up.
Style is what I like, understated.
Same level of perfection as the jersey. Put them on, the feel molded.
Some reviews have claimed the legs were too short, and I did have some concern, but I did not find that to be the case. Leg length is perfect. As with the jersey sleeves, there are silicon dots to prevent ride up.
I did find the fabric a bit slippery on my saddle, but I have Castelli's (which had been my preference until now) with the same feel.
The chamois is their HG11. I must admit, I have not been on a long ride, but I did find comfortable. Right size, didn't feel underpadded or overpadded.
The quality is incredible. The fit is incredible. The jersey and bibs feel molded just for you.
Add the cut and the style, it's a killer! Italian look, Italian feel.
Yes, a bit pricey, but I do think it is money well spent.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
One of the great things about Strava is creating segments so you can compare times again others and see how you are improving. Please use some discretion. When you create a segment, its possible there is already one created. Maybe not be identical to one your trying to create, but it will tell you there is one that could be used. Lets not create segments, within segments, within segments......you catch my drift. This is already becoming a problem in some areas.
If you don’t want to use an existing segment, create a private segment. I have at least two dozen private segments created, and it is a great training tool as well.
Also, please refrain from creating public segments on bike trails/shared pathways. By creating a public segment , you are encouraging people to ride for KOM, and this creates a bad situation. We have a trail here in Columbus that had two popular segments. And people were riding it at all times of the day in pursuit of that KOM .There's just too many people out on the trails right now, and I don't want anything bad to happen. It already bad enough with people riding recklessly on tribars In fact, Add to it the walkers, runners, inline skaters…….it has the potential of a very bad situation. Even if you wish to create a private segment on these trails, please ride with care and common sense,
Monday, March 19, 2012
Great day for an easy ride. Weather-another unusually warm and humid morning. Wind was dead calm. Made me wonder if we are in for a repeat performance of last night. Got home, looked to the west. May be right. Looks like hail cores approaching the area where I was riding less than 2 hours ago.
Deer Creek Road Race-
Overall a good day. I did get shelled on the first climb, but caught on with four other riders and we kept it going. Last lap, I cramped up on the short, steep climb, and could get back on. With 1/2 lap to go. That was frustrating.
Weather was unusually warm and humid, so I wasn’t really ready for it.
Still a good day! My fitness is better than I expected, and I think I can truly say, I haven't been this fit, this early, in a long time.
Friday, March 16, 2012
One of the responses:
This is in response to the post card I received that the bike races are going to be passing on the road I live on. I might yell things off my front porch, but it definately won't be cheering any of them on. This road is curvy and hilly and it is dangerous to drive a car on, much less riding a bike. Us people out here in the country live here for a reason, and it is not to watch bike races. I dont know if you realize, BCEO have chosen not to spend our tax dollars to pave our road, but to tar and chip it instead. If someone wipes out on a bike on this road, they are bound to end up in a hospital. People also drive like they are going to a fire around the curves on this road. Just an FYI, people out here hate bicycles on these our roads especially when Whitewater park spent so damn much money to buy up farm ground and put in a bike path just down the road from where this stupid thing is supposed to start! While I appreciate the heads up, I would rather hear that you were doing this somewhere other than on our road.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Gadget day from hell! Garmin battery was dead, Strava app kept shutting down. Had to end up using endomodo. took forever but at least I was able to download and upload to strava.
Made the mistake in taking the trail home. Everyone and their dogs came out of hibernation today. If was an insane mess.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
As usual, I'm not as ready as I would like to be. I was making decent progress, being helped by the much milder winter than normal. Then came the cruise. Now I have to get my fitness back and she the extra pounds I picked up.
I gave up on local teams. If they don't want me, I don't need them. I'll be riding for the Cycle Smart team, a great group of riders from all across the nation.
I did get my license from USA Cycling yesterday. Racing age- 55 years. One think I lost track of..I've been racing since 1993 under my current number. I actually started in 1987. I can remember when the did the number regorg in 1993. That really pissed off a bunch of people
First race of the season will be March 18
Monday, February 6, 2012
One escaped (Armstrong)
Another a sacrificial lamp (Contador)
One had the high powered attorneys and doctors on his side. No one wanted him to come down.
The other didn’t.
Time to forget the past, and move forward. What’s been done has been done. Time for all riders to ride and race clean
Monday, January 30, 2012
In 1987, when I started riding, and was getting into racing, finding a club and team to ride with was not a problem. I was living in Albuquerque at the time, and had no less than a dozen teams to choose from. I contacted them by snail mail of land line (hard to remember those days) and got the same response from every one “Sure, we would really like to have you on our team”
Fast forward to 2012.
Okay, I admit, I’m an unknown in the cycling community here. I got back in to racing in 2007, put out a few inquiries, but could not find a team to ride with. Really no big deal, I could deal with it. My work schedule was some what prohibitive, not really allowing me to time to “join them in a group ride to see if they would be a good fit”. (How many times do you see that? Why don’t the say “to see if you're a good fit for us”.) And I didn’t really have the opportunity to race more than two or three times a season. I just opted to ride with an out of town club who welcomed me, I had a team kit, and didn’t have unattached on my license.
Now things have changed. I know have a better work schedule, which will allow more time to do the “check you out” team rides, weekend group ride, and racing. I’ve sent out I don’t know how many emails… and did not get ONE response.
I’m not a podium contender. I’m a cat 4, 54 years old, with few opportunities to race masters. I’m not looking for a free ride. I’m not looking for any freebies or reimbursements. I would like to look at it this way. It’s not what you can do for me, but what can I do for you. I love cycling, I love to race, and only want to have the opportunity to ride with a local team and hopefully, in the process, get more people involved. One reason I was so excited to be selected as a Strava Ambassador.
Cycling has always been elitist, there is no denying that. Have someone come out to a a group ride on an old bike, or steel frame, and hairy legs, and immediate judgments were made. And I have been guilty as charged. And I will also admit something that others would not, those some of those we were judging as Fred’s could beat my ass in a New York minute. And after getting back into racing after 7 years off, I know how it feels to be the one judged. I was riding a 10 year old Giant aluminum. It was a sweet ride for me. Oh sure, I would have like newer and better, but it was out of my budget. And I saw the sneers, I know I was being judged.
I’m not a high budget racer. I don’t have a gold card, I’m not independently wealthy. I’m not a social butterfly. I just love to ride my bike, and ride and or race as hard as I can on any given day. But, it seems we have come to the point where it all comes down to who we know, how new and expensive our ride is, the gadgets we have, and what our power tap readings say.
Me. I ride and race a two old year BMC SLT01. No power meter ( I don’t have to drive myself crazy over analyzing the stats). I just depend on my outdated Garmin 305. And my legs.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Up at my usual 430AM to hit the pain cave. I did feel a lot better this morning, and did get in a hard workout thanks to Sufferfest Revolver. I managed to average a hr of 155 for the 45 minutes.
So far no withdrawals, and I'm sticking to the diet.
And I'm down to 173!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I started the year hovering at around 180. I never got over 170 last winter, so I came in having some major overhauling to do. The holiday was hectic, lots of overtime, and lots of excuses to not ride when I got home, knowing I was going to be back in the office in about 10 hours.
A few years ago (well, 10 years ago) I weight 150. Thats down from 250 when I started riding in 1987. Despite being 150, I always carried that spare tire. Now its time to see if I get deflate it, and decided to start with the Paleo Diet.
Giving up whole grains and dairy products is going to be tough, and day one without sugar was tough. I was never really hunger, just in need of a snack. Thats where almonds become a godsend!
Last night was a light dinner, but it was healthy. I was also wondering if I was going to be able to stick to the plan. I started feeling a little sick to the stomach and was really worn down. One problem I had yesterday was I cut back to much on carbs. Gotta change that. Had a apple before bed, I was good.
I was up at 415AM to hit the trainer before work. One hour session of Sufferfest-HHNF. I mean, Sufferfest will have you crying for mercy on a good day. I was ready to collapse after this session!
After a couple of eggs and a banana I felt a lot better. So far today.. no hunger pains, and actaully, overall, feeling much better!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
"Is this a Strava Segment?" #shitcyclistssay
So, do you Strava?
My first introduction to Strava was almost two years ago. I was in the market for a GPS device, and my google search lead me to the Strava site. I found the Garmin Edge for 150.00, which even today, would be a great price.
Since then I have logged 494 rides for over 14,100 miles. Strava is a continued "work in progress" that is only getting better.
What do I like:
1) segments. This allows tracking your performance on segments against others, a virtual competition with others. This can help turn any ride into an interval training session as you hit various segments. Recently added was the ability so search and explore segments making it possible for you to find routes and segments that you could challenge yourself against.
2) the social-networking component. I find it interesting to see what types of rides other people in my area are doing, and to see who's riding my routes and segments, and allows me to find other ride routes.
3) Iphone and android apps for those who prefer something not bar mounted, and it allows you to save your ride and upload it when the ride is completed.
4) like having my training and workout information online, so I can access it from multiple locations and devices.
5) provides motivation to ride. Making something public motivates you not to be a slacker.
I do feel the club/team aspect is underutilized. I think this aspect has lots of potential and something I really want to push and get more interest in.
Yes, I use Garmin connect. Only because I am able to get reporting from their site.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I started the new year at 182 pounds. Last year I never got over 170 during the winter.
Key factors this winter- work schedule combined with lots of overtime.
But, I’ve been committed. My weight is coming down, and I’ve been more committed to the trainer this year. It had also helped that we have had unseasonably warm weather, meaning more outdoor rides than normal. So far, I’ve ridden 12 out of 14 days!
Pelotonia registration in complete , Here is this link to my donation page.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Just got back from my ride. We have a very milky sun, and I was freezing my tail. But...it was still great being able to ride outside this time of the year!
I did get a handle bar mount and took video of most of my ride, but its taking forever to upload.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Here at PEZ, we are unabashedly Italo-philes. After the racing and the riding and the eating and especially the drinking, comes time to learn some of the language. While pointing and sign language are acceptable ways to communicate with accoLogoutmmodating Italians, throwing around a few choice words garners appreciation, throwing around cycling ones earns you Serious Bonus Points.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I still find it hard to believe that I was able to ride, on Jan 1, with a single layer! Temp was at 50 degrees. Unheard of, unthinkable for Ohio on Jan. 1. But, those 50 mph gusts that we got just as I finished my ride means changes are coming. Still doesn't sound as bad as it could for this time of the year