Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Little Kid in Skinsuit

Here is me from the Farm. Courtesy of Ray. Here is me from 2007 States. Courtesy of Ohio Orthopedic Cycling. Spin cross barricades. Courtesy of Cycling Phun. Title photo is from BA Zipp opening day. Thanks for sponsoring.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bike Authority Ride #3

Last night was the third Bike Authority Trainer Ride. We had 6 this week as we rode to Chris Carmichael's Sprinting. It was a trainright video that included 6 sprints and a few lead outs. This all went on in the shop while SBR had their team meeting at the store. I had a great night averaging a heart rate of 141. I did hit 187 on most sprints though. Coach Sean Gilbert was there and gave me some good advise, "Eat some bagels." Now that's a good coach. We had a new face this week in Matt Weeks, who is also coached by Sean. Is anyone already pre-registered for the Arnold Cycling Classic? Looks fun. And by the way, I totally needed this handlebar reflector. Check out my video of Nordic 5k Ski Race start with Ray here.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Buckeye Half Marathon

A 253 turnout for the Buckeye Trail Winter Run. About 75 did the 1/2
marathon and the rest chose the marathon or 50k. One inch of new snow on the
frozen tracks made for difficult footing. I dressed light (for 22 degrees) not
wanting to be wearing wet clothing, but still got chilled when crossing into open
areas. We started in the dark at 7 and I followed a local racer until daylight. There was lots of encouragement from the runners going the other way. It makes
for a fun race when you are not alone. I saw Angela Forester, Eric Gibb, Mel and Todd Bolgrin, and many other familiar faces. Sean Gilbert ran on no preparation. He doesn't coach himself I guess. The hardest job has to be the course marshalls. It's cold, wet, and some runners take until 4:30 to finish. My race went very good for little practice. 4th overall 1 hour 43 minutes. I think first 50+. Thanks for letting me be a guest blogger, Robert.

Rudy Sroka

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chris Carmichael-less

Monday was the second of many Bike Authority trainer rides. We had five volunteers this week and hopefully more next. The video we rode to was a Boulder, Colorado helmet cam of a ride of 6. It included attacks, power intervals, and some one-legs drills to finish it off. In this video, you can see me trying to do some one-leggers and work on my form. I watched the The Longest Yard to today's ride.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pursuit of Perfection

Perfect is an adjective used to describe something lacking nothing of the whole. Completing its nature or kind. The Patriots have been microscoped as the team to beat since early September and have not yet failed. In fact, they outscored their opponents by 333 points while the average margin of victory was 18 and 1/2 points! Tom Brady broke PM's single season record mark of 50 TD passes, and Randy Moss surpassed Jerry Rice for the single season record of 22 TD catches. All of this the fact that Tom Brady has been on the injury report every week straight for three seasons! Next Sunday, they'll put it all on the line. If they lose, none of this will matter. They could have been an 10-6 wild card team who edged out every single game like the G-Men. They did have their distractions though. Besides constant media attention of 19-0 and the '72 Dolphins, the Patriots were also involved in Spy gate. Not to mention, Randy Moss' hearing is set for Jan. 28, only six days before the biggest game of his life.

Another example of perfection and distractions is Floyd Landis in the 2006 campaign. Victorious in nearly every event he entered in 2006 including the Tour De Georgia, California, France, and Paris-Nice. While perusing Wikipedia today, I noticed under major victories of Floyd Landis only three were listed: Paris-Nice, Georgia, and California.That just sucks for cylcing. If you don't believe me or anyone else read his book. Only the brighter side of Floyd Landis, in a recent blog I read by Dave Steiner, Striped-from-the-Champ-and-all- Floyd may attend the Mohican 100 this year. YES!

Opinionated Factory Rider. Out.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Nike Medicine Ball

For core training this winter, the 6lb. Nike Medicine ball has helped a lot. I originally bought this for baseball about two winters ago because baseball practices seemed too hard. Now, the six pound ball seems to light. I'm now looking into the 8 lb. from Nike because the six-pounder was very durable and easy to handle. What is everyone else use for core training?

Factory Rider. Out.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Saturday's Trainer Ride

Today I rode to the Trek Mountain Bike Video created by who else, Chris Carmichael. Although it wasn't hosted by him, it was definitely a monotone person. To watch part of my latest trainer ride click here. I did get tripod though for camcorder/digital camera as you can see in the video.

Factory Rider. Out.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bike Authority Trainer Ride

Monday was the first weekly Bike Authority trainer ride. Mike Vanucci is the class instructor. We had six fellow riders on the trainer including Scott Carter, Mike, Jared Woodford, Nate Szabo (featured in photo), Dad, and me. We rode to the TT video of Chris Carmichael. It includes three 5 minute power intervals and some good spinning. Each session starts at 6:30pm sharp. Everyone's welcome but you do need your own trainer. Be there our be on your trainer at your house (or outside.) For more photos click here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Factory Rider goes teen!

13 (thirteen) is the natural number after 12 and before 14. It is the smallest integer with eight letters in its spelled out name in English. Thirteen is the 6th smallest prime number. Thirteen is also the age of the Factory Rider (Racing Age:14.) That's only three more years away from driving (I don't like driving.) And 8 from legally drinking (I don't like that much either though.) But most importantly... only 5 more years until I can call the 1-800 numbers on TV (WOOOOHHHH!!)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Crank that could be...

Single. While consistently going on weight weenie websites and seeing Shawn Adams and Tim Johnson tear it up, I might convert my crank(s) to a single ring in the front. Why? Saves tons of weight and I won't drop my chain as often. (I'm also looking into nice Chain Guards if you guys have any suggestions.)

Some new trails are being built at Reagan Park and Dad and I helped the Camba crew finish the 1st of 3 new miles at Medina trails. Very nice, scenic, off-camber, trails that will make great cross practice and a mountain bike beginners dreams. They flow right next to the flowing Rocky River.

Monday, January 7, 2008

I got a lot updates crammed into one post so bear with me. Ok not the whole set, excluding cranks and brakes, but I've got the new SRAM RIVAL componets on my cross bike! Ok, they were returned by Shawn Adams, but even better, touched by greatness. I also received new wheels down in Florida. Can't get pics up yet because of dumb comp. saying I have no disc space. UGH! I have plenty of room for some Zipps. Well anywho, I got NEW Easton Circuits with small block 8's on 'em! Ok, dad used them for backups for a couple of years, but even better, rolled by greatness. If anyone was planning on attending the Wed. night training ride at Bike Authority, they are now on Mondays. Sorry for any inconvenience. But, back to riding, in my long haul to get in base miles, especially outside out Dad's house, I managed a 45 minute trainer ride on Sunday, mostly in zones 1-2, and a 10.65 mile ride outside today. The only surprising part is I managed to stay in my development! and our developments about one mile end to end. I averaged 10.45 mph and went for 1h 1m 46s. I also was mostly in zones 1 and 2 but hit 185 on a mini climb! I avg.'ed a HR of 151.

Most important than all of this is family. Why I mention this? Not only is it true but Julie is getting operated on yet again. Not too serious, but still, anytime someone goes under the scope you think of them. Julie is having her hand operated on after falling at Mohican Wilderness (I think) once. She actually managed to pinch a nerve in her hand that strings to her elbow. She went through a lot of pain these past few months. Well, she'll be spinning on the trainer and at Spin Class for about 7-10 days. She did get a new Cannondale Taurine tho.

On the brighter side, tomorrow I plan on blogging about our newest toy, the GT EXPRESS 101. Best cooker of anything ever.

Factory Rider out.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Team Lake Effect Jersey Preview

Slick new jerseys designed by Jay Cech. Only sponsors needed and we're ready to order. I'm going to suggest skinsuits (long and short sleeve) for the 08-09 campaign.

Friday, January 4, 2008

New Coach + Computrainer Results

As you can see or can't (click on the results if you can't see) I have recently taken two computrainer/wattage tests. My results in the first one weren't so hot but recently I felt much stronger. I plan to train mostly in zones 1-2 or 109HR to 154HR for the next couple of weeks as I rebuild. We haven't completely planned out my year yet but I got my license, some races I'd like to do including some OMBC, local RR, and cross. I guess it's all coming together as I am spending today cleaning my room and watching dad put in a new bamboo floor. I might ride the trainer but we got to go to Ray's last night. Did some expert, sport, beginner, and XC while not falling to bad at all. Factory Rider out.