Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
CROSS NATS DAY 1
CAP CITY #7
WINTER CYCLOCROSS SERIES #1
Also found a sweet new site called veloarts which some photographers were at the recent Cap City races. Check that out HERE. And here is some other random shots from Bend.
Friday, December 18, 2009
That's why you shouldn't do one day races and expect results. I have that message on replay in my brain forever... This post could go on days of the big plans to the suffering defeat. But I'll save your eyes from my white backdrop and just get to the point.
I put it all together and had it all on the line for this race. Luckily, I talked to my coach earlier and made sure I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket and do one big peak for cyclocross. Instead the last three weeks I tapered, and the rest of the season I kept solid training that wouldn't kill me for the local weekend racing scene. But, that worked out well so I honestly was not so worried about NATZ results. Just wanted to have fun.
Start was dumb. Julie pre-reged me really early and they told me I had dibs on 14th, a perfect second row. But I ended up getting pushed back in positions to the end of the 3rd row set. Oh well, that's why you shouldn't do one day races.
The two guys left and right of me had great surges but the guys I was behind didn't. It's like a broken record cyclocross excuse, "I had my foot down for twenty seconds after the front row started." It wasn't that dramatic, but enough to lose positions in the first elbow flying corner. The first lap was so Aggressive, with a capital A. I got put down about three times when I wasn't going down. Everyone wanted every single position including me. But after five first lap crashes by myself alone, I gradually was making my way into the top 20, my generally goal. And then, we all know how the story ends.
Once again I find myself typing up race reports the day before the next race. I guess this has honestly been the only serious free time I have had lately. But now since school is out for two weeks, I'll be more consistent writing in the blog and getting done bike projects (the best inventions ever are coming)
Back to reality. Thursday I had the wonderful option of racing the B U29 race in Bend. And I completely regret it. I got a solid last row start position of about 5.5 rows of 8 racers, so almost 50 total in the race. I somehow managed a great first corner nearly snapping the farthest lane's tape but escaping the bottleneck. And I started hearing 'top 20' cheers. I am guessing 20+ places gained in the first corner alone.
But my job wasn't to win this race. I wanted to open up the legs, see the course, and have some fun. But I wasn't having fun crashing my brains out. So I rode one lap hard and on the ground mainly, a second lap equally as slow, and two more laps easier just trying to judge how much energy I could use where. I had the legs, I just didn't know how to use them.
So, with one to go, I pulled the plug. I was quite tired from traveling the previous day and crashing didn't seem to help my performance the next day. That decesion was simple. Lucky Number #333. My luck only runs out in 9 places. At least of the rest of the day was cool.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Teacher: "so I didn't know you were into motocross, dirtbiking is what my son does"
Me: "no this is real bikes in real parks"
Teacher: "I didn't know you were into BMX"
Me: awkward silence.... and I walk away.
I was even afraid to compare cyclocross to maybe the TDF or if she had any idea what a Lance Armstrong was. I'd bet she say I didn't know you were into weight lifting.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So lets get to the point. The legs were feeling good and I again went with the file treads cause they were so darn fast through the start finish area. I knew I would need the most help there too. So I get to the line early, start picking the old gear selection and align right next to Gary B. in the soft mud at the worst spot in the front row. How did the series leaders get this! Whatever, that is why we make the start so long and treacherous at this course before the riding of the stairs. So I rode up the stairs and immediately about half a dozen were dragged in front of the field.
Big 'B' names like Heffner, Shelmire, Henterly, Donatelli, and Karpanski and the newbie to cross Brent Thompson. Aaron Shelmire (I looked at the results to find his name) threw down a first lap attack that only I stuck with. Then once more but it wasn't really an attack as much as his race pace. So I rode mine and he rode his, away from mine. Eventually Bill Henterly caught up to me with about 3 to go. We worked together with me doing the majority in the techy bits, and him the majority on any flat or power section. Then we made an agree to not attack the last lap and continue to work together. He says he wants 3rd and nothing else so I 'attack' up the stairs and I tear through the S turns for 2nd by about 10 minutes or so from first.
I honestly, finally rode a smart, quality race where I wasn't red-lined the whole time. Aaron just had a lot more power and everything else. Total, I bet I could have went twenty seconds faster, which is really nothing compared to previous races which could have been closer to a minute or so. And the fact I finished I bet two or three minutes down from first didn't make me worry about twenty seconds.
The A race was pretty sweet to watch today. HERE are some shots Julie and I took on the D40. That was a good b-day present, letting Jules use my camera, right? Or was saying happy birthday on my blog better?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I'll keep it breif as most of you have heard another one of robert's great race excuses (aka my blog). We missed the slightest things from a perfect course. The start sucked, the gravely U-turn seemed to take down about three dozen in each race, and after the real downhill, the right-hander we missed a few roots and cut it not wide enough. Rumor is we won't be getting this park again so I really wish it could have been perfect, wide woods, smooth transitions, swoopy turns, and a few parts to slow you down, aka steep uphills.
But anyway, I did some uncharacteristic stuff of me:
a) crashed on the first lap; I'm usually a mid-race kinda a guy
b) I started in a ditch and was not top five through the first few turns
c) worked my way up through the field
d) ran at a clip no one laughed at.
After crashing and falling to the very bottom of the top 15, I was this close to pulling the plug. Then I saw Gary Burkholder (my 'nemesis' in the overall points) was right behind and not on his usual form either. So my goal was to get by all the super locals, and finish top 8 to knock out my 9th place Wendy Park.
The depth is amazing in the 'B' field now, you are riding top 15 thinking you are winning. So it was wicked hard to pass and stay away from people. First, Rick Parr- then Scott Marut and I work together for a bit and get Jason Leaman with a few others and then Scott himself on the hill #2 when I RAN FAST. I went off in search of good buddy Paul Donatelli from last CX season, get him with half a lap left. DRILL it up the step to the swirl and unleash a mad sprint. 39-12 on the grass directly at Lynn. I am sneaking up and jump so hard for 7th, John Heffner, but lose by half a wheel (if that) to do a total endo after crossing the line.
Then proceeded to cramp so hard I couldn't get up AT ALL because I didn't want to break a strand of tape after the finish line.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday a dozen of us went out to scout of the new venue of KSU. We pretty much solely rode with the Marut's choppin down the 'natural barriers.' We eliminated a run up by making it ridable, but added a shorter, steeper one no one could ride with the leaves still down. The overall venue is really small but the course was about 1.8 miles or so total. That includes about 1/3 double track, pretty passable if you want, one run-up, and one super steep long climb to finish off the woods. So far just one dismount a lap. A few artsy grassy turns, and paved start and a longish loop of gravel crushed stone path with a spiral finishes an approximate 7 minute lap on a dry day for Shawn Adams. File tread do-able if it stays dry. We got some serious cleaning to do Friday and Saturday morning though because there were three separate flats of a group of a dozen or so including a tubular of Nate Sz.
My dad also gave up on the Dugast Typhoon 30c we bought used. Shawn also had an extra grifo 32c he let me have for the rest of the year, thanks! So we (my dad) got it glued up this week and I can try it out in case the mud comes back this year. I even pulled ou my mom's Mitutoyo calipers, that cost nearly as much the tire new, and it did measure of to 31.88mm. Pretty much one of the closer tires that co-inside with their labels.
I am also trying to recover from a bit of road rash I received on Sunday. I thought adding this basketball court would give you a faster lead-up to the hill but quickly found out fresh painted basketball courts, morning dew/rain, and file tread 32 tires don't mix well. But I still finished off a great build week for nationals with 9 hours, what seemed like a thousand intervals, and 3766 feet of climbing not trying to get in climbing + Sundays ride which I bet was another 10,000 ft. Maybe.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
We also pre-registered for Nationals in Bend, Oregon. I'm doing the B non-championship race on Thursday, 10-29, followed by the 15-16 AG race on Friday. Totally planning on getting my butt kicked in both races but getting an idea for what I really need to do next year to hang with the kids my age.
This weekend is supposed to be 60*F plus each day so looking for some more endurance today along with a test out day at Kent State tomorrow. Then a road ride afterwords in case we get too many laps done. Seems to be a 1.8 mile course with 1 or 2 runups and some double track, from what I've heard. A full report with some pictures of the course tomorrow or Monday. Maybe even get to use the XS tread again because they are literally still this clean!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The whole process took about 1.5 hours of distracted working. We glued in my cut down piece of down tube holding rear derailleur cable and perfect! Cable is already stretched a bit but is as smooth without cable stop openings with 100% less chance mud can go into my housing and affect the cable/shifting. This should also work better cleaning bike without anything to shoot into my housing. Now, the only thing that can slow down my shifting is sticky mud like last weekend. Pictured is Ehrlinger's rear derailleur after saturday's mud festival. Got two weeks to get this thing perfect.
*Posted from my new 10.2" hp notebook. Wow I am pro.