Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I have found something wrong and write with being young over the past few days. Wrong - I stayed up til maybe 12am two nights in a row. The past three days, I have laid down at about 10pm but sat there WIDE awake until at least 12:30am. How can this happen so quickly? Does my body know I don't have school tomorrow or did I really adapt to changing my sleeping patterns 3 hours different a day that quickly? All I know for sure is, sleeping 10 hours a night for a week straight makes you feel so much better, no matter at what time. Write - Also on the adaptation theme, I started to do some more core work so I won't have to pull out of half my races next year due to back pain. The plan is to start 10 reps x 1 set and work your way up to 20 reps x 2 sets for maximum ab-ability. The first workout I did, I warmed up a little with a walk on the treadmill and was crying-for-mom-suffering by the end. The second time I completed the workout, I warmed up a little more with some very light stretching, but I did 50% more workload, and can barely feel the effort sitting here 6 hours later. That is a good sign. It felt 50% better during, too.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I put a lot of stuff on my plate this winter hoping it would work out better for racing next year considering this year didn't go the way I wanted. Outside of actually training, these are some of the projects I want to focus on:

Work on until my mind goes.
Remove tread from used mtb tire and put it on road shoes aiming for a stiffer mtb shoe.
Repack all pedals with grease.
Clean all cassettes and chainrings.
Apply wet lube to all bikes for the winter.

Then at Broadview Heights, I want to make a cyclocross park for real. It obviously won't be this official since we don't live in Boulder, but, I still would like to get it enough to have a solid practice course where you could practice everything relatively legally and within a 1 mile radius.
So Broadview::
Cut in stairs onto gravel path
Begin a nice smoothed out singletrack section in za woods
Repack entry to bridge to stairs, then cover bridge with something very grippy (see above photo for said bridge to stair combo pack)
Find ways around stone path to oil drillers (or, mandate clinchers at park)
Grind up soild to implicate sand somewhere in za woods

Onto the bikes.

Dial in fits with Sean on all bikes.

Richard Sachs::
Gutted/Broken Rival Shifters put on
Clean Chain
Put on a massive training gear (work on lowwww end power for big muscles)

TT Bike::
Swap to Sram Force 175mm Cranks
Get Sram Rival Brakeset
Adjust front shifting
Clean Chain
Really, really work on fit

Road Bike::
New Chain
Rebuild with parts from A Bike (red crankset from B Bike)
Piece together a set of tubulars
Extra Coats of Bike LUST before build

B Bike::
New Chain
Full Fenders
Build up matching front pt wheel (open pro w/ pt front hub)
Put on Time ATAC XS’s
FSA 172.5’s with NO pedal spacers (slight cleat modification to follow)

New Chain
Garmin Cadence/ Head unit
Nokon Cables
XX Shifters
Decide if I need more than an 11-28 in the rear (26t up front)
Put back together training wheels

Monday, December 20, 2010

MIGHT as WELL call IT ovcx

This will probably be a bit jumbled as I wrote this on multiple dates at multiple rage levels. So beware and let's hope you are a local so you know what I am talking about a little bit.
While the series is still a little fresh in everyone's mind: I should start bringing up next year's plans. I have some pretty good (in my mind) ideas of what I want to do with our cyclocross series next season. Yes, I italicize "our" because if you have an event, you are a big part of the series, especially when you have been putting it on for the past 12 years (even though you are getting ruled out of it this year, haha) HERE is what they are doing down south, arguing on the internet, so let's get to it.

My Plan for Daily Race Schedule:

11: 30 minute event - C Men (Cat 4) and Juniors (u18) start 30 seconds after and C Women (Cat 4) start another 30 seconds after

1145: 40 minute event - B Men (Cat 3,4) and Singlespeed? - note time gap (30 minutes) in between until Master's (old guys need their warmup, and officals need a little break)

1: 40 minute event - Masters (40+ and 50+) and Women Open starting 3 minutes later (divided into under 35 and over 35)

2: 60 minute event - A Men (Cat 1,2,3)

Arguments: Women - we don't have enough women for a separate 1/2/3, 3, and 4 race so I divided it up into three categories (cat 4, open under 35, open over 35). I didn't know whether to put the women open's race with B men, or masters, but I will do some calculations later to figure out field sizes then put them with the least amount on course (no traffic for women) Technically, we should start the women first (generally under 10 racers, followed by the B race) Masters - so many we need to split up the B race in half, cut out a few in the A's/C's, and have a good size field with a wide variety of riders (still ok) divided by 40+ and 50+. This will be a spread out field, but would be competitive throughout. Singlespeed - This isn't Portland, there are no singlespeeders. Just kidding, if interest is shown, this would be a good one to run with the B field. NOT OVCX - I think the great part about our series IS the lack of categories. I hate going to a race where they combine fields or don't have enough numbers for at least the first few people to get upgrade points. It is totally wrong to have 6 separate Master's categories. Maybe its because I am not aged well enough, but, having more than 2 Master's categories is VERY excessive when the total race gets mayyyybe 200 racers. Maybe. Then having 4 junior categories when the majority of last year we HAD 4 juniors in the race, total.
At this point in the year, we MIGHT get two dates on the schedule for Lake Effect promoted races. I don't quite realize how or why this is happening. #WTF. I seriously thought we (being team lake effect) were going to have 4-5 races this season (Boughton, Kirtland, Kent, Broadview for sure) but all the dates are already filled up. It is not as if we can't put on a Saturday race followed by a Sunday race with a different promoter, BUT, generally most people have to work on Friday so the course would have to be put up on race day AND I know quite a few racers who have children/wives/lives that don't put them in the situation to race a double weekend more than once or twice a year, so they would miss series points, be out of contention, then may not be as interested in the overall. Also, "no dates after the Thanksgiving weekend," if I remember correctly this is cyclocross NOT ROAD RACING. My proposition is obviously to run a series right against the big dawg neocx series. This is definitely not the best solution, but, when you want to put on races and race dates are set 2 DAYS AFTER the end of the prior year, there is no solution. It is like a bidding game that everyone will complain about shortly after playing. To spit even more in our faces, the large majority of these races don't have permission from the park/grounds to have the race (all of them don't besides Brett's weekend - parent's property (he might not have even asked his dad yet)) I heard Wendy Park wasn't asked until two weeks prior to have the race this year, but was on the schedule 2 months in advance. I am just so enraged at all this. Simplicity is the key, everyone thought. Remember, it is just a bunch of lycra clad racers going around in circles.
If you've made it this far, thank you. All Comments are greatly appreciated and needed.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

an appropriate ending to the script

Cap City #7 didn't go to well. I was riding inside the top 5 (of the A RACE!!!) for almost two laps when my rear derailleur cable froze to my frame, then slid out from my force rear derailleur. This left me in the 39-11 gear, only, with my cable flopping through the wind. I realized this wasn't an option considering the race winner only had his 3 easiest gears functioning, and won. That is how sticky/sloppy slow it was. Race over, season over. Nothing like doing well, only to be let down majorly. But I am used to that apparently this season, so I wasn't a debbie downer.

Based on this site. I don't think I completed a single one of my goals this year so we can skip that section in the cyclocross review of 2010.
not going - to the chiropractor earlier on (extra segment of vertebrae in my sacral vertebrae that was crammed, right pelvis was 1/2 inch lower than my left one, and, my whole spinal column was twisted to the right slightly all the way down) 15 treatments spread across a month and all better for now
then - NOT riding in September, resting so much with a few dnf's and dns's throw in the mix
32c tires - what was i thinking, by the time I'm a uci elite tires will be electronic or something, 34's make the courses in europe child's play (sven nys quote)
worn - out pedals
majorly - differently sized rims
challenge fango's - i should give them more credit (at Kirtland, ideally similar conditions, after i switched bikes and equal traction as grifo's, etc) but not enough bite still. more a sliding feeling not matter what pressure (played between 20 and 40, sweet spot is lower but still not that grippy) rear tire also wore down after about 15 short rides with minimal pavement. Front tire was wayyy better than rear though.
Fully sealed cable systems (gore/nokon)
1 bike single ring, 1 bike double ring
salad and water. as much as you can consume all the time.
water for the final two hours before a cross race. only. Gels = too amped up for me = no 2:30 feeling later but = toooo crazy feeling first lap, followed by a premature bonk
lots of calories the night before race with good sized breakfast if race before twelve, no other food. before state's I consumed this at Olive Garden in the matter of a half an hour:
- 2 salads
- 5 breadsticks
- 1 meatball
- 1 full entre' of cheese ravoli with meat sauce
- 2 dr. peppers
- 2 large waters
Sadly, those stats are no fluke as I have noticed a major increase in energy race day with an enormous meal the night before. Ittez what works I guess.
race at 2, then breakfast, followed by bagel/sandwich three hours out.
recovery food instantly - gatorade perform + clif bar + sleeping in compression
bigger base of z1,2,3
actually riding during September
working in the powermeter more (do at least 1 race (cross) with it for actually data)
11-28 cassettes all around
starting on the front row
more tire options of course (thinking 4 sets - Grifo, File Tread, 34 typhoon, 33 terra's, meh maybe just suck it up and get rhino's)
stronger core / with at least better short power running
more knowledge - if you make the group after the initial two lap split, the effort will decrease dramatically and you will recover

Saturday, December 11, 2010

did he just say what i just said

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He explains the beads around his neck, too.

more nationals coverage

My dad had a pretty good TT Friday which put him a lot closer to the front than in prior years, at least the system worked a little bit in his favor. Even though he ended up 21st in the TT, he was still 5 rows deep in the 50-54 AG due to prior call-ups for earlier years' results. He managed to move back up to 21st for a pleasing finishing result even with the super epic conditions.
And just to put it in perspective how fast everyone is at Nationals, Jon Card won Ohio's PRO STATE championship, but managed only a 10th in the 45-49 AG yesterday, and was almost 4 minutes behind the winner in a 48 minute race! I want to say he once made the podium (cyclocross AG wise) but has never come close to the win. (But he did get a 2nd and a 6th in this year's road nationals in his age group)
My dad was preriding the course earlier this week and someone caught a picture of him on the flyover catching some air.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

this just in from bend

My dad and Julie are out at Nationals for cyclocross this year in Bend, Oregon once again. Today Julie had two races, age group master's women and singlespeed, with a three hour time split to cure the legs and singlulate the bike. She ended up taking 10th in the 45-49, then getting 4th in the woman's singlespeed. Those are some pretty awesome results and putting them on the same day makes it all the more special.
Now she gets to rest up the rest of the weekend (long weekend, huh) while my dad goes at it Saturday. Our buddy Patrick who we have visited in NM before got 8th in the SS TT after no warmup, then got a front row start only to have his chain break, sound familiar? His teammate Andrew, who is 18, rode wheel to wheel on Wednesday for the win in the B-Open race, eventually taking second in the sprint to the line. Nice job! I'll update more as the results come in!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

signs of the apocalypse

With the random outbreak in snow (went from 95° to 70° to 40° to 15° this year, no inbetweens) I realized something must be up. I checked my email from jawnp and found the answer.
That is right. The man who has made fun of facebook for like 10 years (before it was invented, he made fun of it) and doesn't know how to turn the volume down on the computer.... has a facebook.
Also, Mac™ almost winning a sprint ?!? Something is up.

Monday, December 6, 2010

revenge at penultimate cap city

I guess I have been holding a grudge against Cap City for three reasons: 1) They marked me as a DNF two years ago at Alum Creek 2) I went back for revenge last year (for the dnf) but failed to bring toe spikes, and lost catastrophically on the run-ups after leading the majority of the race. 3) I rode a really smooth race at Big Run, but lost to three old guys. Normal people would forget this and go on with the great well run series, but not me.
My warmup was a sluggish pace at best and consisted of 1.5 laps (I usually do about 5, or like 3+trainer time) so I felt really cold (for once) at the start and decided to stay warm I needed to go hard at the start. I needed to rip some "B" field legs off since I have pretending to do the "A's" this year.
The first lap I tried to produce a fast lap (jPows style, fast forward to 9:20) and really test the waters (more like me being dumb style). I did exactly that and had 15 seconds ahead of the BIG pack after lap one of six. The next five laps were boringly hard, as I wasn't feeling too hot but still pushed my limits. Each lap, a group of 8 (smartly riding together on the windiest day ever) would get about 5 seconds on the 3 loooonnng back to back to back straights. Then I felt I needed to open it up more so through the rest of the course I would put back a few of those seconds. I bet the group was getting pretty annoyed and the spectators because it looked as though each lap was similar with a different guy leading the chase group. With two to go, a singlespeed dude was trying to bridge across to me. This was a good motivator as I tried to keep my 15 seconds to him now as he had his 15 on the rest. I managed to hold him off and get the overall "W" in a Cap City B/Masters race.
Onto the A's now for good if I can kick this sickness by Sunday.

Friday, December 3, 2010

waiting for revenge

I have recently found myself waiting (but still being excited) for these last two weekends of racing to pass before starting anything really different at all. The bikes aren't suffering too bad after some cable replacing, lubing, stretching and a good bit of cleaning the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. My legs also seem to be doing alright so I have done a few short intervals (like the ones on a taper week) to keep them fresh but no where near overtrained. I have been kept busy with homework all week and have only managed 1.5 hours on the bike this week, all on the trainer too (.5 hour recovery ride, 1 hour with some LT and very short sprints) so no worry there. But I find myself not just saving a rebuild/reclean on the bikes and the legs; but rather everything else I usually don't do:
-not cutting in trail in my backyard
-not full on cleaning of the basement
-not really getting into my new basketball league
-not digging too deep into
-not flushing out my computer and downloading new stuff
-not finishing any major blog posts

Anyway, here are some more pictures from John Bryan last weekend.
Keep in mind all these photos are copied/stolen without any permission. But I will thank Jeff, Chris, and Julie for the shots so I don't get sued. Man, Erick strung it out at the start. I request more sand next year so I can fall more.