Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
A combo of everything let loose and I was not a pleasant person at the end of the day.....onward.
Today is my Friday and tomorrow will be day 1 of getting ready for the race, radio promotion....pick up a few things and then course marking. On the whole it is a lot of work to put on a race.....but with Dale, Ethan, and the Flyers.....it's all good!
I did have to send out an email to all riders, there have been a number of riders on the trails after dusk....not acceptable per the county guidelines....hope we all obey so we do not lose the great trails out there?!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Course........Dale put together an awesome layout.....you will love the course!
Signage and other amenities......Ethan has pure talent when it comes to GFX!
Myself.......lots of permits, phone calls, and emails......looks like we might make it!
Come on up and race with us.....gonna be a good time!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday morning our wake up call at the Super 8 in Fond du Lac comes in at 4am! Damn that was early! Why 4am and why Fondy......Race the Lake.....a little jaunt around Lake Winnebago to start the Sunday morning!
Myself, Warren, Steele, Lanser, and the eventual race winner......Ryan Baumann of the Trek-Livestrong team, all up and ready to hit the pavement for a 90 mile pleasure ride.....or was that a death march!
Fast forward to the start and we are off, Giesen, Lanser and I are in Wave 4.....we immediately are up front helping to power the train.....picking off riders from the other waves and in a nice groove! That is pretty much the story for the first half of the race, a good steady pace in the upper 20's for speed, good group riders around and no one crashing.....we had a great ride to High Cliff!
The hill.....in my opinion.....not all that much of a hill, went up it fairly effortless from the way I remember it......thanks a ton to Randy Borst and Warren's friend Lynn for the bottle hand ups.....that is how we Flyers roll.....no need to get stuck in the congestion when you have help getting the bottle to us......awesome!
My concern before the race was that around 65 miles I may start to suffer......bingo! Mile 65 is when the ugly cramps set in and I was fighting them off hardcore.....long story short.....sucking down fluids and e-caps trying to control the leg cramps.....they were dead set on staying....and did! Thankfully Martini rode up on me somewhere around mile 70, that was huge......we ended up riding in together, stopped a few times to stretch out the legs and both had one goal......cross the line on the bike! Legs actually started to feel a little better in thru the 80's, big cramp with a mile to go....but with a mile to go, you just grit your teeth and ride. Thanks Martini.
My goal was two fold, finish the race, and hopefully finish in under 5 hours. I crossed the line in 4 hours and 40 minutes, not a bad finish (19th out of 72 in the Clydesdale division)......especially considering the fact that this was the longest ride I have ever ridden on my bike. In 18 years of racing bikes, the longest I have ever rode previous to Sunday was 68 miles.....so I am definitely satisfied with the day! A good training ride!
We had around 15 riders at the race, nice to have a bunch of teammates at the race and to have Giesen and Lanser in my wave.....will I do it next year......Mmmmm......I'll get back to you but......it was a good time and great experience!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Riding, yep......getting ready for the "Race the Lake," coming up Sunday....90 miler on the road! Crazy stat.....in 18 years of racing and riding, I have never ridden over 70 miles? That stat will change come Sunday, looking forward to the race, close to 15 Flyers going for the team win!
Short morning ride.....flat.....still a decent ride, just a lot of shorter rides lately....hopefully that will do the trick come Sunday? Did manage a 51 miler last Friday, felt good for the most part, hopefully the neck holds up.....gets a little sore after a while on the bike?
Hopefully my truck took care of it's self, been chugging a bit, after getting it looked at hand having three people tell me something different.....it has not acted up for the past two days? If it continues....Cash for Clunkers?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I have to say the worst part about the Race the Lake......the damn 5:50 am start time.....that is not cool......well it actually might be rather cool at that time of the day!
Still time to join us for the 93 miler....you in.....contact me, you know how to reach me.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Knowing I really need fitness for September, I hit a pretty hard road ride Saturday morning.....not a huge effect on Sunday's race but a touch? At the command, we were off straight up the hill, I felt like I was OK at that point, but then thru the dusty field I felt like the legs were not 100% with me? Keep on chugging and into the forever singletrack (too much too soon for a race), I could feel the effects of crashing at the FireCracker as I was somewhat timid in spots....it was not until the second lap that I feel I shook that and started to rip into the singletrack....it'll be back!
Felt decent on the climbs but not great, lacked that pop to fly up the hill (road ride?), it was a good training race, heart rate up and some nice singletrack to ride.
Bottom line, yes....I am disappointed. This has been tough to go from dropping weight easily last season to holding way too freakin' steady at 210 this year. Ride time is down somewhat but I have to keep plugging along, it has been tough to go from a successful 2008 to one of the least successful season's in quite a few years! Ride time will increase mucho, I promise that to myself, I will get in a hell of a lot better shape by the end of this month....promise.....I have to kick this bullshit of a season right square in the face....I have had enough.