Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
That’s not the only reason why I did so poorly. I also haven’t been riding. Sure I ride 10miles everyday but that’s pretty low intensity work commute mileage. That’s not training. I need to hit the trainer hard and put in 30 or so miles a night.
I took a few sections of the course pretty sloppily though. Coming out of the sandy trails I lost my grip leaning too hard in the turns and my rear washed out a few times. I can’t blame it all on my tires but I did just put on a new set of tires I’d never ridden before, 20 minutes before the start of the race… not so smart. They were didn’t work well in the sand at all.
Here’s some positives about the race: I killed the run up the Ampitheatre of Pain each time. I shouldered well and climbed like an antelope. I also made it through the sand pit almost every time without unclipping and floundering.
I’m just really disappointed in the way this race played out for me this year. This is my favorite race, I have been waiting all year for this race and I totally sucked out. I think I placed in the low 30s. I only passed people in the first lap… after that it was me being passed for the rest of the race.
My fiancée, Tasha, is the best. I haven’t mentioned her in a while on here but she really has been a die-hard supporter of my racing for the past 2 years. Her cheering and encouragement forces me to use every bit of energy to clean that steep hill or pick up my pace on the run ups. I want to thank her for everything she does for me when I’m on and off the bike.
Tasha took some great photos of the killer B’s in action. Here are 200+ images she took: Tash’s Beacon Cross Photo Gallery. If anyone wants original files to print, just let me know.
Well, It’s going to get better. As Kurt Vonnegut said: “the past is prologue”.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Doris was quite interested in what we were doing when we were pulling handfulls of pumpkin brains out at the kitchen table. She was waggin' her tail and standing on her hind legs to see what we were doing with the big orange things... below are a few shots of her on her hind legs in the kitchen.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I saw a rabbit this morning on the way to work. I don't know why but I immediately started thinking about the rabbit in the Monty Python movie: The Holy Grail. Then I realized it's time to add this movie to my Net Flix. Haven't seen it in years.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Lately, with the overtime, I’ve been riding to work and back in the dark. This morning I stepped out into 41° weather. I actually prefer this temperature. It’s not freezing but you need another layer.
This is my 3rd year of riding to work every day. Rain nor snow, nor flat tires keep me from getting to work year round. This is the life I love.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
"c'mon man.. it's for the blog. ...and I'll give you some fish."
I found that the resistance of the fish steadily climbed and almost stabilized at around 50. ohms... which makes me think it has some capacitance. ... interesting.
After measuring 4 fish and calculating the average lengths I have determined, for you, the Sweedish Fish Lover, the average dimensions of one of these soft & chewy candies:
- Avg Length: 1.195"
- Avg height: .530" (taken at doral fin area)
- Avg thickness: .225"
This past weekend was the first double race weekend of the season. I’m still too exhausted to give it the proper write up it deserves but it was one of the most intense and demanding weekends of racing so far this season. Both courses were expertly set up and the weather conditions were perfect.
I ended up 18th on Saturday at Granogue. This was the first of the Verge MAC Cylocross Series. The next day at Wissahickon I placed 11th.
I especially enjoyed racing on Sunday. For most of the race Chris M, FAST Marc, Ray B, Todd Hesle and I were constantly battling for 6th through 10th. In the end, I had slipped to the back of this crew and was unable to catch Chris at the line. I’m happy with 11th. I will be shooting for a top 10 finish at the next Verge MAC race though.
I do have to say this: My game was top notch this weekend at both races. No foolish mistakes, no nervous footing/bobbling on barriers and I chose to run a few sections instead of trying to ride them; I saved precious seconds and my results were the better for it.
Below are a few photos of me in pain… having a blast of course. Gina Harshman took these photos and she’s been doing a great job doing so this season.
Above: Chasing Fast Marc
Above: Dippin' & divin' through the switchbacks.
Above: trying not to wash out in the turns.
Above: Crushing the pedals on the finishing stretch. I gapped up to a rider who passed me on the last lap, switched his wheel and crossed the line a length ahead of him.
Friday, October 20, 2006
So, my toe spikes came in the other day and I picked them up at Joe's last night. They're going to be a big help this season on those muddy run-ups. I just put them on my shoes and they're down right scarey... they're bigger than I thought.... excellent.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I ordered this a month ago for my track bike, but I got the wrong Bolt Pattern. This is a 144BCD, 48T FSA chainring. No ramps. Never used; brand spankin' new. Yours for 30 dead presidents. Let me know and I'll bring it to a race if you like. Here are two other pictures of it:
Sunday, October 15, 2006
The first set of barriers were right in the middle of a climb. No sweat: I was off, over, and back on the pedals in one smooth motion. Next up was a long grassy decent into the sand pits. Luckily the sand pits were solid and my tires were hooking up nicely. At this point I had passed a few more riders and was hanging around 11th or so.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Friday, October 6, 2006
Monday, October 2, 2006
Overall: I felt great, I'm definitely where I want to be as far as my conditioning/fitness and I've got a great attitude toward this season. Next weekend's race: Hagerstown Cross!
ps: I really need to get some new shoes. My Sidi's are 10 years old... 10! I can't keep duct taping them forever.