Thursday, December 23, 2010

Here we go again....

So, again, seriously considering the Dirty Kanza 200. Three years ago, I did it, and it was really a landmark in my life. Two years ago I injured in training and couldn't prepare adequately. Last year, I entered, and then just got too busy getting the brewery going. I did help the race orgainzers and helped run the half-way checkpoint during the race. This year, I'm just aching to go again.

Was on the trainer for 40 minutes two days ago. Dislike the trainer, but loved the way it felt. Entry is Jan 15. I'll have it figured out by then, and somehow I'm pretty sure I'll do it.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Good to be home again...

Went 25ish today on the road bike. Gorgeous day, light breeze, mostly from the East. As always, many, many hills.

New directions - consider the Mantracker - a television show on the Science Channel. I would like to be 'prey'. 36 hours of running, thinking, moving, fueling, hydrating, and kicking horse-riding tail. Heh. Looking for a suitable partner, who can hack the distance, the intensity and who is willing to train with pain. If you know anyone, please give me a call!


Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm an idiot, and I can prove it.

In the last 5 years or so, I've got better than 18,000 miles on the bike. You'd think I know better.

So today, after having ridden only 60 miles in the last 3 months, I decide to crank out 40 miles, leaving the house at noon. On a brutally hot day. Heat index 105.

Now, I took 3L of water, plenty of calories and lytes. At 10 miles, I thought I should turn around, just a little too great a challenge as I began heading into the wind. At 15 I thought I'd catch a tailwind, just go 5 more, turn around, cruise homeward. At 20 realized wind direction had changed, and started feeling a little less fresh (WARNING IDIOT!).

I'd been planning the route for the day, and I was not about to wimp out and cut the route, sooner or later I'd have a tailwind and 2 hours later I was pretty sure things would cool off. (YOU FREAKING IDIOT!) I stopped for 20+ minutes whose house was on the route. Cooled off a little bit, and a fleeting thought suggested I call my wife for a ride home. Didn't, because I'm not brilliant.

I pounded some calories, felt a little fresher, and of course, 7 miles from home, thought I should finish strong. But I wasn't strong, I just had a little break. I was being an idiot. So I hammered every hill. Well, about 4 hills. Then felt really shaky, and really sacked, weak, really just done. Did call for help. Finally, because I was getting wiser.

Came home, showered, ate, felt a little sleepy and laid down for what I anticipated would be a 15 minute rest. 2 hours later, awoke from the sleep of the dead and realized that I had been....AN Idiot.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kansas. Weather in Kansas.

Well, like everywhere else, the folk here say you can't predict anything. I'm getting better. IF I am entered in a challenging event, I can be reasonably certain that there will be crap weather until the date of the event. Crap meaning rain, cold, ice, and mud from hell, everywhere. Thankfully, the day of the event ends up being 80 and overcast, which is perfect for racing. We're in the crap phase now.

Torched my Ultegra rear derailleur yesterday in mud over my rims, which didn't even look that wet until I was buried in it. Somehow picked up a rock, which went over the first pulley, locked up the drivetrain and yanked the rear derailleur OVER the rear axle. I had two gears coming home. At least the chain didn't break!

Ran 2 before the ride, and one after, just to make sure the tank was empty. The legs still felt amazing though, even though I'd gone 30+, the first half into 20+ sustained headwinds. Feels good to know I'll have some punch when I get to the start line. Just need to start going a LOT longer to be sure the punch will be there at mile 195!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Craving the Zen

Don't know how crazy you can get craving bike zen, but I feel like I'm wanting to burst out of a cage or something. I listen to my riding songs and ride the trainer, but I just don't get the rush like I do climbing like a banshee. Guess Zen is more a peace thing, I'm ready to bust out like the Hulk. And on good days, I look just like him, without the green tempera paint.

The rolling hills around here are silly putty. I've tried to ride them, and there is no joy in the effort as yet. Too much muck, wind and rain. It's coming though, and the legs are ready to kill.

I'll let you know when I've scorched the sinew!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

More spinning!

Been on the trainer for the past few weeks. Did get one crazy killer hill workout though (see previous post). I do feel like the aerobic side is coming back, but when I take it out on the road I realize how much less intense the trainer actually is.

On the hill repeats, I did 3/8 mile hills west of town about 6 miles. First one up, even with a decent warmup, just killed. Burned my lungs, my legs were killing me, and by the time I got to the top I honestly was so out of breath that I was a little panicky. Got the bicarb going and hills 2-5 were okay. Interestingly, the rollers coming home were awesome quick and strong. Just needed that workout to wake up the legs and lungs again.

Kevin and I are spinning on Tues. together, I expect we'll continue when weather gets nicer by taking the bikes on the road or gravel on Tues. evenings instead. I'll let you know when we get out of doors.

Still aiming high at the DK 200. On a whim, I entered the lottery for the Leadville 100, which was insane. But still, if I get in, I might just tune up the full-suspension rig at take it on! We'll see. There is much brewery market research to do in Colorado, after all!


P.S. I'm starting a brewery. I'm on Facebook as "Hiawatha Beverage, Inc." Join the page (become a "fan") and join me as I get this thing going!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ahhh, hills.

Finally beginning to feel like the snap is returning to my legs!

Worked hills today, felt great! Long hard repeats, and successfully so.

So much else is going on - feels good to be able to have the confidence that the DK will go well.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Get Spoked! In the words of Rebecca Martin -

A wonderful person and avid cyclist has it right. The following is the mission statement at the top of her blog, and I buy every word:

Of the cycle, by the cycle, for the cycle. Written by a 50-something female from Kansas, seeking other cyclists who share her goal of cultural velo-domination. Get spoked about cycling!

Follow her riding and writing at:

Regarding the DK and training: Stephen and I had a killer ride yesterday. We rode the road bikes, cause the gravel around here isn't gravel as much as soup. Hammered into the wind to Horton and back. I led most of the way there, blew myself apart, and Stephen flew into Hiawatha about 3/4 mile ahead of me hammering hard. I was just breathing hard.

A good start, with about 4 1/2 months to pull get it together.

Thanks for following along.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dirty Kanza 2010

I made the roster, which filled in under 14 hours.

Training has begun! Loving being back on the bike, after a lengthy hiatus. Guru's Gravel Grinder last week almost killed me, ended up 35 miles on velcro-like clay. I really enjoyed the ride, and it was a nice eye-opener that I have some substantial work to do.

At the same time, I'll be tearing down a house, and starting a brewery!

More soon.