Monday, September 28, 2009

6 Gap Century 2009

Perfect weather yesterday. This is the first year I've had riding legs and figured out my nutrition for a ride this long so I set a few goals for myself. First to stay with the front group over Neal's gap. I was just off the back of the 1st chase group. Looked like the front group was about 30 people and the chase group had about 12 people. I caught back on, on the decent. Helped pull somebody else back on as well, who says he owes me a beer when we caught back on the group (though I didn't see him after the ride..hummmm). It was great having help pull through the valley over to Jack's gap. Again I was just off the back over the top. Chased again but was about 150 short of the group before the start of Unicoi. (Decent too short.) By the time I got to Hogpen my legs were blown. My avg speed to this point was 19.1 mph. Lungs were great but legs said I'm done. I kept looking down thinking there's no way I'm in my 27, it's too hard to turn the pedals over. Slowest climb EVER up Hogpen. I stopped at the first stop (which I said I would never do) to get some water and let the blood drain out of my legs + stretch. Had some cramping but pounded some water and it went away. Got to the top and stopped again to hit the bathroom, grab a little food and some more water. On the decent my chain came off and wrapped around my crank arm and was rubbing on my rear rim. Had a small heart attach, stopped and spent a lot more time than I wanted fixing the chain but thankfully still with a working bike and no other issues. Both hands now black with grease would get all over the Aaron's white kit, my bar tape and everything else I touched for the rest of the day. Hooked up with a small group to help pull back over to wolfpen gap. Started eating more and felt good from the top of wolf to the end. My goal was to finish in under 6 hours. I had a 6:08 ride time but 6:19 overall time with the 2 stops and chain issue. A great ride day for me especially since I'm not a climber. I should have eaten more (1/2 cliff bar, 2 crackers and 5 gels. 2 orange slices and some grapes) but never felt like I was going to bonk. No sickness and I could eat after the ride - WOOHOO. Thats a feat in-and-of itself. Stats - 11,332 feet of climbing, 162 avg hr, 16.92 avg mph, 47.3 max speed (not taking the risks these days). A great end to the season.

Results are posted HERE - 96th place of 1000 timed finishers... sweet. I'm guessing close to 1800 people rode or attempted the full ride. Timing chips were optional.

On a very sad note, one of my teammates Mick was hit by a car yesterday while riding his bike and is in critical condition. Thank you to everyone that helped and his family in their time of need. Our thoughts are with him.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

I was invited to stay and play at school today.

Aidan's teacher requested (yesterday) that I come in and play with something called a marble maze. The kids have been discovering how to build a maze out of blocks for a marble to run through. I was there the morning it was introduced but let them discover and create on their own. Today I was to show them some new and creative ways to use the blocks. HUGE TOWER... crazy kids... chaos... it was fun.

New Business Cards

New design, updated address... should have been done long ago.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Beautiful Backroads Century 2009

Holy hell that was a different kind of fun. Maybe 80 to 100 riders at the start, down to about 30 after 5 miles. Dry roads and now rain for the first 1.5 hours... then rain on and off. Most riders opted for the 60 mile loop. Shortly after it ended up Roy Simmons - Outspoken/Strenflex some young RBM rider and myself. I thought the ride was rolling hills. It was for the first 60. They saved most of the climbing for mile 60 to 85, ouch. After 75 miles I had to just sit on as I didn't have the legs to work as much as the other 2. RBM guy blew up at 90 miles. I didn't have much more. We slowed down and finished together after suffering in the rain all day. The 3 of us finished in 4:40 with 103 miles. I swear my kit was white when I started.

Then drove straight to the mall to do some shopping with the family.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Some New Bike Concepts

http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/8-Brilliant-Bicycle-Concepts.html

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Vuelta quote of the day

Yesterday, Lars Boom is about the finish the stage, 20 minutes ahead of the peleton but only 1 minute ahead of the next rider. The commentator says, "Lars has time to go through the McDonald's drive-through on the left there if he wants... but it looks like he's going to head straight for the finish".

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's 9/11

Take a moment to remember what happened 8 years ago. Perhaps put a USA flag out if you have one.

Universal Sports now on Direct TV!

Thank GOD! In a hissy about the price Comcast (owner of Versus) wanted to charge Direct TV to broadcast the channel, DTV stopped broadcasting this month when the contract expired... SUX - one of the only channels I watch, the only channel that had cycling. Tour de France and most of the classics are now gone :( - BUT, they picked up Universal Sports which has MORE coverage as of now. I watched the Giro on my laptop wired to the TV on there. They are also broadcasting La Vuelta (tour of Spain) the last grand tour of the year. So far, awesome! Haven't watched Stage 12 (today) yet but now I can TIVO it! and not watching LOW res versions. It's on 604 if you have Direct TV. (plus lots of other sports all day long)

Just Launched - EPI Breads

http://epibreads.com/ - Portal website for an Atlanta based bread company. Designed by Ground Zero, copy and project management by Hamiter Inc. Full website soon.

EPI Breads

Just Updated - Verdek

http://www.verdek-ev.com/MainPage.aspx - Electric cars and charging stations. A new client who just needed updates. A .Net site which we don't touch normally but they just needed some graphic work, flash updates and some flash video.

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Aidan

Is in week #3 of school (pre K part 2). Class looks to be good, 16 kids and 2 teachers. Aidan potty trained? We'll see. We took the diapers away last week and so far so good. He has lots of new toys from his "potty" achievements. (courtesy of my old legos and Gabe Wilner's old toy gifts - thank you Gabe!) Aidan's hamming it up pictures while dining out below.

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Share the Road Century

This post was for the ride last Monday on Labor Day. My 3rd Centry in 9 days. No kick in the legs but the numbers say I was doing the same amount of work as the first two. I'm taking the recap written by David Hicks:

"Great ride. Hilly. Nice temperatures. A smaller century - but still well supported.

Started out with the usual throng of freds doing all sorts of stupid things. Soon the paceline started and the group was whittled right down. I think around mile 60 I turned to Marc and said "it's going to be just the 2 of us by the end". I was close - we had 1 other chap, a hairy-legged fellow who was quite fit. The last 10 miles had slimmed us down from 6 to the final 3.

Not a fast century, by any means; 4:40. Certainly not ever a sub-4 candidate - it's just too hilly.

We were caught by the Sundayride group at one point. Rode with them until one of their riders had a mechanical. Never saw them again.

Beautiful roads. The only exception being Hwy 92 - it was busy. Directions were pretty good, especially if you were paying attention."

Stats... 4:40 time, 21.8 mph, 5926 feet of climbing, 149 avg hr, 213 avg watts, 242 norm power

Saturday, September 5, 2009

MACC - One Love Century

101.13 miles. 4:26 front group (minus 4). 22.8 avg pace. 5593 ft of climbing. Perfect weather, misty rain on and off all day. Mark Lininberg and little Mark left alone 10 minutes before the start and finished about 10 or 12 minutes before us. (sick) Spotted Tucker Bob on the ride. Roy set the pace after 35 miles and took what few riders we had down to about 14 soon after. Roy and Terry O'Tool left our group with 45 miles to go and we never saw them again. The group we had stayed strong to the end and everyone worked together (mostly). No where to hide ment LOTS of work. (214 avg watts - 238 Normalized power) I felt slugish at the start but got stronger at the end of the ride. Lots of food, drinks and music after the ride. MACC puts on a great event. Tons of volunteers to help with everything. Even had bottles of water in hand for us at some of the corners on the course though I didn't need it. Only used 2 1/4 bottles all day.