A couple of hard days

Tuesday – I headed out for a lunch ride. I’ve been having computer issues with my Garmin Edge 301. I couldn’t get my little “Pacer” to show up the way I wanted him to. I got it to show up and started racing myself. I did about a 20 mile time trial “against myself”. You can race any previous effort – so I raced a good one from about 2 weeks ago. When I finished this effort, my pacer was 2.5 miles behind. Roughly 6-7 minutes, probably! I was tired and sore, but wow…. what a work out! Most pleased. Then I realized – it’s Tuesday – and I have to race tomorrow night. Suck it up – be tuff – cool – I got it!

Wednesday I get off work early and ride with Sarah. We did that and it was fun. We did about 23 miles on the Silver Comet Trail. Sarah exhibited new behaviors in her riding including sprints and powering over a hill out of the saddle – I think she’s finding her inner sprinter or something. It was really a nice day on the trail.

Get off the trail and head to the DLV. Race night! Warm up went about as planned. I did about 25 laps before the organized warm up, then 20 with the “C” group, and 15 with the B. I felt good … life was good, let’s race.

Typically, the short races start slow and unless I jump they stay that way. Not last night – some fast guys from Alabama were in town and they LIT IT UP! I was seeing Elvis and this was only our first race. I didn’t finish last – that’s about all I can take out of this one. The Miss-n-Out was a little bit better. Started SUPER fast … but I played it a bit smarter. Got a wheel – rode it out… I bet I was “middle of the pack”.

The “Tempo” is something new for this track, but its old pain for me. A race, where the 1st rider gets 2 points per lap, the second rider gets 1. Simply put, it’s FAST! I was determined to do better in this one and I did. No placing, but I stayed in the field. I may have gotten a top 5? not sure, but I know we lapped a bunch of people. I sort of found my game.

Now… let’s add on a madison. It was an odd, small madison. I unleashed a GREAT sprint for the first sprint and scored us a second place points. I was happy with that and then realized – we still had 20 more laps and that sucked. I suffered it out and we finished – I think third – good deal.

I finished off the night riding up a category in another Tempo – I don’t think that was smart – I think I was too smoked, but hey… 70 laps of racing with only minimal breaks – thats good training.

No track racing for a couple of weeks – but we should get some good training. Now it’s time to get to work – then ride with Sarah. I hope she doesn’t hurt me too bad today.

Track Racing – a hard night

Last night was another night @ the DLV.  Things are starting to come around, but I’m still not where I want to be.  I’ve got a few obsticles in my way, but am working though those.  I saw some progress tonight – which is good!

The night started with a 5 lap scratch to seed the “Wheel Race”.  Having no deisire to ride in the wheel – I had little motivation in this.  The problem with a 5 lap scratch is that it’s so short, you cant wear anybody out – and if you don’t ride aggressively, everybody sits around and rides slow.  Last night, a guy took off for 2 laps… which was nice as that is ussually me.  From there, everybody just watched each other… I kept the pace moving and with 1.5 to go gave it an 80 % effort.  I was happy to not finish last – about all I was trying for.

The “Unknown Distance”.  It’s unknown.  Everybody wanted to save it for the end, so 3 times I punched got a gap, led for a lap or more…. and got sucked back in.  When the bell rang, I was recovering from a punch and had nothing – SUCK!

Points race 1.  I thought I had more than I did.  After the first sprint (which I grabbed a point in) I saw a guy up the track.  I thought I could catch him.  I did.  I thought I could gap the field.  I didn’t.  Right after the chase, the bell rang… had NOTHING… spent a few laps playing chase and sprint.  Didn’t work out – I got 5th.  We lapped a lot of people.

Points race 2.  I was certainly not recovered from the first one.  I had a lot of issues and was wishing I had a bigger gear.  I couldn’t see straight, it hurt.   After 6 or so laps – I “threw in the towel” but then got mad at myself for doing so.  I never left the track, I sat up – got back on the end of the field and finished in the field.  Yeah, a lap down, but I fought it out.  On the 5 to go sprint, I was cracking.  Steve Hill said “Come on Scott”.  He was on my wheel – I knew if I pop’d he would get gapped and thats not nice.  I dug in, stayed in the field and finished it off.  A good effort.

All in all – a fun night.   Good racing – nice weather.  No “spats”.  I earned a point – my first of the year.  Progress.

Let me apologize

I went on a bike ride today.  I rode pretty hard.  My time is limited and I wanted to kill as many calories as possible.  I really just wanted to get in a great workout.  I rode from my home to the Silver Comet Trail.  Rode about 11 miles up the SCT and then turned around.  On the way back I was getting tired, I was riding “tempo” and just grinding away at about 100 rpm.  Good pace, tired, not paying attention.  On the trail, I space out now and then.

The next 20 seconds of my life – i’m not sure what happened, but I sort of realized all of the sudden that I was about to drill some guy, I couldn’t go around him as there was another guy coming… I realized I could make it so I sort of ‘buzzed’ the guy really close.  I didn’t hit him, I wasn’t scared… but apparently I made him angry.  He chased me down and started yelling at me.  I was quite apologetic.  While what I did was “safe” in the sense that I had no problem passing somebody that close, I did invade his (and another riders) “personal space”.  He said “that was closer than even bike racers come”.  I said “I’ve done a little racing in my day”.  We talked about bike racing… got on to track racing.  He read my jersey and said something about FixedGearFever – apparently he reads it all the time and asked me how I got a FGF jersey.  I told him it was actually my site.  He said in an excited manner “Are you Scott from FixedGearFever?” I told him I was and he was in sort of a state of shock.  I’ve seen this unnecessary reaction a few times before, but at the next few moments cracked me up.

This guy (named Mike) said “I am sorry!”  I asked “for what?”   He said “If I had known you knew how to ride so well, I would never have said anything like that!  I am sorry for questioning your skills!  Wow, I just insulted a real track racer. I am so sorry!”

I told him I was just a regular guy that loves track racing and geek stuff.  I felt bad for spacing out and putting other riders in danger.  I said that my apology stands and he had NOTHING to apologize for.  I’ve been yelled at for smaller stuff.  This was all good.  We chatted a bit more then he went back to his rest day.

As my illegitmate uncle Fred one put it “Scott is just a fan of track racing, no Scott is a super fan!”  I’m not a hero, roll model or above the law.

Overall – a GREAT ride.  I burried myself in 2 hours.  Good work.

101 fun loving laps

So tonight started the 2009 track season for me. I’d love to tell you all about my great fitness – my superbe riding…. but well, I rode. I was testing out some new handlebars for Zipp and I did a lot of just riding. It was good… but I found myself kind of wanting to go back to Colorado Springs for a session or two. Ride with my old friends and teammates, enjoy a post ride pizza at Il’vicinos, enjoy a good case of track hack… enjoy a smooth track for a bit. Now, I’ve thought through it hundreds of times and know that even if I were back in CO… it wouldn’t be “the same”. It wouldn’t be better, worse … just different. I’ve come a long way in adjusting to the ATL and it’s alright here… but I have no crew. In COS, I had a crew… I still keep in touch with many of them online – which is awesome. I am thankful for email, facebook, twitter and whatever as it makes it super easy but some how without a homemade rootbeer and a Campagnola it’s not the same.

I’d give a few people a shout out – but you know who you are! Now I have 2 weeks to get in shape for the season – better get crackin!

5 wheels + 1 wheel – how many bicycles?

So we decided to make life easier and “ride from home”. We still need a lot of work refining our getting ready routine, but we did it. Rode from our home… a victory in many ways. Sarah’s “lady bits” (my friend called them that) are not enjoying life so much today – but that can be expected. She did really good riding around our area which is hilly. I kind of think she is starting to respect what cyclist do a bit more as she realizes its not “just riding a bike”.

I impressed myself, dragging the kids (Derek on the trail-a-bike, Max in the trailer – 5 wheels) up 2 reasonably large hills (those who have been to my house, we made it to the house…). It was good.

Later, during nap time I took Derek with me and we went for some unicycling. I did really well today… in my down hill unicycling! (yeah, down hill). You see, the hard part for me is keeping the wheel rolling… and going down a slight grade, it helped. I bet I rode 15 feet two or three times!

I’ll get that thing figgered out!