Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ice Road Truckers - Mountian Bike Edition

John S & I hit the dirt ( roads today) Started out fun ended up fun but the middle of the ride was tough. 28 degree departure time temp and a 20 mph wind. It did not get warmer and the sun played hide and seek behind the clouds. We both really strugled with the road conditions. John went down once early & I was down 2x before the 1/2 way point. We managed to keep it together from there. Nothing hurt to bad as we were mostly frozen. As I am starting to thaw my hip feels like it was used as a landing pad, oh wait it was. Hard to be cool when your clipped in with hands on the grips and laying in the road. The second time I went down fast. The GPS popped off and I did not realize it was missing till we were 3/4 mile down the road. Was able to return to the scene of the crime and it was still there. It spend the rest of the ride in my pocket.

Somewhere north of lake orion as we were navigating the crowned road full of Ice 2 other team riders blew by us, they had to have had studs on their tires. We kept pace on the flats but after the first corner they were gone.

Below is the GPS from our loop. It felt much more hilly than the GPS post looks like. We were in the boondocks.


GPS - Link

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Holidays

It's that time of year again. The Xmas tree, lights and decorations are up. The temperatures have dropped, sometimes below zero. Any shape or form of cycling for me has moved to solely indoors. But, where's the snow? Rain, Rain, Rain all spring, summer and now December. For the last two years, I've been able to strike outdoor lights from the "honey do" list due to snow late November/early December. No excuses this year. My grass is still growing.

It's nearly time for the Wheeler family to make their yearly trip to Montreal to visit the Canadian out-laws. Which for me, usually means a solid week of running. Sometimes in knee deep snow. Remembering back to this time last year, I hadn't ran two months before the December holidays but, somehow I was lighter, leaner and generally felt like I was in better shape. Most likely due to a near religious routine or riding the rollers and spin class post Iceman. Opposed to a few weeks off inbetween then and now this year. Training has definitely started up for me. I've been hitting spin class with teammate Andy Staub, runnning and have got on the rollers and trainer once. Definitely a lot of work to do before now and the beginning of the season. I think the key will be just getting into routine again. The rest should take care of itself.

The picture above is a picture of our Xmas tree arriving home from Home Depot on my "suburban life pickup truck". I've been giving some thought lately about modifying my little trailer, adding some 2x4's, skewer mounts, my car topper and maybe a cooler to create a unique bicycle, bicycle gear and beer transportation device. Maybe a couple of flags, etc. Maybe I'll put a few hours in and gear it up for an event this coming season. It'd probably end up being more a rolling embarassment but, it'd be worth a laugh or two.

Anyways, back to the point of this post. Wanted to wish everyone on the team and in internet land Happy Holidays to you and their families.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Season End

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for a great 2009 season. Without your help none of this would be possible. 2010 here we come!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

I am trying to turn it up a notch

Its really encouraging how many miles I have gotten on the bike since after Iceman. Most seasons I don't touch the bike between November and March. Fighting that seasonal disorder is really hard for me. The weather until just recentley has been great with no rain, sleat or snow. The temps in the last few days have been a bit nippy and I have been off work.
I just today signed up at LA Fitness mostly to take advantage of there spin classes. I have been there twice in the last four days and plan on making a ritual out of it in order to be ready for the 2010 season. I really want to strengthen my core and drop a few more pounds to be worthy of a certain light wieght frame I hope to be riding. Doing the classes is great! They are quick, intense and I can feel the results just by doing something slightly different. Afterwards I have been doing some super secret calastentics I learned from a Bruce Lee movie then I get the heck out of there before my family has a chance to miss me.
The 2010 season I hope to be a special one. It will be my last year in the category I have raced the last 3 years. I will either be moving up by age or skill level but it will be progress no doubt.

Good night!

Barry-Roubaix Registration Open

Nothing like new race announcements to get the competitive juices flowing!!!!

Registration is now open for the Barry-Roubaix!!