Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Had a *great* time riding through Wilderness Park last night despite the heat and humidity. Rode a Surly Karate Monkey and, boy, that'll go over anything. It's also a lot easier to manage at faster speeds than the Waterford on the trails. ;)
I have to say that today I think the off-road riding is pure unadulterated fun, while the road riding is a vicious sufferfest, but each appeals to different aspects of my personality. (Those of you who know me better probably know what I'm talking about.) Moreover, I think the handling skills one develops XC improve the road riding and the road conditioning and spinning really boost speed and endurance for the XC. Consequently, I am more convinced than ever that I have to do both. Sigh. More bike purchases.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Well, if you think you have a deal with a roadie, make sure you've worked out the details and signed a contract. This is the lesson I learned today during the circuit race. I thought Morgan and I would work together and after she pulled me up the hill into the wind on the fourth lap, I said sure, I'd pull up the hill on the fifth. So I did and didn't see her make her move. She jumped me and blazed off, opening a gap I wasn't able to close. The funny thing was, I knew this was possible, but didn't think it would happen until the end of the race. Oh well. We each won in our respective catagories and I got a lot smarter. Not only do I have an ever greater appreciation for the strategic and tactical aspects of road racing, but in an instant realized the advantages of STI shifters. In order to react to someone's move, you have to immediately be able to grab the gear you want and go. This may be especially true for a newbie like me who is likely to be a little slow realizing what's going on and formulating a response. Anyway, I'm strongly considering joining up with Kaos for the road stuff. It'd be a lot of fun to have some other women to work with and go to some bigger races functioning as a team.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The most unnerving part was the last sprint. I hadn't listened well enough at the beginning and stayed on the long side of the double yellows after the turn, then got a little rattled by the mass sprint and neglected to sprint myself even tho I had adequate juice left to do so. Must keep my head in the game.
After the race, Mike gave me a good talking to about my failure to sprint and he and I ended up doing another lap of the lake and one practice sprint. I was still a little disheartened by my earlier failure to sprint at the right time, hungry, and a bit tired, so I didn't take full advantage of Mike's sprinting wisdom by doing a couple more. Oh well, I'll work on it.
If you'd like to see some pics, p0dunk has a few posted.
Results: 2 first place finishes in the women's cat 4 and a nice mention in the Nebraska Cycling News.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
So... I want to go ride with some folks who do mtn bikes on Tuesdays. Unfortunately, I don't have one of my own yet, so ep at MWC put on the freewheel cog and flipped the rear wheel round on the Waterford. When folks showed up at the meeting spot and saw my bike gleaming in the setting sun, I was asked, "You got the email, didn't you?" "Yes." "It's mountain bikes in Wilderness." "Yes, but I don't have one, so I'm riding this." Doubtful looks ensued but they let me tag along anyway. To confess, I was a little worried too. Although the continental tire co. promised my 32mm tires were tough, they meant on pavement. I was headed for dirt, pokey sticks, and possible thorns -- all without having the necessary tools to remove my rear wheel should I get a flat. Oh well, off we went. It all turned out fine. The waterford hummed along the paths and while I would not recommend skinny slick tires and a 5.3 gear ratio, it all worked out fine. I didn't get dropped and I made some new friends .... and ... if cyclocross is anywhere near as fun as trying to get a road bike through the park at a decent clip .... I'm gonna have a great time this fall, or winter, or whenever they do this cyclocross thing. :)
Monday, July 17, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Went and saw this flick at The Ross last nite. Very funny. Highly recommend. If you've ever played paintball or have some paintball fiends in your life, you'll find it extra amusing.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I knew I was flirting with danger soon after borrowing that Karate Monkey the first time. I even tried to resist borrowing it the second time. But, after the third, well, sometimes one must just admit defeat and jump in. So .... since I live on the east side of town and Wilderness is not always convenient, I was thinking a track around the horse pasture would be a good idea. Dad has a pile of downed trees, a tractor for moving them around, and there's a nice little creek with steep banks along with a good number of scrubby and larger trees. Hmm. I wonder how one goes about planning a trail? I guess I could start with the horse paths and branch off of those. Advice?
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
It was just the three of us tonight - Jace, Adrian, and me. We went out on Hwy 2, then did the Roca rollers to 77. Twas a perfect evening for riding. The sun was setting over the corn, wasn't too hot, just beautiful along Roca Rd. Good company, good riding, good summer weather. Can u ask for more?
Of course .... 6am tomorrow morning. SW High. A few intervals, then maybe some coffee @ Cafe Italia?
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
On the ride home, I saw scads of kids playing in the gutters, floating sticks and just out playing in the rain. 'Twas a good thing.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Today a friend, who's prepping for the Tour of Puerto Rico in September, and I checked out the "Big South Loop" and it's a good one if you're wanting to get some road mileage. Over the course of 120 miles or so, you'll get a variety of hill types and good sparsely traveled roads, except for Hwy 77. We road on a Sunday, leaving at 5:30 am and arrived back in Lincoln 5 minutes after noon. We had 6 hours of riding time plus two 15 minute stops at Syracuse and Beatrice. As a newbie, I felt better after this ride than other long ones I've done, mainly because I took much better care of my energy needs, eating and drinking what and when my partner did. Went through 4 Clif bars, one Clif Shot, can of Red Bull, and 2 big things of Gatorade to replace the water in my bottles. He even let me ride his carbon Felt for 12 miles or so and it was pretty darn sweet.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
OK, so they're having a potluck at work and I'd like to bring something other than cookies. The trick is getting the crockpot in my backpack. Just joking. Probably spill on the laptop. Anyway .... need to find some recipes. Tasty, easy, creative, and transportable by bicycle are the requirements. Any ideas?
Well, it was a pretty good fourth. p0dunk was ambitious and took off for Seward, Nebraska's 4th of July city, waaaaay early in the morning (4:30am) with the FFL crew. I slept late, at least for me, then met him around 10:30am or so in Seward. C documented the trip out.
Around 1, p0dunk and I rode back to Lincoln together. That part of the day was fun, but the evening not so much. Usually I enjoy the fireworks, but this year, the thought that people in Baghdad probably heard these sounds all the time got to me, so I went to bed early.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
quote: "I am not fu...bleep...ing riding to fu...bleep...ing Wilber."