Monday, July 31, 2006

Nifty adirondaks


Nifty adirondaks
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
On the way home i saw my fixie chick friend making these cool chairs with her dad. I guess they sell'em at the market on saturdays.

*HOT* and windy


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Despite the over 100 degree heat and ferocious wind, several new faces appeared this Monday. A big welcome goes out to Sci~fi, Ben, John, Mark, and a couple of others who I didn't get to meet. Twas great to see 'em, and I'm tellin' you, anybody out peddling around 6 today deserved a round of applause.
We took Hwy 77 into the wind, then split into two groups, which both eventually flew back to town with the tailwind. A good time was had by all, and I hope everybody shows up again. :)

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Playing with pirates

Holy cow. If yesterday wasn't enough, I joined the same crew this morning for a one-hour faux crit. My ambitions were simple, when the speedy guys came by, jump on their tail and hang on for as long as I could. It was a great high intensity workout and an excellent opportunity to practice aggressive cornering, avoiding menacing pavement cracks, and keeping track of where the wind was. Additional excitment was provided on the final lap when a pirate's front wheel went into a large pavement crack and a magnificent skid shred the shorts protecting his right hip. I woulda got pictures, 'cept I was needing oxygen and forgot to shoot. Sorry. I'll do better next time.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Denton


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What an educational day. Today I had the good fortune to ride with this crew. We started from about 14th & Pine Lake Rd. and came back on Denton road. It's a good route with nice rollers going into Denton. The guys helped me practice drafting, pacelining, and moving in a group more smoothly, so I owe 'em a big thanks and hope they'll let me tag along again.

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Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Wilber

Friday, July 28, 2006

hyper-competitive? moi?

OK, so maybe p0dunk has a point about the overly competitive thing ... this morning I'm on the SS Waterford making my way to work and a cute shirtless college kid on a Bianchi San Jose makes a point of passing me. I pull up to him at the next light and he tells me he went 25 miles yesterday and his legs are sore. I compliment him on his mileage, the light changes, and I spin it up high to see if he still wants to play drag-race. Nope. He drops off. Probably had to turn and go to class thinking he met a total weirdo on a bike. Oh well. I hate being passed and I sure need the sprinting practice if I'm going to do this racing thing, so it all works out. Happy peddling. :)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

What a great day of ridin'

Started the day with intervals and finished it with a trip through the park on my bro-in-law's specialized. Have to say, though, I prefer those big tires to the 26es. Regular flat bars were also pretty weird. Anyway, I got to zip through the park with Tara and her hubby, Mike. Lotta fun despite the heat. After Tara takes her firefighter's test, she's going to show me the trails around here 'cause I haven't been anywhere but on asphalt. So, I'm looking forward to that.

Interval Thursday

It was sure nice to have company today, even tho we did different workouts. I focused on regular intervals with emphasis on sprinting up the slight hill despite burning thighs, and Adrian followed the training program for use with a heart rate monitor. Someday I may also do the heart rate thing, but it seems more important at the moment to learn to enjoy and force a sprint even when one's thighs are exploding. We had coffee at Café Italia afterwards, so all pain was worth the effort.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More fun than ought to be allowed


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

Mw ride.

Mw ride.
Mw ride.,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Gettin' ready for the tuesday nite ride. Lookin'like rain.

Where am i?

Where am i?
Where am i?,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Anyone know who this dude is and where he stands? (podunk u can't answer this one)

Monday, July 24, 2006

New commuter

New commuter
New commuter,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Rode to work with my lawyer sister this morning. Saw a couple of other commuters too. Was fun to have the company.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Gettin' schooled


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

Sahweet

Sahweet
Sahweet,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Can't wait to cruise in this baby. Bro in law gotta new hotrod

The road race experience so far

The road race was more fun than the time trial. I don't know if it was mainly because I needed more coffee or what, but it seemed to take forever for my legs to kick in on the TT. The road race was controlled by the Ciao Baby crew and I got a lot of flak from their lead guy for not knowing what he was trying to run at the front and participating. But he seemed to forgive me after the race when he found out it was my first road race and even invited me to come ride with them. So, that was cool.

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.

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.

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.

Time trials = ouch don't know how i did yet

Friday, July 21, 2006

Kickin' it in @ 7:37

Well, gonna give this road racin' thing a go starting with a 7:37 am time trial start tomorrow. I'm pretty nervous. Couldn't sleep last night. Kept having dreams about mismatched tires -- kind of like those dreams where you're naked in a crowd. Well, in my dream, I kept seeing bridgestones with matching red tires, 'cept they belonged to other people. My bike had mismatches. Sheesh. Talk about wasted dream time. Anyway, I think it's going to be fun.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A few intervals anyone?

A few intervals anyone?
A few intervals anyone?,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Morning intervals but just enuf to keep speedy. Race sat so don't want tired legs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Waterford gets dirty

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Woo hoo! Cyclocross here i come.

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

Monday nite ride.

Monday nite ride.
Monday nite ride.,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Monday nite ride. First flat.

Tourist in ur own town

Tourist in ur own town
Tourist in ur own town,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Where in lincoln am i?

Saturday, July 15, 2006

CSG Century

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.
So, my bro-in-law asks me why I like riding down the road. I have no real answer. I never thought it looked fun either, but now I like it a lot and really enjoyed today's CSG century. Met a guy named Michael who took a vacation to ride a tour in the Rockies. He's also been across the U.S. with his wife and two daughters. He was very cool and gave me and the fixie a nice long pull. Monday nite cycling buddy, A., joined the ride and we had a nice time on the way back . On the one stop we made on our return, it was really funny. This kid (late teens) asks me how old my bike is 'cause it looks old. Pleased that my design choices are prompting this kid to think of beautiful bikes of the past, I tell him it's brand new, but was made with some old style elements like lugs. Unimpressed, he nods, then tells me i ought to spend a little money and upgrade my saddle from that old leather thing. I said, "honey, this is a Broooks blah blah blah. It is the upgrade." He looks at me like I'm crazy. I wonder what he'd of thought if I'd gone on to tell him the bike only has one gear right now. Sheesh. Talk about taking the wind outa my sails. ;)

Century going well despite the heat. Waterford performing nicely. Took a nice long pull from michael.

Friday, July 14, 2006

CSG

CSG
CSG,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Kicking off the state games. Century tomorrow races next weekend

Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2004)

Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2004)
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

Flirting with trouble


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?

Mmm. Mmm. Good.

Mmm. Mmm. Good.
Mmm. Mmm. Good.,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Best part of interval mornings

Great morning

Great morning
Great morning,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Hmm. Where are my interval buddies? I'm only 3 minutes late.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wednesday night ride

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.

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

Monday evening ride in the rain

Monday evening ride
Monday evening ride,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Had quite a few people show up to the Monday night ride despite the rain. In this pic, Adrian and I are waiting outside and wondering if it'll let up and who else will show. As it turned out, I think there were 10 or 12 of us and we went out to Pioneers Park for a couple of loops. A nice summer rain is kind of fun to ride in and the Waterford needed its first foul weather ride. However, more than once I thought of how it's fancy schmancy fenders were sitting unmounted and dry by my desk.

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

Checked out the "Big South Loop"


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

699

699
699,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
So that was fun. Won the beginner women's race and came in several minutes before any of the beginner men. Couldn't believe the mud. The Karate Monkey was awesome, just threw chunks of wet clay everywhere. Big thx to nate and all the guys for your encouragement. I had a great time and am already checking the schedule for the next one. If you're interested, p0dunk took some other pics.

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Instead of popping my racing cherry on the road, it looks like it'll be in the mud on a borrowed karate monkey (thanks nate)

Friday, July 07, 2006

Good clean fun

Good clean fun
Good clean fun,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Just about roller derby time

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Mmm.

Mmm.
Mmm.,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
The reward for a well done set of intervals.

It's thursday, it's early, it's time for some intervals. But, where is everybody else? :) still in their cozy beds?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Potluck by bicycle


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?

The fourth of July


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

Standing in line @ the dmv & i think no car no need for this. But not true. A driver's license seems required in this country.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

whew. we made it

Lincoln, Hwy2, Adams, Wilber, Crete, Denton, home. About 85 miles in the heat. Probably wouldn't have been quite as rough if we had resisted the urge to do some interval and chase practice the first 40 miles. Oh well, a good solid sufferfest. :)

quote: "I am not fu...bleep...ing riding to fu...bleep...ing Wilber."

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Wilber

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Nothing like a long ride in the heat and humidity to bring out attitude. We make it to adams.

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originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Hungry horses. First chores then some long miles on the bike

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Cornbread and Mark

Cornbread and Mark
Cornbread and Mark,
originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Having some fun