Thursday, November 30, 2006

Who's to blame .... well Kaos of course

I've been asked several times how I came to start this racing stuff and I thought I'd let you know Kaos is to blame. Specifically, Gary Schmidt, who is talking about the new bridge in this pic, but who triggered my competitive spirit during the BRAN century this summer and talked to me about racing afterwards.

"Have you ever raced? If not, you should think about it," he said.

With that nudge of encouragement, I started this racing thing, so now you know where to send your complaints.

It also reminds me how important a little support, a kind word, or a gesture can be. Make it a great day, folks. (Ride your bike, but wear some mittens.)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Anatomical Adaptation .....

It's definitely time to look towards the '07 season. Towards that end, I've begun some strength training. The first phase is called "Anatomical Adaptation" and gets the body ready for heavier strength training later.
"Anatomical Adaptation -- The goal of Anatomical Adaptation is to prepare the body for work, increase tendon and ligament strength, increase work-capacity and correct muscular imbalances. The Anatomical Adaptation phase is also used as a recovery phase after peaking. Typically, high numbers of exercises are performed, relatively few sets are performed of each exercise, the weights are light and the repetitions are relatively high (15+). Circuit training with various bodyweight exercises and light implements is common during this phase of training. An Anatomical Adaptation phase commonly lasts around 6-8 weeks for novices and 3-4 weeks for intermediate athletes." -- Levy, Matthew
One of the most interesting things, at least to me, about my first cycling season was how quickly my musculature changed and which muscles were affected. You don't really think about how much your arms, lats, and abs work in combination with your legs to help provide power. But, all those areas are much stronger now than they were in May and June this year and the recommended strength training exercises target these areas as well, so look out, Syd's gonna be a little more buff next year. :D

Monday, November 27, 2006

Jingle Cross - Day 2

Well, CVO, I dug deep and came up second despite 2 spills. That fence before the mongo run-up got me on the first lap. And then a biffed remount laid me flat on a second set of barriers on the backside during the second to last lap. On the second spill, our front group was hanging pretty tight, but when I went flat, Catherine took off and three other women went in pursuit. It crossed my mind to give up, since hanging onto Catherine had been my mission and it seemed totally scuttled, but after reminding myself that fifth got paid and considering all the people who had invested in my effort to be there on that course, I got my butt off the ground and back on the bike, grabbed the drops, and cranked it up for the last lap and a half.

A HUGE thanks to Troy and Don for hooking me up with some shoe spikes. I'm quite sure that helped my climb a lot -- not to mention Don's teaching me how to shoulder my bike in such a way as to take the most advantage as possible of my upper body strength for the run-up. Another big thank you goes to Marc, Mike S., and Aaron for hollering at me and not giving me the option of quitting. Aaron and Mike were so encouraging and Marc, well, was Marc. "If you're goin' to wreck then you're going to have to make up your place! Get going!" (or something along those lines...)

Finally, a million thx to Rob Pennell (Badger Cycles) and Barb for the bike to ride and to Jen H. and Mike S. for hauling it up. If I'd had been on my single-speed, I would have got waxed. The Badger is so light and just shoots forward under power. I love it.

Only one more race in the season -- the big bang in KC. :D Have a good one!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Big a$$ run up

Big a$$ run up
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
O this is gonna hurt.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Jingle Cross - Day 1

11-25-06_1001.jpgTHANK YOU ROB PENNELL! The Badger rode great today. So light and responsive. I woulda been toast w/o it.11-25-06_1448.jpgHow's this for a bike rack?

Jingle cross day one. Third place. Field of 20ish. Crowd rox. My legs are so tired and the bruised spot on my left thigh almost cramped it up. Got beat out of 2nd on the hill. Didn't have the gears to spin up and just couldn't run as fast as the 2nd place finisher could spin. Won the sprint for third.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Ice ice baby

OK. Sorry about inflicting video on you, but part of what I get paid for at work is playing with new tech stuff and so I shall occasionally tinker here.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


It's always fun to run into your friends out on a ride, but not literally. This morning, Jessica, her son Lane, and I went for an early ride out at Wilderness park. We thought there would be hardly anyone out there, but didn't push a pace all the same. Well...... who should I meet around a blind corner but Dave. Fortunately, he was on a social ride too and was also going slow. Nonetheless, there are two toasted (steel) frames, my eye is nearly swollen shut, and his collarbone is cracked. Yes, we both had our lids on, so didn't break our skulls. Pics soon from Lance. :) Y'all be careful out there. Both Dave and I thought we were being plenty noisy.

Oh and for those of you more concerned about the bikes .... The downtube of Dave's Kona was nearly ripped all the way apart. There's a small strip of metal holding it. My Karate Monkey has a pinched downtube. Nobody will be riding it any more. Sigh.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Racing weekend

Nebraska CyclocrossGot a state medal for my efforts. Am looking for photos of Erik. Mine are messed up, but hopefully John Peterson (Neb Cycling News) got some and will post them in the Gallery soon.
We got two gorgeous days for racing this weekend and a great course to ride on. It was a lot of fun to welcome the folks from Kansas and a few from Iowa to our town. Highlights included getting to have dinner with Brian and Michelle, chatting for a while with Jen and Mike, plus, my son Erik's cycling debut. That was the coolest. He used the Karate Monkey and raced both days as a Junior 13-15. So, on his second time out, he managed to secure a Junior men's state championship. This oughta help stoke the but he might be catching 'cuz he was asking about road races. (I think it's possible I might get a taste of what my dad went through trying to keep me and my sis mounted on good horses. Only my problem will be securing bikes.)

As for me, the women's race went with the men's today and was lengthened from 30 to 45 minutes, so I didn't do two races today. This was a relief because yesterday I did the men's 3/4 and the women's open back to back. The consequence was waking up at 3am because my quads hurt so bad. After a couple of vitamin i's (ibuprophen) and massaging them a while, I was able to go back to sleep. The other thing that worked well today was warming up on the trainer instead of just riding around. Yeah, I know, I know. Shoulda done it sooner, but it was the first time I'd really had everything adequately organized such that I was able to do the prescribed routine. Worked like a charm and nearly eliminated that sort of dead feeling my legs go through after the fast push at the start.

Next Saturday and Sunday is Jingle Cross in Iowa City. This is the big one and I'm pretty nervous already. Oh well, I guess all I can do is prepare and then give it all I've got. I am looking forward to seeing some folks, tho. Both MtbGrl and Jen will be there, so that will be fun.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Happy Friday

Spanish Saffron -- a heavenly substance.

buffalo sculpture

Buffalo sculpture at east entrance of Pioneer's Park.
All signs pointing to a great day. The sun is shining and thanks to the Internet, I have a new tin of Spanish saffron. (I say thx to the Internet, b/c if I had to buy all that I use locally I would soon blow the grocery budget.)

In other news, 'cross races tomorrow in Pioneer's Park. This park is special to me because I grew up right next door to the east entrance and spent most of my free time racing horses around in it, playing frisbee by the buffalo and of course sledding down the ramps.

The racin' will be tons of fun and some cool folks are coming in from out of town -- big welcome to Rob Pennell, Jennifer Herrell, and many others. Even if you don't want to race, come out and ride the course for fun before, after, or between races. Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Driving Day


Spent the day driving. Had to take my cousin Kyle to Bridgeport today and then we just turned right around and came back. Least the weather was good and the vic smooth travelin'. Took I-80 out and then came back around via 26. That's real pretty through there -- even in the fall and winter.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Vet's Cross Results

Borrowed a geared bike in the morning (thanks Rob and Barb!) and hurried to Leavenworth to do the women's open. Ended up second to Catherine Wahlberg who kicked my butt on the hills and who also played the pavement much better. Nothing like experience, but thankfully she shared a little of her knowledge after the race. I now know a lot more about what to look for in a tire for those types of conditions. Thank you Catherine! Also got to see friends Jennifer and Michelle. Everyone was disppointed more women weren't out for the race, but Rob says women do triathalons instead. So, hmm. How do we get more women racing bikes? If equal money won't do it, what will?

Saturday, November 11, 2006

sunflower cross

Decided to spin with the cat 3/4 men today. Me and the ol'
singlespeed took 12th out of 25 starters. I was OK with that. I
should have dressed a little warmer cuz the muscles were cold and I
think it messed with my first lap -- being cold and a little stiff.
Had some handling and clipping in issues. Things leveled out later
but it was hard to make up time.


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Vet Cross -- Sunday, November 12, 2006

Here's my plug for this weekend's Vet Cross. LADIES, GET THINE BIKES TO KANSAS. The prizes for the women are the same as those for the men. We gotta show up and ride so folks know it matters to us and we appreciate it. Thx again, Mr. RF Harrison!

Download the race flyer from Cow Town Cycling

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


I repeat - WARNING - do not under any circumstances attempt to practice your 'cross dismount in a skirt. Can be damaging to your dermal layer and ego. The good news is that I got it thot through at the very last minute and wear no wounds. ;) It's a great day. Go ride your bike.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Riverside 'Cross Festival: Day 2 (Sun)

Riverside Cross Festival - 2006

Riverside cross: Men's cat 4 -- fourth place out of 26 starters. Women's open -- 1st place

A huge thanks to Dan from Route 66 Bicycles for helping me quick swap out my cogs before the race. The 42/18 (4.7 ratio) was perfect, just stiff enough to keep me from spinning out on the flats but not taking too much power to crank up the small hills and across the grass. The course was a lot of fun, with some tricky bits where you wouldn't expect. For example, the steep descent down towards the river didn't seem to crash as many folks as the slippery straw on the flat switchbacks. I did hear, however, that Troy K., had an endo on the former part. The one thing I did learn was that running can be a time to get a little rest. There was one hill that was a little stout for my ratio to peddle up, forcing me to really apply a lot of power. By the last lap of the men's race, I decided to just peddle up as far as my momentum would carry me then run it. This was a much better idea and I should have done it earlier. It gave me a chance to breath and didn't slow me at all. In fact, I think I had more momentum coming out of it than topping it with power. Anyway, this was a really fun course and I sure appreciate the folks for putting it on. (special kudos to the brownie maker(s) - YUMMY!)

Also, to all you noise makers out there ... keep it up. When everything is hurting, hearing you holler gives the umph to keep the cranks turning. :) It's great weather out there. Ride yer bike.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Roller Derby Rox

Friday nite
Lincoln's own No Coast Derby girls crushed Chicago by 82 points tonight. It was awesome. Judith Priest and Sylvia Bullet scored big time (so did some other chicks, but I don't remember their names right off). If you haven't gone, you should. Tons o' fun and proceeds benefit good causes. Be warned, however, the floor is cement and the falls 'n' bruises are real. :)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Learnin' something new

Learned a new trick Well, I love riding the Waterford and want to ride it 'cross, so I needed to learn to swap out my cogs. A big thanks to Eric and Nate down at MWC for hooking me up
with the cogs, tool, and the lesson. :)

Oh, and if any of you know of a good place in Lincoln, NE to get a hitch put on my car, please fill me in.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Single-speeders .....

Alright, single-speeders, what are you thinking of running for the Lincoln 'cross races 11/18 and 19? Anyone willing to share some advice?