Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Toolbox: Physiological Demands of Stage Racing
<< You are three days into a five day stage race. Your legs are tired from chasing back a break before the final climb, you can’t shake the intermittent leg cramps, and tomorrow is another 80 miles of climbing and wind; and you can hardly wait! The Tour de France may own July, but to a cyclist it’s always a good time for a stage race! >>
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
TEST THE BEST
Join the Specialized Designs for Women demo fleet as it teams up with Joyride Bicycles Monday night for their weekly "ChitChat" Ride- a no-drop ride for all
ability levels. We'll have the latest Dolces and Rubys for you to test out on the ride.
Where: Joyride Bicycles
5633 S 16th St Suite 500, Lincoln NE 68512
When: Monday, April 27th
Ride leaves at 5:45 from the shop
What to bring?
Helmet, shoes, pedals, ID
Designs for Women Demo Coordinator
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Like to invite the ladies to go on the Thursday women's racer ride. You don't need to be a racer, or even want to do it. The reason it's called that is because we do practice racing tactics and skills. These are very useful for group riding as well, so please come on out! It's going to be a beautiful day to be on a bike. We'll leave Joyride Bicycles at 6pm. Questions? Phone 402-817-0327.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This brings me to another point.... I have to say I don't much care for a slogan I saw down in Hermann, though I'm sure its all in fun. I think it was "women are the new men." No wait... it was "men are the new women."
Just kind of put me off because women were wearing the slogan and it just kind of seemed to put both sexes down. I'd like to think being a woman was a good thing and feel appreciated for all it makes me. I mean, I like to think I'm a fairly capable damsel and I must say I've been grateful for a rescue or few.
Using what I am as an insult to somebody else, even as a tease, well, I kind of think it helps perpetuate the stereotypes and marginalization that hurts us all. That being said, I'm sure I've been guilty of doing the same some time or another. So, if you sport the slogan, take no offense and have fun with it. I'm probably just discovering a new hangup.
Did I ever tell you about the pants with pockets issue....? Nothing like being a parent to expose your prejudices and neuroses (sp?).
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
By LAURAN NEERGAARD / The Associated Press
... The scientist who once led the government’s attack on addictive cigarettes can’t wander through part of San Francisco without craving a local shop’s chocolate-covered pretzels. Stop at one cookie? Rarely.
It’s not an addiction but it’s similar, and he’s far from alone. Kessler’s research suggests millions share what he calls “conditioned hypereating” — a willpower-sapping drive to eat high-fat, high-sugar foods even when they’re not hungry ...
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Friday, April 17, 2009
I've been invited to go to New Mexico the end of the month and race the Tour of the Gila as a guest rider for DFT p/b Treads (Defined Fitness Training as presented by Treads Bicycle Outfitters). DFT p/b Treads made its NRC (National Race Calendar - domestic pro circuit) debut at The Redlands Classic, placing 9th in the overall team classification and 3rd among the amateur squads, so I'm pretty excited about the opportunity.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Get the full scoop on Lincoln's Star City Blog .
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Sunrise photo by Ian Britton from FreeFoto.com
I know there's a few of us who do at least a few of our workouts in the wee hours of the morning. Monique Ryan, dietician, posted a good article on the nutrition early birds require. Give it a read on Velonews.
Friday, April 10, 2009
In the criterium we're slated for a mere 25 minutes - 5 minutes longer than the juniors. For the road race, we've a wholloping 35 miles, about 50% of most of the races we'll be doing as part of the pro/1/2 fields at Joe Martin. I suppose the intention is to trim it down to make it more accessible to cat 4 women (we don't have 5's). It also gives the cat 4 women a chance at the equitable prize monies. So, it's a good for the cat 4 women.
For me, I guess it comes down to what I really want out of the trip.
Do I want a better chance of offsetting my costs by doing the women's events, or do I want to make a donation and stretch myself in preparation for events like the Joe Martin Memorial Stage Race and the Nature Valley Grand Prix? Now that it's written out, the correct course of action, at least individually, appears quite clear.
When upper category women opt out of women's races, does it diminish the event in any way? Or, maybe it doesn't even matter.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Legs: "uhm, cap'n, we got no power. Equipment's got to rest. Won't matter how much oxygen those overactive lungs send down here."
Brain: "Ah, you'll be ok. Warm up a little. Get ready."
(We turn into the headwind by the lake, still headed out of town.)
Legs: "Cap'n, remember what I told you? Well, warming up has nothing to do with it. I'm telling you, we got no power down here."
Brain: "Crap. How about speed? Got enough to spin those pedals faster than usual?"
Legs: "hmm. Maybe."
(Brain does some thinking. Other riders seem not to hear the audible creaking and grinding.)
Brain to self: "Lessee.... spin fast to make up for reduced power. Rest when possible. Don't let gaps open, so as to avoid having to close them. Stay on top of the gears. Take pulls to stay in the mix, but make them short. Hit the hills first and slide back. Rest on the downhill. Those guys are bigger. Stay in their draft and you won't hardly have to pedal."
Brain to crew: "Ok, guys. We've been given an opportunity to practice what it takes to ride hard when the muscles are fatigued, something that will most surely happen in these upcoming stage races. The bad news is that unlike the stage races, there will be fresh legs tonight and most Wednesdays, but don't worry about it. Just imagine they're those extra strong racers. So,
when I call for power, legs you're gonna spin as fast as you can. If you need more force, get that big butt out of the saddle and shove down on those pedals. Lungs and other systems, do your thing."
All: "Roger that."
I'm pleased to say it worked. I didn't get spit out the back despite being on the fine edge of 'ow' for quite a bit of the time. It's pretty frustrating tho, to have all the air you can stand and no legs. :)
Monday, April 06, 2009
I'd be hard pressed to do as good a job writing up this race as Kristen Wentworth. She's nailed it. I didn't know about the vehicle interference at the conclusion. That's too bad. This is a good course and could be a great race with some modifications and extra support.
This year was my second go and I was bitterly disappointed to get the flat. Last year I had chased for nearly an entire lap before catching the break only to be too blown to finish well. This year, I had conserved and was so ready to power up that final climb and give the women a real run for their money I could hardly wait.
When I felt my tire begin to go soft, I tried denial at first.... Oh, surely it's just the road, you know, like soft tar. Ha! Too cold for that and I wouldn't ride in it anyway. Sigh. When Rebecca Much (Webcor) said, "You gotta flat," I knew I had to accept the reality. I waved my hand to let the wheel man know I needed him NOW. Seemed like the change took forever and I knew the chances of regaining my group were slim to none, though I gave it my best effort. The head wind sections were simply too much to overcome in the amount of race left. Read Kristen's account...
The NVGP Pro Ride is a wonderful opportunity to give one the the most prestigious races in the United States a go along with some of the best amateur riders in the nation. Rest assured, I'll be doing my very best to represent.
:) Read more about the Pro Ride.