Monday, August 31, 2009

Dry foods in your car

What a painfully obvious idea. Turn that automobile into a food dehydrator while it's sitting parked. Simple genius. Check it out. I wonder how The Big Black will feel about it?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Munson in the Morning - about choked to death on my coffee

If you haven't watched this yet, you should. Cautionary note: You will laugh aloud. Don't watch if you're supposed to maintain a serious demeanor. Thx Munson... Munsoned in the Middle

Friday, August 07, 2009

Evelyn Stevens, innately gifted freak, or making diligent use of a basic necessary component?

Kristin Armstrong said she did her last US race this season and Marc said, "when one superstar leaves, another will fill her place."

Sure enough, all the sudden there's this name popping up all over atop NRC podiums and the only thing I hear is "she just got her first bike 10 months ago." Egads!

So you can imagine my relief to find she's gone about it all in a research supported manner. She's got an athletic background and worked with a coach in a focused way (deliberate practice) all winter. Whew. Why the relief? Because, if she just truly came out of nowhere and simply "ran a little bit when she could," then I would hold my masters degree suspect and my beliefs about achievement would be wholly undermined resulting in diminished motivation in my own training.

The data support a few critical components of superior performances: basic, perhaps innate, attributes suited to the task; willingness to engage in deliberate practice; a supportive environment and at least 10 years prior experience (Ericsson et al, 1993).

Stevens must have a great VO2 max. That she comes by genetically. We know she's driven and competitive by her choice of careers and her previous athletic endeavors. She's got experience. While not cycling per se, the strategic elements and athleticism in her life prior to getting on a bike support the assertion she will make a rapid transition because she is primarily transferring many years' experience and knowledge to a new domain -- not building that knowledge structure from scratch, which is much more difficult. Moreover, she's doing it with a coach, which is the "deliberate practice" component of success.

If you want to know more about acquiring expertise, K. Anders Ericsson is the best place to start. My graduate advisor, Dr. David Brooks, introduced me to the following article and I encourage you to read it.

What's deliberate practice?
Get plan. Follow the plan.
Learn and practice each skill till they're automatic.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Good Life Gravel Adventure

I don't know what you're doing August 29th, but the Good Life Gravel Adventure has my name on its list.  If you're from out of town and what to do this, let me know. I might be able to help you out with some host housing.
Also, there's also a couple of races in the Des Moines area.
The Big Creek Road Race and the East Village Crit

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Wednesday Rides

We have "Wednesday Night Worlds" but in Tijuana, Wednesdays in Tijuana, a whole different kind of ride rolls out. (btw, if you want to join Lincon's WNW, it starts at 5pm, 1 block north of 33rd & South ST).

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Without a race to go to over the weekend, I gawked at shoes and clothes, but kept my plastic in my purse... cx season's coming you know, and settled for watching "Slither," and recommend it, if you're seeking a bit o entertainment.


I think I'd also enjoy this one: "I Sell the Dead"

Sunday, August 02, 2009


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
See, I understand Imelda. Sigh.