Thursday, September 24, 2009


The Gimp called me over to his computer to show me the live feed from the Vegas CX race. As the familiar names popped up on the screen, I was briefly and deeply struck with a desire to be among them, jealous that they were racing their bikes in Vegas and I was wrestling with a computer issue for work in Lincoln. Sighing deeply, I felt the pain of my healing ribs, and comforted myself with the thought that even if I had saved the money and vacation time to go, it would have been a waste b/c of injury.  Returning to my work, my envious feelings were further dissipated with the knowledge that although few would want to do the work I do, I'm good at it, find it enjoyable and it probably pays better, especially over the long term, than professional women's bike racing.

"Besides, who races cx in September?! Oughtta be in Nebraska in December." Further consolation from the sofa.

No kidding, I thought. There's something to the  seasonal aspect of sport and food. One needs to maximize the pleasure of things, keep it special. Things to look forward to and things to be glad have passed. However, CX is one of the few things in my life falling full measure into both those categories.

Thus, my answer, despite the many good reasons not to care one whit about missing Vegas CX and Mad CX in WI this weekend, if I had the $, time and form, I would love to race cx in September, especially in the Vegas heat. Oh well, maybe next year.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Don't gain weight during the off-season

It's really CX season, but for me, at least this year, it's off-season. Any cx race I do will be purely for fun and I'll be focusing on nutrition and other aspects of both body and life until it's time to start base.

The first week off, it felt so weird not to have scripted workouts that it even threw me off my nutrition plan. But, I've regrouped and am back on track. I came across this article that might be of use to those of you who find the kind of detailed tracking I do (online system of everything) overly tedious.

Calories in Foods - Learn to Estimate

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nutrition Tracking: CalorieCount's finest feature

I made a quick video (1:11 min) of CalorieCount's best feature: the 'new recipe.'

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Time for off season commuter challenge?

Lovely morning to toodle to work (or anywhere else)

Monday, September 07, 2009

Warm-up interrupted by toyota t-bone

Marc in saint louis university hospital awaiting surgery for broken kneecap. Also suffered skull and vertebrae cracks.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar

"Today I [Nutritionist Becky Hand -] am here to confess that as a trained, nutrition professional, I blatantly ignored the No. 1 rule of providing reliable nutrition education for the public. I forgot to rely on published research and evidence for my nutrition recommendations! So today, I am going to set the record straight after reviewing not just one research study but all of them. Read on to find out whether high fructose corn syrup deserves its bad rap and how it really compares with regular sugar. "

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Nau returns!

I have 4 pair of pants from Nau that I just love. When Nau closed its online doors last year, I thought I'd seen the last of this retailer. Just got an email this morning, though, that they're back in business. Hoorah. Yes, the prices may seem a little high inititally, but if the construction remains as good as what I bought from them before, the per wear cost is minimal. Check 'em out.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Women's Tour of Missouri aka Gateway Cup

Woo hoo. Got registered this morning for the Womens Tour of Missouri Omnium aka Gateway Cup for the Pro/1/2 Women. Looking at the registered athlete list it kind of reads like a Who's Who of the U.S. Pro peleton, short Proman and Tibco. Lafayette is gonna be screamin' fast.

ToM puts the lid on my 2009 road season. Per usual, the feeling is somewhat bittersweet. Part of me is so looking forward to the mental and physical break, the other, well, cringes at letting the fitness go.

Oh wait. We do something else in the Fall. Something that makes my lungs burn. Requires a kind of  road bike, but a bit meaner. That's right.... PSYCHO CROSS. Uh, or is that Psychlo-cx? Stay tuned. More on this later.