Monthly Archives: January 2005

Happy Birthday to Brandon!

Wow, Brandon’s birthday again. My how time flies… It seems like just yesterday we were in high school and shooting pool until 4 in the morning. Those days are looong gone (for me, anyway).

Brandon is the Pittn’est Pit Bull of a rider I’ve ever ridden with. That dude will NOT give up or back down. I remember one ride to the scout camp up Payson Canyon. He and I were side by side the whole way, big chainring. From the sound of the breathing, I was feeling a bit better than he. Ohhh, breathing doesn’t mean squat when you’re going up against Brandon! The pace quickened in the inverse proportion to the distance we had left. Once the line was in sight, it was a full bore, all-out sprint. Side by side for what seemed like forever, he started to creep by me. First a millimeter, then two. How could that be!?! He sounds like he’s going to EXPLODE! Danged if he didn’t beat me to the finish, proving that willingness to suffer is key in getting the win. I thought I was suffering, until I heard Brandon say that he was literally seeing stars! How do you beat someone like that? Better bring your ‘A’ game…

Happy Birthday, man.

Training camp is coming…

The idea has been kicking around for a while, and it looks like it’s going to happen now. We’re going to have a 3-day mini training camp for the CAT4 racers on our team. We have the services of a USCF Elite Cycling Coach to guide our efforts, along with several volunteers from the team to do TT starts, timing duties, food preparation, etc. It should be cool, I’m really looking forward to it! I hope the turnout is good, you never know how many people will be interested enough to dedicate 3 days to training on road bikes in February. I’m in!! Stay tuned – reports will be forthcoming (Feb. 11-13).

Heartbeats

I hope the old saying about having a certain number of heartbeats allocated to you before you die doesn’t have any truth to it – or else I just knocked about a year off my life today. Middle of January, 4+ hour ride, nearly 37,000 heartbeats.

It was a great ride with about a dozen guys from the team. We rode to Golden and then up towards Boulder. Lots of hills. Cold temps (mid 30’s), but clear and dry. Some strong winds at times.

I felt really good, and pushed myself every chance I got. I pushed a little too hard when I stood up to sprint going 40mph downhill in a crosswind and induced some MAJOR speed wobble. Whoa!! That probably accounted for 5,000 heartbeats right there… I got it under control, but it was touch and go there for a few seconds. Lesson learned, hold ‘er steady in the crosswind.

Here’s a few stats from the ride:

Duration 4:14:30

Energy Expenditure 1855 kcal
Number of Heart Beats 36938 beats
Average Heart Rate 145 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 178 bpm

Average Speed 16.9 mph
Maximum Speed 43.2 mph
Distance 71.5 miles

Average Cadence 84 rpm
Maximum Cadence 112 rpm
Ascent 3565 ft