Monthly Archives: January 2005

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).


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


It may only be January, but it’s time to think about racing. I just sent in my entry for a 7-week time trial series (10 miles) that starts in April. This event is so popular that you have to send in the form on the first day registrations are accepted to have any real hope of getting in. There are 440 slots available, and they go quick! We had a teammate with excellent organizational skills that took it upon himself to collect our entries and $, and send them all in together. Well done, Michael! That means we’ll have around 30 riders starting in a contiguous block at 20 second intervals. Should be quite a sight!

Maybe we can sneak in a little team time trial on the backside of the course…