Monthly Archives: February 2005

What’s this, a mountain bike ride!?!?

Been a while since I’ve ridden the knobbies. Did a fun ride with Rob today up on Green Mountain. Very popular riding spot around here – it was my first time riding it and I’ve lived here over 6 years! Excellent winter-time riding because there is a lot of southern exposure and the trails dry out quickly. We went up the service road, which gets pretty steep in places, then bombed down some single track. I love being able to use my road-fitness on the mountain bike. Makes riding the trails a lot of fun!

I just about couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this picture Rob took of me. Looks nothing like the Chris of just one year ago. I like this Chris a whole lot better!!

After I got home, I loaded up the kids and we headed to the park for some more riding. Gotta take advantage of the nice weather!

My pal Rudy

Project, that is.

Rudy Project is a sponsor of our cycling team and makes some excellent cycling gear. I bought some glasses last summer and love them. Now, as part of the team, I’m able to get a pretty good discount on some of their stuff so I ordered some new lenses. They just came today, I can’t wait to ride with them.

I jumped right over the ‘laser’ coated ones, and went straight to the ‘multilaser’. Ohhh, yeah…

MULTILASER: The multilaser series have been developed with a special process implementing very thin “mirror” coatings on the lens surface, improving it’s scratch resistance and it’s superb cosmetic aspect.

I’m all about the superb cosmetic aspects.

Quite possibly…

the best pure training ride I’ve ever done. Today was solo. Late start. In the wind. I had hill repeats on the schedule and was rested enough and strong enough to execute them to the tee. I did 4×1.5 mile laps on Lookout Mountain. My times were all within a few seconds of each other, and my avg HR was 167, 167, 166, and 168. Maybe just a shade low (legs still a little tired from training camp), but I’m happy with the consistency. Cadence averages were 64, 64, 63, and 64 – I think I’m getting dialed in… After the 4th interval, I continued to the top and then hunkered down for a long 12 mile drop to Morrison.

Had my first Clif bar (team sponsor) while riding today. Peanut butter and something else. GOOD STUFF!!!! Totally hit the spot…

The rest of the time was classic spring riding. New team kit on, and just the sound of my breathing to keep me company. I felt strong. Wind, some rain, sun, clouds, and a race against the sunset made for an epic 3 1/2 hours and 5500′ of climbing. Not too shabby for the middle of Feb!

And so ends my first ‘build’ phase. Next week – 5 hours riding and lots of rest. Ahhhhh, the legs are ready. They feel like they’ve been pulverized with a meat tenderizer. I felt ok really shredding them today knowing that rest was around the corner.