Monthly Archives: April 2005

One more and I’m out!


Big announcement today. Lance Armstrong will retire after racing for a final time in the Tour this summer. Wow – kind of saw it coming, but it’ll be hard to imagine the Tour de France without him. Makes me want to head over to France like Brandon did last year just to be a part of the history. Set your Tivo’s, this is it!

Lance at the Tour of Georgia this year. Doesn’t look like any retiree that I’ve ever seen…

The Grinding Wheel

Big ride today. It was going to be nice weather and there were no races on the schedule, so Tim and I hooked up for a multi-hour ride through the mountains. We started up Deer Creek and Tim set a mean pace. I was hanging on, but a bit out of my comfort zone. We made it up to the turnoff faster than I’ve ever done it – no sense pacing ourselves…! We continued on straight and went up and over into Turkey Creek. From there I took Tim up the back way to the High Grade road, over some really steep sections that I don’t think he was too keen on. We hung a right and went over to Conifer, took 285 back to the top of Turkey Creek, then followed it all the way down back out onto 285 again. After crossing the highway we started climbing over Indian Hills and dropped down Bear Creek to Morrison. I wanted to continue on to Lookout, but Tim’s legs weren’t feeling the love and he decided to head for home. Plus the fact that it was now about 1:00 in the afternoon.

I was still feeling pretty good and decided (with the much appreciated approval on the home-front) to continue. I’ve been learning that in order to cause a training effect, you have to over-extend yourself and force your body to adapt to that level of effort. Over time, that effort should become easier – which is cool, but it also means you have to push that much harder to continue to reap the training benefits. That can hurt…

By the time I got to the bottom of Lookout Mountain, I had been riding for over 4 hours (60+ miles) and climbed around 6,000 feet. Those 4 hours forged the steel, but pushing up a climb like this after all of that effort is what really sharpens it to a razor’s edge. That’s why I call it the grinding wheel.

I decided to just push my heart rate to 175 and hold it there, then see what time I made it in. I rode a 24:12, which was a bit faster than I raced it in at the end of last year. That was very encouraging to be able to pull that off with my legs as smoked as they were. Not to mention producing a good amount of that training effect I was after.

I headed for home and hit my driveway at 6 hours, 9,000 feet of climbing, and 99.9 miles – so I made another trip around the block…

RACE REPORT #4 Cherry Creek TT series – week 1 CAT 4

Tonight was the first of seven weekly Wednesday time trials held at the Cherry Creek State Park, which is just a couple of miles from my office. This thing is nuts! I’m blown away by how many people do it. There are 440 riders going off at 20 second intervals. Quite the popular event – I think there were another 150 or so on the waiting list. Our team signed up way back in January.

The course is an out-and-back road through the park. It ends up being around 10.5 miles. Always windy…

I woke up this morning with a sore throat, first one of the whole winter. Anyway, my TT performance ended up being less than stellar. Just felt pretty nuetral the whole time, didn’t even dig all that deep. My time of 27:11 put me in 26th place out of 50 or so CAT 4’s. I was too lazy to set up my bike with aero-bars, so I just rode in a standard position. I felt like a WWII jeep next to the Ferrarri’s that most people had. There were a LOT of fast bikes there. I got passed by 4 or 5 of them… I gotta get me one of those disk wheels – if only for the sound they make! Way cool – sounds like a tie fighter leaving the Death Star when they go by. That would definitely make me go faster…