Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Well, to recap on the race prep, it could be going better. Getting plenty of good rides in and I feel strong. I'm just not at my optimal race weight right now. I'll try to cut down on the late night "carbs"(especially on weekends), and hopefully that will help me to trim down a bit. I don't want to lose too much weight though, because I don't want to lose any power. Besides the race in Ohio, I've also got my first 24 hour mountain bike race coming up. Supposed to throw together a 4 man team with Lee, Lewis, and unknown. I'd ride it solo, but I feel deadline's coming close. Other than that, its been an interesting and fun last couple of weeks, what with my first annual participation in the Colorado Springs Bicycle Pub Crawl's kickball game and with the disappearance and subsequent reappearance of my trusty, crusty messenger bag. Well at least things are still interesting.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Dad was in town this last weekend. He'd spent the preceding week traveling through Wyoming and Utah. Arches national park looks really great, but I think I'd rather visit the Grand Tetons. Managed to get a 30 mile ride in Saturday morning up Woodmen and round the Garden of the Gods. Spent most of Saturday in Denver with Dad. ate lunch at the Wynkoop Brewery, tooled around Lodo, and then visited the 2 British pubs in the area. Sunday was less driving. We met up for breakfast again but wound up lounging around the house watching Blackadder and went out to Powers to watch the Transformers movie. Felt like I ate too much over the weekend and now I have just over 6 weeks to whip myself into shape before racing in the Fall Classic back in Ohio. We'll just see how that goes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Had a great weekend up north of Denver. Rode in my 2nd MS 150 and managed to complete 2 century rides in 2 days, both sub-51/2 hours, not bad. The route this year went from Broomfield up to Fort COllins and back. Some really beautiful scenery to check out along the way and the usual great vibes you get in large groups riding for a cause. There were over 3000 cyclists on the road working towards a cure for MS. This is my second MS 150, but the first time that I have personally known someone afflicted with this disease. That in itself really made a difference to me this time around, kinda felt like I was riding with more of a purpose and not just knocking back the miles.

In other news, the bike crawl's fearless leader, Mr. John Hurly has wrapped up his assault on the Great Divide, completing the race in 25 days. Hats off to that incredible feat, see what I'm talking about here: www.greatdividerace.com/ .

Also, that race in France is also going well, as in nobody busted for doping, yet. Of course I'm catchiing my info third-hand as I'm still living without cable and have not yet found any streaming video of the Tour worth a damn.

Until next time...