The sun was shining, and I couldn’t help but get out for a short spin around my hood. I’ve got a race tomorrow morning up near Auburn, so I didn’t want to burn any matches and conserve some pop in my legs. Last weekend I made the mistake of going too far, but it didn’t get in the way of my win, but I sure didn’t feel like I was on top of my game. I rode around McLaren park on my Stumpy FSR just to spin out my legs. I had fun ripping around the short course as well as the other side of the park. I wish I stayed out longer, but I knew I’d be putting my legs at a disadvantage come tomorrow morning.
I finished 4th on our Friday World Championships lunch ride/race. Haha. Don’t be too impressed. Nobody takes it too seriously, but it was some serious fun. We started out slow, easing our way into a series of attacks. I played it cool and conserved my energy. I found myself at the front as we descended towards the bottom of the reservoir. I was cornering around Oak Glen and nearly took myself out by coming into contact with a rock, which caused my wheel to skip a bit, not to mention my heart. I held on and jumped onto the back of the speeding freight train of riders. I stayed there long enough and continued to be patient. One by one everyone mounted their attacks, but I kept it cool, knowing I didn’t to fizzle at the very end. The sprint to the finish line is on a hill, which is where I put in my own dig.
Thursdays are funny. What’s supposed to be our tempo day usually turns out to be an all-out hammerfest by the end. Today was no exception. I think it’s with the Southern headwind we’ve been battling all week, the moment we get a nice tailwind it’s game on, having to hang on for dear life as the surges carry us faster and faster down Uvas road.
My legs feel pretty good, and I should be in great shape for the race(s) this weekend. I haven’t decided which one I’ll do, but I’m leaning towards one up in Cool, CA, just north of Granite Bay where a couple of my races have been the past few weeks. The other is down near Monterey at the CCCX series. Those aren’t as exciting to me since the course is really just a CX course. It’s fast and fairly flat, but I’m not looking forward to getting any more poison oak this year.
Everyone was feeling rather sparky today. We set a blistering pace along Willow Springs, and I was feeling really great. As we neared the top of the gradual climb, the halfway point of our ride, my coworker touched wheels and went down hard. We all stopped, helped him up and waited a bit for him to catch his breath. It was alarming, but it happens, more often going uphill. That’s just how fast we’re hauling in the A group. He was alright. We started to coast the backside and we were full-gas. I got caught behind a couple of riders that fell off the back on the long stretch back. The headwind was mighty. I tried to chase them down, but I had to dial it back. I spent the last 8 miles battling the headwind solo.
Decided to give my guns a rest. It’s always odd to not ride my bike at all, but it’s pretty important to give your body at least one day a week, tip I got from my coach while training with Carmichael Training Systems. I forget how important rest is. Train hard, rest harder. I’ll be back at it on Wednesday, which is always a good idea to conserve beforehand on the Wednesday loop.
I’m in full swing to my mountain bike season, starting off with a string of wins. I couldn’t resist getting back onto my bike at lunch time, especially since the weather seems to be holding up. I gradually peeled off the main group and spun by myself. I’ve got another race this coming weekend, so I’ve got to gauge my effort closely this week.
Yes! Win number three under my belt. I came into this morning’s race not feeling to sparky. The weather was kind of crazy, dreary and a bit of wind at times. I drove up with my buddy Josh who put in a massive effort and finished behind me some minutes back. Congrats to him for making the decisive effort to get onto the podium. Once the race got started there was no turning back. I went to work and didn’t look back, well not that often. (more…)
I was born on a leap year, so my day doesn’t really exist. I went for my usual birthday ride, but it was pretty uneventful. I needed to get out and spin my legs a bit in preparation for tomorrow’s race. I went a bit too hard, and hope I didn’t burn any matches prematurely. Regardless, happy to be alive and well on my non birthday.
Oh boy, the weather is coming in sideways. I opted out of the Friday Worlds lunch ride race. No point burning myself out in the slop. I do feel it when I’m not able to get out on the bike consistently. I scheduled a low hour week, but I’m finding myself come up short of that goal.
Testing my legs out prior to my race this weekend. Thursdays are our ‘tempo’ days, which was good for me to slowly ease back into a higher pace. I punched it up a short climb to make sure I’ve got that pop in my legs. All systems go. Hopefully the weather holds and that I’ll be able to get in a couple more opener rides before Sunday.