Friday, November 28, 2008

My ride tomorrow...

Going solo...but figured I'd put it out there. I used to live out in VA, so mapped out a little route to go visit. Lots of big roads, but I'm hoping that the traffic will be light. Figured all 5 of you readers might want to see what I'm doing...

Here is the turn by turn from the city for future reference...

Cross Chain Bridge (to VA)
R - Chainbridge Rd (becomes Dolley Madison Blvd)
R - Georgetown Pike
R - River Bend Rd
L - Beach Mill Rd
R - Walker Rd (T)
L - Beach Mill Rd
L - Spring Vale Rd (cross rt. 7)
L - Hunter Mill Rd
L at T - Sunrise Valley Dr (Hunter Mill Rd)
L - Lawyers Rd
L - Church St
R - Park St
L - Cedar Ln
R - Idylwood Rd (becomes Kirby)
R - Powhatan St
L - Williamsburg Blvd
L - N. Glebe Rd
R - N Old Glebe Rd
R - Military Rd
L - Nellie Custis Dr
L - Lorcom Ln
R - Spout Run Pkwy
L - Lee Hwy
L - N. Lynn St
Cross Key Bridge (to DC)

This is mainly for me for later...Maybe I'll do a post ride report, eh?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Highs and Lows

If you're like me, you read something like this (excellently written as always by Papa Jay) and the following happens:

You remember when you went to training camp last year with the team and rode on epic roads that climbed higher than you've climbed before and suffered more than you've ever suffered before. You think back at the fitness you had after camp; how you felt like you could go with anyone. How if SuperDave or the Muscle attacked the group, you'd pull them back and counter (now remember, this is how you ["I"] felt...not what you ["me"] could actually do..seriously, counter S.D.?! I don't think so.) You start day dreaming about the upcoming season. You start thinking about how strong you want to be. You start thinking about tacticts you are going to employ in each of the races to make sure that someone from your club wins every race you enter. You watch this (scroll down to the video of George vs Domo) and you almost lost your sh!t because of how awesome and real it is and how motivating it makes you feel towards getting out and suffering. You decide you're going to win multiple races this coming year...

But then you think about how cold it is outside. You think about your responsibilities that keep you from riding in the mornings or after work. You think about how dark it gets at this time of year around 5 pm. You remember how much you hate the trainer. You are reminded about a standing meeting that keeps you from meeting up with the lunch group down at Hains Point. You remember that you are the best at making excuses. You feel sorry for yourself...then you get angry because you're feeling sorry for yourself. You wonder if the countertop guy is actually going to deliver on the 24th. You remember that you should check your bank account...

Then you snap out of it...realize you're back in your 8'x9' cube staring at dual monitors and that you have a Hazard Analysis to write before any code can be promoted.

Yea...I think that's about how it goes.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sundays are for Bike Riding...

Arrow Bikes tomorrow (Sunday 9:00 am)...

Group rolls from Dunkin Donughts in Capitol Hill @ 8:30 if you want to roll up there from the city...

Friday, November 14, 2008


I'm borrowing this picture of Kelly controlling the pack. From all the pictures I've seen from this past year, I don't think anyone does the leadout or going to the front better than Kelly:

Yea...legit. One day R1V is going to pull off one of those in a race and it is going to be awesome.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This time of year sucks donkey...

the upbringing won't let me finish that...

1) A ten win season is not going to happen...maybe 9-3 and a BCS Bowl game win?! Is that too much to ask for Santa? Go Hokies...Miami is for suckas.

2) The rain sucks.

3) Lack of riding is making me a foul mooded man.

4) I think one of my dogs took a piss on my bike...that sucked.

Sunday I'm riding, rain or shine.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thank you, may I have another...

I may not be the first one to say this, but Dang those harley boys are fast.

I showed up on Tuesday down at HP hoping for a good little workout. Got there a little late so I started my reverse lap to hope to meet up with a group enjoying some exercise on Veteran's day (thank you all)...again, who do I see, Mr. "F#ck it" speed (Chuck Hutch) driving a group of four which included a teammate of his, Dan from Coppi, and another dude who was working hard as well. I latched onto the back and decided this was what I was looking for. With this group there were two things that were going to happen:

1) I drop everybody like a bad habit
2) I hold on for dear life and hope to sneek in one lap, maybe two if I'm lucky.

There was about a 0.0001% of #1 happening that day...maybe ever, so let the suffering begin.

I took a couple of pulls as we were cordial, but working on the first lap. On the backstretch, Chuck and his boy (Butts?) decided to sprint for the line, which dropped all of us. This was my first lap, so I fought to catch back up and got back on by the start of the second lap. Now it was just the three of us. The Harley guys trading pulls, and me holding on for dear life. I felt bad that I was wheel sucking, but was all I could do. They didn't seem to mind all that much (I chatted Chuck up afterwards a little and he said all that mattered was that he beat Butts to the line) so I just went from one wheel to the other while they kept the pace up around ridiculous speed. On the back side, the pace slowed a little and they started looking at each other...I knew what was coming, so I geared down and started picking up the pace..but it didn't matter. Next thing you know, I was watching them ride away from me and I started my cooldown a little earlier than planned.

I went looking for a beat down and I found it thanks to two boys from Harley...thank you, I'll take another next time we meet.

On a side note, I was at a bar once with a bunch of them watching a couple of DJs (My boy Hanz and Ian from Harley) and I'm sure that I can drink more beer than any of them....not a challenge, but I need something. ;)

I'm hoping December is better than November, cause November has been pretty disapointing on the bike.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Winter training plan

My winter training regime is in full swing.

After doing absolutely nothing on the bike for the past week, I rode a total of 0 miles this past weekend. Right now I am 100% dedicated to my winter plan which has three main parts:

1) Watch college football games. I usually do a couple of hard efforts to the fridge and back for cold beer and several repeats of chips to the salsa bowl.

2) Look at my bike and wonder what day would be best to clean it..this is followed by the realization that cleaning seems like a lot of work, and tomorrow is the best day for work.

3) Feel disgusted with myself and wonder at what point am I not allowed to call myself a cyclist and become just a hoarder of cycling gear.

Today is a day off for work and I'm going to try to go to Hains Point for lunch to get my @ss handed to me. There is no better motivation that seeing the pack roll away from you and knowing that at your current fitness, there isn't a damn thing you can do about it...just what the doctor ordered.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Some pictures from DCCX...

Just downloaded them...three of them are worth anything...the rest were taken after free beer and are better left offline.

Brandon running the barriers like a pro...

Saunders working his way through his own personal pain cave...

The Lumm boys partaking in some post race beverage...


Team Ride #1

I love group rides...always have. Getting up and going to meet a bunch of guys to go ride bikes in the cold early morning makes riding the bike in the off season (and the cold weather) bearable. Now, going out and doing a group TEAM ride is A+.

I organized a team ride yesterday to try to get our guys and gals together to get excited about the upcoming road season. Nothing crazy and nothing too fast, just an opportunity to get out and ride with teammates that we haven't seen in a while. I think we had somewhere between 30 and 35 guys at the start. I didn't get a count, which I should have, but we had a bunch. We picked up a few along the way as well which was cool. We rolled out towards Great Falls on the Maryland side and then did a reverse semi loop of the Saturday 10 am ride. It ended up being about 50 miles. What I learned:

1) Every group ride needs at least two critical people. One who stays towards the front and guides the way or tells everyone where they need to turn (this becomes less critical if the route is the same every time). The other is the sweeper...the guy/gal who also knows the route and makes sure nobody gets dropped who doesn't know the route. We lost one at one point during the ride and I felt bad because he didn't know where we were in relation to back home. I thought we had everyone (the count at the beginning may have helped) when we did that little crazy right/left over the bridge on Glen. I felt really bad too because I advertised our ride as "conversational" pace only. We weren't rolling, but going hard time I'll keep the pace lower and make sure nobody else takes off.

2) All rides should start/stop at some place that serves coffee, snacks, and/or beer. It makes the ride feel more pro. I'm talking out of my ass on this one, but it just felt right to start the ride at a coffee shop as opposed to a bike shop or at an intersection somewhere. Brandon and I were craving beers after the ride (nothing wrong with beer 1 being before 12:30), so the next ride needs to end up at a bar...sweet.

3) Riding with the team really made feel as a part of something special. The "everybody" group rides are nice, but there is a sense of anonymity that I don't like. Rolling through the city we rode two wide and 15+ felt and looked real pro (or at least as pro as a bunch of weekend warriors can look). We still need to work on how to ride on two lane roads so that subconsciously everybody know when to single file it up or when it is safe to ride two to three wide...

All in all, awesome. I'm planning to have one of these team rides at least once a month through the off season and eventually turn them into our skills and drills sessions as the season comes closer. Really looking forward to it.