Allesandro the biker man...
- Had a nice fairly easy ride this morning with Beppo. We spun out to Reston. My legs felt really dead so I went up the hill on Hunter Station Road - the power climb that goes from mildly steep to a wall to mildly steep - fairly hard to try to open my legs up. It worked out. In the process I managed to set a personal best critical power for everything from 34 seconds, to 1:48. This is a good thing because where I got killed in 'cross last year was on efforts where I had to crank for 1-2 minutes at a time repeatedly. I'm hoping that the improved 1-2 minute power helps out in 'cross races - the idea is if I can put out more 1-2 minute peak power, then I can carry the speed I need using less-than-full-tilt 1-2 minute power, and get through those sticky sections with a bit of gas left in the tank. We'll see - odds are I will have fixed that problem only to encounter some other miserable, ridiculously-hard-to-beat problem. Or maybe I'll just find some other way to crap the bed. That's the nature of racing tho - it ain't necessarily about the succeeding it's about the racing.
- I bit the bullet and signed up for the Escape from Granogue MTB race. I'm doing the Single Speed Endurance class, a four hour race. That should be a lot of fun. Yeah, I'm going to get myself pounded by the guys who are seriously fast - a fair percentage of single speed riders are just insanely fast experts. I don't care though. I'm going to ride hard and see if I can beat myself, and maybe a few others along the way.
- Picked up the 29'er today, with its new Rock Shox Reba. Wooooooo hooooooo! That thing looks badazzz, and in an extremely brief ride it seemed real smooth. We'll find out on Saturday if it really helps. I suspect it will - the rigid fork was *killing* me at Lodi, so this should smooth things out. It's tough to admit I'm not as hardcore as I was when I was 25 and first mountain biking, years and years ago, but there it is.
- Just got RAI added to the cable. So I'm DVR'ing tomorrow's Giro stage. Sweeeeeetness. It will be my luck that the riders take it real easy after all of today's debacles. Oh well. At least we have some good mountain stages to look forward to. And a mountain time trial... what sort of fresh hell is that?