Thursday, March 29, 2012

My 2012 Race Schedule

Just wanted to get this in one place:

24 - UNL Cycling Weekend, Lincoln, NE (Road) Website
25 - UNL Cycling Weekend, Lincoln, NE (Road) Website


15 - Twin Bing Road Race, Sioux City, IA - Website
28-29 - Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville, AR - Website


5 - Iowa City Road Race/Time Trial, Iowa City, IA
6 - Old Capitol Criterium, Iowa City, IA
19 - Capital City Criterium, Lincoln, NE (Road)
20 - Pioneers Park Gran Prix, Lincoln, NE (Road)
26-27 - Tallgrass Stage Race, Junction City, KS (Road Stage Race) -


3 - Nebraska USAC Criterium State Championship, Norfolk, NE (Road)
23 - Nebraska USAC Road State Championship, "Dave Babcook Memorial Road Race," Omaha, NE (Road)
29 - 30, July 1 Baker City Cycling Classic Baker City, OR


21 - Joyride Weekend, Lincoln NE (Road)
22 - Joyride Weekend, Lincoln, NE (Road)

?? - Papillion Crit?

?? - Gateway Cup

Oct - Dec
Enjoy riding and not get Fat!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Race Predictor?

I signed up for the Tour D'Husker race this weekend and after I went to the "View Registrants" to see the other riders that signed up for the race.  The page also has a "Race Predicator" link... it shows me 2nd for the Masters Crit and 4th for the 1/2/3 RR.  As more and more people signed up, I started dropping in the list.  Now, the predictor shows that I am in 12th on the RR.  I don't know if I like this "Feature".  Some silly programmer thinks that they can predict the outcome of a race.  Here is a code review for your program, you logic is all wrong!!

I know it is wrong but I do some predicting myself, looking at the other riders in my race.  I say to myself, "I can beat him, no problem", or "yikes, hang on as long as you can".  There are many ways I psych myself before races.  Like when we are all bunched up for the start, I start looking around to see who "looks fast".  When it comes down to racing, I just need to relax and feel the race.  I have been riding long enough to know what to do and to know who is riding well and how I match up that day.  Bring it!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cruise Intervals

In the previous post, I mentioned that I had to do 4x12min Zone 4 intervals with 2min rests in Zone 2.  9 minutes in Zone 4 is all I could muster.  This is a tough workout for me now.  I am just not use to being in Zone 4 for extended periods because I have been doing mostly endurance rides.

After I did all my intervals, I had just under 30minutes to finish the 2hr workout.  Today it is a 3:30hr long steady ride.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Still Rolling

I started my second week of Base 3 with an easy hour ride this morning.  Twenty five minutes in Zone 2.  The rest in Zone 1. 

Tonight, I have a 2hr cruise interval workout planned.  I am going to try to do 4 x 12min Zone 4 intervals.  In the training bible this workout is listed as a Muscle Endurance workout but to me it feels more like a aerobic endurance workout.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Tough Weekend

Partly self inflicted and partly due to the wind. 

Saturday, I "organized" a hill ride.  Well, I threw out an event of facebook, invited all my bikey friends, and made it so they could invite their friends.  The weather was sunny, chilly and the 15 - 25mph wind made it feel like it was in the low 20s.  Like I said on facebook, it looked like spring but felt like winter.  I was surprised that over 20 people showed up to ride. 

On the hills, I did well but could not keep up with the faster guys.  Which was expected.  It was good to have them there for a little extra motivation to push.   They were pretty much gone after the first hill. 

Sunday, I dropped in on another group ride.  I was suppose to ride easy for 4hrs.  I did my best to keep the effort low in Zone 2.  Yeah right.  Into the wind, I was pretty comfortable hovering just behind the rotation.  That was easy and fun but the effort was more like Zone 3.  In the crosswind hilly section I fell off the group early.  The tail wind section I sucked wheel for awhile then took a few pulls.  That was a mistake. Even though we had a stiff wind behind us the speed of the group was enough to still create a head wind.  I quickly burned myself out.  I was on the back sucking wind.  It was a bit disheartining to see Brady, who was out on his own and had been chasing for a couple miles, come up from behind to chase down the pack.  That was impressive. 

There is work that needs to be done.  Lose more weight and get faster.

It was a fun weekend though.