Monday, March 17, 2008

Finally...outside

Here are a few pics of my first race back in 2006 after a FIVE year layoff from the sport...too bad about that bike. It was an absolute rocket even though it only had Daytona components...

Even so, it is still hanging in my basement reminding me of its original owner and what he taught me about riding/racing/life. Lots has changed since I was a junior in the Michigan circuit. One thing that hasn't is the Spring Training Series...

So I'm a bit of an indoor training type of guy if given the option of training outside in sub-32 degree weather versus a nice, controlled environment. This isn't because I don't like being outside (believe me, I would MUCH rather ride outside...) but it is because my toes happen to freeze very easily when the weather and wind turn up.

This year I did manage to buy some P.I. typhoon booties which have worked very well, but not well enough for me to go spend hours on the roads in them. Just well enough to take the bite out of an hour or hour and a half of trainer break time. Sometimes that is just enough to break up the monotony of it all.



Anyway, last week's weather couldn't have come at a better time in my spring training since it was a large volume week for me. I managed to get long rides outside for 4 days despite teaching at Delta. Friday's ride was the best...almost 3 hours after a looooooong school day.

I love the feeling of anticipation to find out who has been putting in the time for the April/May/June races now. Then again I love that feeling before the first 'cx race even better, but at that time you have a pretty good idea based on road and mtb form.
We have a new addition to the bike family; I'll make a post shortly with pics when it comes in! Good thing I have a bike room...
jb
p.s. Kristie's birthday is on Thursday so I can't say what Kona got her for that, but it is SWEET!

5 comments:

lil pony said...

I'll give you a tip I myself should have listen to 15 years ago. And now is the best purchase of my cycling life.

Don't walk but run, and go buy a pair of Lake winter cycling shoes. I made the mistake of waiting way too long and my metatarsus' have paid the price. I can now enjoy a 3-4 hour sub zero ride in comfort without worry of losing one of my little piggies before it goes wee, wee, wee all the way home...

Doug said...

I agree, I am about to ride 40 miles, indoors, and watching TV/DVDs. Now if I can just find or make a table to use the computer while on the bike...

Doug said...

What class(es) are you teaching at Delta? I bet English... Is Delta public or private?

jbhancock said...

I teach physics at Delta, and it is public.

Doug said...

So, I guess that means you grew up watching too much Star Trek, Star Wars, and playing to much AD&D...