Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This weekend will be round 2 of the SERC in Columbia, TN at the Chickasaw Trace trails. This course is normally blazing fast with hard packed dirt and a few climbs. With all the rain this week, it'll be interesting to see what the trails are like. I'm leaning on changing the tyres out for a more aggressive tread...thinking about the Michelin XCR AT's...they are a little more heavy than the pythons but way better grip in nasty conditions...I'll make the call Sat night after the pre ride. Last time I raced this course it was the first expert race...I got blasted! I think i came in 19th out of 21 racers...I cramped so bad on the last lap that i dropped 10 min compared to my first 2 laps...i'll try and negate that this go around! Goal...top 7 finish!
Next weekends race is the 3rd round of the SERC in Bryson, NC at the Tasli trails aka...Knobscorcher. Can't wait! Should be an epic race for sure...more to come on this the closer it gets.
Monday, March 23, 2009
i meet up with b and wesson at 7a at the waffle house to carpool down to mobile, al which is about 1:30 min drive. we had a blast on the way down telling jokes and bullshit that you talk about before the race...all the extra excuse of why we didn't do good if we didn't do good...
legs felt a little tender in the morning on the way down but the body felt good. the scene was good when we got down there...lots of folks, a spacey walk for the kiddies, local folks at the beach, lots of disc golfers...
the warm up went well but super chill...rode the first starting section of the trail and tooled around the park a little, mostly just to get some blood flowing. the same line up of guys showed up at the race as did a few weeks ago at BBB so i new what i was up against. kuppersmith took the hole shot like i knew he would but unlike last race, i thought i would test the legs and just go...so i took the second position going into the woods, then it was tre and b.lee rounding out the top 4...out of that, i'm not sure. after the first mile, i knew the legs were going to be solid. kuppersmith and i got a small gap on tre but he was never far behind...and eventually bridged back up to us as we started ran into the cat 1 19-29 fellas. after we passed the main group of them kuppersmith laid down an attack, i followed with no problem...we gaped tre again and didn't see him again. we rode smooth thru the first lap. grabbed a new bottle(a little more on that later) took a shot of hammer gel as did he and we went back into the woods. after the firs section, i took the lead. we hammered out that lap and caught the 1st place cat 1 racer and dropped him. the rest of that lap and the majority of the last lap was just us riding hard. once we came to the end of the race, he put in a little attack but cramped...i didn't attack, i could/should have...cause once we eased of the pace for just a few seconds and came out of the woods to enter the finish area, he went again. i wasn't ready and could keep his wheel...he got me at the line by a bikes length....3rd was about 4:30 back.
i feel great about the race...i was coming off 2 weeks of a building phase in the training plan and didn't even plan on doing this race until the a day before. the legs felt good, the HR was steady but not too high, handling skills are coming back, and most importantly to me...the ability to keep the lap times the same...maybe only 1 min off from 1st thu 3rd laps.
pics to come...
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
the hills aren't too long here so for me to find a hill that will last 3 min when i'm going full speed is hard to do...the one i have been using is about 2.5 min at full speed, so i tag on about :30 sec of a false flat run up to the hill...it seems to work pretty good.
the actual hill is perfect for the 2's and 1's...no run up needed...just start at the most noticeable rise in the pavement and drill it!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Next...i took my drill and put 2 holes in the bottom of the cap...space out to match the pole ends and insert...
Well it's monday and i'm thinking about racing...surprise, surprise!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
this was one of the dug out sections that we rode down in to.
The water was so blue...we could see turtles and fish swimming around.
some of the upper woodsy areas...they were fast and very similar to the MS trails.
the trails weaved thru these huge rocks...pretty sweet.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
i headed out to the rails to trails to get the 30 min spin on...weather was about 68 degrees and sunny. the legs felt great! light and snappy...compared to Tuesday's ride the legs felt 100x's better.
I leave out tomorrow afternoon to head towards the 1st SERC of the year...Gainesville, FL! Weather looks great and I'm feeling pretty good at the moment. I have a short ride planned for Friday morning with some 90 sec efforts mixed in there for good measure.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
i never saw scott again but finished 2nd...