Back in Colorado

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Kind of made a spur of the moment plan change Friday and headed back out to Colorado. It seemed like there were too many positives to skip the trip, so I changed Trudi’s ticket back from San Francisco and made it to Denver.

My friends Stacie and her family are renting a 3 bedroom condo in Vail, then Keith and Catherine Walberg were up for a 3 days Labor Day vacation, and Bill wanted to drive out, so that’s what we did. Trudi and her mom went to the airport and parted ways, then Trudi’s flight was cancelled, but she got put on an early flight and arrived in Denver a couple hours early. We picked her up and headed to Vincent’s in Arvada.

There is a crazy amount of traffic on I-70 on holidays, so we at dinner in Arvada and waited until 10 pm to head up I-70.

Yesterday we rode over to Vail and back. It is about 70 miles roundtrip, climbing over Vail Pass both directions. It was warm and sunny when we left, but like it has been all year for me up in the mountains, started raining when we just got back to the top of Vail Pass on the way home. It wasn’t as cold as it was a week ago, lower 40′s this time, but it rained a bunch. Pretty soon we were all frozen from descending wet. We all had full on rain gear, but that wasn’t enough. Eventually Bill and Vincent ditched us, so I rode back with Keith and Catherine.

It is funny your thought process when you’re wet and cold. We all wanted to stop in Copper Mountain or Frisco, to try to warm up some, but realized that if we did stop, it would be nearly impossible to get moving again. So we persevered. We got a small break in the rain, right about when we got back to Frisco. It is amazing how much you can warm up when you take the water out of the equation.

We were planning on doing a longer ride today, closer to 85 miles, but it is raining pretty good again and it looks like that might be the story of the whole day. That’s no good.

Okay, sounds like people are making plans for the day. I hear hiking up to some high lake. I can’t hike. I can barely walk around Vail with the puppies after dinner. It is so funny how it is easier riding than walking. I’m going to spend some time with Stacie today trying to figure out some of my ortho problems. Probably the best use of my day.

Gang sitting in Vail yesterday mid-ride.  Vincent's head really isn't that narrow.

Gang sitting in Vail yesterday mid-ride. Vincent’s head really isn’t that narrow.

I ran into my friend, Mike Kloser, yesterday in Vail.  Mike was my in to have surgery at the Steadman Clinic last February in Vail.  He is a great guy and phenomenal athlete.

I ran into my friend, Mike Kloser, yesterday in Vail. Mike was my in to have surgery at the Steadman Clinic last February in Vail. He is a great guy and phenomenal athlete.

Trudi did her first real ride in over a month.  She got dropped early on, but kept going to the top of Vail Pass.  She has a little chocolate Gu on her lower lip, it seems.

Trudi did her first real ride in over a month. She got dropped early on, but kept going to the top of Vail Pass. She has a little chocolate Gu on her lower lip, it seems.

Here’s a little Sunday morning fun. It is only 3 minutes and is pretty amazing.

1986 Coor’s Classic Video

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Super in a rush right now. Here’s a blast from the past, a video recapping the 1986 Coor’s Classic. I’m in a few shots, Tivoli Criterium in the rain, etc. I was riding for the Levis Team and we won the team competition that year, along with Phil Anderson finishing 3rd overall. Okay, enjoy.

1986 Coors International Bicycle Classic from Marc Williams on Vimeo.

The final team podium at North Boulder Park. Andy Hampsten, me, Phil Anderson, Roy Knickman and Thurlow Rogers.

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Exercise makes you Happy, As Do Cicadas

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I’ve known this for a long time, but I was reading an article over at BikeRadar that addressed how exercise makes people, that are diagnosed with depression, happy. It really doesn’t take a study because, as we all know, we all feel better after riding. The article addresses the endorphins, etc., but there is much more complex that just a bunch of chemicals.

I was thinking exactly the same thing yesterday on the club ride. I haven’t been around Topeka much the past couple months. That is mainly to try to avoid a level of depression, not being able to do a daily routine where I feel productive. But yesterday, was different.

It was super nice going out and riding with the group. It was only 8 or 10 people, but everyone was pretty strong. I have been riding in the wind and it felt great sitting on some, but not too much. The temperatures were in the mid 80′s in the evening, but it was sort of windy. We rode out West to avoid the storms to the East. It really was an uplifting ride. Something that I’ll never take for granted.

It is approaching fall here. I can tell because of the Cicadas. I’ve grown up with Cicadas. Their yearly fall song is something I look forward to. I think the males only sing, but I’m not positive about that. There are 1000′s of different types of Cicadas. I, again, am not sure if the same guys come back to Kansas every year, but I look forward to them.

There is something relaxing about repetition in this respect. I usually try to avoid repetition (cycling is never repetitive), but this is an exception. The song of the Cicadas is nature’s signal to us that summer is starting to wain and fall is fast approaching.

Anyway, whether it was the endorphins or the insects, I did feel much better after riding 2 hours, with friends, yesterday. I guess it’s probably a combination, complex, as life is.

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Low Altitude for a Bit

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Yesterday I decided to drive back to low altitude for a bit. I got a head cold, or something, over the weekend, and thought that it might be better to get to some humidity for a while. Plus, Trudi is flying back to Kansas City on Friday, so I have to be there to pick her up.

It might just be for a bit, since I’m planning to go back out to Colorado for the weekend. It is nearly 600 miles, but the speed limit in Kansas and Colorado is 75 mph, so driving 9 over, it just takes 7 1/2 hours with stops. It has been good driving the Honda InSight compared to my diesel van. Actually, the only good part is using much, much less fuel. The Honda doesn’t really do that great on the highway doing 85. Somewhere in the mid 40′s. It gets closer to 60 in town, but I didn’t drive it much in town. The van, at its best, gets 20, using diesel, which is more expensive. It’s less than $40 to drive to Denver each way in the Honda, so the time is the consideration.

I helped Vincent frame a couple walls in his basement before I left. I learned that I am in no shape for hardly anything, pretty much including cycling. I was so sore yesterday morning from leaning over and lifting things. Man, it is embarrassing. It might be a little from being sick, but I think it is mainly from just being weak. I understand the reasons behind the weakness, but I need to address it sooner than later.

I might need to rethink, or just think, about what a realistic, way more realistic, time frame is to race again. I’m not anywhere close to the level to even consider it as of now. I have to admit that I’m surprised how slowly my hip is healing. I still walk with a pretty good limp and after sitting for more than 15 minutes or so, I have to stand, then wait before I attempt to walk. It has to be just muscle slowing me down now, but whatever the reasons, it is getting super old. This has been the slowest recovery I’ve ever had from a cycling injury.

I’ve spent pretty much the last two months in cool temperatures, so the heat here is going to be a challenge. It isn’t supposed to be that hot the next few days, lower 90′s. I drove thru crazy storms yesterday, then when I got home, it stormed again. I love weather, so it was a treat. It’s wet out now and looking like more rain, which is always good in August.

Okay, I have to reorganize some. Give me a day and I’ll come up with something better here.

Vincent securing the plates to the concrete.  The code in Colorado is that you have to hang the basement walls from the floor joists because of ground expansion.  Kind of strange.

Vincent securing the plates to the concrete. The code in Colorado is that you have to hang the basement walls from the floor joists because of ground expansion. Kind of strange.

The basement is full of stuff, so we're kind of just working around all of it.

The basement is full of stuff, so we’re kind of just working around all of it.

Lisa, giving me the evil eye, while she is bobbing around, trying to get Petra to sleep, while eating.

Lisa, giving me the evil eye, while she is bobbing around, trying to get Petra to sleep, while eating.

Bromont only gets a micro space in the InSight.  He slept all the way.  Packing two bikes and all Trudi's extra stuff took some special packing skills.

Bromont only gets a micro space in the InSight. He slept all the way. Packing two bikes and all Trudi’s extra stuff took some special packing skills.

Out in Western Kansas for a break.

Out in Western Kansas for a break.

My driving luck this year. Lots of red always.

My driving luck this year. Lots of red always.

Last night's storm coming in from the West.

Last night’s storm coming in from the West.

Monday Blues

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I woke up this morning with a head cold. I felt it coming on since Saturday when I rode from the Vail Time Trial to Silverthorne in freezing rain. Nothing like riding a bunch of miles when you don’t have form and then shiver for a couple hours. It isn’t bad though yet and I’m going to stay positive that I can keep it at bay.

I went to the dinner with Trudi and the BMC team last night. It was nice. I know a bunch of the people working for the team, plus many of the riders. Trudi is flying her mom into Denver today and they are going to drive back to San Francisco together. That is a pretty nice way to break up a long drive. Her mom is getting here early afternoon, so we’re going to go for a bike ride this morning now.

Trudi is wasted from the last month of working stage races and I just feel like putzing around, so it should be complimentary. I’ll try to post more later when I have more time.

Tejay gave Trudi a signed leader's jersey after the race.

Tejay gave Trudi a signed leader’s jersey after the race.

Plus, .79 gallons of Sierra Nevada beer from the podium.

Plus, .79 gallons of Sierra Nevada beer from the podium.

Trudi working yesterday in Boulder before the start.

Trudi working yesterday in Boulder before the start.

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Last Day of the Pro Challenge

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Kind of in a rush today, once again. It’s the last day of the Pro Challenge. I really haven’t seen much of the race. Just Breckenridge two days ago, and sort of a little of the Vail TT yesterday. We got caught it a crazy mountain storm and it was every man for themselves. I have no idea how all those people up on the course survived the 40 degree rain. I barely did. I’m hoping to get to the start in Boulder, then head over to Arvada to ride with Vincent over to Lookout to spectate a little more. Trudi is working like crazy, of course, but I hope to catch up with her later this afternoon. Okay, I have to get going.

Trudi helping Tejay after he won the time trial, in the rain, yesterday.  Must of been a crazy tailwind, he averaged close to 40 km/h for the 10 mile climbing race.

Trudi helping Tejay after he won the time trial, in the rain, yesterday. Must of been a crazy tailwind, he averaged close to 40 km/h for the 10 mile climbing race.

tommy d

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A bunch of different folks forwarded me this photo from yesterday’s stage of the Pro Challenge in Colorado Springs. I guess they expected/hoped I’d go on a rant about Tommy D. I did my rant on him a while back and figure maybe it’s best I just leave it there. Instead, maybe a few of you can come up with what the caption should read. Be creative. Here is the Facebook link to Kalan Beisel’s original tweeter photo. There is an interesting exchange between Katie Compton and Tommy.

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