Monthly Archives: September 2014

Limping Badly, but Still Riding

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I’ve been limping worse and worse recently. It seems to be a muscle problem, which makes sense now that I understand a little more what actually happened to me during surgery. Forget the screws and plate in the bone. The trauma to the muscle is severe. I’m going to get another x-ray done within the next couple days and am starting a strengthening regiment to try to get some of the muscles working.

Check the pictures out below of the tool they use to spread open the IT band to fix a broken hip. It looks primeval. It seems primeval.

I put some Garmin pedals on my bike to see the difference in power between my left and right leg power. I don’t know of another way to do that. I’m pretty interested to see if I’m really imbalanced or not. I tend to think that I’m just bad all around, but I do have some issues pedaling at certain times with my left leg. On Strava, there is a form and fitness page and it doesn’t seem that I am gaining any fitness, even though I rode 68 hours last month. When I crashed at the end of May, my fitness level was 116. It is now 48. I don’t understand the algorithm that Strava uses to manufacture that number, but I know that I was above 48 early February, only riding 18 hours in January. That is pitiful.

Okay, I’m down in Arvada, framing in Vincent’s basement. Keith and Catherine flew out late yesterday, after riding to Red Rocks in the morning. Bill and I kept going and did a lap of Morgul-Bismark after, so we had around 70 miles. My power meter’s battery died about half way, which is a shame. We rode pretty hard and I was interested in the numbers.

I entered Chequamegon Fat Tire, so am racing in two weeks. It is going to be what it is. I won’t even be able to get to the field in the front, but I would hate to miss the experience. I am lucky that I am to the point that I can just ride the event.

This is contraption that the surgeon uses to spread the muscle during surgery.

This is contraption that the surgeon uses to spread the muscle during surgery.

This is it in use.  No wonder my IT band feels like a solid rock.

This is it in use. No wonder my IT band feels like a solid rock.

Dueling power meters.

Dueling power meters.

Stacie showing me some exercises to do.

Stacie showing me some exercises to do.

Our group at Red Rocks yesteray.

Our group at Red Rocks yesteray.

There were so many people doing some sort of boot camp at Red Rocks.  This woman was creeping along on her hand and feet.

There were so many people doing some sort of boot camp at Red Rocks. This woman was creeping along on her hand and feet.

Pondering what to do next.

Pondering what to do next.

Time Crunch

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I’ve decided that when I’m in a time crunch, I need to do “real” life and just miss posting here. I’ve missed more days this past month than I’ve missed the past two years. Even though I truly enjoy the interactions here, I’m not going to miss out on doing real life experiences, just to report on thoughts and other things I’ve been doing. Makes sense. But, that being said, I hope to not be so busy that skipping posting becomes common.

We’re in sort of a time crunch here. Trudi has a flight to the World Tour races in Canada on Sunday, but it’s from Duluth Minnesota. She had to get a ticket and that was my best guess of where we’d be right about then. Bad guess. So, we only have 3 days to finish up framing Vincent’s basement, drive to Topeka to restock and then get her up to Duluth.

I’ve done good rides the last three days. The Garmin pedal test isn’t reliable. My experience so far that they are random number generators. They produce no accurate numbers, at least consistent enough to be believable. The left/right balance is total bullshit and chances constantly. The power is just plain wrong. I really don’t have anything good to say about them. I’m going to be putting my Rotor Power meter back on as soon as I get an extra 20 minutes.

Bill, Vincent and I met up with some of Vincent’s team mates and rode up Golden Gate Canyon yesterday. We turned off and rode gravel for a while. Eventually, everyone turned back and Bill and I kept going up to Peak to Peak. We climbed a bunch and then desended South Beaver Creek back to Coal Creek Canyon. I hadn’t been up there for years and hardly ever have ridden down it. It’s a pretty great descent down from Wondervu to Arvada. We ended up with right at 60 miles with 6000 feet of climbing.

I’ve been doing some abductor exercises the last three days. My leg already feels better and I’m walking much better. I could barely do 14 reps initially and yesterday I did a total of 90, 60 with a 3 pound ankle weight. Other than walking better, I feel much better climbing out of my seat. I’m not where near race form, but am only 12 weeks out from breaking my hip, so I don’t have anything to complain about really.

Plus, this framing the basement, uses a ton of muscles that have been latent recently. I’m sore each morning, but a good sore. The only bad part of this project is breathing some, not alot, but some, insulation dust. My head feels clogged at night and my sinuses are itching and raw. Not unusual, but bothersome for riding.

Okay, today we’re gonna frame first, then ride. Probably not such a good idea for a riding, but we need to get a ton of stuff done. Plus, I have an order for some x-rays, so I might just ride on bike paths over to Cherry Creek and get them done. That is probably close to 30 miles. I have 12 hours riding the past three days, so an easy ride is probably not such a bad idea.

Bill climbing on Hwy. 74 toward Wondervu.

Bill climbing on Hwy. 74 toward Wondervu.

Towards the top of the gravel off Golden Gate.

Towards the top of the gravel off Golden Gate.

I love stopping and getting water out of wells.

I love stopping and getting water out of wells.

We stopped by to visit Mike and Judy Hudson in Kittridge a couple days ago.  Judy wasn't around, just Mike.

We stopped by to visit Mike and Judy Hudson in Kittridge a couple days ago. Judy wasn’t around, just Mike.

Their house is very cute.

Their house is very cute.

Bill framing a wall.  Hanging them from the ceiling is a real hassle.

Bill framing a wall. Hanging them from the ceiling is a real hassle.

We've been eating great.  Lisa and Trudi have been making really good meals.

We’ve been eating great. Lisa and Trudi have been making really good meals.

Ryder Hesjedal on Motorized Bicycle in Tour of Spain ???

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Anyone out there have an honest explanation of what happened here? Sure looks to me like the bicycle accelerates itself. Here’s a link to a sport director from Garmin’s explanation. Slick road. The only explanation I can come up with is that he kicks his bike forward when he releases his right foot. The only problem with that is you need to twist to release. Here is a link to an experiment that “explains” the bikes motion. The problem with this is that Ryder’s rear wheel is on the ground when he is sliding, thus there should be no rotational stored energy. I think it is just a weird continuation of momentum thing, but it really looks screwy.

Fast Turn Around

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Trudi, Bill and I did the drive from Arvada, Co to Topeka yesterday. We didn’t get out of Denver until after 10. I wanted to try to finish the framing of Vincent’s basement, so I got up early and started working. It seems appropriate that there is about a meter of wall to be hung still. There is a ton of other stuff to do there too, but framing the perimeter seemed like a good end since we couldn’t stay there forever.

So, we got back to Topeka around 7:30 last night. Trudi hasn’t been back for a couple months, me just a couple weeks. We have just enough time to gather up different stuff and head out again today at noon. It is another 700 miles up to Cable. That is just an hour and a half from Duluth, where Trudi’s ticket is out of tomorrow. She is doing her last stint this season, the two Canadian World Tour races. I am going to try to ride off-road. I can’t throw my leg over the seat to get on my bike, yet, so it might e a little challenging.

Last night I was trying to get my MTB bike going. I race it so infrequently that I pay very little attention to it. I race so little, I feel weird about calling around for free stuff. That is going to have to change. I got some light Stan’s NoTube wheels from Vincent. It is amazing how much weight I took off. I was riding some lower end Mavic wheels. The Stan’s front wheel, with a lighter tire, took off 650 grams, which is a pound and a half. Taking off my shock fork and using a rigid fork saves another 1100 grams. My bike is under 18 pounds now, which is nice, but won’t change my ability to go that much faster.

Dennis said it has been raining like crazy up where Chequamegon is going to be held a week from today. The course holds up pretty great, just a lot of big puddles, ponds of water. I’m going to ride the whole course on Monday. Maybe I won’t be able to race, I really don’t know.

I am totally under slept. Bill drove the whole way back yesterday. I did sleep some. Bill is bringing his dog along too, so Bromont is going to have to “fight” for his space. I’m sure he’ll just end up in someone’s lap.

I watched the end of the MTB Elite cross country this morning. Man, those guys aren’t going any speed I know. Absalon climbed the last hill sprinting. I’m not sure how many World Championships it is for that guy, not even counting two Olympic Gold Medals. The US men were not going anywhere near the speed of the leaders. Stephen Ettinger was the best place, finishing 28th. Todd Wells, was a lap down. When our National Champion can’t finish the Worlds, something is wrong. But, North America did pretty great in the women’s race. Catherine Pendrel from Canada won and Lea Davison, USA was 3rd. Lea has won Chequamegon a few times. I wonder is she is planning on high-tailing it back to Wisconsin this weekend?

Okay, once again, I have to get going and pack.

The walls are a hassle to hang from the ceiling.

The walls are a hassle to hang from the ceiling.

Last bit left for Vincent.

Last bit left for Vincent.

Wheels sealed up great last night.

Wheels sealed up great last night.

I hope to go for a swim tonight here.

I hope to go for a swim tonight here.

My tea bag saying today.

My tea bag saying today.

Can’t Post Much/Birkie Trail Mess

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Dennis is cracking the whip and taking us on a circle tour to the Brick House Coffeeshop in Cable, then over to the Yuri’s new buffalo farm to see how much work needs to be done there. We got up to the Northwoods later, around 11 last night. Dennis and Trudi have already taken the dogs for a long romp in the woods and now it is time to suit up for the lap. It has rained a ton up here. Driving through Hayward last night the roads were flooded. Dennis said that the Birkie Trail is covered by downed trees and ponds at the bottom of all the valleys. I looked it up and it is a mess up here. I’m hoping to try to ride the course tomorrow, just to see if I can actually race this next weekend. Riding through hub deep water won’t show much. Okay, need to get going. We have to take Trudi up to Duluth to start here trip to Canada just after 1.

This is a photo from the Chequamegon course yesterday.  This is just where it is flat.  Wow.

This is a photo from the Chequamegon course yesterday. This is just where it is flat. Wow.

This would be pretty hard to ride around, but these guys up here are pretty excellent on tree removal.

This would be pretty hard to ride around, but these guys up here are pretty excellent on tree removal.

The timber framed barn on Yuri's new land.  It is 3 stories like this.

The timber framed barn on Yuri’s new land. It is 3 stories like this.

USAC F#%*’s up the Nationals Championships

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Man, when the USAC (United State Cycling Federation) starts addressing rules, things many times get jacked up way more than they were before. They make bad decisions that don’t represent their clients, us the riders. They change the rules for their convenience, not in the rider’s best interest.

First, let’s address the Pro Criterium Championships held Saturday night. They scheduled the race during the Tour of Alberta, a race that all the “lesser” Pro Teams were racing. So, the race couldn’t attract enough riders to make a legitimate field, so they decided to open up the race to Elite riders. The whole last decade, the USAC has done everything available to make a separate Professional racing circuit. They don’t let the best elite riders participate in any race with a professional sanction, but when they can’t hold a National Championship because of bad scheduling, they just change face and fill the field. Wonder what they would have done if “an amateur” would have won the race???

Now the Cyclocross Nationals in Austin. They made a rule change that says that Masters have to only race one race at Nationals. The rule….riders will NOT be able to compete in BOTH Elite and Masters categories at the Cyclo-cross National Championships. They can only race in one of those two divisions… Man, what a crock.

USAC must have realized by now that cyclocross is a participatory event. And that masters riders make up a very good portion of the total entries. Most of the riders winning, finishing in the top 3, of most the Master’s Nationals, also race the Elite race. So, USAC has made a rule that limits the ability of the best age graded riders to race? That is just stupid and not in the best interest of anyone involved.

The only reason I can think they might have tried to “address” this issue is trying to limit the number of riders in the Elite Cyclocross Nationals. They can do that through a qualification process, which they have also implemented. Only the top 90 rides in the PRO CX standing, plus anyone with a UCI point, will be able to enter the Elite Nationals. If a master’s rider meets this qualification, then they should be able to compete, in my opinion.

Maybe the USAC needs to realize there isn’t a Professsional Cyclocrss circuit. If they can’t attract a big enough group to fill the Pro Criterium Nationals, then they would have zero percent chance to fill a Professional Cyclocross field. There are a total of maybe 5 cyclocross Pro’s in the US. That is men and women combined. So, all elite riders have been allowed to fill the fields, which seems appropriate. Now, they make a rule to alienate many of the very riders that have made the sport very successful​.

Here’s a link to the USAC release on its 2014-2015 “Professional Cyclo-cross” schedule. They boast a prize list of $40000, split evenly between men and women, so $20K for each. Wow, that is something. I’ve personally won more prize money that that at an individual race.

I’d never heard a peep of all this going down. I wonder why that is? Seems like we all would have heard something about it before it became “official”. They still have time to rethink this and fix their mistake. But, that will never happen. Our sport has issues.

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