Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Florida Trip - Recap

Day 3 - The Family Reunion

So what called us to Florida in the middle of the coldest Ohio winter I can ever remember - the Brown Family Reunion. I can finally put a face to all the names Connie kept tossing out. This is Connie's Mom's Sister's Husband's side of the Family. I must say, what a cool family. I had a great time. It was a also a time of firsts...Landon & I went on a horse ride, my first. We rode a 4 wheeler which I believe was my first, Connie and I won the egg toss (see the video). And holy shit...did I eat. Uncle Mike is a master griller and smoker! The hard effort in preparing the food was appreciated by all. Smoked pulled pork, smoked beans (my favorite), orange poppy seed marinated shrimp wrapped in Bacon and yep...grilled to smokin perfection, the steak was mighty tasty also. I shit you not...I gained some good poundage because I weighed in 5 pounds more, after the race... when I got home - I could not say no to all that food. It was also alot of fun to watch all the kids, Aunt Shirley hooked em up with a fun outdoor experience and a ton of toys to play with. It seemed as if eveyone that came had little ones attached, Landon was running around and having a hoot and playing with everyone!

Day 4 - Razorback Pre-ride
Razorback was an hour away from Deland and only open on the weekends, so I took off Sunday afternoon after everyone left the family reunion and meet Ken and Ray in Reddick Florida. whhhoooo neelly...I did not expect this kind of trail in Florida. I love this stuff, tight, technical, short climbs, twisty, curvy high speed big ring sections and rocks! It took me a lap to find a touch of rhytmn with a new bike and such a long time away from the single track. We did 3 laps before the place closed...I found my happy place...riding excellent single track in February in shorts when its negative 20 degrees in back in Ohio...yep...I was indeed in a happy place!

Day 5-6 - BodyWorks, Disney and Family
Went for an easy recovery ride in the am then it was off to the BodyWorks Exhibit in Orlando. We missed the exhibit when it was in Cleveland. This was actually a very cool thing to see and I learned alot. Connie was absolutely amazed and showed me everything she could. You would think this to be a "gross" exhibit but it was the opposite, once inside you found yourself examining the bodies and you were able to see what only doctors have been priveldged. Connie explained and showed me the muscle groups that had been bothering me, and other injuries that her athletes had encountered.
After the exhibit we headed south to Sebring and visited my Grandparents. Landon helped grandpa pick some fresh grapefruit and oranges and we had a good time relaxing and spending time with them. The next morning it was off to Disney World. Landon had a blast. We basically walked onto every ride and experienced the whole park. Capped it off with the fireworks and then back to Deland. I woke up the next morning at 5:00am and drove off to Ocala to meet Ken and Ray at Santos. Holy shit...another unbelievable place to ride. We rode around until we hit the quarry and the Red Bull Rampage stuff...crazy 20 foot drops and jumps. Then we went off to the landbridge. An actual trail over I-75, one of Florida busiest highways. I can't not believe they allocated money for this, it connected two major sections of trail. You could ride here for days and never ride the same trail. The other amazing thing was a sign I saw...It said something about Horses not allowed on the trail and they would be fined if caught! Its the opposite in Ohio! Just the other week one of my riding buds got caught, fined and bike impounded for riding in our national trails where horses are allowed but not! Anyway, after this I headed back to Deland, dropped Connie and Landon off at the Airport and went to Ken's to rest up for the race. He had a great meal prepared the night before the race. Meet Brett and Ernesto and we prerode the course on Friday and then Saturday was the race...see below.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Florida Trip - Day 1 & 2

The Tornado

Arrived in Deland Florida on Thursday night and stayed at Connie's aunt and uncles house, unknown to us as we drove in the dark, the tornado that ripped through Lady Lake Florida also made a pass 8 houses from where Connie's aunt and uncle live, and they slept through the freak'n thing! My bike arrived Friday morning (more on that later) and I took a spin around the local roads Saturday morning, hoping to find some trail to ride but I did not realize the damage that had devasted the area. It damn near made me sick to my stomach to witness the damage firsthand. I rode past FEMA disaster assistance tents and through security checkpoints, chatting with several police officers along the way, they where trying to prevent looting and giving those a chance to clean up. The debre was endlessly stacked up next to the road waiting for trucks to hull it away to the dump. I saw a trampoline and pieces of roofs hanging from the tops of trees. It was unbelievable, I eventually turned around, my eyes could only take so much.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

12 Hours of Razorback - 6hr version

USA Cycling National Ultra Endurance Race #1

A review of the Razorback race in Reddick, Florida.

Held off the pressure to do the 12 hour race and opted for the 6 hour version, seeing this was my first race in 18 months and the fact I had to fly home at 8:00am the next day made this an easy decision. The race started 1/2 hour late due to a ton of late arrivals, we all lined up for the longest f-ing run I've ever done in cycling shoes...1/2 - 3/4 mile or more? I must have had a flashing yellow sign posted on me that exclaimed "Please fall right in front of me" Before we even hit the single track I had two racers fall and then a huge pile up as we entered the single track... it was near 10 racers falling over the simplest and goofiest shit and parking their ass in the middle of the trail during the race. I was feeling good, despite the expected continuous lower back pain and hand numbness of the first mtbr race of the season. Only had one small incident, I took an inside line on a banked turn to pass a slower rider, in doing so, my left vest sleeve caught a trimmed tree branch and tried to rip me from my bike, but I remained clipped in the pedals and instead swung my ass around the tree trunk, hanging from my vest in the air. Looking back at it, it was funny, but dang that branch ripped into my arm. Lesson learned when building new trail...cut all branches to the trunk! Anyway... on the 5th lap I think I was holding 7th or 8th place when I noticed super low air pressure in my rear wheel. Luckily I was within a mile of our campsite/pitrow so I rode the flat back. Can't figure out what happen, must have knocked the bead out of the tubeless and burbed a ton of air? ...threw a tube in and went on my way. I ended up finishing 10th out of 76 solo 6 hour racers. I missed the cut off (5 1/2 hrs) for the 7th lap by 7 minutes and I was 3:62 out of 7th place and 1:66 out of 9th the flat tire may have cost me a few spots... but that's racing.

Brett and Ernesto were 10 and 7 minutes in front of me, they were running 6th & 7th place in the 12 hour race as of 6:00pm with 4 hours to go. Ernesto had double flatted. Harlan Price, the 2006 US MTB100 Ultra series winner was camped next to us was running in 2nd place. In the end, Harlan won the 12 hour, Brett got 5th place and Ernesto got 7th place.

Despite being bummed about the flat tire, I went into the race to gauge my fitness. I was shooting for a top ten finish and I just made it. In analyzing the results of the 12 hour race at the 6 lap mark, I would have been in 8th place in the 12 hour race, 7 minutes back from 7th place, and 14 minutes in front of 9th place...but that's easier said then done, I don't think my body could have taken the pounding the course was dishing out for another 6 hours. So all is well, it felt great to be back in the saddle and racing again after such a long time off. Raced my new Specialized S-Works hardtail was FLAWLESS!

Lap times can be viewed here 6 hours of Razorback

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

My lastest creation...the 5:00am spin

I've strung together a couple workouts from my CTS days back on '04. Probably goes against the whole slow-twitch, fast-twitch muscle group workout theory...but its all below Lactate Theshold and contained within cadence and heartrate ranges for each interval and damn feels good at 5:00am in the morning. Been increasing the intensity a bit for the Razorback race in Florida on the 18th of February and somehow melted my tuesday/thurday morning workouts into this.

Drink 1 large cup of coffee
WarmUp 10:00
Tempo 03:00
SteadyState 01:00
PowerInterval 00:30
Recovery 02:00
Tempo 10:00
Recovery 02:00
Tempo 10:00
Drink more Coffee
Recovery 02:00
SteadyState 04:00
Recovery 02:00
SteadyState 04:00
Recovery 02:00
SteadyState 04:00
Recovery 02:00
Fast Pedals 02:00
Recovery 02:00
Fast Pedals 02:00
Recovery 02:00
(raise front tire a couple inches)
Climbing Repeats 10:00
Recovery 08:00
Climbing Repeats 10:00
Recovery 08:00
Climbing Repeats 10:00
CoolDown 10:00
Total Time 2:02:30

Drink more coffee!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Arctic Weather

All I can say is arctic...The indoor trainer rides usually get redundant by this time, but not this year. I've been tweak'n the new rides and getting used to the new frame size so I'm a kid in the candy store each time I get on board the new rigs. Leave for Florida in 4 days and taking the new Specialized S-Works hardtail...can't freak'n wait to hit some unfrozen singletrack!

Tonight: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values between -16 and -21. West wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday: A chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy and cold, with a high near 7. Wind chill values between -13 and -22. West wind between 15 and 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.