Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I finished up last week with a great ride with Gord Fraser and Chris, and attempted my first ever Shoot-out ride. I learnt a lot from riding with Gord Fraser, and got some valuable tips on training and racing that I’ll definitely take with me throughout my career.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the Shootout ride is a “ride” (race) that happens every Saturday morning at 7:30am. Lucky enough, I’m staying the furthest possible point away from where the ride starts, so I get to wake up at 5:30 every Saturday from now on, and brave the +1 temperatures. The ride usually has a turn out of around 100+ cyclists, with many pro continental teams and men, which insures a fast pace. This last one, there were a couple BMC guys, realcyclist.com, the entire Exergy team, and so on. The ride is more like a race though. Most people take Friday’s as a recovery day here, so they can win the shootout ride climb!
About 30km into the ride, we crossed Valencia st., and one of the Garmin guys beside me started to count down from three, right on time for when the pace jacked up! The group slowly splintered as it was really fast! It ended up being a really good ride, long and tough as well.
Chris then left that day, and definitely took the warm weather with him, not impressed, along with the sun. It has been pretty chilly here, especially in the mornings! I feel I need a toque! I’ve had to start my days with arm warmers and knee warmers, and even long fingered gloves some mornings...this is not the way I’m going to win the Manitoba tan line competition, so the sun better show up again soon! I think Chris is winning...
On Monday I had a great ride out South and North of Tucson, including Saguaro park Monument, which is a fantastic hilly 8 mile loop through cactus fields!
Tuesday, started out as my favourite ride. I was headed up to gates pass. I was feeling really good, pushing a lot more watts up the climbs than I normally can. Gates pass was breath taking on the back side of the mountain.
From there I headed up to McCain loop, and then started to head back home. The back side of Gates pass is very steep, my 39X25 wasn’t the best choice for all this climbing, that’s for sure! The bad luck sort of started after the descent. I couldn’t find Broadway st., so I headed up to North Tucson. At this point I didn’t know where I had ended up, either than I was in the ghetto. Luckily Mt. Lemmon was a great directional source and I knew the general way I had to go. My ride was just over 3 hours at this point, and I was having a good day on the bike, so I wanted to ride longer. I managed to get in just over four hours, until BAM, I got t-boned by a SUV.
I was just about to cross an intersection on the bike lane, beside the curb. A purple SUV sped in front of me, with no signal light, thinking I was going to turn, and hit me right in the side of his vehicle. The car hit me at a pretty decent speed, and threw me right off my bike. I got the wind knocked out of me, so I sat on the street for a moment or two, while the car who hit me sped right off! What an A –hole! I’m pretty sure though he’ll regret speeding off when he sees the huge dent and scratch on the side of his car, serves him right! I ended up just with a very un-true wheel, trashed bar tape and a ton of road rash. I’m pretty sure I lost 3/4 of the skin on my palm.
I got my road rash cleaned up, and carried on with the 10km towards home. It was an eventful day, but in the end of it, still a great long day on the bicycle!
It's starting to get a tad bit boring here, but I can ride my bike 6 hours a day so I can't really complain. I'm loving the cooking too, I got a fantastic cookbook called Survival of the Fittest," for anyone wanting some good recipes, they're geared towards cyclists! I made some delicious sweet potato, mango pork curry the other day, mmm!
An easy day today now, but I should be back at it tomorrow!