Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Survival was the key for me at Bike Jam
Check out Anna's Blog for some great race reports.
Posted by K-country at 8:22 PM
Friday, May 23, 2008
Have a nice weekend!
Posted by K-country at 12:23 PM
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Pre ride at Dean and Deluca
Hains Point gathering with part of the Altarum crew
Posted by K-country at 7:27 PM
Monday, May 19, 2008
I like to race my bike but there is another type of cycling that needs attention. The monthly cycle and the effects on female athletes. There is a wide range of experiences. My hope is that you will gain awareness of the craziness and if you experience any of this or more, you will be awarded a free pass like my wonderful husband gives me every month. By the way, he is horrified by this post.
Becoming scatterbrained is just one of the many unpredictable things that can be experienced on a monthly basis. There have been many rides from Kelley Acres that we were lucky to return. Combine scatterbrained with the other frequent visitor of indecsion and this is a true recipe for disaster. Luckily, I have a wonderful support group of riding buddies that always seem to go along with me like I know where I'm going. Little do they know... I need them!
Weight gain leading up to the monthly cycle can cause this...
Two yoga blocks stuffed in the legs of my cycling shorts to try
to prevent sausage legs.
Bloating is another evil visitor and combined with what I refer to as "junk legs" can cause a racing result like I experienced at Jeff Cup~DNF!
Emotional instability can rear it's ugly head. A good example of this would be grabbing for the box of Kleenex when Brooke was voted off Idol~even though it was expected and necessary! Totally irrational behavior, big red flag goes up and a pass is handed out.
My least favorite experience that effects me the most physically and mentally is nausea. I get the most sympathy when this happens but would trade it for sausage legs any day.
I try not to complain, embrace the craziness and know that it does not define me as a person the rest of the month. I'm so lucky to have my loving husband there handing out free passes and hugs at the right time.
An interesting article here.
Posted by K-country at 9:08 PM
This Saturday Fred and I ventured up to Wilmington to take on the first NRC crit I've raced in a long time. The full HPC powered by Altarum squad was in attendance along with several other local squads and of course the women that get paid to race their bikes. The promoters put on quite an event, closing down a huge section of downtown and offering up a festival atmosphere around the race course with several bands and lots of food and drinks.
Here's what I took away from this particular racing experience.
1. Get you head out of your arse and do not end up in the back at the start line~rookie move
2. If you line up in the back be prepared to completely kill yourself to move up. duh!
3. No one is going to let you move up.
4. The chances are extremely high of some type of incident occuring when you are riding at the back. duh again!
5. If an incident occurs that results in chasing back to the field, never give up. ugh!
6. Gut check for next race.
Almost reconnecting after "the incident"
The bottom line is I raced about 20 min. I did not realize how many riders were behind me until I was changed and on the sideline cheering on the rest of the team. Looking back I'm not so happy I pulled out of this race. I'm not much for parade laps but this race was shredded into so many pieces I could have at least had a good workout without looking too pathetic. The good news is HPC powered by Altarum ended up with 5 riders in the money! The results are here.
Warm up laps~look we even had frame numbers~Wow!
It was so nice to have my hubby there to give me a hug and make me go people watching with him.
Check out the lease going into the Porta John
Posted by K-country at 2:26 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
How many AVC'ers does it take to......(do whatever TTT is doing)
The featured rider this week
Ray Train making fun of the rest of us after hammering up this hill
It's very exciting to blog about Ray Train this week as I had a little help from his better half Judy on some of the more important details. Judy is an awesome wife, the mother of their two boys and quite blogworthy herself.
Here we go with the basics...Ray Train hails from Niagara County, NY. He races for NCVC. His favorite color is grey. He got his nickname for the enormous strength he brings to our group rides. When you are riding behind RT it is truly like a freight train moving. RT prefers Levi's to Wranglers, enjoys making waffles and used to be quite the trumpet player.
Here's where it gets a little more complicated...There have been sightings of RT playing and hanging out with a clown band and a German Umpah band. Oh my! AND evidently he can dance a mean Polka! There was a little in house controversy as to being voted most likely to succeed vs. most talented in his high school class.
Regardless, RT is a truly gifted athlete and great person.
Special thanks to Judy for all her input
Posted by K-country at 8:03 PM
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Phil Billy ready to roll at the Worlds
Phil Billy (PB) made the trek east to join our ride this week. He races bikes for Evolution Cycling Club , drives a Prius like Lumpy, has an awesome girlfriend and is a Cat. 3. His favorite race is Tour de' Toona. We graduated high school together~TJ class of '83! PB is famous for what I call Philysms. These are sayings that I have either never heard or heard them for the first time from Phil.
Some of my favorite Philyms:
Taco'd my Zipp's - crashing and ruining very expensive cool wheels - I believe this happened twice to Phil Billy:(
Getting the Ya Ya's out - randomly attacking your group ride to test your legs.
Spinning the dinner plate - trying to climb a mountain in your easiest gear.
I'm Batch'in it - when Phil isn't spending the weekend with his girlfriend.
You better hurry up before RIGAMORTIS sets in - one of my favorites, click on rigamortis. (ok, my granddad used to say this one)
And hot off the press the newest Philysm is......A sock in the frappenheimer-showing up in the results for a race without even going
PB enjoying a plate of paella at a mountain top restaurant in Valldemosa
Phil Billy adds alot of character to our local peloton and is an all around strong rider and nice guy!
Helmet tip to you buddy.
Posted by K-country at 9:28 PM
Monday, May 5, 2008
Fred had a chance to take our tricked out little Miata to Summit Point Motorsports Park for a track day on the Shenandoah Circuit. The weather wasn't so cooperative but the show must go on.
Oops ! Wade went off track trying to keep up with Fred- it's a little slippery
Ed had a really bad day - he was the organizer of the event
Posted by K-country at 9:04 PM