Tuesday, February 17, 2009

So I’ve been a little miffed the past few days if you can tell from my last post or the lack of other posts. Mid last week my knee started to get a little sore which I deduced back to some of the low rpm climbing I was doing trying to keep my HR down. Nothing new, same thing happened two years ago in North Carolina, and this time I was smart about it and backed off for a couple days and im back riding now. The crazy thing is its usually my left knee that gives me trouble, so I was utterly confused and shocked when I woke up with a sore right knee. So for a few days I was just doing super easy 15 –20 min spins with some stretching and rolling followed by some icing. Not to mention a healthy dose of Vitamin I.

I guess what grumped me out the most was I had just finished an easy week, and basically had to take another week easier. Not that I didn’t get a lot done. I totally reorganized the garage, and started laying out plans for a bike rack in the basement. Also did a lot of spring cleaning.
The past couple days I’ve eased into some high rpm roller rides. I also lowered my wattage a little bit. I feel like my knee is about 90% right now so I should be back to full time in a couple days. After that I’ll just have to stay on top of the roller and stretching. I also put a 32 tooth cassette onto my cross bike im training on outside currently. So ill be able to keep the rpm up on the climbs. With the weather closing in for the next 14 days I don’t think it will really matter as ill be on the rollers. But I was planning on adding some muscle tension in late February anyway so I should be ready to get back to the real world in March.

I don’t want to speak to soon but if the rest of the winter is like the last two weeks the mtb season could be a couple weeks earlier this year. I don’t think I’ve used my snowblower once in the last two weeks. The last two years I was using almost everyday in February.

With a bunch of time on my hands I came up with some mathematical formulas.
In regards to specific winter sport conditions
A= Good Road Riding conditions
B= Good XC ski conditions
C= good snowshoe conditions
A does not equal C
B Also does not equal C

That being said after a vet appointment (I have fleas) tomorrow I’m going to try to get up to Horseshoe for a ski in some fresh snow. Hoping it will be a little easier on the knee as opposed to the hard fast conditions the past couple days. Also hoping the roads will allow it.
My goal is to catch up to Fry’s 1000km…….I have to double check but I think I have some work to do.

I also heard my Road bike and MTB are getting closer to delivery. It’s always nice being on something new and different.

"drawing a blank"

Monday, February 16, 2009

my right knee hurts.

"My right knee hurts"

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Easy now,

Heading up to the Scotch Line

Im nearing the end of my first easy week of 2009, but the weather has been giving me some oppourutnies to get out and do a little more than i had planned.

Yesterday after a cold night that would be ideal for grooming up the xc trails, and the afternoon being sunny and -4 ish, i couldn't pass up the chance to ski in those conditions. I was very concious of the goal of the week, so made it a short very easy ski. And with amazing conditions like that it was pretty easy to ski within a nice recovery zone. Early in my ski I ran into Kevin Simms who was out snowshoeing with his high school students. He teaches outdoor ed, something i wish i had been able to do in high school. Not that im complaing cause im outside 6 days week, but to get high school credits for it would have been nice.

Last night i knew there was a possibilty of getting out on the road today. If the weather channel was wrong about the rain, (which they usually are) the forecast was for 5 degrees and rain, not really ideal riding conditions actually it would be better if it was -2 and snowing. Sure enough i woke up the sun tying to poke through the clouds. I got myself and my bike ready to go, which is always stressful for the first ride of the year, cause i always forget something, but i mad sure i covered all my bases. The wind was mainly out the southwest so i headed in a zig zag pattern in that general direction on the concessions and line of essa. Which is mostly wide open flat farmland. When i was heading into the wind i knew it. I was heading west on the 5th sideroad towards the scotch line in my easiest gear on a flat road, in the drops pushing tempo watts, at around 13-14 km/hr. It felt like i was climbing a 10% grade. The wind wasn't gusting much it was just a steady 35 km/hr that never let up. It also doesn't help that my bike with fenders, tools, pump, inflators, etc, weighs close to 30 lbs.

I made it to the scoth line and headed back north. Mostly with a tail crosswind that was pushing me up false flats, it turned a little and i found i had to ride in the middle of the road so i wouldn't get pushed into the ditch. I was comforted by the fact that there were huge snowbanks i could ditch into if thats what it came to, Astroboy style.

I could have easily made it a four hour ride but again i stayed strong and finsihed up just under three hours. Coming back in i passed another rider who lives nearby which was nice to know i wasn't the only crazy/alien/weirdo/oddball cyclist riding in february.

One more day of chilling before another 4 week block of the good stuff. I'll have my race calender up soon, its looking like my first race will be the first saturday in April, exactly 8 weeks from now......

"It stopped"
Felix Gaeta