Steam rises from my mouth when I exhale, then evaporates into the dark morning. It's early, but not early enough for what I'd initially planned. Which is fine, because my heart rate was a little high when I woke up, which is a good sign to back off a bit. The last two weeks have … Continue reading You Get Used to It.
Normally there is a rush to get dressed and roll out of work. There's a hussle for the bathrooms and the small room that we've dubbed "the locker room". Once everyone is ready the warehouse staff roll out in a small pack. All of us live in the SE quadrant of Portland and we ride … Continue reading Slow Season pt II
My first season is now long dead and dusted. I said I was going to write up something about it way back, a month and a half ago) when it ended but I just never got to it. It's taken a while for me to figure it out, though I'm not sure I have a … Continue reading Racing School: Where Do I go from Here?
The Twin Peaks loop is easy. It's short, carries two easy climbs, ones that can easily be hammered in less than six minutes if the rider is willing. And that's when it's ridden as a loop. No loop for me today, so it should be really easy. It may sound like I'm slamming this ride. … Continue reading Start of the Slow Season.
Author note: I started this post Sunday evening while on the Amtrak Cascades line. It was my hope to finish it when I got home But that didn't happen. Right now I'm too tired and lazy to do any more editing. Thanks -- Bob Don't let the lack of Racing School posts fool … Continue reading
19 of 38 We're coming to the end of the Tabor Series. This is one of favorite races. The course is fun, and varied, unlike other circuit races I've done and though I haven't ever finished well, it is the first time I've won some thing while racing. But now that my priorities have change I'm not picking … Continue reading Racing School: Mt. Tabor Series #5
30 out of 39. Not a very good result huh? Its true. That's the bad. Here's the good. Last night it took a lot longer for me to get spit out the back. Last week I made it 3 laps with the group before it all went bad. Last night I hung on for six … Continue reading Racing School: Mt. Tabor Series # 2
Mt. Tabor #1 16 of 27 First the excuses. I was tired from completing my first set of full intervals on the bike the day before. I'm trying to loose weight, as such my glycogen stores maybe a bit low. Now for the truth. Given those factors I didn't have too many matches to burn. The important … Continue reading Racing School: Mt. Tabor Series #1, In which I make a move at the right time
For those of you who showed up yesterday hoping for the latest installment of Racing School and instead found my open letter to Andy Schleck, I am sorry to have left you wanting. Here is this week's installment. Mt Tabor Circuit Race 7th of .... 17 Not a great result huh? Top ten yes, but … Continue reading Racing School: Mt. Tabor Circuit Race
You can't teach a young artist anything; all you can do is open the door and show him the tight rope. Jean Cocteau 1889-1963 I happened upon this quote while reading through Clive James brilliant Cultural Amnesia. For the purposes of this post we'll ignore that fact that Cocteau buddied up with the Nazis when they … Continue reading The Line.