Thursday, January 29, 2009

 

A month behind...but, ahead...

Looking at my training schedule from the past few years, I have figured that I am about a month behind in the work and training hours I need to be putting in to peak around St. Croix. I'm not too worried because I feel like I put down some solid late season efforts in 2008 including the NYC Marathon.

The loss of my job, the birth of Weck and general life confusion has seen my training hours dwindle. On the flip side, I feel like I've been a bit more consistent about getting an hour on the rollers and getting in some strength and core conditioning in the last few months. I'm hoping that this translates into stronger base mile and a stronger physical foundation to support a bit more intensity in the coming months.

Without scientific evidence and just my own testing, I figure my FTP has improved by 20 watts from this time last year, bonus. This time last year I was in Tucson for a training camp with my coach, this year, I'm freezing my butt off in NYC with no coach and winging the training.

My plan going forward is to continue to work on building the base with a focus on the bike and trow in a few random races to up the intensity and shake up the system with speed. Nothing like racing our way into top form. My first "race" is this weekend; a indoor triathlon - 10 minutes swimming laps, 30 minutes on a spin bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill.

It's go time!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

 

Sponsorship

I am really excited that I have extended my relationship with DESOTO Sport through the 2009 season. I've had the privilege to wear their gear for racing and training since 2006 and think it is by far the best gear on the planet. I'm really looking forward to getting into the 2009 gear and seeing how they could have possibly improved upon the prior years!
Thanks to the entire DESOTO team!



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

 

Product Review: Rocket Sciences Elite Bag

I've been carrying around the Rocket Science Sports Elite Bag backpack for over a year now and am finally getting to a review:

A great bag, but needs replacing once a year.
MSRP: $114.99
The Good: This bag has loads of pockets and is super comfortable to carry. I really like the the top "rain cover" pocket; I removed the rain cover and use that pocket for essential tools, HR monitor/footpod items (who needs a rain cover if you make a bag water repellent?). Inside the bag there are great shoe compartments and sectioned off compartments for clothing, etc. The bag comes with a wetsuit dry bag which snaps in the back and you can get an optional padded laptop bag to snap in the rear instead of the wetsuit bag.

There are other external pockets and water bottle holders on the sides which give you plenty of places to carry pens, id cards, watches, etc.

The Bad: This bag is made like crap, it comes apart in too many different places. A small band/strap on the shoulder strap came unstiched within the first few months and now the shoulder straps are coming unstiched from the bags body...I'm not sure I'm comfortable carrying anything of value (laptop) in this bag going forward as the straps are going to fail at any moment.

The inside mesh compartments get caught in the zippers and it would be nice to have the back separator mesh flap to be solid waterproof material to be able to put wet clothing in the bag without the wetsuit bag. It would also be nice to have a divider in the back or elsewhere to slide in files and/or magazines.

The Consensus: This is the best of the lot when it comes to bags that serve multi-purpose and multi-sports, but it is a bit pricey for the quality of workmanship. I'd love to see a bag like this in a more sophisticated/professional look for those who would like to carry it to the office and not look like a middle schooler.

Monday, January 26, 2009

 

Monday Musings

Monday is my day with Weck, no mom, no Chief, no nanny; just me and the man. I love Monday's for this very reason.

Since I was laid off, I have always had this angst about Monday and getting back into the job hunt. With my responsibility for Weck on Mondays, it really breaks up the day and never let's me dwell on the crappy job market, the fact that people are not responding to my phone calls and/or emails or the multitude of other downer Monday thoughts (Weck is sacked out right now so I have a little time to eat and surf).

Instead, I change diapers, feed Weck and get to see him do things for the first time...here are a few shots of today:
I had a few good training sessions over the weekend...all indoors as it was frigid upstate. I good solid hard ride on the rolls Saturday before heading to the gym to bang out 5 miles on the treadmill and then on Sunday I spent a boring one hour running n the treadmill. I'm loving the rest day today...
A few days last week and over the weekend, I was following the results of my friend Joao, who races for the Bissell Pro Cycling Team, racing in Argentina. He did great and had some great comment on his Blog. Unfortunately, he had to abandon the race and chalk it up to some great training. As if that is not enough there always has to be some jerk out there who has such little self esteem and is jealous of everyone else to post an anonymous comment:
"excuses, excuses-- truth is, any one of the 50 thousand (or so) kids you took this spot from could have done much better. Instead, they're all stuck working at the local bike shop another year (this is not a stereotype, I just met one of these kids at my local shop the other day). Even if the remainder of your season is spectacular (by your standards) there are still so many kids with so much more talent that deserve that ride."
#1 - Posting a comment anonymously = COWARD!
#2 - If you don't know the person why personally attack the guy?
#3 - Joao is a pro for a reason...not to mention he has a real job as well.
It just makes me sad that people cannot be happy for someone and their efforts to go after something they want.
I say, "Joao, keep the hammer down and keep dreaming big! We need more people like you to show the younger generation that it takes hard work and dedication to have a chance to be on the big stage. Things are not just handed to you whether you think you deserve it, have a desire or have talent; you must earn it!"
Ok, Weck is stirring, back to being a dad and tummy-time on the play mat!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

 

Juicing the Orange


 

Cold in NYC

My man Weck is braving the elements while his dad is staying inside and riding the rollers.

Monday, January 5, 2009

 

New Year

I'm not really one for New Year's resolutions, but with the arrival of Weck and all the change in my life over the past few months, here are a few things I'd like to keep in mind for 2009:

Here's to lighting it up in 2009...


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