I'm out of town staying in a hotel I stayed in 12 years ago, ate at a place I ate at 12 years ago. I remember driving home from playing a show in Albany, NY. the punk years, and the headlights off in the distance look like little campfires. Not a great show, but I still remember so many feelings from that night years ago.
I think to myself "if I want something, I should look to myself to get it", you know, its not up to you to make me happy or rich or even fast.
so as I stare down my beer bottle, looking at the little bubbles inside its kneck,..... I toast Nick, Ride on.
Tonight I road aggressive but kinder in the corners, timed my passing to not bomb down and pinch, but to slingshot in and out around. I'm not always the best chatter, but I work on it. and that small talk goes along way in making a good vibe.
I swithced up my tires, went with the clinchers, Maxxis Razes. My old tread of choice, and I returned to them to see what I've learned since leaving 'em. They do bite well, to a point, and they give a bit earlier than the Challenge grifo's tubulars (They've got them at the Shop) I've been now using. The raze are not a bad tire, I could still race them, but tubular is better.
Ah Charm City was a blast, a blast off fast fun course and the little tweaking that was made to it, made it ride all that much better. so today it is not about the racing, I did that, ...and not to well, at that. In the end, we race to go fast, to battle, to open beers with friend and foes, to share what we have, and in general have a great time doing it all. Great Day. cheers, dlowe.
Nittany Lion? No lion. Needs new name.
todays race earned ONE GERDIE the TURKEY POINT.
Went out to Earth Bread Brewery, I think its the first time we've been back since Chad and Anna's send off. We drank, Lee, George, Anthony and I, missing them, but no beers hit the floor. I sampled a few, nothing outstanding, but all very nice, indeed.
I like weeds along the my trail, and it seems that some group, that has the big pile of dough, for sprucing up my trail, does not. They like to get busy and hack all plants (weeds) down, and put it all into piles, and there it sits. I like the wild flowers, Queen Ann's lace, the big leafed 14' plants, the dense reed like undergrowth. Quaffed is not my thing. I like that natural look.
The ride starts with a nice roll out, to the steep cobble climb, around the abandoned reservoir, beer trail, meadow, big monster, forbidden drive to some sipping and sit down time with coffee. For an off day there are some good peppery efforts in there, and despite what this physically does or doesn't do for my legs its really good for my mind and motivation. Its good to have plenty of good times on the bike.
I've been thinking about power meters, with my short efforts and a specific zone/work to do, its hard to use PE or HR to measure the amount of effort your putting forth. but do I have to test myself to find my work zones?, uggh, that sounds like no fun, and how often do I have to test? but I'm sure that one day that power will have its place in my training. not quite yet. still a lot to learn about the PE aspect, and what these intervals and what that shit does to my body. Lovely,..... cheers, dlowe.
Sunday D. Berson ask me to meet up and ride some cross with him, he's a good egg. We did a bunch of corner technique stuff, and I got a chance to lay some of my heavy handed cross opinion upon him. Wonder if I'll do more bad than good. Then I rolled up past the Centennial house and did my hot laps, as my Sansa had a good mix loaded up on it. here's how I wrote it to Chad "..... I got in a 45 mins. of hot laps on my course by the Centennial House. With all the Philadelphia pinnings of pit bulls, blow jobs, and blow, to ride through, past, into and quickly away from. I think they all thought I was a crazy dude, insane and trying to pummel my life away by hammering my bike around as hard I could in the grass field". Yep, thats my home, in a David Lyching way I really love it here.
a little product endorsement for you. I've been riding with a Sansa mp3 player for a while, I saw the new fuze and got to recomend it to you. music, radio, video, recorder, card slot. dude thats somekinda bang for the buck at 4gb costing you aprx. $60 buckkos.
Well got a few more things to not do today, and then some work, and hope to make it to the 1st Wednesday's cross practice, and on to some socializing, Terripan Beer sipping. clicky, click, click. dlowe.
I could of raced today, a real nice crit, some nice lunch with excellent beer, but somehow knew that my mind was not into the asphalt circle, and I'd get more out of my puking inducing dirt cross training.