Monday, March 26, 2012

Bada Bing, Bada Boom

The blogity blog has been a bit stale. Guess I needed a break. After CX season it was time to hit the reset button. Since then I had some downtime, which felt like downtime but really wasn't. The downtime was followed by a work get-away to Solvang, CA which jumpstarted the spring training and since then I've had a good solid 4 weeks on the bike.

During that time I've actually been reading up quite a bit on training, or more importantly stress and recovery, which I guess is really what training is all about. I've spent a good amount of time reading up on nutrition and basically just being a sponge.

Which brings me to the spring road and mtb season. I wasn't planning on jumping into a road race until the Twin Bing in mid-April but the schedule opened up on Sunday and I was able to jump into the Tour de Husker criterium. I didn't really know what to expect. Rides this spring have been faster than ever and that's pretty much what Sundays race was translated into. The start felt ridiculously fast as Kevin Limpach shot of the line and continued to drill it for what felt like the first 3 laps.

By about third distance Kent and Lucas managed to escape with Lee Baumgarner and Chris Spence which pretty much meant the race was over. We spent the remainder of the race policing the front and with 3 to go I launched an attack that ultimately got Paul Webb away to solidify 5th place. Lucas ended up taking the sprint by mere inches ahead of Lee with Kent in third. First, third and fifth worked out to a solid days work. Jay and I trailed in 9th and 10th.

Up next is one of my favorite races of the year and what I call my home race. The Swanson River City Shootout. The most exciting part is that I'm on track to have a geared bike ready to roll which means I can take a straight up shot for the win. Before on the Singlespeed anything top five was just a bonus. I am planning on skipping Saturdays Time Trial and Fat Boy Criterium. The Time Trial sounds fun but I'm not buying a set of 1.8" slicks for one race and cornering with knobbies on pavement is not my idea of a fun time, sorry.

So here we are, on the cusp of the new race season, go time

1 comment:

Marc Walter said...

Get out there and race your bike and support Nebraska bike racing. I'm sure you can figure out how to corner on knobbies. Set an example.

Here's how to corner on knobbies for those that are not sure. Do a few pre lap rides and find your limits. Any paved street with a corner will do for practice.

Rung what you brung.