Monday, July 30, 2007
we looked like twinkies, dressed in our matching ghisallo kits. i attempted to roll like i always do, sleeveless jersey and team shorts, but she was having none of it. 'i want us to wear the team kits together!' she barked. yes, ma'am. we were two peas in a pod.
we actually made it home in the same amount of time that it takes me when i'm taking it easy. she really did well, even up the longer climbs. i have pretty much stopped thinking much about the ride while i'm doing it. after 30 or so times, you just kind of go on automatic pilot. but bringing her along reminded me just how UNFLAT the entire route is. she was beat but not beaten when we finished. job well done, i told her.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
eli has had another ear infection for the last few days, so he has been particularly pissy. we've been giving him ear drops and it's helped, but that hasn't stopped him from being up during the night a LOT over the past week. rocky, our hefty dalmation, took that a step further and showcased an impressive case of explosive diarhea for us when we arrived home friday, and several times during the night, too. let's just say we have been quite friendly with bleach and strong floor cleaners this weekend. on the plus side, the floors have never been so clean!!
after a long weekend, mommy gave eli his bath and he sat with me at the computer for a few minutes. i showed him pictures on the blog of hanna, tyson, the dogs, and himself. that kept him quite entertained. i'm pretty sure he attempted to say 'rosco' when i brought up the little furry fella's photos. now he is sound asleep, and it isn't even 10pm. hopefully that means mrs k and i will get some much needed sleep tonight ourselves.
when i get to do that, i end up making new friends. sort of long distance friends, but by the 3rd or 4th day of the tour i feel like i know most of the guys in the race. by the start of the second week, i'm starting to live vicariously through them. when there is tension in the race, i feel it. when there is happiness, i'm happy, and sadness, i'm sad.
2003 was the first year that i was able to follow along, fighting tooth and nail alongside of lance and jan. in 2004, i was laid up with all of my broken bones, spitting and cussing and yelping with every stage, right there with lance and floyd, and having no choice but to respect our mutal rivals, jan and andreas kloden. 2005 had much less drama, and i didn't have cable, but i was riding right there while i read along on cycling news' live reports. i did the same in 2006, jumping out of my chair as floyd did this and as floyd did that. i wore out my computer mouse clicking 'refresh' every 10 seconds or so as floyd gained back the time he just lost. i was even late for work because i just couldn't leave until i found out whether floyd made it all back.
it may sound funny, but by the end of the race i want it to go on indefinitely. i don't want an end. the champs elysees is the last thing i want to see, because it means all my friends are leaving. this year, deanna followed along with me and my friends every day, and she piped up today and said she felt like she knew these people. so, i'm not the only one.
Friday, July 27, 2007
it seems as though she is really coming around in her fitness, enough so that she is very excited about riding and doesn't complain much about hills anymore.
that woman will be a cyclist yet!
after the short intervals, i treated myself to 20 minute intervals. actually, 18 and 19 minute intervals, since it's nearly impossible to find that sort of uninterrupted road. those were harder, simply because i was calculating where and how to continue the interval without slowing or easing up my pace. the power meter has become and indispensable tool for things like this. i'm learning what good numbers are and what stupid numbers are. for me, most of the time 300 is a good number, and 600 is never a good number. good numbers are ones that i can sustain for a given period of time, not so good numbers, well, you get the picture.
wednesday was a knock down ride at the 'wood. i did every hill in the park and then did 'em backward, all the while keeping an eye on the effort so as not to blow. i was cooked. speaking of wednesday, i took my first vacation day of 2007. i rode, and then attempted to straighten the house. the house is still crooked.
thursday, i woke up tired as hell. i came so close to not riding, but i forged ahead and did my minute on/minute off intervals. turns out, i set a new personal one minute power record. the workout was fantastic, and the numbers backed it up. woo, hoo!
this concludes your mandatory old guy training seminar....
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
my homegrown was a pretty peice of work. i sold it to a friend of mine. well, that friend brought it in to be worked on. this is it. it hasn't changed one bit. only the pedals. the rest of the bike is exactly the same as the day i sold it to him 7 years ago. it's even better than i remember. no wonder i was fast!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
i like the morning coverage, but we usually have too much going on in the morning and i have to cut it short of the finish anyway. but the weekends have been great. great as a fan, i guess you'd say. with eli having two mornings in a row to wreck the house, the house isn't so great. we watched on the edges of our seats on saturday as vino took the stage and all comers. and i watched with horror as kloden went down, and skeletor (i mean rassmussen) DIDN'T lose as much time as i hoped. forgive my harshness toward skeletor. i was a fan when he was a world cup off-roader, but not so much of a fan as he has turned to the road.
anyway, this morning was about the most fun anyone could have while watching tv. (debatable, yes...) the attacks and counters that were going on towards the plateau de bille were phenomenal. the mrs and i let out a great big hoot when contador swooped in and won the stage, and soler came in 3rd. we were a bit bummed for cadel, but happy that levi picked up his game and came in 4th.
there are no 3 weeks in television like these. even if you can't stand bob roll.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
mrs k and i have been thouroughly worn out by eli. he is so energized at 9:30pm, right when we are just about spent from the day. plus, with us both training, we don't have a whole lot of extra energy to chase him around while he destroys the house. he really does turn into the daddy's boy when i get home from work. that makes me feel really good. he's such a sweet little tazmanian devil.
my training this week has been exceptionally hard. harder than usual, i suppose is a better way to put it. i did long intervals on tuesday (good, hard), a killer hill ride with peanut on wednesday (great, harder), and a short, intense interval day today (good, hard). i'm ready for a rest, although i know i have made some major improvements. in last nights ride, my climbing was strong, and my recovery from the climbs was even better. yay, me!
mrs k continued her wednesday morning rides this week. she added a nice hilly loop along with the flat one that is usually in the ride. i think the combination of marathon training and cycling is making her out to be quite the tough one. i'm just waiting for the day that she pins on a number to do a bike race.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
i went down to jeff co to hit some little mountains. it's so scenic down there, and the hills are plentiful. i pedaled into gravois bluffs off of 141 in search of saline road. i like the multiple walls along saline, especially trailer park, the 100 yard long straight up slog. i got cocky there, seeing 650 watts on the power tap. there is a saying that goes something like, 'you can pay now or you can pay later, just be sure to realize that you're gonna pay...'
the next stop, after climbing out of jeff co, was meramec bottom road to do some 5 minute on/off intervals. it was unusually busy, so i had to dodge and be dodged by cars. i didn't do badly, but began to feel the effects of the 650 watt nonsense on trailer park. i limped home up kerth and eventually through south county. this was definitely the pay later part.
i mowed the lawn as penance for my idiocy on the climbs. i hadn't mowed for a couple of weeks, and it was shin high in the back yard. no snakes, though. i had four yard waste bags of grass by the time i was done. i think i'll mow the yard more regularly. what was that about paying now or paying later?
Monday, July 16, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
tuesday the beautiful mrs k needed a run to happen, so i saddled up the kids and put eli in the trailer and rode along with her over to grandma's. it was a pleasant ride, with eli really enjoying himself. mrs k ran faster than normal, too, keeping up with us on our bikes most of the time. tyson yard saled pretty good about mid-ride, just too keep things interesting. a little road rash never killed anyone, right? after the kids were gone and mrs k left for work, i went for a very easy ride, only an hour. it was still a nice morning, and it felt great to be out on the bike.
today was a nightmare. hectic day at work, deanna had the women's ride in the morning, had a meeting with a rep at opening, kids were off to grandma's, family pictures at church...plus a two-a-day interval day. i didn't have enough time this morning to do my whole routine, so i cut it in half and did an hour this morning and and hour and a half riding home. multiple five and ten minute intervals, so i did the 5's this morning and the 10's on the way home. my power seems to be coming right along, and recovery is right there, too. i feel like i'm actually training instead of spinning cranks!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
first off, tyson and eli were going with us to the lake. second, we weren't going to the lake for recreation, we were going because it's closer to the jeff city mountain bike race. and lastly, sparky was going along with us. sparky is the bright-eyed, bushy tailed mechanic at ghisallo, and he also races mountain bikes. we invited him to stay with us at the lake and go to the race, too. he was smart, though, and followed along in his own car, the very manly new beetle. well, at least it's a turbo....
we couldn't even leave town on time. we had to eat. the rough day at the store sapped our will to move forward, so we drove 1 mile and stopped at IHOP to gorge on breakfast goodness. then we drove 1 more mile to stock up on snacks and water to amuse the kids (and me) while we drove. finally, we drove west.
I-70 is a most God forsaken highway. busy, dangerous, hilly, full of trucks, pickups pulling boats, and general mayhem. but we got to the lake in one piece, stopping at piggly wiggly (hyvee, actually) to stock up for breakfast.
God bless mrs k. eli didn't want to sleep. ever. he tossed and turned and squealed and cried and made our lives hell, but mrs k took him in the other room so i could sleep for 'the big day.' i feel guilty about it, because it's just another bike race, but she really wants me to do my best. eli kept me up quite a bit, but kept her up most of the night.
we made the race with no real trouble, only a brief stop at a gas station to grab cold water, which resulted in me smelling like smoke for the next hour.
we pulled up and immediately saw the kaiser there getting ready. there were plenty of people racing and warming up, so i got the butterflies pretty bad. deanna set up camp right at the shady start/finish area, and i went to warm up. the jeff city course is a killer single track extravaganza. no real climbing, but not one yard of flat ground. total single track. i don't know how long it is, but at full tilt it takes 29 minutes for me. i took a full warm up lap, not intending to but i didn't want to get off the trail. i finished up just in time to change into a dry jersey and get to the start line. oh, and a kiss from the family for good luck.
and, i won. it wasn't a very big field, but the fast guy in my class, who whooped my butt last year, was there, so it was nice to get vindication. and i nearly caught the first place guy in the younger age class, who started 2 minutes before me, too. so i got the fastest time of the day! yee haw. deanna and tyson handed me water all day, and they said eli really enjoyed the show. and sparky? he dnf'd his first sport race. ah, the new bike racer. so much to learn. the kaiser wasn't too happy with his race, but it was blazing hot and he isn't a fan of the heat, so i was proud that he finished. for me, the bmc performed flawlessly. who says long travel bikes are for freeriding?
afterward, we all hit wendy's (those are all closed in st.louis, you know) and chowed down. i was eyeing the kaisers chili/salad/salsa thing, but all i could get down was some chicken salad and some yogurt. we bid sparky and the kaiser goodbye and braved I-70 again. there were 3 accidents that we witnessed, but luckily the family truckster stayed out of trouble. (and i averaged 23mpg with 4 people and 200lbs of family travelin' cargo!)
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
my training has been going exceedingly well. i rode home from work monday as a recovery ride, aided by the power tap. the numbers on the screen definitely reminded me that i press too hard, no matter what the conditions are. it took an extra 30 minutes to make it home, given that i averaged 14mph instead of the usual 18mph. hard to imagine thinking that the 18mph was actually a recovery pace!
while riding at castlewood today, i popped out onto ries road, at the top of the big climb, and saw ryan hermsmeyer just cresting it. i greeted him and immediately saw he was sporting the power tap. he too mentioned that sometimes listening to the power tap nanny meant a boring ride. but i also know that he has improved a lot over the last couple of years, so something is working for him. i bid him goodbye and went about the business of 20 minute threshold intervals, which i cooked quite nicely.
the bmc was flowing like water and i was, too. it's rare to have such flow and form on a hard workout day, but it happened. maybe that slow march home yesterday was just the sort of thing i needed. i finished the two 20 minute intervals and pedaled easy on the grotpeter, only to goof around and fall over on a normally quite easy section. it was a 0 mph fall, just that i stuck my bad leg out and, as usual, stiff-legged it to stay upright rather than just roll off the bike. i've injured that knee 3 times doing that exact same thing, but i was spared the humiliation of an emergency room visit this time. a little sore, a lot embarrassed. i need to learn a new response, perhaps landing on my head, which is quite a bit harder and heartier than my left knee....
Sunday, July 01, 2007
i went downstairs, peeked out the back door and in the dark i could see the little hunter crouched down on the edge of the deck. he must've had something in his sights, because the sound of me opening the door didn't phase him. i watched him for a minute, then grabbed the camera. he still didn't flinch. i let him be and grabbed a drink of water from the kitchen. when i got back, he was still in the same position. finally, i called him to come in and he popped up and came to bed.
he was looking pretty intense, but i guess bed sounded better.
yes, i know that my kids need to go to college and we need a screen door on the front of the house...i need to get my 30,000 service on the family truckster...rosco needs his shots, probably rocky, too. but i've got a problem.
i always ride way too hard. i can't seem to ride at an easy tempo. if the road goes up, the pedals start pushing and i push back. i have no sense of exersion.
it's a lame excuse, but i need a coach on the bike as well as one off the bike. i have the regular coach thing covered very well, but when i'm on the bike, all of his great info goes out the window and i'm pinned again. i borrowed a power tap over the winter and i liked it, but shunned it because i didn't want to become addicted to it's info. after thinking long and hard about what i would need to keep me focused on the bike, i decided to get the whole shooting match again for myself.
i got the pro model, not the wireless. it gives you wattage, speed, cadence, heartrate, milage, and the max and average of all of those, too. the ride i did at the lake this weekend was a good, hard jaunt that was great to see graphed out on the computer once i downloaded it at home.
gadgety? probably. but if having something along to temper my bad habits is bad, i don't want to be good.
it rained the whole time we were there, but it actually helped us to relax and do not a whole lot except hang out together. we ate mexican food, and barbque, and hamburgers. that was, of course, to replace all the calories we burned in our big saturday workouts. she had a 7 mile run to do and i had a 50 mile ride, both of which went very well.
we were even lazier sunday morning. i slept until 8:45, an hour that i haven't slept til since...since....hmmm. mrs k got up with me, then went back to bed until 10. i watched the chiller network on satillite tv. i watched cat people, rod serling's night gallery, and a little bit of a twin peaks episode.
on friday night, upon arriving at the condo, we sat on the deck and looked out over the water. i looked up to the rafters and saw these little lovebirds enjoying a piece of wire for a perch. they were quiet and still, hoping we didn't see them, i guess. we obliged and only took a photo or two and left them alone.