Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
hey, there's no room for me in my own bed! what gives?
rosco is on the bed, too, although you can't see him. all we needed was to have rocky and i in there and we'd have quite the little party. eventually, i had to put an end to the gathering and get some shuteye.
where there is a will, there is a way. and eli has the will. i guess i know who will be mowing the lawn in a couple of years, too.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
our group ride was the "fast" one. oh, yeah. it was fast. stefano, the wicked fast brazillian sensation, stayed in town to help us out with that. and so did dan. and just for fun, austin came, too. as well as schvonzie and a few other local heros. even our very own furby showed up, proving that he's not just good looking, but fast!
we did a variation on a wednesday night beatdown route, using many of the wildwood climbs and scenic routes. when stefano wasn't ripping our legs off on the flat ground, he was ripping our legs off on the climbs (still on his tt bike!!!). it was a great group that was quite game to keep the pace up. i had my hands full with young austin, who is another level better than me on climbs. i went so hard on some climbs i may have busted an artery. and just as we'd crest those climbs, stefano would get tired of lollygagging behind us and blow past. next level stuff. add to that dan's counter attacks (and schvonzie and mitch the masher's as well), it was quite a ride.
once back, the bbq was in full swing. tons of people showed up for burgers and hotdogs and wavy lays. and beer. yes, you missed out on a lot if you didn't show up at the "we ain't havin' no crit so you's guys come for bbq" extravaganza.
crowds gone and mess cleaned up, mrs k got her ride in by riding home while i took tyson and kevin in the family truckster.
never a dull moment here. no sirree.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
a lot of people showed up today! 120+ riders came to take on the 20k course along the route that so many st. louisans ride. the centaur/wildhorse/ossenfort ride is on everyone's ride chart. it's a fun, slightly rolling, always turning road with great scenery (not that anyone today was able to see any of THAT).
schvonzie and i rolled out of the store at 8:30 this morning to get in a good warmup, since neither one of us are anything close to time trialers. the beautiful mrs k had left the house this morning at the butt crack of dawn since she was helping the race teams put this thing on. after hooking up with dan and stefano, we pedaled around for a while. i was talked into installing aero bars at the last minute. why? i'd go faster, i was told. ok. faster is better. after seeing how many tt bikes were out there, the least i could do is use aero bars.
i was dan's minute man, but i pretty much knew i wasn't going to catch him. i was worried about being caught by the other thf guys, like austin, stefano, and even schvonzie. so i rolled out a little too hard, but caught myself and used the power tap as my guide. it seemed to be working pretty well, as the halfway point came and i was only caught by super old timer ethan. drat. but he motivated me to keep going, so i pumped up the volume and started flirting with 180bpm. i passed austin and stefano going the other way and told myself that i was going to stay ahead. ouch, ouch, double ouch. i saw the beautiful mrs k pedaling away on her tt going the other way too, and all i could say was GO! through the last turns and over the tracks, all i had left was the final straight on centaur. i wanted to quit so bad, as the finish tent wasn't getting any closer. i kept pushing, if for no other reason than to not get caught. done. and stefano passed me after the finish line!
i put up a 28:19, good enough for 25th place overall and an average of 25.2mph. that may sound bad to you, but i have done 3 road time trials in 15 years....1993 state tt, 2001 tour of st. louis tt, and today. i'm telling you, it's not my bag, baby! i was actually pretty proud of it. really, if you toss out the people who did it twice, only 22 people were faster out of the 120+. i know, i know, i'm just trying to make it sound better. but, i'm quite happy with it. and mrs k turned in a 35:12, 21mph average. after all of her work and running around, it was a great effort, i think. she got cheers from everyone as she finished the race, an acknowledgement of her contributions and enthusiasm.
what a fun day. it was a family affair, too. keith was helping in the start house, and tyson was the official on site biker kid. i'm tired. my shoulders are sore. and it was only 12 miles....
Thursday, May 22, 2008
so we rolled out into one of the nicest evenings i can remember in st. louis. light wind, 70's, sunny, just perfect. i think it would have been a shame to waste such a night on a violent beatdown. it may have been slightly rude to throw in the intervals, too, but they had to be done to prepare for the weekends festivities.
i'm still fighting this upper and lower respiratory thing. i have a very small phlegm factory pumping at full steam, which isn't pleasant. perhaps it's allergies, but probably not. i have young'uns around to make sure i'm bathed in every form of germ and virus known to man. i suppose i should be lucky i haven't contracted mad cow or the bubonic plague.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
an absolute killer photo.
and for sunday, i'll just copy and paste the official thing:
Join us Sunday May 25th for a Fast and Furious Group Ride with a more casual intermediate ride to follow. The first ride will leave from the Ghisallo Sports parking lot at 10am. Leading the ride will be Dan Schmatz and the rest of the THF Race team. Then at 10:15 will be a slower paced ride lead by some of the Ghisallo race team members. This will be a great opportunity to ride with some world class athletes as well as enjoy what is supposed to be a beautiful Sunday. If you don't want to ride you can come out for a beer (or soda!) and BBQ lunch that will start at 12pm right in the Ghisallo parking lot. There is no cost to take part in this event so please come out and have some fun! RSVP sometime before Sunday the 25th at 636-728-1511 so we can plan ahead for food and drink. See you then!
161 Long Rd., Suite 103
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Sunday, May 18, 2008
hellbender was two laps of a 35 mile course. so for me, the mileage added up. but it's a tough 35 miles, with nary a flat section and one very hard hill. some of the downhills were the most fun i've ever had on my road bike. i'm not sure why i didn't use my brakes like i always do...maybe i was just having too much fun.
anyway, after dragging the whole family down to rolla for this race, making a wrong turn, and being on the edge of being late, the race started late. sigh. but thf got rolling and was in attack mode for the whole stinkin' race. the first lap was thf/bigshark/mesa constantly. i wish i could say i was one of the attackers, but i'm relegated to chasing attacks and filling gaps. i'm just not that guy. my first lap was great, and the family cheered me on as we passed the feed zone at 20+ mph. i only got one bottle, which contributed to my demise about 10 miles from the finish. it wasn't only lack of water...i just blew up. it was a small select crowd, so there were no stragglers, just players. the second lap was chase, chase, chase and the peleton tried to catch nolan and justin. 22 started, 16 finished (i was #16) and it was a harsh last 10 miles for me.
maybe one day i'll get the training in i need for 70+ mile races. right now my training works for crits and mountain bike races, and i don't see how i could possibly put in 4 or 5 hours days on the bike. maybe when eli settles down and the kids are a bit more self-reliant.
who knows? maybe by that time i'll be too old and only doing masters racing anyway.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
me: let me take your picture and you'll be in there.
mrs k: i don't like to have my picture taken.
me: well, i like to have photos with my stories. it's more personal. i'd put you in more if you let me take more pictures.
mrs k: (pause) i don't understand why i'm never in the blog.
it was quite a day for visitors today. luke (i'm not your father) came by help schvonzie install his custom bb30/srm hollowgram cranks into his thf team orbea. the kaiser came by for his usual friday visit. schvonzie's wife came to missouri to get him in check (and i hope she tames the irritable bowel syndrome he has acquired...) we saw triathletes by the dozen due to memphis in may being this weekend. jfp picked up his new 29'er. it was nuts!!
i was thinking about a relaxing weekend, but it's not going to happen. for one, i plan on attempting the hellbender road race sunday. and we have some big kids events on tap for tomorrow. and the grass in my back yard is a foot high!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
great weather, great ride. brian (schvonzie for all of those in the know) was having a killer night, enough to pummel me on 3 of the 6 major climbs. i was working it, too. i had a great night. i accused him of taking epo, but he brushed it off and mumbled something about an italian doctor and koala bear hormones. i left it at that and congratulated him on getting his form back. shawner had a tough night, to be expected after his 160 mile monday. that said, he still laid it down for us numerous times.
Monday, May 12, 2008
nice weather, oh yes. it was a gorgeous ride after a nicely productive day at work. schvonzie joined us, adding a bit of comic relief to our trek home. traffic was nice, too. things just turned out very well. we got in a workout and enjoyed a little adult interaction at the same time.
when we got home, eli was running a fever and fell asleep on my shoulder while i was eating a grilled cheese and turkey sandwich. we gave him some tylenol for his fever, then, whoop! he was a raging lunatic again and he JUST now went to sleep, at 11:17pm.
...but the RIDE was good!!!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
for mother's day we were hoping to have an enjoyable time, but eli woke up extremely early and put the kibosh on that. eventually, we ended up having a nice day for mrs k and grandma over dinner.
the weather? not even worth talking about.
anyway, we got to beautiful st. alban's and set up the ghisallo tent and began checking over bikes for the kids. they were getting their instructions on course, transition technique, clothing choices, and strategy. there were a good 20+ kids there. tyson was sort of into the whole thing, but balked at the transition stuff and just rode his bike a little and played with eli in the sand.
i took the opportunity to ride after the event was over. i brought all my riding gear so that i could take the long way home from st. albans. up bassette, right on old manchester, across to OO, through pacific, up allenton, right on melrose, up woods, manchester again to old state, pierside to reis.
i stopped in at the 'wood to talk with friends at the mtn bike race. they were mud splattered but most were happy. i was happy not to have done it. i saw some friendly faces like jim sullivan, jfp, chris ploch, mr. breslin, and the whole seagal crew. the seagal clan are a great bunch. those guys know how to have fun with racing, an idea i should really follow myself. after rapping with the expert guys, i was off on the final leg towards home. i was offered the wonderful can of pbr you see in the photo from team seagal, which i put in my pocket for home consumption. the extra 12oz in my jersey just added to my great hill workout. thanks guys!!!
it was windy, which made the ride seem harder than the 50 miles of hills would suggest, but i did burn through 2500k's which is nice.
if i had raced today, i would have done well. i don't know what well means, but my legs were very, very good.
Friday, May 09, 2008
the server went down at work on tuesday night. it was out until today. that means the ordering and entering and general communication has been down, too, right as business is really ramping up. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
i have a cold. i usually don't get colds. i get pneumonia. bronchitis. stomach flu. bird flu. asian flu. broken bones. but not an average cold. they are really not as bad as they are made out to be, especially for a guy like me who normally goes big when i get ill. a few sniffles. a lot of kleenex. some coughing here and there.
i'm not racing the mtn bike race tomorrow. someone wake me up when it's 99 degrees and steaming hot and i'll race again.
eli is setting all time annoyance records. maybe it's because me and the beautiful mrs k are stressed from work and everything else, but he is a living holy terror! aaaaaah!
on the bright side...hmmm...searching...searching...ok, uh, well....
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Monday, May 05, 2008
and there were throngs. i think 400 showed up, plus the average customers who had no idea there was a ride going on. we were busy from 11am all the way up until 6pm or so. we had only planned on being there until 3pm, but with the crowds still hanging about, there was no cutting out early.
deanna and corky stayed the longest to close up so i could get my ride in. i had long intervals slated, then the long ride home. i had to get crackin'. and crack it i did. i had never had such power for so long. it was kind of crazy. i bested my 10-minute, 30-minute, and 60-minute personal bests. wow. and i didn't even go over my preset heart rate. some days you bite the bear...
then the ride home. the chill was getting into the air by the time i rolled out of chesterfield valley towards home. i was spent, for sure, but i still had some umph in me. as i neared home, the umph was gone. i was pretty pleased with the 3+ hours and my PR's.
and mrs k even had some dinner waiting for me.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
i put in bulbs. the new fluorescent things to save money. and killed bees. oh, yeah, the pest company didn't kill my bees and then told me that they might be able to if i paid them more money. yeah, and i have a bridge i'll sell ya. i'll just spray bee killer in their little hole in the tree until it's coming out of their eyeballs.
i rode my mountain bike around town. i was in no mood to do anything else. it ended up being a good ride anyway, and it was a good chance to work out the bugs.
then, mrs k, eli, and i went to bandana's. oh, i just love that place. mmmm. nothing says redneck more than bar b que and cold ice tea. except maybe a guy on a ladder in his back yard spraying bee killer into a tree....
Friday, May 02, 2008
lots. it's the natural progression in life. even for self-centered, egotistical people (like cyclists tend to be!), some day real life bashes you across the forehead like a rusty fence pole and there you are...kids....family...responsibility....station wagon!!
it's a comforting feeling knowing that others are building families, too. is it a lonely feeling that you get when you feel like your buds are all doing exactly what they want, when they want, and starting to drop you on easy rides? well, maybe. maybe a little bit. just as much i think, it's just having them on the same playing field as you. meaning that they understand you a little more when they have the same sorts of things going on. the left out, lonely feeling isn't necessarily because they're having "fun" and you're not. that left out feeling is one that they just don't understand you anymore because you've gone and gotten yourself a family. hell, some of them even stop calling you because they don't think you have anything in common anymore. (and some stop calling because you never remember to call them back....don't know anything about that...)
but, it changes when they start the family. then, you start hanging out and talking about your kids AND cycling, instead of just cycling. and isn't that a REALLY nice thing to look forward to?