Thursday, April 29, 2010
A friend of mine is fond of telling people to "put it in 4-low" (those of you who didn't grow up in little redneck towns in Norcal and who don't understand the term may find reference material here). By "telling", I mean that he screams it at them while they're suffering through a race (road, DH, whatev), or when they're working, or when they're eating. Basically it's kind of a slogan like HTFU. At any rate, it's what I'm going to be doing for the next month. Putting it in 4-low, that is.
After two soul crushing weekends of racing post-upgrade (that's a joke, by the way - my soul remains un-crushed, I'm just trying to be funny, probably unsuccessfully) I have four weeks of hard training before my next race weekend, which will be followed by a nice week and a half long taper to Mt. Hood. And by "hard training" I mean, put-it-in-4-low, HTFU, go-suffer-like-it's-your job, training. Reaching for new power numbers, 17 hrs a week, awesomeness. I'm really stoked about it. Not even being sarcastic, it's gonna be rad. I really do adore my coach.
So if the blogging is a bit infrequent(er) in the coming month, you'll know why. But fear not, because after spending a month in 4-low there should be several weeks awesome stories about my venture northward to Mt. Hood, the 1 hr. sufferfest that is the district TT, the comedy of errors that will undoubtedly constitute the Tour de Nez, and a defeated limp through the streets of Nevada City.
I freakin' love my life.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- I finished, and wasn't DFL, in my first road race as a 2!
- I got to race on the Laguna Seca Raceway again, and descending the corkscrew with a pack of 50 women was a blast.
- I hung in for almost 1/2 of the Circuit Race, and got to see my teammates off the front!
- After the Circuit Race I got to walk around with my awesome teammates and schmooze our sponsors. Rad.
- I am the Alternator Queen.*
- I was dropped on the 2nd lap of the road race. Brutal.
- I was dropped 53 minutes into the circuit race. Consequentely DNFed.
- Totally sleep deprived for the whole weekend.
- Didn't get to eat dinner until 8:30 PM on Friday.
- Felt like I had to do stuff after the road race, instead of laying down and taking a nap like my body obviously needed. Idiot.
- *Car broke down on the way home, spent an extra night in Fremont, and used my latent alternator installation skills to get us home.
- Crushed the corner of my palm whilst removing old alternator, resulting in a puffy, bruised, and blood blistered hand. C'est la vie.
Anywho, in the end, it was a great experience, and awesome (expensive) training. I KNOW I can race successfully at that level. I just need a few more watts, a few more brain cells, and another year (or 3) of hard work.
Next up is Wente! I've never done this race, and I'm super excited about it! Followed by a month of no travel, which I'm equally excited about, and then . . . . dun dun duhhhh . . . Mt. Hood! Which I'm terrified for. But excited. Mostly excited.
Monday, April 12, 2010
With raspberries and REAL whipped cream. None of that crappy (yet alarmingly delicious) cool whip crap.
The birthday boy.
My easter hyacinth. Smells amazing.
I looooove my doggie. Cute.
Coupla weeks ago, first trip up Mt. Rose of 2010. Boy was it cold on the way back down, tho.
On the way up, looking at the mountain.
My NEW TT BIKE! Can't wait to get out to a race with her.
My road bike pretending to be a TT bike at Madera. In the Day's Inn.