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October 28, 2008

Yeah, I caved…

Filed under: Training — Andrea @ 2:39 pm

I finally gave in and bought a power meter :) Competitive cyclist had a sweet deal on a wired SRAM SRM, so I went for it. Pretty soon, I’ll be bragging about the massive wattages I’ll generate on a daily basis (eyeroll)

Anyway… I just finished installing it. It was pretty simple, though running the wires was a giant PITA. However, I do appreciate the relability of a wired system, so I’m not going to complain too much.

Photos:

The box (they apparently recycle the box of the crank that gets butchered to add strain gauges to the spider)

I don’t need no instructions to know how to rock!

The crank

Comparison of non-drive & drive side crank arms to the Red cranks I took off

Installed Crank

The whole thing

Thus ends the simple days of using the most basic of wired computers and a heart rate monitor :D

October 23, 2008

Saddle Modification

Filed under: Training — Andrea @ 7:25 pm

Ladies: Have you ever wished that your Fizik Vitesse had a cutout?

I know when I got mine that I thought that the shape of it was perfect, but that the lack of any soft tissue relief was problematic and eventually led to removing it from my bike. However, the other day I was reading the Team Estrogen message forum and saw a post by a gal who, with the help of her boyfriend, sucessfully skinned her Vitesse, created a channel in the foam, then cemented the cover back on. I immediately had to try it…

The initial peeling:

Marking where I want to cut:

I used a really sharp knife:

Then coated both surfaced with DAP contact cement:

Voila! My Fizik Vitesse now has some soft tissue relief:

Now whether it will be comfortable or not is something that I’ll have to find out tomorrow or Saturday. The one concern I have is that the edges of my cutout will do what the edges of every other cutout have done (cause saddlesores). Hopefully not. Either way, it’s been a fun project!

October 22, 2008

Random photos from Cyclocrunk #3

Filed under: Commuting,non-bike — Andrea @ 6:13 am

So I was just there to watch since I figured out on Monday that it’s not wise to try dismounting your bike at speeds greater than which you can run. I managed to get a few photos in the dark- here are a couple of my favortires…

The winner- Russ Griffin:

Some dirty hippie in a gay sweater:

October 20, 2008

ADHD is NOT an Excuse

Filed under: non-bike — Andrea @ 2:32 pm

I just saw this “outrageous” story on TV…
Last week in Palm Bay, FL, a 12-year-old was arrested for assaulting two teachers (throwing sticks at a pregnant one and kicking another). Apparently, he was trying to leave school property, and the assaultees were trying to stop him. Fisticuffs ensue… boy is arrested, handcuffed, and taken to juvenile hall.

His mom is OUTRAGED. The reporter interviewing her was obviously biased towards her outrage. She was crying and going on about how he had ADHD and couldn’t handle the teachers being physical with him without trying to defend himself (apparently they’d touched him while trying to prevent him from leaving school).

NEWSFLASH, LADY… ADHD IS NO EXCUSE FOR YOUR KID BEING AN ASSHOLE. I should know. I have ADHD. I never would have even thought about leaving school property- much less trying to beat up an adult who was trying to stop me!!! Why? Because my parents taught me that. If you aren’t going to discipline your kid because he has a learning disability, don’t get OUTRAGED when he acts like a little shit and gets disciplined by someone else! ADHD has nothing to do with it- you have failed as a parent. All ADHD means is that you and your kid have to work a little harder. Get over it and stop using his learning disability as an excuse.

Buy him a bike or something… maybe he’ll grow up to be the next Micheal Ball.

/rant

October 18, 2008

Lucky Number 13

Filed under: Bike Racing — Andrea @ 6:21 pm

Ryan and I ventured out to Marion, Arkansas this morning to race the Tour de Heart. There were a lot of Memphis Velo guys out as well as some other local racers and recreational riders. The women’s field was pretty small, but nothing to sneeze at… somehow I ended up with bib number 13- woohoo!!!

The first lap (of two 16 mile laps) was pretty uneventful, and the race stayed together. However, a few miles into the 2nd lap, David Lasig of Marx & Bensdorf soloed off the front (as he had in the previous year!) Chasing ensued. I got into the chase group, and we had a good rotation going. Luckily, none of the other ladies were able to make the bridge. I stayed in the group until 1 mile to go, where I dropped off the back & cruised in for a solo finish.

Ryan ended up 3rd in his age group, and I was 1st overall (which included a sweet trophy and $100 cash). In the past, I’ve used the cash for sushi dinner, but it just so happened that I needed new pedals for my CX bike, so I spent it on that instead. Of course I had to go try them out at Shelby Farms and managed at least one “unclipped dismount fall.” It’s all good, though. I might be finally getting the hang of this remounting thing…

October 15, 2008

First CX Race on the Surly

Filed under: Bike Racing — Andrea @ 7:04 am

Last night was the 2nd race of the local Cyclocrunk series (didn’t go to the first one). I finally had a chance to try out my SS Surly Crosscheck!

The LeMans-style start was fun. I didn’t have any problems finding my bike in the mass of over 40 others because of my spiffy white handlebar tape! The course itself was really tough- not because of terrain, but because there were soooo many barriers- a single at the start, followed by a triple and three more doubles spread out across the park. Oh yeah- and all of the barriers except for the triple were more than regulation height. I felt really good about my dismounts. They were all fast and at the absolute last possible second. The place where I lost the most time was re-mounting- my inexperience combined with the height of most of the barriers made it difficult for me to maintain momentum and get a good remount. I also managed to jab my forearm with the nose of my saddle every time I lifted it over a barrier. Today I’ve got a pretty impressive bruise, and my forearm is remeniscent of Popyeye’s. I definitely need to work on my off-bike handling & remounting technique.

All in all, it was fun. I feel a little bit like I’ve been run over by a bus, but it’s OK. I did manage to finish ahead of the few other ladies that showed up, which is cool. Hopefully some photos will be up soon… Hopefully they aren’t the ones where I’m walking over barriers, either!

October 14, 2008

Blog Neglect

Filed under: non-bike — Andrea @ 7:12 am

Ok, so I know my posts have been scarce for a while, but for good reason! A few weeks ago, I entered the world of domestic partnership with my most favorite person, Ryan (A.K.A. “shacking up” or “living in sin”). We had a 3 day weekend the last few days that we spent fixing up the yard/exterior of the house- cleaning gutters (which, at one point, resulted in my dropping the “F” bomb in front of the neighbor’s kids because I found a TREE growing in the top of one drainpipe), mowing and de-thatching the yard (A.K.A “raking the grass”), cutting back the overgrown bushes & shrubbery with an electric hedgetrimmer, Indy-proofing portions of the fence, and cleaning/replanting/mulching the front flowerbeds. It’s exhausting work that I’ve never enjoyed until now. It’s both instant gratification (how much better it looks right away) as well as how it continues to look nicer with just a little TLC. Edit: here’s my re-vamped flowerbed!

So, that’s why I haven’t been posting as much as usual.

Oh yeah, we also rode 125 miles over Saturday/Sunday and did some CX riding yesterday at Shelby Farms. Fun times :)

October 11, 2008

My one politics post for the year…

Filed under: non-bike — Andrea @ 4:09 pm

Q. What’s the difference between George W. Bush and Sara Palin?

A. Lipstick

October 6, 2008

A weekend in the Ouachitas

Filed under: Trails — Andrea @ 7:41 am

I can’t think of many things that I’d rather do than spend a few days out in the middle of the woods. Ryan and I drove out to Lake Sylvia Friday morning. Once we arrived, we changed and took our bikes out for a nice 40-miler (see route below). It was just enough climbing to be interesting without making us hate life too much. When we got back, we set up camp and made the discovery that the showers at the campgrounds were actually cold water cannons. After building a fire, we ate some dinner (followed up by smores, of course!) and settled in to our tent. We also found a walking stick…





And Ryan did the dishes :D

Saturday morning, the 100 mile race started at 6:00am. We were asleep, but, thanks to our neightbors at the next campsite over, who talked as loudly as possible at every opportunity, we didn’t need an alarm clock to get up soon after. We met up with the Warthog crew to caravan out onto the race course and set up the Club Flamingo aid station- where the runners would pass through at both 39 and 76 miles on the out & back course. Here are a few photos from the caravan and aid station…

Rockin’ the GPS

Ouachita Mountains

Action shots:


At the aid station:

I’ll get a few runner photos up soon…

October 2, 2008

AT100 Weekend

Filed under: non-bike,Trails,Training — Andrea @ 9:57 am

Ryan and I will be heading off to Arkansas to volunteer at an aid station for the Arkansas Traveler 100 mile race. It should be a fun weekend. We plan on setting up camp at Lake Sylvia on Friday and heading out for a bike ride. If all goes as planned, we’ll get in a couple of 500ft climbs on the 40 mile loop I’ve got planned…

It should be a fun weekend. There will be smores. Oh yes… there will be smores…

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