A Travellerspoint blog

December 2012

Brain on Bike

snow 24 °F

New Commitment:

First the back story....
Obnoxious music is blasting from my parked car. I'm gearing up my warm bike layers, munching on a banana, trying to eye-ball a place where I can discretly squat before I hop on my bike. Then, I'm startled by a car pulling up and rolling down their window to chat. "Hey, so the other day I rode 12 up this way, and then ended up turning around to do 8 down to the south....and today I was able to get in a quick 20.....blah blah...." (Meanwhile, I'm trying my best to not look extremely confused as to why this lady is giving me a play by play on her mileage of the weekend) After 2-3 minutes of one-way workout recaps she finally draws the conclusion of, "If you are planning on heading out on the trail at all be careful, its still a bit icey as you head north.

I am well aware that triathletes are an interesting breed, and yes we tend to be a bit self-absorbed.
But this was just so over the top. Because of this interaction I am going to install a ''No Mileage Bombing" clause to the season.
Meaning, unless directly asked, I will not go out of my way to discuss/mention/brag about how many miles I've racked up.
Well, that's the theory at least.

What if you had to chose:

Being overdressed or underdressed?
Verdict: Overdressed. Being cold is the single most miserable feeling.

Training buddies snot rocket to the face or epic launch fail of your own snot rocket?
Verdict: My own (Yeah yeah, go ahead and judge me on this one)

Grossest part of a cyclists gear? Booger gloves or bike short pad?
Verdict: Tie. (*BECAUSE shorts get washed WAY more often than gloves. Fact)

The best and worst smells of cycling


Anything BBQ
Just after rain
On coming snow
Your stinky stanky sweat from a super long ride smell


Captain D's seafood
Exhaust from things with more than four wheels
Anything squished poop
Skunk, skunk and then more skunk.
Cologne leaking out from passing cars
Yours stinky stanky sweat from a super long ride smell

This blog is called 'Brain on Bike' so it would be incomplete to not include the most common thought of all:
FYI: The ouch level of these areas increase ten-fold when
A. You've been off the bike for 6 weeks and B. You're on a trainer.
oh and C. Your actual bike seat is way smaller, and harder than this one pictured.

Up and Coming

Some new sponsorships are on the horizon.
Any guesses?

Registration season is upon us.
In the next week or so I should be signed up and locked in for most of my seasons events.

Quote of the moment:

Treasure your family.

Here's to peace, sneaking holiday cookies and long runs,

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Tis the Holiday Season

But don't drink any booze or eat unhealthy treats. Oh and you have four back to back days of three hour rides coming up. Ho Ho Ho

sunny 44 °F

So. There I was standing in the spin room of the bike shop, decked out in spandex, shoes on and chit chatting with the guy setting up the audio/visual equipment.
Setting up my bike, blabber blabber blabber. Paying no attention to the weird looks I was presently receiving....
Then, I felt it. Yup. Old habits die hard, because one does most certainly not need a helmet on while riding indoors.

Luckily only the first few times back in the water felt like this.

Being our first winter season in Colorado, I must say this is not what I had in mind.
Yesterday we had our first real "snow" in the springs. I eagerly put on all that cold-weather gear that never gets any love these days and headed out into the blustery 19 degrees. Between the fresh fallen snow and the 30 mph gusts it was no surprise to have the trails to myself.
No footprints, no mountain bikers squeeling up behind me and no yippy dogs on their daily jaunt.
It was so peaceful. Until mile 3 when my checks were stuck in a perma-smile.
A frozen perma-smile. Trying to frown physically hurt my frozen skin.
Finished up the run, thawed out, chomped a banana and went to the pool with Justin.

However, where did this start? Oh yes, back to Colorado weather.
Today, 50 degrees, blue skies and little to no trace of any snow.
Crazy. I kinda like it.

Got in my 1:10 trail run at Garden of the Gods this afternoon, a significantly over-dressed 1:10 - but good just the same.

Currently, I am giving my very best effort to make a roasted chicken dinner. Complete with roasted yams and fresh seasoned green beans.
So far, the smells from the oven are not those of death, and there are no smoke alarms sounding.
The dog has also not retreated to the farthest corner of the house. Which she does on occasion.
I will take these as good signs.

Quote of the day:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose!"
--Dr. Suess

Here's to peace, wool socks & new music,

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Back To The Grind

"When in doubt, just get really, really strong. It tends to cure most problems in training – and life." - Wendler

snow 20 °F




It's only been one week.
But I have a feeling one of the best decisions I will have made this year is to start working one on one with a coach for the season.


2 1/2 hour bike ride up and around the Air Force Academy. Bricked with a 30 minute run.
Yowza headwinds, 40 degrees and 3,000' elevation gain.
What could be better for a Saturday afternoon?!?


A very big thank you to Trifecta Cellars and Wine for a very generous sponsorship opportunity for the 2013 season!
I look forward to embracing their 'WIN WIN WIN' philosophy out on the race course.
Good things DO come in threes!


E-Card of Truth:


Quote of the Day:

β€œIt's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”
― Lou Holtz


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