• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Cycling

The one thing missing from my training this winter was endurance training. For one reason or another, I never managed to get in any 2-3 hour rides. I have been riding and racing the track all winter. Some people drive two hours to go skiing, I drive just under two hours twice/week to ride my bike indoors at the track in London, ON.

This passed weekend I put in some endurance work more by accident than anything else. On Saturday, I opened the track as planned. I rode the rec ride at the track putting in some speedy efforts on the blue line. Speedy in the sense, I was riding a 49x17 gear for 78 gear inches, so at times I was spinning at 110-115RPM riding around 38k/h. I spent the rest of the day at the track. I led out the riders at the track 1 (newbie) session which is a  good workout unto it's own. I hung around for the Youth training session and in some hard efforts. I ended up leaving at the close of the track and put in some 858 laps on the day for some 120KM of riding. It has been a while since I put that many laps in.

 

Two race nights. Two completely different results.

I've been racing and training at the Forest City Velodrome all winter. I have also been training and working out with Lori Silver at FITS Toronto. At the track I work on improving my bike skills. At FITS, I work on building motion skills and strength. I started with this regiment back in Sept. 2012 doing the track 2-3 times per week and FITS twice per week. I've seen steady improvement on the bike at the track and in motion/strength skills at FITS. There has never been a time when I approached a race night on a Sat at the track where the week's workouts we strenuous enough to cause a bad performance in racing. Sure, I probably could have gone faster/harder during the race by taking a rest day or two before a race night, but with racing almost every weekend, it would be more a detriment than an improvement to my performance. Racing at the track is more of a workout anyway and I consider it part of Training to Race.

HongFu CarbonCommuterIt has been some two weeks since I rode outside and commuted via bicycle to work. I think the longest I lasted not riding to work was three weeks - and that is because I broken my collar bone in August 2012. Two weeks ago it was bone chilling cold. -17C or colder in Toronto in a city that rarely sees temps this low. Some time ago, I put a limit of -10C on bike riding because it just gets too much. Last week, the power to the office building where I worked was cut because the transformer feeding the building blew up. No joke - the sidewalk outside the building is still blackened. So, I spent the week working from home. Today, I tossed all the rules and climbed on my trusty carbon commuter in -11C weather with a wind chill in the negative teens. I didn't care how cold it was and I was praying to the snow would stay at bay because I can't stand riding my cross bike - all 25lbs of it with it's snow tires. My carbon commuter bike has become my favourite.

Last year, after trashing my bike in a race in April, I decided I had enough. I had damaged a bike frame every year for the last four years, and $2000+ each time was getting expensive. Frame repairs are also expensive and the frame is never quite the same. So, I looked around for cheap carbon frames and settled on a Hong Fu. Give my history of trashing frames, I decided to order two frames instead of one. In May 2012, I took delivery of the new frames. I reviewed the sprint frame in a previous blog post. One sprint frame for $450 and one Pinnerello knockoff endurance frame for $320. I rebuild my bike on the sprint frame. 

 

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