• 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

It has been able two months since I paid any attention to my website/blog. I signed up for a course at York University in Sept and spend the next 3.5 months either working, studying, or training. I didn't have much time to do much of anything else. In fact, there were numerous times, I put training asside to study. December saw me get back on the horse, so to speak, and get back to training. During the holiday break, I attended the Forest City Velodrome training camp and achieved some personal bests. If you haven't already seen them, I've produced three videos in December. Two from the Forest City Velodrome and one training video on how to get up to 200RPM. Please check out http://videos.hackcycling.ca or click on the Videos link in the menu system. Today, I decided to give the website an overhaul. It's been needing it for a while. The following changes have been done (which you may or may not care about):

  • upgrade to Joomla 2.5 which is the current production release
  • update the photos in the banner. They are 2012 photos.
  • cleaned up the menu system
  • added a real comments system powered by Disqus. Yes, you can comment on my blog posts and I will get a notification that you did so I can approve them in a timely fashion. Comments have been a sore spot for this blog for years - nothing really worked. I think this one will.
  • added a Facebook like as well as Twitter.

So, please put comments on my posts. Please share the posts everyone. I should also note: I post alot of cycling related info to Twitter. Please follow me if you are interested in keeping up to date. I save the blog for longer essay style articles...and I have few rolling around in my head to type out this month.

Last night, I spent the evening at the Forest City Velodrome in London, ON. I travel from Toronto 1.75 hours to London to train on the track.  I do the Wednesday night training session weekly through the winter. It's a long drive, but I'm there for about 3 hours, so I get a fair amount of training in. It's always a GoodTM workout - thanks to Rob Good, the guy that runs the show.

I learned a few things last night. One item was to go easy on the first two laps of a flying 500m. A flying 500m not a flying 750m. Track has many events, and we don't always have time to practice all of them, so sometimes I just wing it - albeit incorrectly. Secondly, spin, dammit, spin. Training on the track should start with an 80 or even a 75 gear inch gear set to get the legs spinning as fast as possible. I can do 200RPM on rollers, but on the track I currently top out at 135RPM. I need to the cadence up to become more efficient. One does this even if it means getting dropped during training. It is about leg speed and liking to spin.

I'm frustrated. I am really getting tired of landing on the pavement, smashing helmets, and nursing wounds. I like riding bikes, but man, it's dangerous. The worst part, most of the issues with landing on the pavement are not my fault. They are someone elses. Tonight, that was no different. This time it was a a$$hole driver.

To understand my frustation, understand that I choose to commute to work and back, some 15 km one way, by bike largely because it's faster than the TTC and cheaper than driving. I built a special carbon commuter bike for the purpose with cheap parts that are easily replaced. On the commute, I routinely almost get run off the road. Usually, I get almost run down by a SUV, a minivan, and a pickup truck.  All these drivers are a$$holes in my book. Occationally, it's a truck and one time, it was a TTC bus. I always love drivers that need to buzz by me to get to the red light a block away. Generally speaking, drivers have no idea how to ride around a cyclist. Which is why, I actually like cycling through the inner city. I find, the closer one gets to the downtown core, the more normal drivers become. Why? More cyclists, small lanes, more traffic, slower speeds, and generally more patience. As one gets away from the core, the roads widen, the speeds pick up, and drivers get stupid. Everyone is in a hurry to get to the next red light. I also ride knowing that I will, at some point, get knocked off my bike. I've been lucky this year - my crashes have happened in bike races, and not in traffic. I've trashed a bike frame, and trashed something like 3 helmets this year, and nursed numerous patches of road rash. This is why I'm getting frustrated. I'm getting tired of crashing. It seems to happen to me far too much. Tonight, just added to my frustation.

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