Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Route to work

I found a new route to work.

I feel like it's an easier route. It is ~5 miles longer 1 way, but I don't have to climb as many hills. Here is the profile. The identifier point is the work location.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pro Cycling Challenge

US Pro cycling challenge comes to Denver!

The leaders:
The first group.

The Peloton.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Tour de Cure 2011

It was a great tour this year. The temperature was a bit lower, which helped the later afternoon return. We rode pretty close together until the climb up to Estes Park.

There was quite a presence of Team Wild, this was a goal ride for many of them. Alex is also on the Ironman team. Tony just out there for support, he and I are going to get some quality time in Madison together.
Thanks to Alex, Becky and Suzy for joining the team.
Tony just out there for support, he and I are going to get some quality time in Madison together.

All in all, it was 101 miles. They were a little off in the route planning. Tony and I arrived back at camp at ~ 2pm.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

catching up with Karyn

Crazy day of riding.

It started out with Karyn heading out for some hill climb intervals. She headed over to red rocks to capture some power data.

I headed out a bit later, and followed the bike path to golden, and down to redrocks.

I was planning on seeing her at the bottom of the climb, then heading down to cherry creek and home for ~82 miles.

Of course as luck has it, I didn't see her at the bottom, and started climbing up. And again as luck would have it, I closed in on her just as she was reaching the top...

After a brief visit, we parted ways and I headed over dinosaur ridge and down south. About 1/2 way to chatfield I noticed my rear tire leaking a bit. I stopped and pumped a few times, and decided to cut the ride short and head up the south platte. Another couple miles and I changed the tire. This was all caused by that flat I had a couple weeks back, I must have gotten some dirt in the hole left in the tire, and caused the slow leak. You can always find a good use for a shot block wrapper, I stuck that in, and headed home. I ended up with ~65 miles.

With the tour coming up, I replace my tires with Gatorskins. Wow... those are quire some tires.

Monday, August 8, 2011

there was Branson and then there was Boulder...

hmmm... Last year's 70.3 (half Ironman distance) triathlon in Branson did not end well. It ended with a big DNF (Did NOT FINISH). This season I have been battling injuries and have only raced one triathlon and did not meet my expectations for it - other than I got to race, finally!

Yesterday was the Boulder 70.3. My goal for the race was under 8 hours - they say that you can estimate your full Ironman distance time by multiplying your 70.3 X2 and adding one hour. So, 8X2 + 1 = 17 hours -- the time limit on an Ironman distance race (140.6 miles). My finish time?

or did I finish? Oh yes I did! I made my under 8 hour goal - 7:59:13 - talk about cutting it close!

My diabetes strategy was a full, epic fail but I'll work on that!

In the meantime, I threatened to sleep in my medal but I didn't.... here it is for you to enjoy too!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Copper Triangle

Karyn couldn't join us for the copper triangle this year. Becky and some friends joined me.

We started out at the copper parking lot at 6:55. A little behind schedule. We did run into several people we knew going into the ride.

I was about 30 minutes behind Peter, and took the ride easy. Training up for the Tour de Cure century ride in 2 weeks.

Almost at the top of Tennessee pass. The view was spectacular. I wound up riding with a friend that I used to work with. One of those guys that was always willing to help teach you what you needed to know. Bryan Jordan: I haven't seen him in 10 years. He was riding with his mother in law.

That's him on my left. You can see I've already raised enough for the tour that I had on this year's tour jersey.

The group split after the rest stop at the bottom of Vail pass on the west side. I droned it all the way to the finish on my own. Crossing the finish right at 2pm.

I measured it out, I had spent over 2 hours in rest stops that day. Riding with a group, it takes a while to keep everyone together.