Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sorry Joe.

Mr. Friel,

.....I appreciate you helping my riding structure again this year. Just like the previous years I am upping my "yearly hours". In accordance to your ways, a plan has been set out to not embarrass myself at the Arrowhead 135. Yesterday marks the start of my second week in the base period.
.....This is where I owe you an apology. You see, you want base to be primarily long slow miles following your guideline for hours in a week. Well, I did ride or workout the required number of hours, but they were not all slow. Saturday there was a local "micro" cross race. It sounded fun so I lined up with about 10 other guys to take part in the free race that was only a mile from my house. I figured it would be fun as I was on my Rig all single speeded out and with the big monster snow wheels.
.....The start was relaxed, and I was not there to try to crush people as it was all in fun. There was a whole smattering of people on single speeds, mountain bikes, and such. One local made it out on his Belgium cross bike and skinsuit. A far cry from my bike and 15 year old jersey and tights. We all started out together, but 3 of use pulled away with me in third. My gearing was limited, so most of the course I was just spinning it, enjoying it. Eventually, I pulled into the front and built a gap. I was never attacking, it just seemed that I continued at my same pace while others slowed during the 45 minutes of racing.
.....I know, I know Joe. There should not have been a race according to you, but it was fun. I attached my award above for you to look at. Not being a beer drinker, I let the Wookie take over the duty of polishing this off. I still don't understand the fascination with such things, but I am just one person in this world. A fire was made and a hotdog consumed before riding another 3 hours. Yes, they were slow and steady.

I look forward to working with you more this year. Have a Merry Christmas.

Yours Truly,


J-No said...

I like beer. Who is the Wookie? I have been on a bit of a taper the last 2 days.

Anonymous said...

It was nice to see you out there. Been awhile. Good choice for a coach. I'm glad your not using the cc-clown for a coach.It was a nice course. Nice weather. Nice people. My goals of the day was to have fun & not get my heart rate over 135. Both were accomplished. Maybe I will see you at the next one.
"The Belgium cross bike"

Charly Tri said...

J-No: The Wookie has been a staple in Rochester biking for many years. Think big, think hairy. I am not sure if I have ever seen him on something other than a Surly. You are on a 2 day taper? I remember being on a 2 year taper. That sucked trying to ride on group rides.

BCB: Agree on everything you said. Fun times. Hope to see you out there again next month. I got crap from the wookie for not drinking during the race. That is not my thing, but there maybe hot dogs during the next one. Now I can handle that!

J-No said...

I get it. I like Surly's too.