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COLLABORATION

TODD BROWN Bike Life

COLLABORATION

CHASE GROUPS SHOULD ALWAYS SUCCED, but they fail often.
Different agendas.
Different talents.
Different views.

Work groups should always succeed, but they fail often... too.
Different agendas.
Different talents.
Different views.

We should have caught the leaders on Friday, and we definitely shouldn't have let one guy get away on Saturday. 
But we didn't, then we did.  And we got beat. 
Most of didn't know each other. 

One team had 5 guys working together with one leader and a coordinated effort.
Their guy won.

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Save the dates:  HUNKR 9/29, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
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THIS IS WHY

TODD BROWN Bike Life RIDE/RACE REPORT

THIS IS WHY

THE TICKING SOUND OF THE OFFICIAL'S MOTORBIKE NEXT TO ME WAS SEASONED WITH RACE RADIO... and I ate it up.
The road was ours,
closed to cars. 
Race numbers on backs faced me,
nobody watched me,
I clung on.
Lord, I love this feeling...
Getting all I can out of this old body
It's a high,
You can't buy,
even if you try.
But, if you tried
if you put in the time,
you just might find
another you,
something new.
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11th today

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Save the dates:  HUNKR 9/29, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
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LEARNING TO RACE CLEAN

TODD BROWN Bike Life

LEARNING TO RACE CLEAN

MY BROTHER-IN-LAW MIKE IS A PHYSICIAN.  He taught me to race clean.  And, man-oh-man does it feel great!

I don't know why I ever raced or rode dirty.  But, I did for many years.

Never again.

Now, I'm a kinda lean racing machine.  Which means this morning I got up early, pedaled over to the campground showers and gave my engine a good scrub down.  Next, got back to the RV and grabbed the Lemon Pledge and shined up my chassis.

That's what Mike taught me, and he's a doctor.

You don't race dirty do you?

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Got 7th today.

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Save the dates:  HUNKR 9/29, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
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THE SILLY END OF SEA OTTER

TODD BROWN Bike Life

THE SILLY END OF SEA OTTER

I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S MY ANNUAL MANCATION, but 4 out 25 years is something... and two years in a row could be a trend.

The Sea Otter Cycling Classic is giant.  It's displaced Interbike for new product releases.  There is every kind of bike event imaginable.  So, everybody makes the migration.  That's the business end.

But, I like the silly end.

Reliving Matt's back to back Cat 5 road race wins.

The constant kidding and ripping on each other.

Here's a sample of how serious we take Sea Otter... Andy's virgin run on the ROLL... it never ends.

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Save the dates:  HUNKR 9/29, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
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TIMES THEY AREN'T A CHANGIN'

TODD BROWN Bike Life training

TIMES THEY AREN'T A CHANGIN'

MIKE PUTS TOGETHER A SPREAD OF EVERYBODY'S DATA AT THE END OF THE YEAR.  I'm not sure how I got on the list or even why he does it, but it's pretty cool to see the year to year changes. 

Or not not much change in my case.
The last 4 years are remarkably consistent.  

I give myself about about 10 hours a week.  The miles and average speed picked up a lot in the last year as I've ridden more on the road.  I've dropped from 6 days a week to 5 because I"m a little burned out and I need the recovery time.  It looks like I've cut back on my climbing a bit, think that's been the shift to road more.

Is it time to change things up?

 Distance
Miles 
Time
hours
Elev Gain
feet
Rides Avg
miles/ride
Avg
time/ride
(in mins)
Avg
climb/ride
(in feet)
Avg
climb/mile
(in feet)

Avg
speed over all rides (mph)

 

 

2017
          8,950      547     594,101      265                  34               124             2,242                   66                    16

 

 

2016
          8,090          538     588,189      259 31.2 124.6             2,271                   73 15.0

 

 

2015

          8,205      520     657,411      252 32.6 123.8             2,609                   80 15.8

 

 

2014
          7,972           571 610,476 295 27.0 2069.4 76.6

 

 

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Save the dates:  HUNKR 9/29, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
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