Riding a bike,
you can slow down,
but, you can't stop.
That's not riding,
So, we go around the bend and see what's there.
Often, what we thought.
Other times, not.
Different, by a lot.
Sometimes bends are better rounded with friends.
WE HAVE THIS LITTLE RIDE GOING ON SATURDAYS NOW, and we keep getting new guys showing up. They don't all come back. I'm not sure why, well I am, but let's pretend I'm not.
The name that seems to be sticking for this ride is The SHOP Ride. SHOP is an acronym for Saturday Hour of Power. It's actually just over an hour, and it requires crazy amounts of power.
That's the profile above.
The start of the hour is at the bottom of Laguna Canyon where Forest intersects. We leave there at 730am, sharp. But, none of us live in Laguna. Most of us have been riding a fair number of miles when we get there. Which means, at 730, it's full gas. We average over 24mph, up a 3-4% grade and typically with a headwind.
Those strong enough to hang on up the canyon are then faced with multiple 2-6 minute climbs, back to back to back to back.... the pace is relentless, and oh so sweet - if you like the taste of blood.
Today was particularly hard for me. I'd had the flu for about 3 days. But, when I woke up after 8 hours and no alarm clock... I figured that was as good a sign as any. Time to either kill this bug, or have a big relapse. I managed to make up the canyon, and was able to take every single short cut possible to not finish too far behind the gang.
The virgins were aghast.
Mouths hanging open.
Collapsed on their top tubes.
Jorge threw up these words:
I never seen power like that.
Is this ride for you?
It's for anybody that wants to give it a try. It's only an hour.
Jorge's power numbers... I'm not sure what it means, but I see red.
Does this look the face of a man who's ready for more?... Jay apparently has recovered.
C-Hill, looks chill.
Matt having a meal.
Sean cool as a cucumber
Bret licking his chops
I need a nap
The climber sees the hills,
The TTr sees the flats and winds,
The sprinter sees the finish.
JAMES BOND GOLDENEYE NINTENDO 64, is the best game ever... at least that was the sales pitch I got one Christmas. In about 15 minutes, my two little warriors had mastered the bloodbath masquerading as a game for kids.
I settled in for a round.
In seconds my health was down to zero and I was dead.
Dad, you gotta take care of your health.
What do I do?
Don't get shot, and go over here.
So, when I woke up achy and feeling fluish today... I stayed off my bike and went to the pharmacy. #donttrainwhenyoursick
ON THE HEELS OF WINNING TODAY'S TMWC - something that should never happen and probably won't ever happen again but which happened mainly because my young friends couldn't get their young acts together and ride a proper pace line and thereby reel in The Old Diesel and his cohort/co-winner the nice and gracious Chris Hill - I have spent the evening scouring the interwebs for foolproof video instruction... because kids don't read... so that you really, really, really understand how a pace line works.
Why would I do this?
Pure selfishness... if you ever get in a pace line/breakaway with me I want it to work thereby averting the words I heard last week when one of my young friends was struggling to keep the pace line together.
---> What is a young friend? It's true, everybody I ride with is younger than me in age, but Young friend = new to riding bikes fast <---
This first video has it all. But, it's short. If you watch it 5 or 6 times and take notes you'll have a really excellent understanding of what's at stake.
This video is terrible... but worth watching and asking yourself why is a guy standing behind a bike in a bike shop, kitted up? Things that make me go hmmmm
This video stalled out with the text "Do Not Accelerate" on the screen... I hope it does for you too because this is the #1 offender of all youngsters.
This is from A1 coaching, so I thought it would be awesome. It is real life gnarly... crazy weather, no bike lane, downunder... questionable sound quality and really short, but it's nice to see how smooth they rotate.
This video is the most thorough and also from GCN. Proving two things: their videos are superb and this is a skill that we all need to master.
PS Only I can screw up my ride.