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OFF THE BIKE IS GOOD TOO

TODD BROWN PEDAL Posee Life

OFF THE BIKE IS GOOD TOO

ONE OF THE WEIRDER ASPECTS OF BIKE FRIENDS IS HOW UNNEIGHBORLY  WE CAN BE.  After hours and hours and hours riding side by side, fueling up mid-ride and helping out when things are broke... we know everything about each other.  You'd think we'd get together off the bike as well.

But we don't.

I have some ideas about that:

7.  We're sick of each other.

6.  We don't want our worlds to collide.

5.  The sig others might not gel and who could risk that?

4.  It's conflicts with an unsaid cycling norm.

3.  Netflix bro

2.  We're not as social as we think.

1.  It's just me. I'm the weird one and the rest of ya are just leaving me out.

Not always!... MikeG pinged me for lunch today.

We should do that more.

... at least I should.

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L.S.D. RESET

TODD BROWN PEDAL Posee Life

L.S.D. RESET

OVER THE YEARS I'VE HAD TREMENDOUS SUCCESS WITH L.S.D.  It's allowed me to reset my mind and my seasons.  It's a trip, for sure.  Done properly, the following days and weeks will be approached anew.

Why's it work?  I dunno.

When should you do it?  When you're burned out and stale.

Who needs it?  Probably everybody.

Where to do it?  Ideally, some place flat.

What is L.S.D.?  Long, slow distance.

How's it done?  You simply throw a limp leg over your saddle, mount, and softly pedal away.  For a long time.  Preferably with your pals, done alone can make you crazy.

Today was a pretty good LSD ride.  It was probably too lumpy.  4500' of elevation gain over 60 miles is a little much.  450' would have been better.  But, the pace was right on.  Just the 4 of us, two abreast, chatting it up.

The secondary purpose for me, was to find a challenging route.  It's close to ideal, though I think we might reroute a short section.  We'll see.

In the meantime, my body is resetting.  Getting ready for one last race this year, the Filthy 50 MTB race in 8 weeks... L.F.D.

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BREAKING THE CODE

TODD BROWN PEDAL Posee Life

BREAKING THE CODE

EVERY TIME I RACE I LEARN A LITTLE SOMETHING.  It starts with putting the race date on the calendar, and putting down my cash.  From that moment on, my bikedar is scanning for speed.

It's like magic.

And the very best thing?

The code keeps changing.  I keep learning.

Why just yesterday I learned my right leg is 5mm shorter than my left!  All these years... all those miles... all the worry my riding days were coming to an end... all the lost power... ALL THE FOUND SPEED!

What are you signed up for?  What have you learned?  Do tell.

 

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COMPETE TO BE COMPLETE

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COMPETE TO BE COMPLETE

IS THE AGE OF COMPETITION DEAD?  Are there no more winners and losers?  As grand as gran fondos are, and as tickly as the dopamine hit I get from Strava cup is... I miss the huge fields and butt whippings of the late 80s and early 90s.

When he lined up like gladiators.  To race.  To win.

When seeing stars and tasting blood while training.  Was common.

Have we just gone soft?

We lost almost every single time.  Some of us never won, or even got a sniff of it.  But we kept coming.  We kept charging.  Because something inside us was aching to be unleashed.

The competition held us accountable.  We discovered who we were.  We learned to win.  And we learned to lose.

A wise man once said, Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better.

So I say...

Ride the gran fondo, for fun.
Get the Strava thingies, for the high.
Do the group ride, to make friends.

Race your bike,
Set a PR you thought was impossible,
Find out who you are.

A winner.

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THAT 10,000 HOUR THING

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THAT 10,000 HOUR THING

MALCOM GLADWELL MADE IT FAMOUS IN HIS BOOK OUTLIERS, the idea that if you did anything for 10,000 hours you would become great.

What is 10,000 hours?  Is it like fasting for 40 days?  Is it apocryphal?  Does it mean just do it for a long time?

When I was a lad, a crusty old crank took my 9 month old cycling exuberance and sat me down.  Looked me in the eye. Yelled a little too loud. 

You don't know what you are until you've ridden for 3 years!

I'm a road racer.

I doubt it!

I was, but it wasn't my best event.  Three years later I had a pretty good handle on what I could and couldn't win.

That 3 years was made up of an average 10 hours per week.  Roughly1500 hours.

Now, if you were a pro or had no other focus or obligation you might ride 15 or 20 hours a week.  Maybe even 30.  

Most pros have gotten there after 5-10 years of racing.  Or, about 10,000 hours.

That magic isn't in the predictable nature of a bike ride, but in the unpredictable.  The spider-sense develops and we do all these unconscious things learned by experience. 

We've all seen the new rider get the most flats, have the most close calls, take the most tumbles.  We've heard the new rider say things like I was leading the whole race until the end.  

We feel for them, try and teach them, and encourage them to see it through.  And sometimes we are the crusty crank yelling a bit too loud because of our love for the sport and our knowledge that it just takes time to be great.

Count your hours,
make 'em count.

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SOME MARKS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

TODD BROWN PEDAL Posee Life

SOME MARKS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

I CRASHED TONIGHT.  Dinged my knee.  Hip's a little sore.  It left a mark.  Naturally, I popped right up... after a few regrettable words with myself.  Got right after at.  Started making my way forward through the places I'd lost.

Then, I blew.

I knew it was over.  Shouldn't have even raced.  But, while legs were saying no, heart was saying yes.  Friends were saying yes.  Ego was saying yes.

And that's why I did it.

I'll have that mark to remind me for the next couple of weeks to back it down.

But the mark that matters is the mark Matt Wenger has left on the OC mountain bike scene.  

For 10 years, he's promoted and executed the largest weekly mountain bike race in the world.  500-600 line up every Tuesday night to race, for 12 weeks of summer.

Enduring friendships have been made.

Lives have been changed.

A deep culture of having fun on mountain bikes has been gifted.

His vision and passion and energy bring it all to life.

That's all it takes.
And it takes his ALL.

Thanks bro.

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LEARN. WIN. INSPIRE.

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LEARN.  WIN.  INSPIRE.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW.  Read a lot.  Listen a lot.  Every, single, day.

DEFINE THE WIN.  Set a goal.  Figure out the process that is going to get you there.  Do it.

INSPIRE OTHERS.  Share your journey.  We're all rooting for you.

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OFFICER TODD

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OFFICER TODD

ENTER OFFICE TODD.  Not me.  The CHP.  On his way to patrol the canyon we ride, in the hopes of finding the kook who buzzed the riders last week, he stopped everybody for a little lecture.

Guys, I'm on the way to see if we can't find the person who buzzed you in the white BMW last week.

Can you make my job easier?

Yessir.

Please ride no more than 2 abreast in the bike line.

That was it.  Just a dude, doing a thankless job, and being awesome about it.

Guess what?

We're gonna do our best to make his job easier.

PS If you can identify this jackass in the 2014 BMW M5, let me know.  

CA License 8JUJ265

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SOME MIcLES ARE BETTER THAN OTHERSmt. MC. U yumbm

TODD BROWN PEDAL Posee Life

SOME MIcLES ARE BETTER THAN OTHERSmt. MC.  U yumbm

HOW THE HECK CAN I POP UP AND RIDE 90 MILES LIKE IT'S NOTHING?  Well, it's significantly easier if I'm riding with the posse vs alone... or worse, chasing the group.

Just this morning, while I was happily caboosing on the back of the train, Pete was caught on the other side of the road.  Couldn't get across. Could only shout a gassed message at Siri.

Some miles are better than others.  Like:

Riding and chatting with friends.

A beautiful road with an ocean view.

A solitary climb in the mountains.

Heading to a destination with great food.

Working hard in a pace line.

Any single track.

Rides sans flats or other mechanical issues.

An early morning sunrise.

The first ride on a new bike.

So many ways for good miles.

The worst miles of all?

... the ones we skipped... we can never get 'em back.

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CV was muy fast today

Stopped by and saw some of the fam on the way home

Even had enough energy to do some car shopping

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