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HONOR AND RECOGNITION IN THE EVENT OF SUCCESS

TODD BROWN

HONOR AND RECOGNITION IN THE EVENT OF SUCCESS

MY FRIEND JEFF JUST LOADED UP HIS BIKE AND WENT FOR A LITTLE 322 MILE JAUNT... sleeping trailside from 11pm-5am along the way... and didn't even invite me, or anybody else.  

Did it alone.

On forgotten gravel roads.

In bear country.

It's the kind of thing I only dream about or threaten to do.

Which reminds me of the most compelling advertisement I've ever read, placed by the great Ernest Shackleton... captain of the aptly named Endurance.

What calls men and women to engage in such quests is one thing.

Why aren't we all so engaged is another.

What are we waiting for?

Should I ever heed the call of the wild, what some may consider lose my mind you, bank on me going all in on style and efficiency from head to toe.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

The first time, the very first time I placed the Protone - the blue one - atop my head I knew it was a winner.   Perfect fit.  Great airflow.

And right now we've got an incredible promotion... 20% savings... with promo code: MENSSANA. (expires 5/25)

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.4 lbs
Office Move Pt. 2
7 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3463307446


SKID MARKS.

TODD BROWN

SKID MARKS.

PAY ATTENTION AND YOU START TO NOTICE SKID MARKS ALL OVER THE PLACE.  If you're the one laying down the rubber or carving up the dirt you're tapping into your rebellious side... and if your execution is flawless and graceful... well, that's a helluva feeing.

Carving up the local fire roads on my gravel bike today, I remembered one of the best bike lessons I ever got.  And it was free, from my friend Brett.

Bret had race flat track motorcycles professionally... they're the original drifters... and he was the best skidder I've ever seen.

He kindly let me know I sucked... well into my 30's, 20+ years of skidding...

... and I'd been doing it all wrong. 

Rather than share the many wrong ways... lemme just share the right way to skid through a turn.

The most important thing Brett taught me is to start your skid before you're turning, it's the only way to keep the back end from sliding away below you and leaving on your arse or worse.

Got that?

Start the skid while you're still going straight, then steer through the turn and the back end will come right around under control.

Why skid?

It's fun.

It can be a lot faster way to get through a tight turn off road.

It looks cool.

It kicks up a ton of dirt making it harder for trailing riders to see... I'd never do that.

If you're going to be working on your stylish skidding... wear a good, stylish helmet.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

The first time, the very first time I placed the Protone - the blue one - atop my head I knew it was a winner.   Perfect fit.  Great airflow.

And right now we've got an incredible promotion... 20% savings... with promo code: MENSSANA. (expires 5/31)

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.4 lbs
Office Move Pt. 2
7 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3463307446

 


WE WEREN'T BORN THIS WAY

TODD BROWN

WE WEREN'T BORN THIS WAY

NO ONE IS BORN A RACER.  No one is born knowing how to ride a bike.  Training is like spokes in a wheel.  One spoke is useless.  Many spokes, properly tensioned, make a strong wheel.

We train our legs.

We train our minds

We train our core.

We train our upper body.

We learn basic maintenance.

We study the greats.

We ride with faster and slower riders.

We practice handling skills.

We dial in nutrition on and off the bike.

We master rest and sleep.

Strong wheels roll over all obstacles... and so we attack the race with vigor and confidence that we are prepared...

... and that same preparation rolls into everything we do.

The wide road, the rockless trail... we learn nothing there. 

We seek the fast turn, shoulder to shoulder... the steep, cliffside trail.

Mens sana in corpore sano - sound mind in strong body.

And we know it'd be a shame to not keep that mind protected and that body stylish so we don excellence atop it all.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

The first time, the very first time I placed the Protone - the blue one - atop my head I knew it was a winner.   Perfect fit.  Great airflow.

And right now we've got an incredible promotion... 20% savings... with promo code: MENSSANA. (expires 5/31)

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166 lbs
Office move
7.25 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/2909778979


VISION QUEST

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VISION QUEST

I FELL OVER HALFWAY THROUGH MY FIRST VISION QUEST.  Landed on my side.  Unable to move.  I wasn't hurt, but I was being crushed by extreme heat and an ungodly amount of climbing.  Falling over when I stood on the pedals because my legs cramped simultaneously wasn't part of the plan.

I lay there shocked, such was the speed by which I'd been cut down.

Just hours earlier I'd been full of confidence... thinking all was well, what could possibly derail a great day racing in the mountains with my pals?

It wouldn't be my only disastrous day on a bike.

But, it would define my response.

I would summon the will to finish...

... long after the winners and quitters had gone home...

... a victory of my own.

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Shiz gonna hit our spokes for sure... and will continue to do so... and so we plan for that...

prepping better
adjusting expectations
persevering
loving what the trails and roads throw at us
turning inward for strength
accepting the shiz
and pedaling on

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Speaking of pedaling on...  if you're heading out for a big adventure be sure and lube up your body too

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Here's the dealio... buy any one of these products and the second product is 50% off when you use this code:  LUBEMEUP

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

166.6 lbs
Coach Live - ouch! 
6 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3452950880

 


PEDALposse Rules 6-10

TODD BROWN

PEDALposse Rules 6-10

They say rules are made to be broken... break these at your own risk.

6.  If you're going to lead, be the last one to lead - win the damn race!

7.  Thy bike may be dirty, thy drivetrain must be pristine.

8.  Always invite the ladies - they're nicer and don't smell - they may politely decline, keep inviting.

9.  Group rides start on time - failure to heed leads to ride death.

10.  Thou shalt not show thy butt crack via thread barren bibs - and if thou shalt be subjected to such offense thou shalt shame the offender without mercy.

Speaking of threads, I found a pile of these superlight socks while prepping for our upcoming move... and I'd sure like to find a home for them.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

This particular sock was only made in the size OFSM - one size fits most which is 9-12.

So, if you're that size... and you like gray... and have 8 shekels that need a home... that's all it takes to get these delivered to you.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.6 lbs
Stretch n Roll 
8 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3447809783


HANG LOOSE, HOLD TIGHT, LOOK FAR.

TODD BROWN

HANG LOOSE, HOLD TIGHT, LOOK FAR.

PERHAPS THE MOST OVERLOOKED SKILL IN BIKE HANDLING, and the cause of many an ohcrap moment, is the ol' hangloose, holdtight. I think it's overlooked, because it's rarely taught... 

I was reminded of it yesterday when I received this message from PEDALposse member Michael F.

Just got a gravel bike, have had a few break in rides.  I've quickly learned that it's not a simple as pedaling hard.  There are obstacles, you can't just get into a zone (have to look and think ahead all the time).  That said, it's fun (at times), and I know it will become a lot of fun after I develop a more "gravel" skill.  Any tips for a pure road cyclist (no MTB background) looking to enjoy the trails around Santiago Canyon?

First tip is hangloose, holdtight, and it's applicable to all riding.

Your upper body should be loose, your arms especially.  This will let the power of the terrain flow through you and be energizing vs jolting.  Think of your arms as wet spaghetti noodles.

Your hands should have a firm grip on the bars, with noodle arms.

I learned it reading Zen And The Art Of Archery - it's short, and profound... about an American archer who travels to Japan and gets his schooled by little old men, and the secret he learned about recruiting just the right muscles.

Second tip is look as far ahead as you can. 

Your body will remember what to do.  Most people new to riding offroad look straight down.  It's a bad habit that will have you focusing on the obstacles rather than the goals... never bueno.

I learned that from Moses - Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Another reason people perish is because their tires are in terrible shape... and guess what I don't want to move to the new location?

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/continental-tires

 

Here's the dealio... the one promo code that is better than the PEDALposse code... the buy one get one free code:  CONTIBOGO 

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/continental-tires

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.6 lbs
Coach Loran #3 + pull-ups
7.25 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3442652996


STUPID ATTACK SNAGS PODIUM

TODD BROWN

STUPID ATTACK SNAGS PODIUM

A LONG RANGE ATTACK USUALLY FAILS, it's often attempted by a racer who is feeling outnumbered or outclassed. And, usually ends up with the attacker being shot out the back.  But, there is one kind of long range attack that if done correctly can reshuffle the deck in your favor.

Here's how I use it.

The last 5-10 miles of any road race are always heated. 

The last 3-5, the adrenalin pump is a pumpin'.

Earlier this year, I pulled such an attack. 

4 miles out.  

I lead into a very fast 150 degree turn and sprinted hard out of it.  There was a little gap, and I kept it at 9/10ths.  As planned, I was caught about a 1/4 mile later.  The charging train blew by me.

When rider X chided me with The race won't be won here, I knew it was mission accomplished.

I slotted in 10 guys back and kept an eye on all the players.  It was a gradual 1-2% grade with a kicker at the finish.

That tactic can backfire.  

They can leave you dangling off the front.  So, go 9/10ths.  If the gap keeps opening while you're getting closer to the finish, you can up it to all out... but it better be a helluva gap.

When that happens it's usually because they know you and think you don't have it and they let the gap get too big.  Which is a really sweet move that I saw executed at LoToJa.  I was keying of the regulars, and they figured Steinfelt didn't have it.  Wrong. He won, we lost.

It works best when nobody knows you, like if you're in town just for the race.  They'll think you're some kook making a bad move... you might be, so be careful.  Usually, they'll chase you down, heckling you... leaving you in the catbird's position, latched on to the back of their lead out trains, forgotten.

While their egos are jousting, you are patiently resting and waiting to unleash your mighty fury...

... always be the last one to lead the race.

But, don't be the last one to check out our close outs... I added a couple of new things today.  Found one of these sweet t's

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

Plus a few other things.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

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167 lbs 
Stretch n Roll
8 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3437267779


HE'S GOING THE DISTANCE

TODD BROWN

HE'S GOING THE DISTANCE

A FEW YEARS AGO, I HAD THIS CRAZY DREAM  to start a racing format called HUNKR.  It stood for Hundred Kilometer Race.  I learned the expensive way that race promotion is a tough way to make a buck.  That was the bad part, but I also learned a ton of things along the way.

Yes, we had hundreds of people race...
Yes, the local speedsters - pros and national champs showed up...
Yes, the courses we spectacular.
Yes, an after party.

Yes... terday, I had a few hours midday and ripped around the county.  Just over three hours later I came in super stoked.  On a high.

3ish hours, stomping on the pedals is my sweet spot.  

The route I'd put together as I went along, linking bike trails and little used roads, had only a couple of obeythelaw stops.  Which left me in the zone the entire way. And, wound up to be exactly 100k.

The Old Clydesdale commented on my Strava post with one word: Hunkr.

Which reminded me of the point of HUNKR... to give people a way to race each other as well as chase their PRs.  Runners do this all the time - sign up for mass start race, train together, then go race and reach for their PR. 

The number one thing I learned is people really like the HUNKR format... we just don't have that in bike racing.

I wish we did.

Will I ever resurrect HUNKR?

Probably.

In a renegade, undertheradar, nopermits, inviteonly, braggingrightsonly, badass sorta format.

Until then, we are closing out the remaining jerseys... practically giving away the classiest event jersey I've ever seen or made... so we don't have to move them to  our new, shiny location.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

No promo code - deals are too good, unless you're part of the PEDALposse and have your super code.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

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166.6 lbs 
Stretch n Roll
8 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3426929762


FAILURE FEEDBACK

TODD BROWN

FAILURE FEEDBACK

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A SPECTACULAR FAIL FOR LEARNING.  Whether or not Thursday was a true failure is questionable, the fact I fell off the athletewagon is undoubtable.

Exercise:  lazy walk on beach

Diet: donuts for breakfast, a giant serving of PickUp Stix for lunch, Domino's for dinner, and multiple servings of Oreo ice cream pie while watching Revenge Of The Sith.

Why the fall:  son Shane's bday + all kids in town for Mother's Day = party time.

The failure feedback:  2 lbs heavier than previous morning, and some karaze dreams

Without that feedback from the scale and dreams, nothing would be learned.

Racing, with a number or just amongst friends, has been a great source of feedback.

But, I think chasing PRs has been the best teacher because I experiment more.   

Tinkering with tread patterns and tire pressure,
bike position,
nutrition,
pacing,
apparel,
time of day...
oh, it's an endless list... and chasing a PR is endlessly fascinating... figuring out what is holding me back - often it's the blubber, my homegrown ballast, that needs to be cast off.

Speaking of casting off, we're moving to a new location this month... so if you have a hankerin' for some deals, there are a number of things we are closing out

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

No promo code - deals are too good, unless you're part of the PEDALposse and have your super code... which you know you should be.

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165.8 lbs 
Stretch n Roll
7.75 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3426929762


A COLD BLOODED KILLER PLANS FOR SUMMER RELEASE

TODD BROWN

A COLD BLOODED KILLER PLANS FOR SUMMER RELEASE

I HAD THIS WHOLE POST ABOUT LEARNING FROM FAILURE READY TO GO, then I read this quote from Egan Bernal who learned from winning.

Bernal:

At the moment, it's a question of having cold blood, focusing on training, trying to do things as well as possible, get to the Tour and then things will fall into place.

That's his answer to the question of who will lead his team... himself, being the reigning champ, his teammate Geraint Thomas the previous winner, or Chris Froome who won before Thomas.

And, I freakin' love it... it's a question of cold blood... ie: getting your buns in gear, the world ain't waitin'.

We ain't waitin' over here either, in fact we're movin'... and rather than move it all, we're puttin' some of it on clearance... can ya help a brother out?

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

No promo code - deals are too good, unless you're part of the PEDALposse and have your super code... which you know you should be.

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166.6 lbs 
Coach Loran Live Workout 
7.75 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3421857164


CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT

TODD BROWN

CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT

THERE IS SO MUCH CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT ON A BIKE.  I love to admit it, some of the very best is when a friend flies off the trail and lands in the tree below... clipped in, upside down... with a sliced shin.

If you're a rider, and you're tough, and you signed up for said adventures... shiz like that be really funny.  Whether it's you or your pal.

So, there we were laughing our helmets off only last night!

Poor unnamed rider X.

Don't tell my wife, I'll wear pants for a few days.

Copy that cowboy.

Just like that we rode on... bleeding, smashed shifter dangling... doing our thang.

I was reminded of that story this morning when I got an email from my Aussie mate Tony.

Hi Todd,

Every ride where I use your XL RaceDay bag I am reminded of you. ( I always laugh when someone say  SH@T I left my gloves at home and point to my bag).

Yep... that's super funny, and happens all the time.

Reminds me of the time I forgot my kit and raced a crit in surf trunks and a tank top.  Really wanted to win that won after all the shaming.  No luck.

I've laughed a million times thinking about that race.

Even funnier was when my friend got kicked out of a race for doing a towel change in the pits... by the Sheriff!

Too bad she didn't have a changing poncho... hahahaha!

https://pedalindustries.com/products/pedalindustries-changing-poncho

You know what they say... Modest is hottest!

Use promo code: CHEAPENTERTAINMENT

https://pedalindustries.com/products/pedalindustries-changing-poncho

Pedalposse... use your super code.

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165.6 lbs 
Stretch n Roll
8 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3414501436


TO RUST OR NOT TO RUST, THAT IS THE QUESTION

TODD BROWN

TO RUST OR NOT TO RUST, THAT IS THE QUESTION

WE HAVE THIS OLD IBIS TANDEM COUSIN IT.  The attention to detail is awesome.  From the matching Silca pump to the little forged hand that holds the brake cable.  After 25ish years, it's in good shape... not worn, not rusted.... because we haven't ridden it for the last 10+ years.

Which reminds me of this quote:

We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us.
My choice is to wear out.
-Theodore Roosevelt

While our contemporaries slowly rust out, we are in the big gears.  Charging ahead.  Setting karazy goals.

Which reminds me of this qoute from my distant cousin:

I don't know karate,
but I do know karazy.
- James Brown

Whatever your karaze biking goal is, if you have some base bikefitness you can be karaze ready in 10 weeks.

Right now, I'm working on a new book...10 Weeks To Speed... the premise is you don't need a full-time coach, you just need 10 focused weeks.  

Get out your calendar and sip on that.

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Less than 20 smackers, delivered to your door... yes, both bottles.

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PEDALposse, remember to use your special code.

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165.2 lbs 
Stretch n Roll
7.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3411138895


OUTRAGEOUSNESS IS THE ONLY STRATEGY

TODD BROWN

OUTRAGEOUSNESS IS THE ONLY STRATEGY

SPARE ME THE SHOOT FOR THE STARS HIT THE MOON PLATITUDES.  I want something outrageous, clear and concrete.  

Like PRing Leadville last summer, 20 years after my previous PR.

It's the only way to wring out the best.

This year's outrageous goal... sheesh, my palms just started sweating... but, I gotta do it... gotta commit to something ridonkulous.

Here it is Marathon Nationals... for the win.

November 14th.

Texas.

There.  Said it.

Six months to get in tiptopshape.  Be one with my MTB.

That wasn't so hard.  There's almost a relief, finally putting it out there.  Writing it down.  The trepidation turns to fascination... how to get it done?

One thing I'll be doing for sure is getting my buns kicked regularly by Coach Loran.  Body strength, coordination, balance will be key for a successful day.

If you haven't trained with Coach Loran yet... well, you're probably not in the PEDALposse where her training is included. 

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

I know what you're thinking... she looks so nice and inviting, how could she possible motivate me?

Well... start with the fact she's probably a better bike handler than 99% of riders then add in she's be training people for 15 years.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

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166.2 lbs 
Coach Loran killed me
7.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3405159184


SO YOU'RE SAYING I'VE GOT A CHANCE?

TODD BROWN

SO YOU'RE SAYING I'VE GOT A CHANCE?

PERHAPS THE GREATEST LESSON OF AN EPIC EVENT IS TO TAKE IT MILE BY MILE.  Shtuff happens.  Whether it happens at mile 2 or mile 92 matters not.  Our response is all that matters.

At the original 12 Hours of Big Bear, I started catching up to the leaders on the long downhill. 

It was the first lap.

We were all fresh.

I'd been dropped, but I was back.

Hellyeah boys, I'm here... was all I was thinking.

Poof! tsss... tsss... tsss... tsss... a dawgawn flat tire, and now all I was thinking was...

Hell!

I noted the time.  Fixed the flat in 2 minutes, flat.  

We still had 11 hours and 35 minutes of racing.  I stuck to my pace, about 50 minutes per lap.

By the 11th hour, first place Matt Oran had lapped me and figured no one could match his 12 laps.  He pulled out and watched.  

Second place, also pulled over having completed 11 laps.  Like Matt, he figured no one could catch.  

At 11 hours 5 minutes, I pitted.  11 laps done.  Surfergirl told me the situation.  Poured to packs of table salt into my mouth and sent me off.

We'd started at 7am.   Most of the mountain was now dark, the sunsetting on the other side.  Nobody else as on the course because they'd done the calculation and figured they couldn't get back by 7pm.

Could I make it back by 7pm and complete 12 laps, securing 2nd place?  Everything hurt.  Cramps came and went.

It was just me and DuranDuran, Hungry Like A Wolf... strangely serene.

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference

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Riding that fateful downhill for the 12th time, doing all the mental math, knowing it was going to be very, very close... I knew something else,

if I'd hesitated when it all went sideways, or given up hope, I never would have made it to this moment... in a beautiful forest, 

this beautiful, quiet moment, completely satisfied I'd done all I could do.

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I crossed the line at 6:58PM, and collapsed.  Numero dos.

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A lot of folks have been buying this lately.  We got lucky and stocked up before production was halted.

https://pedalindustries.com/products/pedalindustries-water-bottle-24oz-purist-2-pack

Less than 20 smackers, delivered to your door... yes, both bottles.

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166 lbs 
Core day with Coach Loran
7.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3399691968


BEAST OF HURTIN'

TODD BROWN

BEAST OF HURTIN'

SOMEDAYS ON  SUNDAYS MY LEGS ARE HURTIN'.  After yesterday's peppy jaunt around the county, today is one of them.  Didn't really notice it until a late afternoon walk up a coupla a sets of stairs.

Which reminds me of a question my pal Talley asked.

Do you ride to "get it over with” so you can reward yourself OR is your ride the reward? 

My reply...

I think it's some of both... though, lately I've been riding end of day a lot more... it's nice to look forward to and it forces me to compress the work day, not let it leak into dinner and the evening.

A few years ago I read The 5 Hour Workday, and we committed to it pretty hard.  But, somehow we lost our discipline and drifted back into the 8 to 10 hour workday.

Perhaps this is the right time to recommit?  I'm gonna dig that book back up.

... and run this another day.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/drypowder

You provide the ziploc bags, I'll provide the promo code: POWDERDRY

... unless you're in the PEDALposse and have the more better code.

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166 lbs 
Stretch and Roll
7.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3394583609


KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY

TODD BROWN

KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY

TRUST IN GOD AND KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY... advice for the ages.  Fighting advice.  And it works for long, vicious and terrible rides... because it means to be prepared to take action yourself... here's how not to do it.

Yes, Zach, this post is for you!

Setting the stage...
The bright sun was balanced with a lingering hint of winter in the early air.  An intoxicating mixture that had Justin returning home about 3 hours later than promised to wifey... and had coaxed Zach out for his first ride in months.

We'd planned to circumnavigate most of the county at a brisk pace.

First stop 60 miles in, then another 40 to get home.

Being the wise old diesel that I am, I had a big drink before I left.  And loaded my pockets with Honey Stinger waffles and a ziploc bag full of 4 scoops of GQ6 powder.. powder which would stay dry in said bag and mix up to power me home.

We warmed up nice enough, but the further we went the harder we ground.  Soon pulls were being skipped.  It was on.

The Anaheim train station is on the route and a wonderful stop, with a cafe and water and bathrooms.  It's beautiful inside. 

I busted out my bottles.  Poured dry powder into bottle one, began pouring bottle two.

Zach looked so sad.

The cafe was closed.

The only working vending machine was stocked with novels of the  50 Shades of Gray ilk.

I gave him a good portion of my dry powder.  Mike gave him a bar.

At which point Justin asked if I had my supply of Salt Sticks... 

We clipped in and Zach mentioned to Justin... 

I feel like all the posts are about me.

Me, too.

Which warmed my heart.

Bring your powder, and keep it dry.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/drypowder

You provide the ziploc bags, I'll provide the promo code: POWDERDRY

... unless you're in the PEDALposse and have the more better code.

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165 lbs 
Stretch
6.5 hours sleep - too excited to sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3387267351


I KNEW A GREAT MECHANIC, AND YOU'RE NO GREAT MECHANIC

TODD BROWN

I KNEW A GREAT MECHANIC, AND YOU'RE NO GREAT MECHANIC

THE PROBLEM WITH TODAY'S BIKES is they are too dawgawn good.  Rare is the breakdown, part failure... shoot, we hardly get flats anymore let alone a busted spoke.

I don't know about you, but my wrenching skills kinda stink... and my wrench collection?... a flippin' mess.

Fearless as ever, I approached swapping out my very worn rear tire on my gravel bike.

No quick release, need a wrench to remove the wheel.

Easy enough, then I removed the tire.

Inside there was plenty of Stan's milk sloshing. 

I carefully disposed of the old stuff.

Popped on the new tire.

Poured in a bunch of Stan's.

Mounted the rest of the tire.

Aired it up.

Jiggled, wiggled, bounced... all manner of movements to get that inside coated with the magic white stuff <- the kind of thing that magically does away with flats and tire changing skills at the same time... here's what I mean...

It was a little tricky getting the wheel situated inside the frame and a dinged the brake calipers somehow.

No amount of fiddling would get it to stop rubbing.

Did I mention I'm a fearless mechanic?... yeah, well, this is the point I should have set it aside and approached fresh in the morning.  But I din't.

Instead, I proceed to... well, I'll cut to the chase... my brake still rubs and the bolts mounting it to the frame are now nearly stripped out.

Ugh...

(Diminished skills + crummy tools) X lack of practice = Bike Down!

Such a drag... I was mounting that tire up to have good romp in the dirt. 

But, there's good news.

PEDALposse member Chris M just moved to town.  And guess what he is?... a pro-fesh-nul mechanic.  And, he's got some time.  And, he's already extracted the stripped bolt... and now we're just waitin' on parts.

Maybe we need PEDALpossePlus... and include service? 

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

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165.4 lbs 
Live session with Coach Loran - she killed me.
7.5 hours sleep
Got an hour in, but the Wahoo is acting wacko.


PEDALposse RULES TO RIDE BY

TODD BROWN

PEDALposse RULES TO RIDE BY

HERE ARE 5 RULES TO ABIDE BY:

  1. Train at the front of the group.  If you're on a group ride, get your buns to the front... where it's hard, you'll be a lot harder to drop come race time.
  2. Always be prepared.  We're hardly Boy Scouts.  But, the Scouts are right.  Be prepared in body, mind, spirit and saddle bag.  The posse doesn't spect anyone to carry parts for them.
  3. Thou shalt bend thy elbows.  While riding with the elbows locked my feel good, might even look good in your mind, it's a great way to find yourself splattered on the asphalt.
  4. Name thy bike.  Your bike is an extensive of you... give it a name to be known on the records of Starva.
  5. Never bonk.  Bonking, running out of food, is the true rookie move... and if done righteously can leave you depleted an in a hole for weeks.

More to come... until then, consider this... the lightest, quietest saddle bag ever.

https://pedalindustries.com/products/the-mini-raceday-bag

The mini RaceDay bag is super lightweight and durable bag that holds a tube, air cartridge and nozzle, and levers perfectly

Everything is snug, sucked up under your saddle, and never rattles around.  Plus, there's room for a couple of bucks and a patch kit if ya like. 

Made from durable 29" mountain bike tube.

Use promo code:  RULES1-5  to save, or your PEDALposse code to save twice as much.

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166.2 lbs 
Coach Loran #2
7 hours sleep
ride didn't record

 


IT'S SHOCKING

TODD BROWN

IT'S SHOCKING

I'M ALWAYS AMAZED AT HOW WONDROUS PEOPLE ARE AT NATURE.  Half of me is in disbelief that anybody could make such a big deal about seeing a deer or bobcat, etc... and the other half is smug thinking I see that all the time.

But, such is the world we live in.  People sucked so far into their cocoons they freak out at seeing nature.  They've lost their nature.

We on the other hand, are much closer to our wild side.

We are wild.

Wolves.

Eagles.

The thing about animals is they only attack in two instances:  when threatened, and when the kill is certain.  They can't afford the luxury of taking physical risks.  In the wild, there's no back up.

Which just might be good racing advice.  Attack when threatened, or when the kill is certain.

Speaking good advice, now would be a good time to check out the PEDALposse... here's why:  it's been purposely mysterious because we didn't want to many people to join before we had it figured out.

We've got a little more clarity on this wild offer.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

 

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

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166.6 lbs 
Coach Loran #3 + pull-ups
7.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3373573030

 


SAME AS IT EVER WAS

TODD BROWN

SAME AS IT EVER WAS

THOUGHT EXPERIMENT:  What if we changed the order of things?

For years, the Tour De France started with a prologue, and over the course of 3 weeks got into harder and harder climbs, ending with a bunch of laps and a sprint in Paris. 

What if they raced it in reverse?

If the start was a bunch of laps round the Champs -Élysées with a giant crowd cheering the racers for an hour or so before they head out to discover who is the best.

Then we'd see fresh climbers slug it out on the first 10 days of massive mountains.

Follow by another 10 days of rolling terrain and sprints.

Ending with short prologue of 8ish minutes where racers are basically riding more than racing and basking in the glory of 3 weeks well done... and finishing fresh ready for a big party.

Would it matter?

Probably more than it mattered that I had the pricing and code wrong for this promo yesterday:

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/patriotic/products/patriotic-superlight-full-finger-gloves

The factory is taking this 2D rendering and turning it into a super sweet pair of gloves... and they'll be available in about 3 weeks.

Let me just interject a phenomenon I've noticed over the years, when we are under attack as a nation we get very patriotic.  There's been a marked uptick in our Patriotic collection the last 3 weeks.  I think these gloves will be a hit, and probably sell out.

So, if you want an early crack at them here you go: 

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/patriotic/products/patriotic-superlight-full-finger-gloves

Use promo code: BESTTRICK ... if you're part of the PEDALposse, you can use your mo' betta' personal code.

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167.2 lbs 
Coach Loran #5
7.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3368841663