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BOB IS STILL RACING THROUGH LIFE. Maybe not as fast as you, but at 82 he doesn't appear to be slowing down. Each Saturday, me and the crew blow by him too fast to chat. I just yell, Hi Bob! He waves from his perch. Today I was alone, so I slowed to to chat a bit. He asked where the gang was. I joked they'd slept it. Too wimpy to brave the unusual 30 degree weather. I let on they were racing. He asked why I wasn't with them. Darn flu. As if to acknowledge life itself and my relative youth, They'll be other races. Life goes so fastif we don't slow down and say hellowe may be left with goodbye. _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 167.8
I MISSED YOU ON THE RIDE TODAY. I missed your smooth pulls.I missed your cheerful banter.I missed the way you wave to all.I missed your safe approach to traffic.I missed the way you point out hazards. You're missable, aren't you? _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 166.8 (seems I'm stuck here)
IT WASN'T THE EARLIEST START, but it was a start. It felt good to be pedaling easily again, and I wanted to go hard. But, I resisted. I had to since there's no substitute for actual riding when it comes to my mental sanity. The air was still a frigid 44, and I'm on the mend. I cannot afford to deplete my body riding the road to recovery and push things back again. Got to be patient. Still, my soul nagged at me: I wanna go fast! ... which lead to flipping ONJ's I Wanna Get Physical popping around my snotty skull. This could be the worst music video of all times. Am I right? _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 166.8
I'M SETTING ALL KINDS OF WEIGHT LOSS RECORDS. It's the worst diet ever. I'm down 5 lbs in the last week. Which for me, is nuts. Total anomaly. What's next? Will it plateau? Do I have a tape worm? No. It's the flipping flu of 2018. In my case, no appetite. It's just weird. Body aches. And, my brain feels scrambled. No doubt, I'll get my hungriness back and pack it all on in one sitting at Wood Ranch Grill. Time to shop for some heavier shoes lest I float away. _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 166
I HAVE THIS OLD JACKET, that's barely used. My anti-clutter guard says Toss It!, but I could never throw it away, because it's essential gear once or twice a year. Thick, and heavy, with a barrier to protect against wind and rain. Once, it was stylish. Matched all my gear. Always ready to protect and comfort. Like an old friend, a keeper. _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 168.8
AS SURE AS WE ARE, we never really know what's around the bend.Riding a bike,you can slow down,but, you can't stop.That's not riding,not living.So, we go around the bend and see what's there.Often, what we thought.Other times, not.Different, by a lot.That's riding,living.Sometimes bends are better rounded with friends. _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 167.8
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.Eyes crossed.Collapsed on their top tubes.Jorge threw up these words:I never seen power like that. Is this ride for you? Maybe. 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. Charlie smiling. Sean cool as a cucumber Bret licking his chops I need a nap _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 168
IF I TAKE THREE FRIENDS TO A RACE...The climber sees the hills,The TTr sees the flats and winds,The sprinter sees the finish. What do you choose to see? _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 168.8
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. Simple enough. So, when I woke up achy and feeling fluish today... I stayed off my bike and went to the pharmacy. #donttrainwhenyoursick _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169
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. XOXO PS Only I can screw up my ride. HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169
IF I HAD JUST ONE BIKE, it would have to be a hardtail MTB. Because in the words of Greg Focker, you can ride anything with wheels... but, it's where you can ride them and how fast they go that matters. On a hardtail...you can pump up the tires to rock hard and keep up with most road bikes,you can run low pressure in your tires and climb up nearly any trail or bomb any descent kinda fast,you can have the air just right and go from sand to dirt to road and back,you can be pretty good at almost anything. Which is why I have a hardtail and a road bike;and have my eyes on a fixiea trail bike a gravel bikea tandem roada tandem MTBan old Schwinn Apple Krateand an electric beach cruiser. What are your eyes on? _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170.8
I CAN'T HELP IT. I pull up to another cyclist and I start assessing. It's a left over from the early days when 80-100 riders would line up in my race. Me, against them. I can count the times I've had a teammate on 1 hand. I'm not against it, it's just the way things have worked out. The result is a deep need to figure out who the players are and forget the rest. There are the basics: Legs shaved. New, clean bike. Proper amount of nutrition on board. Helmet on correctly. Gut vs. no gut. Tan vs. no tan. But, these are things you can assess standing around and lining up. Once things are underway the sleuth work gets easier, but must be quicker. Smooth pedal stroke. Off the brakes. At ease. Quiet. Here are giveaways of someone who is confident. Confident riders are able to size up the other riders and feel the thunder in the herd. They waste no energy, they just calculate, relaxed in the knowledge that sooner or later someone will make a mistake. And then it's over. More than anything confidence comes from experience. Experience, actual bike riding, builds up a huge catalog of what ifs and what to dos. No amount of riding solo, or worse riding a trainer, can compensate getting out in groups and rides and races. What if...its hot?it rains?the roads are bad?I miss a feed?a rider is unsafe?there's an attack?it's hillier?it's flatter?it's windier?I feel bad?I feel amazing?I feel nothing?I get dropped?I attack?I fall?I lose?I win?My friends win?They fail?I flat?My glasses fog over?I forget my gloves?... Experience,there's no substitute. _____ HEADS UP... HUNKR-OC PRICE INCREASE 3/1/18Is your FUNKR team ready? Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170.2
IF THERE IS A SEASON FOR FLAT TIRES, it's right now. I felt bad for Charlie. He'd gotten up early and hustled down to the start of our ride to put in some fast racepace miles and flatted. I didn't see it, just got the report... It's 7... let's go. Charlie flatted. Where? Just around the corner. You didn't wait? Nope... I waited for a flat on Tuesday and missed the ride. We always leave on time, and as a group we never stop for flats... those lucky enough to have a friend on the ride might have the good fortune to have help for a speed flat fix. But we aren't friends... at least not on the rides. This no stopping policy isn't true on all rides just the hard rides. I think that's because we are all too lazy to do intervals alone and use these rides in lieu of such idiocy. Pete flatted later in the ride. I stopped. What a hypocrite I am! Kinda... Pete and I friends, sure, but my son Trevor is getting back into riding and had been shelled on the 133. Here was a chance to help a friend and wait for my kid - who is not really a kid. Peter got rolling and I turned around to find T... called, but no answer. Then a ring. Where are ya? I'm up by the toll road. You? We took a short cut. Cool... I'll see you at the finish. I guess there are still tales to tell even with flat tires.Just different ones, not the ones you'd planned on.Sometimes they are better...Maybe always. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.8
AS WE GO OUT AND VISIT LOCAL BIKE SHOPS TO TALK ABOUT HUNKR, the reception is much different than last year. Last year, HUNKR was a brand new concept and took some 'splaining. This year, it's a totally different conversation. Hey, yeah... I've been hearing about the race already. A few riders are already signed up. This, I heard way down in San Diego at a super cool shop -> Revolution Bike Shop. That's awesome, who is it? The Sisterhood of Cycling. How sweet is that? 80 miles away, a team of ladies are signed up and spreading the word at their local shop. The conversations ranged from enthusiasm that a SoCal road race series is on the calendar to confirming the shop would be there with their canopy ready to support their riders and customers. IT'S THE SAME WITH SPONSORS. The sponsors this year get it, too. The ability to reach a new section of they cycling community in terms of the athletes along with multiple venues is a big draw. Many of the sponsors came out and checked out HUNKR last year as participants. THE TEAMS GET IT TOO. This year the local cycling teams see the value in this kind of event and the opportunity to involve their riders in a challenge that focuses more on teamwork and personal best. It's a unique approach that giving all a reason to train together and work together to have their best days ever going 100k. Plus, a lot of the teams are reaching out to the Under 23 crowd and getting them registered for free. It ain't easy pulling all this together, but it's worth it because we know how impactful an event done right can be. Having this momentum really helps us able to continue to add value to HUNKR.
FUNKR IS HOW WE ADD MORE FUN TO HUNKR BIKE RACES. You and 4 or more of your friends and create a FUNKR team. We use our superamazing computing power to rank your team against all the other FUNKR teams. Last year, we had 3 Overall categories for the fastest all men, all women and mixed (at least 1 member of the opposite sex). This year, we add a 4th category called the POINTS Category. Here, our superamazing computer will take the 5 best placed riders on your team and rank them against all the other teams. Got it?... it's not finishing times that matter for the POINTS Category it's placings that matter. And one more thing, to qualify your team must have at least 1 member of the opposite sex. How to create your team? When you register there is a place to pick your team. If your team isn't listed, you can create it at that time. We'll take it from there... simple enough? Who should you get on your team? Since there is no limit to the size of your FUNKR team get all your friends. More friends = equals more fun. What do you win? Each team will receive a beautiful trophy and swag provided from one or more of our terrific sponsors. Does it any extra cash to create a team? Nope. It's all included with your registration. What if you already signed up? Not a problem, just shoot us an email and we'll get you onto the team. Afterward, when we're all hanging out and mowing down a tasty meal pay attention to the PA System because your team could be the next FUNKR champion. Register Here. ______ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 171.8 (feeling fatter)
THIS TIME OF YEAR GETTING THE CLOTHING RIGHT IS NOT ART AND NOT SCIENCE. It's mostly just dumb luck... of which I had none this fine morning. It was colder than advertised by about 10 degrees, not the end of the world. But, the clouds were sitting on the asphalt... and there we were, in 40 degree weather. Essentially we were running through the sprinklers at 20mph, in clothes grampa woulda shot me in before letting me rep his name in public. Every mile got colder and wetter, and all I could think was... Ain't no shower hot enoughAin't no bathtub deep enoughAin't no sauna steamy enoughTo keep me from turning to blue ______ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 171.4
MY BIKE LIFE CONTINUUM STRETCHES FROM SAND TO STONE. Some of what I do is very negotiable, and other parts are truly written in stone. Tuesday morning group ride, pure stone. This ritual has been going on for about 30 years. Some years it's been part of a full week of riding, and others it's been the only weekday ride. It's a social thing, as well as an accountable thing. Sundays off is set in stone as well. For me, this is the only way I can keep perspective on all aspects of my life. I unplug from training, unplug from work - no emails, calls or reading... and I'd like to add unplug from digital life, but haven't done it yet. I plug into family and the spiritual side of life. I started this when I turned 30. Bike fit is set in stone. I go to one fitter, I go every time I get a new bike, and anytime I have any kind of pain. A good bike fit can get you 10% faster. Weighing myself each morning is mainly stony. I weigh myself right when I get up each day, and record it. I have gained all kinds of insight to my body and the effects of what I eat, the times I eat, how long it takes to gain or lose weight, and what I really weigh. But, I never weigh myself on vacation. Sleep is sandy-stony. I try and get 7-8 hours, it really feels good. But, sometimes we stay out late. That said, I still set the alarm for 530 and rise most days around 5. Coaching is sandy-stony. I love my little coach, she's the best. But, each of us know I'm only good for the 7 weeks leading up to a big event. Any more than that and I find the structure suffocating. She puts up with me, and I'm grateful for it. My goals are sandy-stony. Some years, it's all about the MTB others it's all road riding. Lately I'm all into USACycling road races, I had years that were all about 100 mile MTB races. But, when I lock in the theme of the year I'm all stone on my goals. Diet is on the sandy side. I try and eat whole foods, but sure had fun pounding cake and brownies and Mexican coke watching the Super Bowl yesterday. What kind of bike is sandy too... I like road and mountain, carbon and aluminum. I'm not a neat freak, but the drivetrain has got to be tidy and working well. But the sandiest of all is M-W-Th-F-S. I go where the treads flow.Never really know,Until I get there,Which is where,Life puts on a show,I meet someone, see something,And grow. How about you, what's in sand and what's in stone? _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 171.4
MY FRIEND TY IS HAVING A STAND OUT SEASON. So is Matt. They are following a very simple plan during the race season. Race for the win,then rest. Their training volume is down about 25%. The only intensity is racing 3-4 times a month. Everything else, everthing, is about resting and recovering. Easy rides. Plenty of sleep. Clean food. Massage. Their blades are very sharp,ready to cut you down. What about you? Too tired to race hard? Rest more. No race season... but a serious focus on 1-2 events? Your last 3 weeks should look just like their season. Just wanna keep up with your pals? Pick a day, make it your race. No heart rate monitors,No power meters. Pure heart.Pure Power. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.8
THE STATE OF BICYCLE RACING IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA IS BETTER THAN EVER - on all levels. I think it's because our community is tighter and more appreciative of each other's efforts as athletes and as race directors. As a result, we have more robust events to participate in and a fuller calendar. This is a virtual cycle of improvement in all areas. For example, Replay Timing company, operated by my friend Chris Williams, is homegrown. Chris is local. He knows all our events and the promoters and the athletes and what we expect from a timing company. Over the years, he has been building his company's capabilities and expertise and technology. Through Chris's persistence we are all able to enjoy a richer experience racing. Accurate timing makes the events more fun for beginners and pros. It's another element to see where we rank among our peers, and those who are faster and/or slower. Sure it's nice to see how you placed, it's nicer to compare the times as well. The results are more people having more fun. So the word spreads. Hey, come and do a race with me... it'll be fun Timing adds cost, It also adds more value to the racers. Which brings more racers. Which allows the race directors to add more value. Which brings more racers.Which brings in bigger and better sponsors, Which adds more value Which leads to events selling out, Which allows race directors to control costs, and add more value, and more racers. Next time you race at NonDot, OverTheHump, Rwanda Ride, HUNKR, unOFFICIAL TMWC, CBR(soon), and more... introduce yourself to Chris, it's a thankless job we all need done well. Sold out NONDOT Whiting TT _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170.8
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SLICED TIRES... the kind you notice before you ride and the kind that explode on your ride. Which one is better depends on a number of factors: Neglect tire inspection... If you enjoy expending emotional energy, If you like the idea of your tire blowing while you rail a corner, If you are looking for a good reason to unhitch from a blistering pace. Check 'em out...If you dislike any of the above. Today I noticed a decent slice and some other odd wear on my front tire. It's a bummer because that's a brand new tire. The slice was bulging, which means it's only a matter of time until it blows. I could have booted it and ridden it for a long time... come to think of it, I might just yank it outta the trash when I get home. Check yer tires... nothing is slower than fixing a flat, assuming you're in shape to fix the flat if it blows at high speed in a turn. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 171 (too much pizza)
ON MY RIDE I OVERHEARD THIS: If you die, I'll go through your pockets. How do you get to that point in your life, living on the streets, undernourished and suffering in the cold, surrounded by your "friends", who's best idea is a statement like that? Three grown men... who were once someone's little boys. Two trying to console a one, clearly struggling. All doing their best to survive. Am I any different? I wonder. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170.2 That image is from our shirt called Derailed... seemed apropos for the post.
A MASS START BIKE RIDE OR RACE IS AWESOME, because it's so much more of a shared experience. The energy when everybody starts lining up in their respective corrals is off the charts. Every single person can feel it, and you just get the idea that this is going to be a great day... that today could be your best ever HUNKR time. We are all competing under the same conditions. This is cool because it gives us all a good idea of how we truly compare. For the slower people, it's a chance to appreciate the speed of the pros. For the pros, it's a chance to witness the heroic efforts of the first timers... to be a real pro at the finish and welcoming them to the party. It's like the best group ride ever: we time it and make sure you don't have to stop along the way so you can go after your PR. The after party kicks in as we all arrive back at the start. There's great food and music, and cool exhibits to check out. Because we all start together, we get back to the finish about the same time as our friends and hang out and recover. What could be better? Bonus: it makes the driving so much better when we can carpool with our friends. The animated chatter on the way over is sprinkled with laughter and big bets. But, it's the drive home, reliving the highlights of the day that are the best... the way we take it all apart, congratulate each other and get right at planning how do better next time. --- At HUNKR, you'll be starting at the same time as everybody else. Everybody lines up based on their projected finish time - our supercrazypowerful software makes sure everybody is where they should be. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 2/1/18, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
MY PLAN WAS PRETTY SIMPLE THIS MORNING... push it, push it, push it. I was tapered from last week, other than Saturday's leg busting effort at SBRR. I have 3 weeks till the next big race, this week's gotta be a humdinger. It's a selfish plan. I say that because we get to the start warmed up and ready to broil - it's 45 minutes with 1000' of elevation on the way over. We made really good time today, which surprised me because it seemed easy. As soon as 6:30 hit, it was haulin' A', like DK. We had 4 guys off for the first 10 minutes. The remnants caught us. It slowed, and we pushed it again. About 1/3 of the group was bye-bye. Sorry. The A-Loop was somewhat tame. Still, the ponies were jumpy and anxious. They eased just a little on the pinnacle, so I pushed it. Pushed it good enough to crest first (Sean mighta let up?). Thank you. We kept it together down the DMZ to the bike trail. As soon as we hit the trail, I pushed it. OTF for about 10ish minutes. Got the gap up to 23 seconds, per MikeyG. The herd of ponies galloped right on by on The Wall. But, I kept pushing. Almost. We almost caught the remnants of the leaders, only because we kept pushing it. Pushed down the canyon, and kept on pushing up the Corkscrew. Mission accomplished. I'm smoked. Pushed it! _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
ARCHED BACKS ON YOGA MATS ,cross-legged squatters perched high,a sleeping man holding down his bench. Cruising the bike path, there are all kinds of peeps up early. At daybreak. As I pedal, many of them are still. Quiet. Meditating perhaps. Maybe reflecting on yesterday, wondering what today holds. I'm doing the same as I ease by, but it's really not the same. So I stop and admit,it's pretty goodto just sit. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
WHICH CYCLING TEAM WILL BE THE BEST IN 2018? Which team will: have the sweetest victories? nurture the best new riders? sport the best looking kits? display humility in victory? graciousness in defeat? respect the rules of the sport? create the best atmosphere for the riders? roll on the most striking equipment? Which team will you wildly cheer for regardless of the outcome? ... hopefully, the team you are on. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
TODAY WAS THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ROAD RACE, and I was totally unprepared for what happened. I mean, there was a race. I was prepared for that. I made the move I thought would work and, well... it worked out pretty darn good. It was the rest of the day I was unprepared for. After months of only seeing a large chunk of my friends on the interwebs, there they were. In person. It was great. We were all hugging and fist bumping... and elbowing? Yeah, Mr Universe said Don't touch me so we elbowed. It was so good to see people in the flesh. Look 'em in the eyes, and see their souls. Real friends, real people. Well wishes of good luck sloshed about, then did our best to kill each other. ... there is a training message coming, bear with me... After the bike race, and after the love fest I hustled south to get to the Simple Green team night at RockNRoad. Mike Okano invited me over to make a presentation to the team regarding HUNKR. Which I did with as much gusto as possible after healthy bike race and 4+hours of driving in traffic. Things broke up and a familiar face with a few more lines etched in said... Todd, it's really you! Yep, but... It's Jeff Newman. Oh my gosh, JEFF! Now this was whole other love fest. Jeff and I used to ride and race pre-kids, maybe pre-marriage. Back when Coffee Crew was the most badass Saturday ride... we'd crush each other up the coast with Schooler and Stricky and Newman and Salzman and Tessman and Miller and Kurzenski and Lyle and Pellkofer and GINA and even Linda Brenneman just hitting it and hitting it and hitting it until we got to Corona Del Mar and collapsed at C'est Si Bon. What I wasn't prepared for today,Was seeing so many friends,Young and aged,New and old.Get ready folks,Be prepared to connect,And reconnect with our awesome tribe at HUNKR, 'cause everbody'll be there. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
I ALWAYS WANTED TO RACE LIKE THIS. My buddy Todd said Let's go in the RV. So here we are, camped out in the middle of nowhere. At the Start/Finish. It's so nice. The RV is huge. It's dead quite out here. While all the other guys are driving up late, staying in hotels, hustling over to the start... we are resting and sleeping and relaxing. As my dad would say, So this is how the other half lives.I like this half. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
THE FIRST CALL CAME AT 8:07AM THIS MORNING. Hi, it's Big Dog. I'm just checking in with you. Saw you signed up for Santa Barbara. Wanted to see if we're going to work together or just go head to head or what... you know. Because you know me... I'd rather have a break. I'll tell you right now, DougieD is probably the strongest guy I know right now and he's 100%. So, just want to see what your strategy is... call me. Wow! That's quite a message. Intel, strategy, teaming up. Next call was from JackMack. We were talking biz about 10am. You going to Vail this weekend, to do the MTB endurance races. No, I'm heading to Santa Barbara for the rare road race. You're one tough lady to race 6 hours... that's so hard. It's not that bad, we only get 5 laps in and I go 2nd... Barb has to do 3 laps. Go get 'em. I will, just wanna have fun. TD checked in around 1pm. So what's the plan? Breakaway together would be fun. I know, I'd love that too. But, it's risky. A better plan might be... Emails and texts peppered the day. New guys, like Legal Eagle, askin: What should I do today and tomorrow? What should I eat day of... all these questions that never arise before our weekly Saturday "social rides", which are way harder than his Cat V race will be. He'll be fine, has no idea he's already riding at a very high level. The last was Frosty, swingin' by to pick up a canopy. Me n Gonzer are racing the 2 man at Vail. You two will kill it. That's the plan. Have fun. Always. It's race time,make your calls. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10
COUNT YOURSELF BLESSED IF YA GET ONE OF THESE A long time forgotten are dreams that just fell by the wayThe good life he promised ain't what she's living todayBut she never complains of the bad times or bad things he's done, LordShe just talks about the good times they've had and all the good times to come She's a good-hearted woman in love with a bike-ridin' manShe loves him in spite of his ways that she don't understandThrough teardrops and laughter, they'll pass through this world hand-in-hand,A good-hearted woman loving her bike riding man He likes the long rides, road trips with bike ridin' friendsWhen the ridin's all over she'll welcome him back home againLord knows she don't understand him, but she does the best that she can'Cause she's a good-hearted woman; she loves her bike ridin' man She's a good-hearted woman in love with a bike-ridin' manShe loves him in spite of his ways that she don't understandThrough teardrops and laughter, they'll pass through this world hand-in-hand,A good-hearted woman loving her bike riding man Adapted from Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings Good Hearted Woman _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, THE QUANTITY IS LIMITED, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.2
I NEVER WORRY ABOUT PHRASES LIKE "I'M FEELING GREAT" OR "I'M FEELING TERRIBLE", it's We'll see how it goes that scares me. I'm feeling great and I'm feeling terrible are either telling the truth or lying and it's pretty easy to tell which one within a few pedal strokes. We'll see how it goes is a whole other story. That rider has a plan, and he's not letting on any more than he needs to. He's going to wait and wait and wait then pounce for the kill. Not that there's anything wrong with that,I'll just sit back and see how it goes. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, THE QUANTITY IS LIMITED, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.8 (bonus post) I'M UNDER 23, HOW DO I RACE FOR FREE? UNDER 23 HUNKR RACERS… YOU RACE FREE WHEN YOU SIGN UP WITH AN OLD PERSON. Get your older bro or broette to sign up. They’ll get an email with instructions to get you the FREE promo code! Simple enough, right? Do you get all the same race awesomeness? Yep. You get a race number, timing chip, rad t-shirt, and fabulous recovery meal… only if you beat your bro or broette… JK! What fun would that be? : ) Is there a limit to the number of free under 23 riders? Nope. But, this event will sell out so spread the word to the rest of your posse. Can I tell others about this incredible offer? Yes… get on it.
I SEE SO MUCH TRAVELING BY BIKE, so much more than by car. By car things whiz by, But by bike, there's more life to take in, other riders, early joggers, homeless souls, and grassy parks, windswept alleys, empty sands, artistic grafitti, things that need fixin' Cars are for far, and bikes are for close, and all those times I need a dose of what matters most. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, THE QUANTITY IS LIMITED, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.8
OUR VERY SOUTH COUNTY POSSE IS POWERED BY A LOT OF YOUNG DADS. So, MikeyG put together a solid-Gould route that would get our heroes home early to their youngins... lest their maidens revoke their SatPasses. We left on time, 7am. Several riders missed the start by 2 minutes. Could we have waited? Yep. Should we have? Nope. We love these cats so much we want to train 'em up right... show up on time fellas. (side note: the tardy riders are all old dads). With the young bucks pounding away on the front I slotted in like Santa out for a slay (sic) ride. We picked up JParker and JWolf and the Lion King himself, PFetzer... damn! -> we might even make Laguna Beach Cyclery a waypoint if I can tap the dew off my lily there. It was 10ºF in Laguna Canyon. No sun. Humid freeziness cutting to the bone. But, massive heat was being put out by The Bull. This is the official "it's on" section... and it would stay on for just over an hour, to the official "it's off" finish. Here is a secret HUNKR training tip: 60ish minutes of intensity with seven 2-6 minute efforts is a great way to get you battle ready. It's interval training with carrots, a lot tastier than interval training alone. On this ride, there's always someone ahead, to the side, or coming up from behind... unless you are The Bull or Bob Frosty. Halfway through: Boom! SDS' tire blew. Should we have stopped? Nope. Did we? I'm ashamed to admit it. We stopped. We never stop. Why? Because it's not good for the group to stop, and our allegiance is to the good of the group. Plus, the youngsters gotta get to their youngins. Too soon for me, we were chasing SDS up the final push (we shouln'ta stopped)to the stop sign at the top of Highland. The plan is to re-group here, then soft pedal up PID and home. Does this ride have a name? Not one that's stuck: Laguna Loop, Hour of Power, Power Hour, Dad Ride, Beach Cities Cruiser (Bruiser), Bone Yard Boys (if start at DoHo), Mike's Magical Mountain Tour... something'll stick. What's the purpose of this ride? ride early, ride hard. I'm all for it... I used to get home a lot earlier. Play with the littles... then ride with the littles when they got bigger. Today it felt good to not be smashed after an 80 mile slog. I even had enough energy to lift some weights, which is right in line with my anti-aging program... I used to be a dad,well, I'm still a dad,but, I'm not. _____ THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, THE QUANTITY IS LIMITED, USE IT. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170.6 (again)
HAUNTINGEST BOOK I EVER READ: FRANKENSTEIN. Want to have nightmares for a month?... read it, I dare ya. But, Mary Shelley's good doctor's got nothing on The Old Diesel. Check out the monstrosity I call The Marvel. Oh, no you di'nt. Did. Had ta. My inner evil said Old Diesel! you got too much steam to be countin' on them weak single pivot binders. You got to go all Lewis Hamilton when you're racin'. Boom. I know the SRAM single-pivots match all the rest of the SRAM E-tap components. But, out with them and their flimsy performance and in with the almightypowerfullest, double-pivot ShuhManO Durace. I mean, if you're going to build a monster make it as grotesque as possible, right? Question I'm askin' is... do I hit it with some black fingernail polish or leave the DURACE scar there for all to see? BEHOLD! THIS TOP SECRET CODE --> peda350 <-- WILL SAVE YOU 10% OFF HUNKRIT EXPIRES 1/31/18, THE QUANTITY IS LIMITED. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170.6 (again) not scary
IF RIDING BIKES IS YOUR NUMBER ONE SPORT, what is number 2? In my heart, it's surfing. Based on time, it's walking/hiking. Do great athletes even have a runner up sport? I'm not sure, but I bet if they do it supports number one. How does surfing help my bike riding? I think it's really helpful for sprinting. During the sprint, you have to notice what's going on in the pack... where is the energy? who is going to make move that matters? When surfing, you focus if a set of waves is coming and where will they break. When the set does start to take shape you cannot let on what your plan is to get that wave or you will be out maneuvered very quickly. Same with a sprint, it's all about patience... letting the waves come to you and letting the sprint unfold before you. Surfing also helps with mountain biking: the balance, the flow and getting comfortable with weightlessness. My other runner up, walking, is also supportive of my riding. One, it's good to walk. But, what I find to be tremendously enjoyable is to walk for an hour on the sand. This is a great way to massage my feet and work those lower leg muscles and tendons. Plus, apparently being grounded is a real thing... it actually is important that we get our feeties dirty. My focus is still singular, and in multi-colored way. How 'bout you? What's your runner up? Why? _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170.6
I HEAR THIS A LOT: MAN, I FORGOT HOW HARD THIS RIDE IS... and it's always followed by How do you do it? Well, it's simple. Ya see, I never stop doing it. We've been doing TMWC for 15 years now. Over that time, my overall time commitment to cycling has ebbed and flowed. Family had a lot to do with how much riding I wanted to do. But, for the most part, Tuesday morning has been my sacred Todd time. This is my weekly check in with the gang - and I really love my riding pals. We have a lot fun killing each other. Plus, it's kept my diet somewhat honest or really sharp depending on goals and time. Locking Tuesday in has given me a launch pad. Some years I'm fast, some I'm slow. I've always got a base to go do a HUNKR or Leadville or CBR. So how we do it?We do it.We show up.We do the work.We have fun while were at it. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 171
ANDY ASKED IF I WENT TO CX NATIONALS? Heck no! That's way too hard for me. I tried it once and it was terrible. All the pain of XC MTB racing and none of the fun! Have you ever tried it? Yes... I'm a national champ. ... insert drop the mic image here... Well, that shut me up. So nice ol' Andy is a CX National Champ. Who'd a guessed it? Nothing personal Andy, but... one, you're too nice to breathe fire like CX racers; two, you used to race Vision Quest a long painful slog across the Santa Anas the opposite of CX's all out pace for 30 minutes; three.... CX is wildly popular with a very wild crowd. It's 30-60 minutes of the most painful, relentless style of bike racing ever invented. On a road bike. And they hope for miserable conditions: rain? sleet? snow? BRING IT! What does that say about Andy? Not much... since he's a now a mountain bike race promoter. Check out NonDot Adventures a super fun race series in OC Parks. What does that say about me?That I've tried every kind of bicycle racing at least once, or twice.That I know what I like,I don't breathe fire,I prefer fun.It's fun to compete,In the disciplines that fit my abilitiesYa gotta try all the flavors to know what you like. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170 (again)
MLK DAY IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY. I always go for a ride to ponder the hopes and dreams I have for my family and myself. But, dreams are cheap. They are nothing without courage. Courage can get you killed. Because real courage begets action. As I rode along today, the courage Dr. King had to pursue such a massive dream stood out to me than ever. Most years, it's been the details of his famous I Have A Dream speech. He made it so real. He knew it had the potential to come true, and what sharing that dream... pursuing that dream... would cost. Yet, knowing the dangers of that dream, he moved forward. How do I get that kind of courage?Commitment. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 170
Occasionally we like to ride alone,most of the time riding together is better. The trails in Laguna are fun,they're more fun to explore and master with others. The TMWC course is fun,it's more fun when we all meet at 6:30am. If you were to start a bike club,what would your mission be?friendship awareness charity learning belonging mentoring racing travel training motivation
TODAY'S HUNKR "TRAINING" RIDE WAS A MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE. If your strategy is to be race ready, then there's no better prep than racing. But, you have to race with a purpose: For example, going through the 48hr countdown to race start. 48 hours out your bike better be perfect. 24 hours out you can practice resting. 12 hours out, load your RaceDay Bag(tm) and place everything but your bike and drinks in the car. Get to bed early, get up early, and arrive early. If all goes well, you'll be early and if it doesn't you won't be stressing. Perfecting the 48hr countdown is what pros do, especially the amateur pros like us. Sizing up your competition is another reason. Go to the race with the sole purpose of seeing how fit the others are. Throw down hard attack. Who has legs? Make notes, and cruise the rest of the race. Racing is great for getting battle hardened. Ride as aggressive as you can, really ruin yourself. Then rest the following week or two before the race that matters. Try different race tactics: attacking off the front, sucking wheel till the final sprint, pushing hard and dropping people on the climbs, riding on the front in a stiff crosswind and leaving no place to draft, attacking with a huge tailwind. It's a great way to perfect your food too. What can you eat during a HUNKR? How much fluid do you need? How many calories? Will you need more than two bottles? What can you stash in your car to look forward to afterwards? None of those was my reason, mine was two-fold... one, I needed a change of pace. I've been doing long, 4-5 hour road rides every Saturday and a relatively short mountain bike race with some steep climbs and fun descending was just what the doctor ordered... ... but it was more than that,I tricked Surfergirl into coming,Hey, do you want to go to Palm Desert Saturday?Yes!Do you mind if we make a stop on the way?No.It's always a good idea to practice getting a hall pass for race day. _____ Racing is alive and well in Fontana Before the pain... MTB racing strategy is pretty simple, stay on your bike and pace yourself... neither of which I did very well today.
BEING A GREAT CLIMBER IS A STRATEGY.Attacking 3/4's of the way up a climb is a tactic. Being a great sprinter is a strategy,Following your lead out rider is a tactic. Eating like an athlete is a strategy,Skipping cake tonight is a tactic. Getting as aero as possible is a strategy,Riding in the drops is a tactic. Connecting riders to build a tribe is a strategy,Social media is a tactic. Having fun is a life strategy,Riding bikes in the fog is a tactic.
I'M A LONG SHADOW RIDER.leaving early while others sleep.I'm a long shadow rider,waitin' till my work is done. The bigger the goals,the longer the shadows get.Creeping into and out of the dark,Is how races are won. The long shadow riders,know who they are.The long shadow riders,know how to get it done.
ISN'T THIS A GREAT TIME OF YEAR?! All these new and exciting diets, plus super deals to join the gym. Let me break it down for you. The top 2 diets for 2018 are: 1. THE EAT REAL FOOD DIET. This amazing breakthrough means limiting your food in take to every single food in the grocery store that isn't in a package. Eat all the fresh fruit and vegetables and nuts and lean cuts of meat and fish that you want. 2. THE EAT LESS DIET. Science, real hardcore science, has now proven that if you eat less you'll lose weight. Crazy!, right? So eat everything you can sink your teeth into, just cut down your total caloric in take a fraction. 3. BECAUSE 1 + 2 = 3 I'm throwing in this extra knock out diet, THE EAT LESS/EAT REAL DIET. This truly is revolutionary and delivers unbelieveable results. By reducing your caloric in take a fraction and eating real food you will look and feel amazing. 4. BECAUSE #3 is 1 heck of a plan and delivers such life changing results it's completely reasonable and widely recommended that you fall off the wagon one day a week. Have your cake and eat it too, once a week!In two days you'll be right back where you were pre-cake,and 5 days closer to your goal weight. This is what I wanted to tell F.C. on the ride this morning,between his labored explanation of how hard the ride had been,and how he can't climb like angel any more (and he could, really),because he's packed on 15lbs. I hope he reads this,I miss his angelic thrashings.
ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BIKE RIDERS IS OUR COMPASSION FOR OTHERS. It hit me today as I was triangled by three separate events. First, Jason stopped by and picked up bags for a fundraiser he organized. Our friend Ed's daughter is in the battle of her life with cancer. Jason has been driving all over town today, in the rain, picking up donations. The event is at Docent Brewery. Here's a link. Next, Dawn Niday pinged me on FB. If I get you volunteers for HUNKR can you donate to CAF? Dawn is one of the top fundraisers for the Challenged Athlete Foundation. She puts on an amazing event every year, raising 10s of $1000s. But, it really hit me hard when we shipped the gear out for JT Racing. This a team dedicated to the memory of a beautiful woman, wife and mother. Why my sweet friends dedicate their time and talents is not the question... What can I do? Who can I help?Where am I needed?How can I be of service?
AM I 60 OR 40? WAS THE QUESTION WHEN I ROLLED OUT THIS MORNING. Ya gotta love the rainy season and the nebulous percent predictions. When the app says 60% chance of rain, I always wonder... Will I ride in the 40% or soak in the 60%? FunFact: when the app says 60%, it means 60% of the time with conditions like today it's going to rain... it doesn't mean it's to be dry on 40% of the ride. Well punk, do you feel lucky? I opted to go, and took my MTB. My road bike is too perty, and I want to keep it race-ready. The MTB has awesome disc brakes, and I am not going to be racing it any time soon. But, all that got me thinking... I really should have a back up road bike, a "cheapo" that's the exact same fit as my race bike. Fortunately for me, and a lot of riders, the bike I ride actually comes in a really affordable version. If that's not on offer, just find a Craig's List Special. I think I'll order one up. I've always wanted to have a back up bike,it's weird that I've never had one,not that I deserve it, or I'm pro,but, it did rain on me.Just my luck... (right before it poured) _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 171.2
MY BUDDY MIKE ASKED HOW MY BLOG WAS GOING. Before I could answer, he said he wanted to do that LaJa ride. My look kept him trying... LaRa? And trying... LaTa, it's a ride from Wyoming to Colorado. Oh, LoToJa... It's Logan, UT to Jackson Hole. 200 miles. Yeah, I want to do that. Well, you better start riding. But, what do I do? Read my blog (he asked). Start with Base Miles. Do you have a bike? Yes, I do. I could tell he was doing and mental inventory of his vast collection of bike gear. He mumbled... bike, attach cleats to shoes, helmet, shorts... not shirt with long zipper... I don't have one of those shirts with the long zipper. We sell those (he asked, again). So we went to our site on his iPad. I showed him the blog. He subscribed, which reminded me I need to start emailing posts to subscribers. He clicked on the dropdown menu and then I realized...How guilty I am of using code words instead of English. Here's his interpretation of our shiny new website: Kits... what are those bike parts? No Mike, that's what we call the jerseys and bibs. (Jeez, that was a huge miss on my part). Bibs, the suspender thingies? I'm not wearing those. You will, once start riding and want maximum comfort. (Another miss, not explaining how nice bibs are... and also not having shorts without braces as an option to get guys like Mike started.) RaceDay Bags... I won't need that. You will, if you to be organized and make your life really simple. (Another miss?... should we re-name the bag, or just the category?) Canopies... what are those? He clicked and said, Oh EZUPs. Should I ditch the code words?... I don't think so. I think it's cool when people like Mike figure out the code words. They feel in the know, part of something special... The coolest code word is the one we'll work on first,because Lo-To-Ja is code for I'm a badass,and to be a badass on a bike,You need to start with,Let's go for a spin. _____ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.8
I DON'T ALWAYS POST 2X A DAY, but sometimes when you are a man AND you wear stretchy pants... 10 of us met at the corner.7am, Golden Lantern and Dana Harbor.It was warmer than it has been, fog had rolled in.Our mission was to try out a newish route, something to get us ready for HUNKR OC. We picked up 3 more riders in Laguna Canyon... I say "riders" to hide the fact that we're all dudes. C'mon ladies we need more of you on the road. The talent level of these 13 riders is exceptionally high, but our fitness levels are quite varied: from a current pro MTB racer in his prime to an athlete coming back after an achilles tear and 18 months off the bike, with a couple of old diesels in between. That said, the ride up the coast and up the canyon was full gas for some of us and a nice warm up for others. What were we warming up for? C.V. Canyon Velo. CV is a ride that has turned so nasty most of the original guys don't even do it. Not nasty in a bad way, nasty in a good way. Nasty fast. Nasty hard. Of the 2 main Saturday group rides in South OC, CV features more hills and longer climbs. Our plan was to make it even nastier. When we got to Sand Canyon and Trabuco we had a 8 minutes to spare. This was due to my Nervous Nellyness which kept the pace a tad erratic... and probably was the cause of us shedding some of our posse a little early in the ride. Whoops. From this point, the hills start hitting then clobbering with unrepentant velocity. One by one, the weak are knocked off. The final hill of the first section is La Paz. La Paz was the featured climb of the '84 Olympics. It's not steep, it's the speed that kills. 1 mile, 5%... all out. Peter Stetina holds the KOM at 3:22. You won't be close to that... too judgmental? The good news is the original CVrs put in a still-respected rest stop at the top of La Paz, at the ball park. This is the 2 hour mark for us, which is a perfect time to re-load the bottles and unload _____. Now for the nastiness. The next 50 minutes the group covers 17 miles and 1300' of elevation gain... 20.4 mph, pretty darn good. We go all out up the final 4 miles of climbing including The Wall a heinous, 1/4 mile at 9%. At the top of Santiago everybody cruises down to the big oak tree to re-group... ...but we don't! We turn right, and go up Old Mojeska. 1/2 a mile, average gradient of 9% and the steepest section is 20%. That's nasty!but that's what some dowhen it's HUNKR time,and you wear stretchy pants. __________ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.8 Previously posted on HUNKR.com 3 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN TRAINING FOR HUNKRS by Todd Brown 1. First off, remember HUNKR is about your personal best over 100K. Sure, we all want to win and we’ll have cool awards for the category winners and cash for the top finishers. But, even the winners will be looking at their finishing times and comparing it to what they thought they could do, what they did at the last HUNKR, how they compare to their friends. This means… You should try and get some good group rides in. Group rides will help you with bike handling, cooperation and riding in a pace line. With a good group, you’ll go much faster than on your own. It’s quite common for HUNKR riders to find themselves in great groups of guys and gals of similar ability. The result is a lot of fun and friendship. You can find groups on TribeFindr, Strava and other platforms… or start your own. 2. Remember a HUNKR course is about equal in distance to most longish weekend road rides. If you can ride your bike easily 30 miles, you’ll do great at a HUNKR. You don’t need to do a bunch of crazy miles. This means… You should look at your HUNKR course and work in some similar terrain. If it’s a flat HUNKR, work on your flat speed, if it’s a climbing HUNKR work on your climbing. Get as specific as you can in the weeks leading up to your event. 3. Remember to test out your food. For the faster riders, they’ll be fine with 2 bottles. Some of you will need to make a stop, and we’ll have aid stations for you. This means… If you think you’ll be needing to refill your bottle, be sure to check out our drink sponsor and try their product in advance. We’ll also have quick snacks for you to munch on. 4. Remember to get your FUNKR team of 5 together and registered. 5. Have fun! You’re going to do great out there.
I'VE GOT TO GET THIS OFF MY CHEST, BECAUSE 90% OF BIKE RIDERS ARE PLATEAUED OUT: they simply haven't grasped what constitutes base miles. While I hate to give away my hard earned secrets, I know for a fact that 90% of the 90% won't apply this no matter how simple I 'xplain it. Most of us start here - short and low... easy efforts, and it's lots of fun... as it should be. We progress to here - fat middle... we realize if we ride a little more and a little faster it's even more fun... plus we can keep up and even be faster than our friends. The problem is we get all geeked up and go here. This is just human nature, being greedy... just because a little more riding and a little more effort made you faster, it does not mean more of each and none of what go you here is better. In fact, it's worse, a lot worse. Because you wind up here - broken pieces... and outta the sport, fat and on the couch again. What you want to do is this... spend the vast majority of your time at conversational speed, cruising with your friends, feeling the pain of a hard day spin right out of your legs. You'll add some tempo without trying... and I heartily recommend you do all you can to avoid tempo. You're going to get it anyway, and it's not very useful. See what this gives you?... a great big giant base of easy, pleasant miles. You're rested, so that when it's to time get after it you can really get after it in ways you never thought possible. I know what your thinking... trust me, you're going to screw it up anyway and ride too much tempo and too much intensity. I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible for you... so you can get a lot faster and KOM everything in site... I believe in you, do you? That's what base miles are,the foundation for greatness.No base, no greatness __________ Corollary: You can apply this to anything: work - clean up lot more, get organized then execute on the good stuff; dating - romance a lot more, open doors, bring flowers, just talk into each others eyes, then the special times are truly special. __________ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 169.8 (For those who want my drama too)
ON OUR WEEKLY SOCIAL RIDE, THE TMWC, THERE ARE A FEW INCLINES GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU CRY. The killers come and go through the years, those riders that rip your heart out, but the dead keep coming back - zombies lead to slaughter. As a zombie, my confidence ebbs and flows... as it does for the entire TMWC Zombie Nation - did I mention we ride year round at 630am? But, occasionally one of us will do something and gain some confidence... which is what is happening with Big Mike On The Mic... ... which I find quite disturbing and upsettingWho does that zombie think he is?!... He's Big Mike because he's gigantic, not for bike a rider but for a man. He's well over 6' and 200+ lbs of pure muscle. His broad, college swimmer shoulders push through the wind like a real diesel and his massive, college swimmer lungs suck the air out of the neighborhood. ... he has no business blowing passed me on the climbs ... When I first came back to the road, Mike and I would duel on the Thursday night RnR shop ride. But, then I lost weight and committed to the road mainly to see if I could stay ahead of him. And for the last 5 years, it's gone my way. ... now, I'm not braggin... I'm just sayin' ... He's On The Mic, because he's been shooting video for the last 4 months or so and documenting how the group is doing with very insightful comments: look at HUNKR guy spin, Jorge always wears pink socks, etc. ... But, the comment that really gets me... just irks meisThere's Todd ... It didn't used to bug me. It pumped me up, because it followed with me disappearing up the road. But not now, now it's... ... There's Todd going backwards ... Somehow that damn mic has given him confidence. First, he confidently hung on until the A Loop. Then, he hung on over The Wall, Now, he's riding the A Loop and making it over The Wall... ... and my confidence is shattered.Kinda,and, kinda not shattered.I'm stoked for BMOTM to get faster...... and confident, if he can do it so can I ...Which is why I love being a Zombie. _______ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 168.8 (For those who want my drama too)
I RODE MY BIKE YESTERDAY. The 250 or the 400?, I asked my moto-loving little bro. The pedal one. No way!... What the heck? (he got married, had two kids since our last ride) Must have been a New Year's resolution? It wasn't necessarily a resolution. I was driving and saw a guy on a Ritte... sped up and it was Mike. I told him to head to my house. How was it? I'm fat and slow. But, that can change.. I know, and it's going to! We chatted some more, and it got me thinking... if my brother starts riding again,and my son starts riding again,and your friends and family are riding againwell, Happy New Year! _______ Save the dates: HUNKR 3/17, 6/9, 11/10 – TMWC 7/10 168.8
BY TODD BROWN | PEDAL industries January 2nd, 2018 AS NEWS SPREADS AROUND THE WORLD OF CHRIS FROOME'S MASSIVE OVER THE LIMIT TEST RESULTS OF THE DRUG SALBUTOMOL, fans and haters alike want to know where is his race bag and what does he keep in it? We took extraordinary results to contact the Froome/SKY media machine and we received the following statement. The contents of Mr. Froome's bag are classified. Our team of professionals as well as Mr Froome himself are in complete control of what goes in the bag and what comes out of the bag. However, there are times when all of us forget what we need to pack and so we are researching the market place for a new bag for race day. Upon reading such news, this reporter selfishly, self-servingly and shamelessly shares the following link -> https://pedalindustries.com/pages/raceday-bags. Like all cycling clubs and teams, Team SKY is highly encouraged to send their artwork to PEDAL Industries in for a free mock up of a RaceDay Bag (tm). Upon doing so, Team SKY and Mr. Froome would see that each pocket of the bag is clearly labeled thereby averting a disaster the likes of these professionals now face. Rumor has it many teams even get their first bag free.