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#cyclocross because clean is overrated. #bike #bicycle http://ift.tt/1Ap7Bdw

#cyclocross because clean is overrated. #bike #bicycle http://ift.tt/1Ap7Bdw

Already thinking #cyclocross #bike http://ift.tt/1us96qW

Already thinking #cyclocross #bike http://ift.tt/1us96qW

#Repost from @colnagospeed1 with @repostapp
Word. #bike —- http://ift.tt/1nhGgUJ

#Repost from @colnagospeed1 with @repostapp Word. #bike —- http://ift.tt/1nhGgUJ

Finally got to the #majortaylor Wednesday Night Ride this past Wednesday. #bike #bikecbus http://ift.tt/1tjGWdx

Finally got to the #majortaylor Wednesday Night Ride this past Wednesday. #bike #bikecbus http://ift.tt/1tjGWdx

You can’t see the rain because I was faster. #bike #litespeed @litespeed_bike http://ift.tt/Woja5n

You can’t see the rain because I was faster. #bike #litespeed @litespeed_bike http://ift.tt/Woja5n

First Ride with the Major Taylors Racing Against Sundown

I joined the Major Taylor Cycling Club at the end of last year. Asthma then kicked in and I couldn’t ride until the end of May. I started training, as written in this journal, for cyclocross. After happening upon a post for the Wednesday night roll on Facebook, I felt my fitness was good enough to ride.

I’ll try to remember the names, as I am horrible at remembering them: Matt, Lionel, Lawrence, Adrian (sp?), Danny, Robert a.k.a. Dr. Spoke, and I know I’m missing one. I remember the bikes though: a Schwinn Hybrid (ride what you brought), two Colnago Master Lights, Orange Schwinn Paramount SS, Specialized Roubaix, Major Taylor Velo Vie, and a Klein Quantum Race (baller!).

Being my first ride, I was unsure of the pace, so I figured I’d just follow someone. I started out after Lawrence who is built like Cavendish, I figured I’d be working, and we were going at a good clip. We came to a stop and it was just the two of us. Lawrence said the others were probably talking and catching up and we would stop at a park with a restroom. When we stopped, another rider started talking to us about the club. He wanted to join, but was self-conscious about his abilities. Lawrence assured him we just like to ride, doesn’t matter how fast you go. That’s when the rider pointed out the group passing the stop. As we left, I figured I’d take the front since Lawrence pulled all the way to the park.

At this point, my legs were feeling good. Lawrence is a good, consistent pace setter; doesn’t surge, or rapidly slow. I figured I would return the favor. I got up to speed to chase down the group. I glanced down and saw I was pushing 181 BPM and around 21 mph. Not bad. I was working, but not feeling like I was at my limit. There was a little more I could eke out if I had too, but it wasn’t much. It felt like my redline was much higher.

We caught up and it was an easy ride to Pickerington Ponds, where we took a break. Another rider caught up to us shortly thereafter, Danny, who must have been pushing if he started late.

On the return, we were all taking it easy. Being my first ride with the club, I wasn’t worried about my training this day. Eventually, Lawrence shot out ahead with Matt in tow, who is fast on that SS Paramount. I wanted in on that break so I took off after them. We went on fir a good bit until we got to the bridge over 33. Lawrence slowed as did Matt. I still had a good head of steam going as I was the last rider (last to react to speed change) so I charged over the bridge since there was only one person on it. The legs were feeling strong. the weight works and HIIT definitely hot me up to speed. I saw a couple of riders ahead and decided to close the gap. The path was quiet so I was good to run up to tempo. Eventually I settled behind the two riders and heard the telltale freewheel of Lawrence’s Mavic wheels.

After a short break, I had two other intervals: Oxbow Loop, where Lawrence told me we were going to tear up the uphill. That felt good. I felt good. Then after a while, I settled into a groove and pushed at just under LT. The other riders were impressed, I hope. I wasn’t meaning to be the fast guy, but legs were feeling good, and I was missing the wife and baby.

Pre-ride:Protein Shake
During: Roctane Gel

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First Ride with the Major Taylors Racing Against Sundown

I joined the Major Taylor Cycling Club at the end of last year. Asthma then kicked in and I couldn’t ride until the end of May. I started training, as written in this journal, for cyclocross. After happening upon a post for the Wednesday night roll on Facebook, I felt my fitness was good enough to ride.

I’ll try to remember the names, as I am horrible at remembering them: Matt, Lionel, Lawrence, Adrian (sp?), Danny, Robert a.k.a. Dr. Spoke, and I know I’m missing one. I remember the bikes though: a Schwinn Hybrid (ride what you brought), two Colnago Master Lights, Orange Schwinn Paramount SS, Specialized Roubaix, Major Taylor Velo Vie, and a Klein Quantum Race (baller!).

Being my first ride, I was unsure of the pace, so I figured I’d just follow someone. I started out after Lawrence who is built like Cavendish, I figured I’d be working, and we were going at a good clip. We came to a stop and it was just the two of us. Lawrence said the others were probably talking and catching up and we would stop at a park with a restroom. When we stopped, another rider started talking to us about the club. He wanted to join, but was self-conscious about his abilities. Lawrence assured him we just like to ride, doesn’t matter how fast you go. That’s when the rider pointed out the group passing the stop. As we left, I figured I’d take the front since Lawrence pulled all the way to the park.

At this point, my legs were feeling good. Lawrence is a good, consistent pace setter; doesn’t surge, or rapidly slow. I figured I would return the favor. I got up to speed to chase down the group. I glanced down and saw I was pushing 181 BPM and around 21 mph. Not bad. I was working, but not feeling like I was at my limit. There was a little more I could eke out if I had too, but it wasn’t much. It felt like my redline was much higher.

We caught up and it was an easy ride to Pickerington Ponds, where we took a break. Another rider caught up to us shortly thereafter, Danny, who must have been pushing if he started late.

On the return, we were all taking it easy. Being my first ride with the club, I wasn’t worried about my training this day. Eventually, Lawrence shot out ahead with Matt in tow, who is fast on that SS Paramount. I wanted in on that break so I took off after them. We went on fir a good bit until we got to the bridge over 33. Lawrence slowed as did Matt. I still had a good head of steam going as I was the last rider (last to react to speed change) so I charged over the bridge since there was only one person on it. The legs were feeling strong. the weight works and HIIT definitely hot me up to speed. I saw a couple of riders ahead and decided to close the gap. The path was quiet so I was good to run up to tempo. Eventually I settled behind the two riders and heard the telltale freewheel of Lawrence’s Mavic wheels.

After a short break, I had two other intervals: Oxbow Loop, where Lawrence told me we were going to tear up the uphill. That felt good. I felt good. Then after a while, I settled into a groove and pushed at just under LT. The other riders were impressed, I hope. I wasn’t meaning to be the fast guy, but legs were feeling good, and I was missing the wife and baby.

Pre-ride:Protein Shake During: Roctane Gel

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#Repost from @garmin_pics with @repostapp
#bike Ride on Talansky!
—- We’re extremely proud of @rideargyle’s Andrew Talansky for fighting through a tough day and finishing the stage. They don’t call him the pit bull for nothing. #tdf #LeTourArgyle http://ift.tt/Ua816f

#Repost from @garmin_pics with @repostapp #bike Ride on Talansky! —- We’re extremely proud of @rideargyle’s Andrew Talansky for fighting through a tough day and finishing the stage. They don’t call him the pit bull for nothing. #tdf #LeTourArgyle http://ift.tt/Ua816f

#Repost from @thetouringcyclist with @repostapp
#bike
—- Too true.. Cycling is made up of some absolute Triton’s. Some riders push themselves beyond the limit. The desire to win and the disappointment of accepting injury is a furious battle. #riders #warriors #ride #letour #contador #brokenleg #tibia #cycling #tdf14 #mountains #cyclingjersey #toughunit #footballsforsofties #helmet #hillstage http://ift.tt/1qfBN8O

#Repost from @thetouringcyclist with @repostapp #bike —- Too true.. Cycling is made up of some absolute Triton’s. Some riders push themselves beyond the limit. The desire to win and the disappointment of accepting injury is a furious battle. #riders #warriors #ride #letour #contador #brokenleg #tibia #cycling #tdf14 #mountains #cyclingjersey #toughunit #footballsforsofties #helmet #hillstage http://ift.tt/1qfBN8O

Nikki and I, and Now Baby Zoë!

Zoë Rae Escusa

So, um, training is going to be interesting from here on out. Schedules will have to be made. Babysitters will have to be screened. Training is going to focus on quality even more so.

It’ll all be worth it though. The future of cyclocross depends on it.

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Zoë Rae Escusa

So, um, training is going to be interesting from here on out. Schedules will have to be made. Babysitters will have to be screened. Training is going to focus on quality even more so.

It’ll all be worth it though. The future of cyclocross depends on it.

via https://dayone.me/ucKzco