Monday, February 11, 2013

Damn! That's a cold ass honkie

Well the snow storm around here wasn't as bad as they were predicting but it was still pretty big.  I'm guessing we got 2 feet versus 3 feet of snow some of the forecasts were predicting.  But like I mentioned in my last post, preparing for this stuff is half the battle.  You have to make the best of it..make what you want of it, it's your choice; Make it a 3 day Stay-cation and have fun or make it a Siberian hell zone and freeze your ass off.  I have to say I made the best of it and had freaking great weekend.

I'll take those flannel zebra jammies, second-hand, I rock that motherf*kr
The built-in onesie with the socks on that motherf*kr

A few of my riding friends bolted outta the cold last week to train in Florida and Cal but I'm like.. (?).. not all 'that' concerned... because training indoors doesn't bother me at all... in fact, I've done it for forever and appreciate the fitness I can get indoors (for a short periods of time) in the winter.  I definitely get strong enough and it's not so disruptive to my job and my routines and such..

This weekend for instance, while I missed one key workout because a friend came over, I put in some really solid riding to where I feel dialed right in.  On Saturday I pushed what works out to be 395-400 watts x :20 min which puts me right where I need to be.  I didn't use a fan either which for me is way harder.  I use to be really good at regulating/managing rising body temp but these day I'm not as good.  My power tails off as my core thermal rises and I definitely start to overheat in the last 7-10 minutes.  A fan makes a huge difference for me, adding as much as 5-7% more power. 
Digging the car out yesterday.  It warmed up nicely to about 45.
Yesterday I got a call from a friend (Jerome Nadel) living in San Jose, CA.  Jerome recently moved there from Paris, France and is loving it.  The weather and the riding, he enjoys reminding me, are just killer awesome.   Knowing I was hunkered down in Boston he called from his car while driving to Napa for a race just to bust my balls and it was pretty funny.  He's like "hey man, are you racing today?"  I think the race he did was called the Cherry Pie Crit?  Not for nothing, but where else but Napa, CA would a bike race be named after a desert?  Perfect!

All kidding aside, Jerome finish 4th in the 45+ 1-2-3 which is damn good in the field of strong master guys racing there...especially because I know Jerome trains only about 1/4 of what most of the other guys do.  He travels for his job all the time and simply doesn't have the time.  He was on a plane to Nepal, India 5 hours after the race was over yesterday.  Pretty impressive dude.

Peace and roll strong.

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