Sunday, March 30, 2008

Iron Mountain ride

Juntti, DA, Lackey, Wes, yours truly, toph, Langer (photo by: d sportif)

Finally was able to get that really good outdoor ride in. Yesterday 8 of the Ace guys met at Toms early and we headed down to Iron Mountain for an epic ride. It was mid 40s and sunny all day. We went hard right from the start, literally attacking hills in the first 5 miles. Yes hills... IM has lots of them, I didnt realize this but trust me I'll never forget. Derek and Juntti came to play breaking away whenever possible even doing an extra 4 miles because they liked one hill so much that they felt like riding it twice. I got into a couple breakaways as well, including the last one with Andy and Tom and that one hurt bad... I was doing everything I could to push the pedals and keep trading off pulls at mile 82. A great March ride!

Ride Stats:
Time - 4:56
Distance - 87mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 1128 174 watts
Cadence: 29 141 84 rpm
Speed: 2.2 39.8 17.7 mph
Pace 1:30 26:49 3:23

Sunday, March 23, 2008

weather suckssssssss

Well the UP weather is at it again keeping me on the trainer. I know I know... get a cross bike and ride outside! I like to ride the good stuff (Giants) so if I would have bought a crappy bike like a trek then I probably could have afforded one. So next year i guess. Here are some pics of the new ACE kit!!

Practicing for what I can hopefully do at least once this year!! \/ \/

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

getting back

Here was a good threshold (276w) workout

tom gave me a pros power workout for the build period, its 4 hours... but what the hell maybe i'll try it soon.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Easy week

Took it really really easy this week. I think AZ wore me out a bit. Time for some real bike training now!

bad timing...

Ahh yes, and I'm playing with the look ala Chase Deez, this isnt quite it though.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


cool video check it out!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

last day az

Thursday was the last day. We finally made it over to the south mountain, a 5 mile climb to the top. Only a few pics but here they are:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

wednesday az

gave the legs a rest for the south mountain tomorrow. saw illinois gma and did some studying...

tuesday az

62 mile lung buster at and around lake pleasant arizona. the original epic ride started as a 53 mile loop but after our road turned to gravel 2 miles in we had to make shift a route based on memory of the maps from the night before. it turned out as good as it possibly could have...

monday az

pictures from monday, real eazy ride with senior citizens (which was amazing btw) then some chillin at the resort with the couz's.

Monday, March 3, 2008

az sunday

Sunday Ride Report:
Being the first day of our spring break training and with no tour guide, Ben and I were on our own to explore the northwest suburban area of Phoenix. With little more in mind than to at least make it to the base of The White Tank Mountains which were 15 miles away from the Grandparents’ resort, we set out on our two-wheelers. The temps were in the mid 70’s and the winds high with gusts up to 40 miles per hour out of the northwest. We were fighting that wind for most of the way out to the mountains on a ride that ended up being 36 miles.
The “out” of our out-and-back route was driven by the excitement of riding in short sleeves and not having to navigate around patches of ice. We travelled 4 miles south, which was very fast, and the other 14 west, which was not. For most of the westward miles, we averaged less than 15 miles per hour due to the wind.
After only a few miles on the road, we decided to take a look at our map and find the best route to get us to our destination. As we were slowing, I was stampeded by a pack of tumbleweeds. I had to stop to pick the thorns out of my legs, and the branches out of my spokes. After that short disruption, we continued on to the mountains in the distance.
By the time we had finally made it to White Tank Mountain National Park, we had been riding for about an hour. We went in to the park and rode for another 2 miles or so. Not seeing a road that went to the summit, we decided to turn back and save our legs for the days to come.
The ride back was much faster due to the assistance from the wind. In opposition to the less than 15 miles per hour we were doing heading west, we were averaging nearly 25 miles per hour while going east. We made back in just over an hour after a long cool down, 10 minutes faster than the way out. It ended up being a great first day and both of us are very excited to continue exploring the Phoenix area in the days to come. (written by gforce)
Oh ya and we got some good tennis in too, ben beat me 7-5.

pics of the first day: