Poor Schottler

Posted on 7:09 PM by Schottler

I haven't updated this in a while, I am still trying to soak in all of my new responsibilities this year. If you know me, you probably understand all I want to do is ride my bike and try to get faster and better. I don't know where this will take me, but I won't find out without putting in as much effort and time as I can. I have been told by multiple people to focus on racing and see what can happen. After graduating I was put in a position of what I really want to do...

1) Get a real job and make some fat cash in some other city, probably lose focus on riding
2) Take some time off and work at the shop and race... and spend every penny I make on trying to live and fix flats/chains
3) Back to school... nearly for free... health insurance included... make nearly as much as at the shop (with TA and RA position), get a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering

So I chose what made the most sense for my future and current ambitions. Now I sit through class wondering what the hell I was thinking... watching my professors fill the board over and over again with never ending equations with a million funny symbols to find something I wish a computer could figure out so I could just go home and ride my bike again. On top of blankly staring at a chalk board every day in class, I teach the undergraduate materials selection lab every other week, with my social retardation skills out in full force.

I was told by my advisor that I am going to start doing research for him and his students... which is great, since I have to do the research anyway for my thesis, might as well get paid for it. However he won't be able to pay me until later this semester or this summer, which puts me in a really tight situation since I can't afford to sit in the lab for 40 hours a week when I need to wrench on bikes to pay the bills. He turned down a number of students to give me the position, so I really need to show him that I want to be there... but I physically can't until he pays me, which I don't think he understands. This is also putting a strain on my position at Walt's because I have been showing up late every single day, and have to cut my hours back... which they really can't handle right now.

I know I am complaining about big opportunities I have been given that a lot of people wish they had the chance of doing... but it is still stressing me out. Needless to say I really really needed the ride that happened today. It was a full on suffer fest "Fayettenam" group ride. Dave Henderson, Fattyclause, Buttface, Beans, ProPam, B for Bolton, and Larry. I am now positive everyone wanted to kill each other, and they all took swings. The ride was fast, that's all I need to say... I even made someone make "the noise". Fitness felt great, came close to matching some power records set during race season, which is promising I guess. My inexperience in road racing is apparent, but after being critiqued most of the ride, I should get faster and more efficient on the road.

This time last winter I was doing about 20 hours a week of riding, this winter I am down to 16-20. I have been focusing much more heavily on core exercises, which have been making a big difference. I also have to thank Pam Hinton for figuring out why my lower back has been exploding under hard efforts. I took her advice and results showed almost immediately... back pain is nearly gone, which means good suffering for much longer periods of time.

2009 in a nutshell

Posted on 1:10 PM by Schottler

I guess you can say I learned more about riding, racing, and training in 2009 than all other years combined. Pretty much all of this is thanks to cold forging rides and training with people who have been racing for decades (Butthead, Green Beans, Ethan, ProPam, Tracy, Mike Best, etc.) The 20+ hour weeks all winter/spring and 4-6 hour rides every weekend helped build everything and learn a lot. I can now see why so many great riders are from Columbia.

As for the racing, I picked up a super sweet sponsorship with GT Bikes, which gave me a bike, kits, and a fold up tent. However I couldn't have everything I wanted... most of my season consisted of bad luck... countless flats and poor componentry choice on my part lead to plenty more issues. My first race of the year was in Birmingham Alabama at the US Cup Bump N' Grind, which I finished 4th about 4 minutes behind the leader, nearly missing the start and spending a lot of time on the side of the trail fixing my bike. I raced the Marathon National Championships again in Breckenridge Colorado, finished in 4:29 with a flat tire, 33 minutes faster than last year. My time would have put me in 5th last year, but I ended up 10th. Burnin @ The Bluff with Butthead and Beans was an awesome experience, we were riding away with a 20 minute lead in to the last night lap, which was lost when I broke a chain, ran 4 miles, fixed the chain, broke the chain, fixed the chain, all night lights went out, and rode back in the dark while my team was sent on a search party. Finished 3rd in the 12 hour team, however I put down the fastest lap of the day. The Berryman Epic was the biggest race and win I have ever had, beating a hall of fame mountain bike racer, drank from a creek, new record lap in nasty conditions, and only winning by 10 seconds in a 4:39 race.

Cyclocross went about as well as I expected. I met my goal for the season, won a race. Most other races I set out at a super fast pace only to find Butthead catching me with 1 lap to go. Last year I finished 4th in the Cat 3 CX state championship, this year I finished 2nd in the Cat 1-2.

2010 will be a great year. I will be starting Graduate school in 2 weeks, getting a Master's of Science in mechanical engineering with a minor in material science. My hours at the shop will be cut down considerably and I will be working for the university as hopefully a TA and RA. This should leave me with a more flexible schedule so I can get all the rides in that I need. On top of big hours again this year, I will be doing some weight training and yoga... to help fix my weak core and lower back. Once this issue gets resolved, I should be able to hold a fast pace for a much longer period.

One of these will be arriving in a little more than a month... should be fast.