Long Week

Posted on 1:18 PM by Schottler

I've been extremely busy lately with school, the last week and a half have felt like a month. I went to Minneapolis for a week to learn how to use a finite element analysis simulation software for my research. It is very powerful, difficult to learn, and will most likely take over the next 4 years of my life.

I raced Hermann CX Under the Lights the weekend before last, I think everyone has read about what happened already. I started 22nd place on the 3rd row, moved to 5th spot after the start sprint into the first turn behind 4 KCCX guys. Rain and lightning started. I moved to the front after half a lap, crashed, back in 5th. Bell rang after the 1st lap. People were running into each other and crashing, I kept moving up. I managed to make it to the front a little past half way through the lap, didn't fall ove, then sprinted to the finish. I "won" the shortest cross race ever. Sunday was canceled due to the whole course being underwater.

I headed to Minneapolis Sunday for school, got to stay in a sweet hotel in downtown. School payed for the rental car, gas, food, hotel, and my class... and I talked them into letting me get an SUV so I can take my CX bikes.

Monday I went to a Twins game, almost caught a home run ball. Maybe would have been closer if I didn't run away from it.

Tuesday I found a weekly CX race about 15 minutes from my hotel, I got there in time after my class. I didn't get to ride Monday and my legs felt like bricks from sitting in the car for 11 hours and 2 solid days of sitting in a class. The course wasn't very fast or long, but at least I got to get some CX practice in. I rode around the whole race with a kid named Jordan Cullen, who's racing for the Clif Bar Development Team this year, he was super strong. I couldn't get him off my wheel the whole race, then I slide out with about 3 corners to go and couldn't get back around by the finish, so I took 2nd.

The rest of the week was very difficult to ride, I got to see what it's like to live in a big city, work nearly an hour away from 8-5, deal with traffic, and be far away from "real" riding. I managed to commute back from our class, about 25 miles away, twice that week (rained most of the time we were there.) Google directions for bikes was pretty accurate, however I managed to get pretty lost the first time. Our class was south east of St. Paul, so I had to ride to and through St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis. However, most of the ride was on bike paths, which cover the entire region. Some of the scenery was awesome, and a lot of the areas had separate paths for bikes and walkers.

Overall the trip was great. Another person from my office and myself were the only ones in the class, so they took us out to nice restaurants for lunch every day, and then we went out to other nice restaurants for dinner to spend all the allocated food funding for the week. I learned too much, ate too much, and didn't ride enough.

I got back Saturday night at about 10pm after an 11 hour drive, went to sleep, then got up and drove 2 hours to KC to race some cross. My back/SI joint were not agreeing with me, this seems to get bad when I take too much time off the bike. This plus a week of hardly any riding made me not expect much out of the race. A strong field showed up on a pretty difficult course on the side of a hill. At the start I was sitting about 3rd position behind Tilford and Shad Smith. I sat there waiting for Butthead to catch up to us, which he did, quickly. Tilford pulled himself out due to hamstring cramping and it was left with Buttface, Shad, and I. Buttheadface attacked and I sat on Shad's wheel waiting for a response. Nothing. I couldn't chase my own teammate so I hung out, building a huge lead on the rest of the field. My back was blown up completely but I still had enough legs to hang on. I made an error and lost Shad's wheel for about a lap, but caught back up on the last lap. At the finish I sprinted for 2nd spot behind Facebutt. Shad apparently didn't know it was the last lap... which still confuses me.

My original plan included USGP #1 in Madison, however UPS sucks. They wouldn't accept my rommates signature for a package containing my birth certificate, which needed to be faxed to USAC to confirm USA residency for my UCI Elite license.

Sac River 6 Hour

Posted on 2:22 PM by Schottler

I haven't ever done a 6 hour race before and I figured this is one of the best ways to get ready for the Berryman. Conditions looked okay leading up to the race, with a couple of days of dry time, but a big storm rolled through Springfield the night/morning before the race. Race was still on, so I headed out there and met up with Dr. Beans and Mike Best. Not many people were there, only 6 in the 6 hr solo, including Best. Probably 50 or so total people, mostly teams for the 6 and 12 hour.

The trail was pretty nasty, especially the first 2 laps. It was not fast by any means, even if it was dry. Lots of turns, tons of sharp rocks, and not much climbing. I took the hole shot so I wouldn't be caught in falling down and sliding out traffic and built up a gap. About 15 minutes into the lap my front tire started spewing Stans and air and I stopped to let it seal up. It did, losing a few psi, which actually made tire pressure perfect. 5 minutes later my front tire kicked up a huge rock and smashed my rear derailleur, slightly bending my hanger. Not really the best way to start a 6 hour race. I stopped again and bent my derailleur back by hand, which actually was back to spot on. I also managed to take out all of the spider webs for everyone, you're welcome.

After the first lap was over, everything started to come together. I continued to stay on the gas, drifted through the sloppy corners, and rode pretty well overall. After each lap, the course began to get broken in, smoothed out a bit, and the mud slowly disappeared. However, the nasty parts after the multiple creek crossings got worse and worse, but all rideable to the end.

My main goal for this race was to ride hard for at least 4.5 hours, which is about the Berryman length. At just under 4 hours I had the whole solo and teamed fields lapped. I did the 4.5 hours at about 75% just fine, then began losing motivation and dreaming of cookies and pizza. The last 1.5 hours took about 8 hours if I remember right. I slowed way down so I wouldn't have to go out for an extra lap. Surprisingly, my legs still felt great at 5 hours, however the rest of me hurt, everywhere. I finished 13 5 mile muddy laps in 6:03, almost 2 laps up on everyone.

That was the longest I have ridden my mtb before, pretty fun. I also got to experiment with some snacks while racing. Coke, different GU, Clif bars, shot blocks, and electrolyte capsules. Coke was great, however upset my stomach by the end, maybe I shouldn't have 3 next time. Shot blocks go down very easy, Clif bars are too dry and hard to eat, GU is always easy and great, and the electrolyte capsules are hands down my favorite. No cramps, legs felt awesome the whole time.

Springfield Racing put on and AWESOME event! Well marked course, super nice people putting on the race, tons of food afterward for everyone, GREAT swag, and a nice payout for all the work.

Bike is pretty trashed, Finish Line Wet lube is by far the best mud lube on the market, chain stayed pretty sparkly most of the time, shifting was stayed great. Red C-Dale kit has been retired, completely destroyed by this race.

Race Schedule & Stuff

Posted on 1:04 PM by Schottler

Mileage and intensity have been picked way up, fitness is coming back way faster than I predicted. SI pain is gone, low back pain is off and on, seems to be dependent on how tight my hamstrings feel like being that day. Race priority right now is the Berryman Epic, so my training is geared towards that and CX... I have learned it is pretty much impossible to train for both at the same time. 6 hour race this weekend, Burnin' 12 hour team, as well as 1-2 long rides a week, and a couple more XC races should get me ready. CX races start up in 2 weeks which will be building anaerobic ability. Even though my training started a few weeks later than planned, I have condensed it all down enough to be ready, basically relying on the big miles I put in over the winter/spring.

Anyway, here is my tentative race schedule for the rest of the year:

9/11: Sac River 6 hour solo -MTB
9/18-19: Hermann CX
9/21: Minneapolis weekly tuesday cx race
9/25: USGP #1 in Madison WI
9/26: MTB race?
10/2: Mizzou collegiate regional championship XC
10/3: Ronde Von Jakob CX
10/9: Burnin' at the Bluff XC
10/16: Bubba #1
10/17: Bubba #2
10/23: Berryman Epic
10/24: Bubba #3 if I can walk
10/30: Bubba #4
10/31: Bubba #5
11/6: Pro Iceman Cometh Challenge XC in WI, if I can get in.
11/7: Bubba #6
11/13: Bubba #7
11/14: Bubba #8
11/21: Bubba #9
11/28: Bubba #10
12/5: CX State Championship

These are a lot of races, some may be dropped due to time constraints/school or me being lazy.

A new CX bike has arrived, pictures will be posted once it's all ready