Froze Toes

Posted on 9:07 AM by Schottler

First "race" of the year, Froze Toes. Austin Flaton and I rolled from town in the 38 degree rain 50 minutes to the Froze Toes start on Z highway. Only 39 people started the Pro 1-3 field. The start of the race was around 45 degrees and went up to the high 50's by the finish... with sunshine! Not a bad day.

I didn't have any expectations in this race, I just wanted to get some miles and intensity in, however I could. Jim Vandeveen (Dog Fish) and Bob Cummings (Team Monster Energy) attacked early held the break the whole race.

Most of lap 1 my legs didn't feel too great and I did some tailgunning, but moved to the front towards the end of the lap. Lap 2 I did a lot of chasing, took some long pulls, and tried to get people to start working. I don't know what the deal was, I don't understand road racing. The break kept gaining time and just a few of us were willing to put in an effort, it seems like everyone just gave up. Justin Maciekowicz was on my wheel most of the time and wouldn't pull through because his teammate was in the break... but it seemed no one would pull through to chase, he did a good job of blocking. Maybe I am missing something, perhaps sitting in the pack and drafting the whole day somehow makes you faster. No... no I don't think that's how it works. Justin eventually attacked and soloed in for 3rd, again no one chased.


On the 70 outer road with 10 miles to go I attacked the climb with another rider who couldn't pull through and built a gap of maybe 20 seconds at the most and got caught with 1km to go and rolled through in the pack in 12th.

(Thanks to Elizabeth Rangel for more great pictures!)

I rode my training wheels with power meter and played around with the data a bit, nothing too exciting but good enough for me this time of the year. Junior and I rolled back together with a grand total of 90 miles for the day and 3230 KJ.

Looking back at the race I should have just solo'd away. On quite a few occasions while I was pulling I was just riding away from the group with Justin blocking, so I sat up hoping someone would come around to work. Would have been a good opportunity to go ride away by myself, I had the fitness to.

Up next is the STXC race in KC on Saturday. I haven't ridden the MTB since the Berryman, probably would be a good idea to pedal it around before the 6 hour race on March 12th.

Time to get fast!

Posted on 3:11 PM by Schottler

I just registered for 2 big races early in the year:

Spa City 6 Hour, which is part of the new USAC Pro Ultra-Endurance series, in Hot Springs Arkansas... March 12th, a whole 2 weeks away. I am not really in race shape, but most people aren't. Looks like it will be a lot of fun either way.

The next is the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey California, April 14-17th. I registered for the Pro XC & STXC races, I am going to get destroyed. I will be staying with Kevin Bonney, on the Airborne Flight Crew, who are gracefully letting me stay free of charge in their hotel room.


The Mellow Johnny's Classic is 2 weeks after Sea Otter. I am trying to register for it, but like most bike races, the websites are horrible trying to navigate through and I can't find any registration link.


Fitness now is pretty good, better than this time last year I'd say. It's nice to have the upcoming races already registered for, some pretty big motivation to train as much as possible. I am mega pumped. Froze toes is this Sunday, we'll see how that goes.

I've been training very consistently, still with no SI pain and minimal low back pain. This mornings 2.5 hr recovery ride was pretty relaxing:

Pain Free At Last

Posted on 3:26 PM by Schottler

It's been over a month now since I've had the bad SI pain. This is as long as I've been able to go in a year, without medication. Getting realigned by Dr. Curt along with his strength training and stretching regime seems to have put me back on track.

Training has been going pretty well, a little more consistent than last year since I can actually move my legs without screaming. It's been nearly all aerobic base mileage. I haven't really put in as many hours as I would like, mainly because my legs won't let me with all the lifting, all part of this new "listen to your body" type exercising. Gym time will be dropped down to once a week for maintenance in about 3 weeks while I begin to work in more intense efforts. Right now I feel like I have zero high end power or snap, hopefully everything stays together when the intensity picks up.

The 19" snowstorm Columbia got has left the Katy Trail completely unrideable, so I have actually been on the road, weird. Gravel roads are hit and miss with the icing and thawing(mud).


As for school, I should have my thesis and results done by May. Hopefully I will be defending in June and be done. I haven't heard anything from UC-Boulder, probably not a good sign. I am also applying for a big boy job out there that specializes in the exact same research I did for my Masters, that would be pretty awesome.

Ergon

Posted on 11:20 AM by Schottler

I am happy to announce I will be sponsored by Ergon for another year.

2011 Ergon USA Sponsored Riders and Teams

I recently received a pair of limited edition white Ergon GX1 grips.



For the last two years I have only been using the Ergon GX2 Carbon grips. I have to say these grips are amazing, especially for the longer races. I used to have a problem death gripping my bars in rides/races, but now I comfortably rest my palms on the bars. The larger surface area and ergonomic fit makes it MUCH more comfortable. The carbon bar ends will still be used for longer races and trails with more wide open single track. The standards GX1's will be used for tight trails and most likely fast/short races.

The grip specific Ergon gloves will be most likely be in stock mid-March. I am REALLY looking forward to these, my two year old Giro gloves with about 5 holes each need to be retired. Walt's Bike Shop should be getting these in as soon as they are available.




Thanks Ergon!

SNOCALYPSE!

Posted on 10:54 AM by Schottler


BOCOMO was hit with 19" of snow in about 24 hours. I stocked up on the essentials (huge amount of cookies not pictured):

With the essentials we were ready to go on a 2.5 hour night snike through the woods and grindstone trail. Snow to the knee's.






Great cross training for a still non-inflamed SI joint!