Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Recovery Rides

Recovery rides are usually my least favorite..and so is winter base training. I always seem to get bored or find excuses to not do my recovery rides. Well, this year is different. I am really focusing on using these rides to work on my pedal stroke. Today I spent time on my road bike (which is really sweet, by the way) focusing solely on muscle awareness and use of the proper technique in my pedal stroke. I could hear Tom's voice in my head as I rode. There is so much more to it than just pedaling in circles. I would bet that most people that think their pedal stroke is "it" would be surprised that there might be a lot of room for improvement. Of course, I never would have realized it without undergoing the Wobble-naught fit first of all, but then also the Myo-facts and Dartfish analysis. Eddie and I are looking forward to being able to provide these services to others as soon as we can. As for me, I still have work to do to make this all second-nature. It's easy enough to do when I'm really focused on it, but I don't want to revert back to bad form and bad pedaling habits when I start racing again. I can tell when what I'm doing is working, though, because my big leg muscles are getting worked, and it feels GOOD.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Not much blogging lately

I just got back from Thanksgiving with the O'Dea family in FL. The weather was excellent, perfect for riding. I think next winter we will move to FL for a few weeks. The riding there is great, quite different from what I usually ride around here. We were able to get to a few different trails: Boyette, Alafia, and Razorback. We also did a tough road ride into a headwind on Thanksgiving Day. I came back today feeling pretty worked. Not to mention, I have lots of nice new bruises to show off but I will spare you the pics. I've been doing homework for the last 4 hours, and it's back to school tomorrow--only two more weeks until my first semester is over. I'll be glad to have a nice long break..especially because it involves going out west! This week is a recovery week, mostly because school is really busy.

I still haven't found a trade for my Unit 2-9 frame. I have a 19" and I need an 18". The finally put an ad out, it is here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Looking for a bike?

Buy our bikes!

No seriously, Eddie and I have so many bikes in the garage, and we're getting rid of a few of them...check them out!

19" Kona Unit 2-9er frame - excellent condition $250 firm + shipping

54cm Kona Major Jake - complete race ready bike, brand new. $1600 OBO + shipping

And soon, a 54cm Orbea Lobular 100 road bike, in very good condition with full Ultegra and American Classic 350 wheels.

If you buy one we'll even Wobble-naught the bike for you at a major discount (local buyers only).

Monday, November 13, 2006

Bring on the honeymoon!!

WOOHOO!!!!!!!! It's a good thing we have already practiced this...

Thanks to my wonderful parents, we get to go here for our *real* honeymoon!

Tickets are purchased, and now we just have to figure out if we're flying our bikes out or renting some. Hopefully the weather in December is decent, I didn't even look.

Friday, November 03, 2006

A tired dog is a good dog

This is Jackson after riding with us on Wednesday, what a cutie.

Today was a good day! I woke up and met Mallie for a ride at Dauset Trails..fun trails especially in the Fall with all the leaves down. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera. After that, I spent the day weighing in and working with high school wrestlers for one of my Sports Nutrition internship projects. That sport has a lot of interesting research that could be done in terms of SN. I'm still brainstorming on the format of my Sports Nutrition services with 55nine. I do know that I will be leveraging the benefits of SNC.com to some extent. I just started training again and I'm working on my own plan to improve my lean body percentage and I'm really excited. I've got some specific goals in mind and reaching them should really help improve my training and racing. I used to really focus on race nutrition but not enough on daily nutrition and maintaining energy balance. The off-season is a great time to experiment with this stuff! I am so lucky to get to learn from and work with some of the most well known people in the field!!