Sunday, January 14, 2007

Being a roadie

I'm starting to feel like a roadie, I think I've only ridden dirt once since Arizona. It's not all bad, though, hopefully I will come out a fair amount stronger after this training block my coach has me on. So, what's it been like to be a roadie? I had a very scary close call on the road when we were riding in a downpour last weekend in Atlanta. I must have a good combination of skill and instinct somewhere in me..I can't believe I didn't crash and totally wreck me and my bike! A few days ago we rode with Mike Livingston, who is fairly new to Atlanta from Michigan (go figure, he's strong as hell)..he's a 55nine client who is racing for the Subaru team this year. So, he wanted to join us for base miles..and whatever his definition of base miles is, it is not the same as mine! I started at Tempo and it just got harder and harder from there! Needless to say, I was pretty cooked..just in time for this big ride. I was really intimidated,I had never done a ride quite like this before, but 55nine was sponsoring the ride I went. The route was to be 102 miles and if you get dropped you better have a map because nothing is marked. Many of the local pros frequent the is pretty cool. I was happy that I hung on for about 2 hours..until the sprinting started. I somehow ended up near the back of the main group, which is the worst place to be because all the yo-yo-ing took a toll on me and soon I was spit out the back..bye bye group. I ended up getting lost but still got in close to 90 miles in 5 or so hours.

After the big day of riding, we were invited to a dinner hosted by the Chattahoochee Road Runners Club by world class runner Donna Garcia and her husband Rich. Everyone who is anyone was there...Dr. Dan Benardot, Dr. Perry Julien, Dr. David Martin, Chris & Tina Pic, Dr. Josh Glass and Collette Ragan..and I'm sure more!

Oh, I got some new Twin-Six tees yesterday, I'm very excited. Next will be jerseys and socks. One more week of my training block, and then a recovery week!

edit: I can't believe it, but he's FINALLY building it up. Picked up a blue King headset, and I believe a Pace carbon fork is on the way. This is going to be the sweetest bike I've ever seen. And he's building up as a single..aah!! I am going to be soooooo jealous!!


Blogger Chris said...

Sounds like you are really getting things in gear Namrita. I do think that road riding is one of the best ways to get in shape for off road. And, if I do recall, you have a sweet road bike. :)

8:03 AM  
Blogger namrita o'dea said...

yeah, i really rejected training on the road last year...but i'm learning to like it. it is actually kind of fun (i never thought i would say it). i had a (relatively) crappy race season last year and i'm trying to do everything right to put myself in a position to race strong this year.

my road bike is SWEET!!!!!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Mike Livingston said...

Sometimes this Michigander gets a little excited to be able to ride in 60 degree weather in January…I ended up with 93 miles with an avg speed of 14.7..That’s base training, right? Oh yeah…throw in a couple miles at 22-25 into the wind…oops…

3:38 PM  
Blogger namrita o'dea said...

mike--that is a good day!

btw- i was just teasing. but not the part about you being strong as hell!

see ya sometime soon..

4:11 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Enough of the warm weather talks. I'm jealous!!! RIght now, we have an ice storm warning. BOO!

You do have an awesome road bike :-)

7:41 PM  
Blogger namrita o'dea said...

Thanks, Danielle...thanks a lot. Now you've cursed us with bad weather this whole week...rain, sleet, maybe even snow...Yuck! ;)

Well, I knew it wouldn't last either. ..I'll just pretend I'm in Michigan and you're telling me to suck it up cause it's "warm" :)

5:26 AM  

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