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At last! Low Cadence kits are here!

Sure, it is exciting that I have only 9 more days before I can throw my leg over a top tube that isn’t attached to a trainer. However, the most exciting news came in the form of a phone call late yesterday afternoon. It was Diana from Hincapie Sports letting me know that the Low Cadence kits had arrived and were ready for pick up!

I don’t have a lot of time to exult about it this morning. I’m at work and I have to get to it. However, I couldn’t help but upload a couple of pics here this morning.

The new Low Cadence cycling kit!

Here is the front of the Low Cadence jersey

In between shots here, I’d like to issue some thanks. First of all, Thank You to the McCaskill family who made it possible for me to purchase the kits. Thanks to Chris Hartzler for designing the kit. Of course, a big thanks to Hincapie Sports for giving me a deal. Then I have to say thanks to all the people who ordered the kits. Because of everyone’s involvement, we were able to raise thousands of dollars with the kits.

The new Low Cadence jersey

The back of the Low Cadence jersey

I’ll be sending out the kits — or delivering them personally to save a little bit of money. Please be a little patient as I get them processed. You will receive them as soon as I can get them out. I want you to enjoy them and get on the bike with them ASAP!

When you do get yours, please, please send me some pictures. I would like to show some of the wonderful people who have helped to make the 2010 Ride for Mike a reality! You mean a lot to me.

Finally, want one? I can place another order, but I’ll need to have a minimum of 10. If you are interested, just email me. We’ll see if we can get enough for another order.

Baker’s back – Video of George at AToC

Steve Baker of Hincapie Sportswear stepped away from his blog a bit while out presenting the company’s line at the Amgen Tour of California.  I was hoping for some regular updates, but it sounds like he is pretty busy.  He did get one up earlier today.  You can check it out at Hincapie.com.

Here is some video he took of George Hincapie before the racing started.

Hopefully Steve will get to slow down a bit and send us some more.  I did notice that Kirk Flinte also put up some pictures.  Always good to get a local view of the race.  Thanks for thinking of us, guys.

Get ready to rumble… or fly

My 2009 race license just arrived. It represents a number of my goals for this year. While last year I put more focus on distance and organized centuries, this year I plan to put more focus on racing. Next year? Who knows.

My 2009 USA Cycling License

My 2009 USA Cycling License

Yep, I’ll be turning 41 on the 21st of this month. Interestingly enough, that is the first race of the Greenville Spring Series. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping to do well that day. Still, the season isn’t a day and there is a good chance that we’ll have 18 plus races in the Greenville area this year.

That race will be my first real race as a cat. 4. I did double up back in October and do about nine laps in the cat. 4 criterium after racing in and winning the cat. 5 race. Doubling up is not easy! So, I consider this my first true attempt.

Track? The stars would have to align in some miraculous fashion for you to ever see me on a track. Then to get me racing on a track… There is more of a chance that you might see me someday attempting a cyclo-cross race.

I started riding on a mountain bike and I love riding one. Still, I don’t think I am cut out to be a MTB racer. Picking my way around boulders and trees is one thing… careening over and into them is entirely another!

My club is the Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club. It is also my “team.” Most of the teams out there on a given race in Greenville are not truly “teams” in the technical sense of the word. The only official teams are those sanctioned by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale).

The Spinners club is a great way to start into organized racing. Basically, if you pay the fee and wear the colors, you can be a member of the club team. There is an amount of racing as a team, but it is typically more informal and just a step above being unattached.

There are other club teams that are more selective. Perhaps if I have a good year, I’ll get invited to “move up” to one of those teams. Those teams are still simply clubs, but are smaller and have a little more structure to them come race day.

I’ll tell you one thing, there are some riders out there this year that are going to be flying — at least if the weight of their bikes counts for anything. I stopped by Hincapie Sportswear to pick up a cap I had left there this weekend. The Scott frames had just arrived.

Those frames were like paper — but very stiff. With the full range of SRAM Red components and the light weight Fi´zi:k saddles, they are going to have to find some heavier wheels just to keep those machines legal!  Can’t wait to see Chris Butler’s time up Paris Mountain with this rocket.

Backs and blogs

Last night was another trainer night. I was a little bit motivated after reading the latest e-mail from TrainRight where Chris Carmichael talks about Lance Armstrong being ahead of schedule with his training for the upcoming season. Yeah, like jaw dropping ready!

Actually, it is just the difference between an elite international pro rider and a category 4 club rider. Here is a typical training day for the Astana rider:

Day 3: 4 hours at endurance pace staying below 315watts, include 1hr at Tempo power, 350-380watts, low pedal cadence during Tempo (60-70rpm).

One hour at 350 to 380 watts… that ain’t happening with my body! However, I’m not riding in the Tour de France either. So, I take the encouragement out of the fact that with proper training, Armstrong (according to Carmichael) has been able to improve his overall fitness by 25 watts since an earlier test last year. It is all relative.

So, on the trainer I climbed. The plan was to ride easy for 10 to 15 minutes and then give it a sustained 20 minute push trying to stay over 250 watts. Then I would just spin out the rest of the hour. After a short break I would come back to spin for 5 minutes intervals and then do an all out sprint for 20 seconds. 30 minutes later, I would call it a night.

Well, I didn’t quite make the steady 250 watts though I was able to average close to it. On the sprints in the final session I was pleased to see I was able to get close to 1000 watts on the first several tries. Then my legs started going on me and I was just topping 800.

I think I could have gotten more except my trainer wanted to start taking off! One thing about sprinting on a trainer is that you don’t have much lateral motion with the bike. It remains pretty stiff and upright. This morning I’m feeling it! My lower back is pretty sore.

Well, that is where the “back” comes from. What about the “blogs?” Well, if you haven’t heard anywhere else, there are now some blogs available over at Hincapie.com. I enjoy every chance to read what other cyclists are doing. There you’ll find a link to George’s blog over at GeorgeHincapie.com. There are also blogs from some of the staff and riders at Hincapie Sports.

I was especially attracted to the Training blog. Here’s to hoping that they will keep things going. I’ve seen a lot of blogs start up and then fade away. Some have only gotten one entry up (are you reading this, Alder?) and I would really enjoy reading more.

Thanks, Kirk, for getting things up and going over there. Good luck on your own blog. I too have learned the saddle bag lesson!