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Two comments worth repeating

Still out of town for a couple days.  So, I’m not taking the time to come up with something original this morning.  There are a couple of comments from past posts that I think it would be good to repeat.

First, I need to put out a correction to one of my Twitter posts:

Jim Cunningham wins masters race. LPOA rider Reece Jackson was 2nd. 1-2-3 race is underway. Poor cat 3s. http://twitpic.com/65cih #

I was a little confused on this finish when I sent this tweet.  Thankfully, Jeff Gunn caught my errant message and set the record straight:

JP, Cunningham didn’t win the Master’s race, my teammate Bill Short did. I guess he beat them so bad in the sprint you didn’t know he was in the same race.

Next, I’d like to publish some advice given to me by a new friend of mine that I first met here on LowCadence.com.  It was really cool to be riding up Highway 80 during the Assault on Mount Mitchell and overtake a group of riders with one of them saying, “Hey, Jonathan, what are the chances we would meet here!?”  It was Jeff Palleiko from Rollinsford, NH and a LowCadence.com reader.

Here is a cool picture of Jeff circa 2005

Here is a cool picture of Jeff circa 2005

Jeff has been doing this for a while and had this piece of advice for me.  Now, I’ve heard it before, but it is something to keep reminding myself.  Also, if you are just starting out in racing like I am, this is something you need to know.

Hi Jonathan,

I know you just missed your goal but you still had a great race — nice work!

As you know racing is all about output management; essentially you are a book of matches with each extra effort being one less match. Ask yourself “where were the extra efforts?” the corners, too much wind, or floating back and forth through the field?

You asked how to build stamina for this type of racing? Well the best way is to do more races — nothing simulates racing better than racing! Also if you have a weekly training race series, make sure you do as many of those as possible. And since they are training races — be aggressive — ride the front and push your limits and don’t worry too much about race management. Not only will this make you stronger, it will also help you define your weaknesses and help you better manage all future racing.

As you gain fitness and (of course) better race management and savvy, you’ll really start to utilize that “full book of matches.” The key is to save that full book for your “A” races.

Cheers,
Jeff

PS. This may sound a bit masochistic but the “throw up” means you were really pushing yourself. It also means that your body was probably overloaded with lactic acid and a sick stomach is normal. More training and racing will partially alleviate this … However if you really like to go hard, this may still happen to some extent … as all of my best time trails always included a little throw up ;).

If this happens again, spit it out, as the body usually feels much better when it rids itself of all that extra stomach acid — and it will allow for a better race.

Have a wonderful Sunday!  I’m enjoying mine with the family.

A Twitter Day

It is amazing the things you can learn following your Twitter.com feeds.  There was a thread of events flowing through the Greenville Twitter world yesterday that told a story within the cycling community.  It was kind of cool to see the pieces come together.

It started this morning when I came upon a feed by Tim Jackson of Masi bicycle fame.  This Tweet read, “Hello Greenville. Just passed exit for Paris Mtn… Looks quiet now.”  That got my interest.  Then he followed it up with a Twitpic…

Tim Jackson takes a photo of downtown Greenville

Tim Jackson takes a photo of downtown Greenville

His caption for the photo was “Morning in Greenville.”  Yep, I recognized that view.  So, I sent a reply giving him a welcome to Greenville and wishing him some great riding while he’s here.  I asked him what exactly brought him to our town?

Before I could get a reply, I saw a feed by Kirk Flinte over at Hincapie Sportswear.  He was pointing to his blog post of the day, “Kenda Pro Cycling Team.”  Well, I didn’t put two and two together because I thought Masi sponsored Team Inferno.  What I didn’t know was that Team Inferno is now Kenda Pro Cycling Team.

So, what was the team doing in Greenville?  They were here for their team training camp and to say hello to their clothing sponsor.  A little later this was confirmed when Tim Jackson responded to my question basically telling me what I learned from Kirk’s blog.

However, it didn’t end there because the team came together for some pictures before heading out on a ride.  Kirk was involved in that photo shoot as well.  Which was followed soon after by a shoot with George and Melanie Hincapie as they modeled some of the new denim items by Hincapie Sportswear.

Of course, everyone following George’s feeds for the day knew he was not feeling so well.  Yet, out there he went to get the job done.  I know Kirk hasn’t been feeling so hot either… maybe he is the one who got George sick!

But the Twitter story comes full circle when I see a Tweet by Oliver Blanchard (who does photo work for Hincapie) to Kirk talking about George being sick and the photo shoot.  Then I see the following by Oliver (a prodigious Twitterer, by the way), “Cyclists: I got SMOKED by these guys today while riding up Paris Mountain. Blew by me like I was standing still. http://bit.ly/ssjkZ”  Yep, it was the Kenda boys.

Last I checked, it could be that the Kenda theme continued.  Boyd Johnson put the following in his feed, “9:27 up Paris mountain today. But I was hanging onto a wheel for half of it. 375 watts.” Now, I’m wondering… just whose wheel was he hanging on to?

Could be some more news coming up later today at LowCadence.com.  I have my post op visit today!

2.7.2009 UWBL video

First to get a little business out of the way.  If you are visiting LowCadence.com from my Twitter feed (@jpait), you might want to begin following the site’s own feed at @lowcadence.  Over the next week, I will begin transitioning site alerts over to that feed.

Now for the video from Saturday’s UWBL.  This wasn’t my greatest hour!  Still, you get a sense of what the ride was like.  I only wish I could have focused more on the interplay between the various teams and riders.

I hope you have enjoyed these videos over the series.  I’m curious what I’m going to do now.  The Upstate Winter Bicycle League was a perfect event for getting video.  I don’t think they’ll let me wear my helmet cam during races, so I’ve got to come up with some new ideas for topics to cover with the camera.  Got any?

There is one more UWBL to go.  However, I’m taking a break so that I can rest up a bit before Spring Series.  The plan is to back off for a week and then start ramping up for the race on the 21st.  Thanks for all you guys out there that made the rides so much fun.

Low Cadence odds and ends

No video today.  Just catching up on some stuff.  Should have some interesting video for you all next week.

WKO+ – I have this annoying issue with Peakware’s WKO+ product. First, I had the problem this week of my free trial running out. I went on their site to purchase a license and I could not get my software verified. Finally, I contacted them to find out what was up. It was then I learned they had updated their registration process and I was trying to update from the old system. A notification of that would have helped…

But that isn’t what annoys me. It isn’t that the software isn’t working. It is just I don’t like the results it is showing me from my data! There is a little graph with vertical bars representing your fitness abilities for your 5 second, 1 minute, etc. peaks.

Well, the frustrating thing is that according to these little bars, I am not even a good category 5 racer.  Granted, I have been doing loads of base mile rides in recovery zones, but lately I’ve picked it up a notch and I still show low readings.  Maybe I am just a gamer 🙂

Golf Course Sprint – Oops.  You’ll notice in my video of the Golf Course sprint during the UWBL I mention that I am passing the sprint line because I am going by a “stop ahead” sign.  Well, it turns out that the attack zone was in full glory at that point.

The attack zone starts there at the golf course and then continues for seven miles until you reach the final sprint line near the I-85 on Hwy. 20.  Wow.  I had just covered about three miles by that time I passed the “stop ahead” sign.  I can’t even imagine staying with those guys to the finish!

Bring your A game – Speaking of the UWBL ride.  If you come this weekend, you had better bring your A game.  Word is there are going to be a load of category 1 and 2 riders.  It is called the “Battle of Waterloo” because we go to Waterloo, SC.  It’s going to be 106 miles covered in a little over 5 hours.  There will be three attack zones.  Two will be for 5 miles and the final one 7 miles.  That means 17 of the 106 miles will be at speeds in excess of 25 mph.

This is a winter training ride?  Hmmmmm.

New pro Twittering – You can check out a new Columbia rider on Twitter.  Michael Rogers is now putting out some Tweets for the fans.  You can find him at @mickrogers.

Thank you very much – Thanks for reading (and watching) LowCadence.com.  If you ever see a Google ad that interests you, feel free to click it. 🙂  It is a very tangible way of letting me know you like the site.

Aussies and dizzies

George Hincapie news from Twitterville…

Lance Armstrong first comments, “At dinner with George Hincapie in Adelaide. Catching up! Love this guy like a brother.”  George comes back with, “Dragged Lance Armstrong out to a bar. He’s not happy. I love it. He’s getting mobbed.”

Earlier in the day (Australia time) we have this report from the official Tour Down Under Twitter account, “Huge day today! Had a Columbia Press Call this morning with George Hincapie being the favourite.”  Of course, there is a ton of press on the scene because it is Lance Armstrong’s first race in his come back.  The question Hincapie gets the most?  “What will it be like to race against Lance Armstrong?”

The Tour Down Under starts January 18th.  Versus will have a 30 minute recap of each day’s stage at 4 PM.  The final stage will be shown in its entirety on January 24th at 10 PM.  You can see the full schedule here.

I’m still fighting something.  It would appear that the cold I had/have has settled in my inner ear.  I get quite dizzy at times and have to sit down.  This is very discouraging.  I have not been on the bike for nearly a week.  I’ve got to get on today and at least spin my legs a bit.

Rise of the Sialia sialis

There’s a new bird in town. Perhaps you’ve seen the little blue bird on some of the websites you frequent. Facebook, say hello to Twitter.

Twitter is the new Blogger in a sound byte world. Back in my days in media relations I knew that if my message couldn’t be communicated in 15 seconds you might as well keep your mouth shut. Okay, I’m exaggerating about the 15 seconds. Now you only get 140 characters.

Like most new social media applications I approached this new one with a little skepticism. I kind of got it because it was very similar to the Facebook status updates. As a matter of fact, that is what first got me using Twitter. It allowed me to update my Facebook status using texting from my cell phone.

As an avid cyclist, I started looking around on Twitter to see if I could find some of the professional riders. The first I came upon was Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) and then Dave Zabristkie (@dzabriskie).  It wasn’t long before George Hincapie was on board as well (@ghincapie).

One thing is for certain, when Lance Armstrong gets into something, he gets in with both feet!  As of the time of this writing, he is up to 24,488 followers of his tweets.  Of course, that is just a drop in the bucket to accounts like the Obama campaign with over 165,000 followers.

You know that Twitter is starting to have an impact when it starts shaping the mainstream.  Take for instance a recent event with Lance Armstrong.  It would appear that Lance was trying to make an under cover entrance into the land down under for the Australia’s Tour Down Under.  His cover got blown… not by giving information, but from the lack of it.

Armstrong is such a prodigious Twitter user that people noticed when his tweets went silent.  Before you knew it, the word was that he on his way to Australia.  As Lance says in his first tweet on location, “So much for sneaking into Australia…my old journo buddy Rupert Guiness says since I didn’t twitter for 10 hours, it tipped them off. Haha.”

Yes, Twitter is the new Blogger in a sound byte world.  It is easy to use which makes it seem less cumbersome to people busy and on the go.  It is also easy to deal with on the follower’s side because the information comes in very short bursts so it is easy to digest.

The service is also a great way to build your brand.  If what you tweet is useful and interesting, you can gain a following that can lead to more traffic to your “traditional” means of communicating on the web.  Here at LowCadence.com, tweets of my own and others that link to my articles generate more traffic than any other source.  Once, when George Hincapie, linked to my site in a tweet, I had my largest spike ever.  I still get some traffic from that entry several weeks old.

Some companies are even using it as a means to provide better customer support.  I mentioned in an earlier blog about Twenty20’s VHoldR.  I mentioned a problem I was having with their camera in a tweet — remember under 140 characters — and they found it by a word search.  They made contact with me and that proactive action helped build a more loyal customer.

Some things I have learned?  Don’t over do it. I still believe there is such a thing as “share fatigue.”  It happens for both the “follower” and the “followed”.  For some people, it is possible to share so much of yourself that you reach a point where you want to escape!

However. more likely, it is possible to share so much that people tune you out.  Thirty fifteen second sound bytes in a row equals seven minutes plus.  Unless I am REALLY interested in what someone has to say, I skim right over some tweets simply because of the number of them.

Use your links judiciously. Another tweet I will overlook is the one that doesn’t give much information in the tweet but simply links to a URL.  Granted, you may have found this article because you clicked on the link that my software automatically sends out when I post.  However, I make it a point to use that sparingly.

Again, you want to avoid the Boy Who Cried Wolf syndrome.  A few judicious posts opens the door for your links.  Of course, it never hurts to make sure you are linking to information people really want to see!  We all know that person who forwards every “funny” email that comes into his or her box.

Twitter isn’t a gimmick.  In this relationship driven culture that we live in, it is a growing phenomenon.  Who knows what the next thing will be.  For now, the blue bird seems to be on the rise.  Join in the fun and be sure you give @jpait a follow :-).