Monthly Archives: April 2012
26th Apr 2012 Posted in: Blog , Gear Comments Off on em•bro•ca•tion noun \ˌem-brə-ˈkā-shən\

em•bro•ca•tion noun \ˌem-brə-ˈkā-shən\ : a liquid or semiliquid preparation that is applied to the skin as an anodyne or a counterirritant Competitive cyclists are a weird bunch. Being a card-carrying member of the tribe for the better part of 18 years affords me the right of self-deprecation, but after a even a bit of self […]

2012 Tour of The Battenkill Mens Cat 4 Blue Category
26th Apr 2012 Posted in: Blog 1

For myself, wins are few and far between. So it’s no surprise I’m at a loss for words now that I’m trying to say something about my first win in a road race. I am still feeling the stoke, I am still beaming over it. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so deeply happy about […]

2012 Leesburg Bakers Dozen Solo Female
23rd Apr 2012 Posted in: Blog 1

Baker’s Dozen was the first race of the season for me and I was really looking forward to it, especially when I saw that the weather was going to be sunny and in the low 70s.  The race venue was close to home, it’s a fun and fast course and a lot of my friends […]

Burning Matches at The 2012 Tour of the Battenkill
23rd Apr 2012 Posted in: Blog , Race Reports Comments Off on Burning Matches at The 2012 Tour of the Battenkill

I was skeptical about driving 7+ hours each way for a race that only fit into my schedule as a training event, but the enthusiasm with which “the Kill” had been described to me was infectious.  It was an amazing experience to be part of a hard road race, a miniature “classic” with the peloton […]

2012 Leesburg Bakers Dozen Solo Male
23rd Apr 2012 Posted in: Blog , Race Reports 1

1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 5…wait, that doesn’t seem right.  I can barely do basic arithmetic when racing and you can forget about something that requires the extra memory cells like counting!  I don’t get upset about anaerobic stupidity because if I can’t do 2 plus 2 I must be on a roll.  If I […]

Sprinting Unscripted by JB
10th Apr 2012 Posted in: Blog Comments Off on Sprinting Unscripted by JB

From what I’ve seen the trick to sprinting is to hide behind fast riders until the 200m sign then pour as much gas on the fire as possible. Unless you’re Tom Boonen and you can solo away for 50k. No one told me Boonen had slipped into our race so when I uncorked my sprint […]

The Dragons Tale
4th Apr 2012 Posted in: Blog , Race Reports 3

So is it an A race, B race, or C race? Do any other racers find themselves obsessing over that question? I don’t think any of us could call ourselves competitors if we didn’t have the habit of upgrading a race value in our hearts, and in our planning as a race date approaches. My […]

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