Monday, July 9, 2012
|Congrats Butch. And dude, put on a shirt!|
|The Best Bike Blog Ever took 2nd but lost @ P90X|
|It spread to 5th place for the experts...|
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|My motivation for not DNFing|
|Not a bad finisher's "medal"|
|Top of the first climb. I'm not broken yet.|
|Having much less fun now.|
|"I'm never riding bikes again"|
Friday, June 15, 2012
|Me pretending to know what I am doing. Photo credit: Jeffrey Jakucyk|
Monday, May 21, 2012
|Me sitting 2nd wheel behind Mark, photo courtesy Jeffery Jakucyk|
- It takes a special kind of db to sit 10th wheel or so, with no teammates on the front, and yell “take it up!” Hey dude, you are more then welcome to come to the front whenever you want.
- Do you really need to signal the turns? Aren’t the big orange cones and people waving flags enough for you? And when you signal a turn get your hands back on the bars before the turn.
- Racing in the heat is dumb.
- Road racing is hard, even the cat 5 race for a pretty strong rider. I need to work on being able to recover… right now I only have a few “matches to burn”
- It would have been way more fun and exciting with teammates. The team with multiple guys in our race did not know how to control a race and did not want to ride at the front.
- It would appear, on paper at least, that the rumors of excessive sandbagging may be true… however, each successive category looked a lot faster than the lower one. I would not want to cat up, just to get dropped in every race. In CX at least when you are dropped you are still racing, not just time trialing all alone till you get pulled or DNF.
- Big Dave and all the organizers have their shit together. The race happened with not a single hiccup as far as I could see.
Up next is Ault Park weekly crits, then Hilly Billy Roubaix, the Hyde Park Blast, and hopefully a MTB race. OVCX Schedule was released too, so time to start thinking cross!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
|You need yoga pants!|
|Team Machine SLR01. Mmmmmm!|
Thursday, April 12, 2012
|Disney's Fish Hooks - Bad case of Dropsy|
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|The Death Bikes on the way home.|
|Me and Jason at the top of the fire tower|
|I think Jason is wearing sandals and white socks???|
|View from the top of the fire tower (courtesy Sarah Swallow)|
The RRP513 (men’s) teams finished 16th, 17th, 18th, & 20th, overall and 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, out of the men’s division. Last year we had a 15th, a 16th, and a few in the mid twenties. The number of total teams doubled from last year so I would say we improved a bit!
Oh, and most important of all, a ton of donations were made and given to the Holden tornado effort. We might have “suffered” on the bikes for a few hours, but those people have actually suffered. Makes me so thankful for what and who I have in my life.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Hi. My name is Jason and I am a Strava Addict. An obsessive, compulsive, segment scouring, I’ll do anything for a fix, my life is falling apart but I can justify it, segment addict.
I once thought Strava segments were great. They were a way to measure yourself against teammates and rivals; providing some competition outside of a race. Well not anymore. I no longer want anyone else to join Strava unless I know they are slower than me. Matt and Bryan, stay the hell off. My coworker who just bought a used hybrid? Let me help you set up your account…
One second. How long is one second? Not long right? Well, one second haunted me for days. For some reason I had found myself in the top 10 on one of Cincinnati’s most popular hills. The people in front of me were all seriously faster than me but there were some big names behind me. I was starting to feel pretty good about this since my time had stood for quite a while. Then I noticed I got bumped to 11th! Oh well, I said. I am sure Mott, or Joe, or Dan, or some other super fast dude decided to go hard on the climb. Turns out two people were tied for 9th, pushing me to 11th. How much faster were they? They had me by ONE FREAKING SECOND! So naturally I reacted like every other Strava addict. I freaked the eff out!
We rode this segment on our Sunday morning team ride. I was not having a great day and we had already ridden 30 miles super hard by the time we hit the hill. I faded off the back as we climbed. I was not thinking about how climbing above threshold after 30 brutal miles in February will pay dividends at the Hilly Billy Roubaix in June. No, I was thinking how I was not going to move back into the top 10 on that ride. As soon as I knew I was not going to best my time I gave up a little. I still rode it hard, but I did not stand up on the last little kicker and sprint.
Monday my legs were shot so I noodled around on my lunch ride, avoiding all segments. Tuesday the weather was going to be nice and I had no meetings scheduled. So I planned my segment revenge. I installed a new bottom bracket Monday night rather than play Candyland with my daughter. (Don’t judge!). I packed a medium size baselayer rather than the large to save some weight. (I’m telling you Strava is worse than meth!). I ate a good breakfast at work. I skipped the coffee for water, I stretched at my desk. Then at lunch went out, pumped up the tires, removed my saddle bag and did not carry a water bottle. After a couple miles of warm up I attacked the segment. I made a note of the time on my Garmin at the start, and then rode as hard as I could without blowing up. Never looking at the garmin, just turning the cranks a little faster than I thought I should. I know this climb so well I know to be patient. There is a false “summit” near the top and the last kicker is exposed to the wind as there are no trees lining the road anymore so I knew to save some. I cleared the trees and stood up and sprinted for the segment end. I glanced down at the garmin and knew it would be close.
I was then in the unfortunate position of an addict knowing my next fix is coming but not for a few hours. What to do?!?! I don’t have an ANT stick at work!!! Damnit! The afternoon dragged on. 5:00 o’clock hit and I did my best Fred Flintstone and tore ass home. The dog can wait, I gotta upload! Come on! Come on! Done! Go to ride, YES, GO TO RIDE DAMNIT! 2 trophies! Wait, what if they are “3rd best time on that other segment no one cares about”? Scroll down…. And just like that first hit on the crack pipe, euphoria! PR on the segment. 9th overall! By how much? You guess it, one freaking second.
Alright, I gotta go. Someone beat my KOM on the segment I made out of my driveway… What? It’s uphill.
Friday, January 20, 2012
The ladies built pyramids
And then we made it rain up in here thanks to Mr. VIP himself
Registration opened for the Sub 9 Death March Jan 1st. I think Cox and I won the registration race (hey, a win is a win!) I have hyped this race many times as the best race I have ever ridden. The t-shirt design for 2012 only raises the bar.This year is bitter-sweet as this will be the last race for our TD racing teammate Huddle before he moves to North Carolina. We will miss riding, racing, and hanging with you but will be super jealous of the awesome riding you are moving closer to. Godspeed my friend.Speaking of moving to awesome places to ride, Jon Timmons will be flying the RRP colors in Nashville from now on. Again, sad to lose a great friend but Nash-Vegas will be a better place with the Timmons family and now we have an excuse to get down to some killer Central TN riding. Jon submitted a top 10 at the yearend party which was freaking spot on. Read it here. I couldn't get any pics of Jon to upload here but he does exist.
2012 Flying Pig Marathon registration goes up in price Feb 1 so go here and register for this super fun marathon. The RRP 513 will have a ladies 4 person relay, at least 3 or 4 Half runners, and one full 26.2 this year. The non runners are talking about bringing Heckle Hill from Kings CX to Eden Park. I hope the Pig can handle being covered in Rainbow Unicorn vomit of Awesome. Wonder if Team Hungry could be talked into bringing the Heckle Monster?
A number of folks are registered for Cohutta and Mohican already so it looks like we will have a nice big 513 contingent in the NUE series. Jeni is committed to racing for the overall this year and doing Cohutta, Syllamo’s Revenge, Mohican, Lumberjack, and Wilderness 101! This in addition to a number of 12 and 24 hours races. Safe to say she will probably rack up the most race miles of 2012.
And last but not least: want to get some early race miles in your legs? Looking for something better than the triangular torture device in your basement? Come race the Winter MTB Series at Harbin Park. Pre-Reg here to save some $$. Don’t want to race? We need volunteers to help too.
Posted from 10 Forward while enjoying a fine Romulan ale.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
That's me failing to grab a dollar handup and the CX gods punishing me by wacking me in the face with my bars. And so ended 2011.
2011. O-V-E-R. Stick a fork in it. D-U-N. I suppose I should have some profound words about the year that was, or a witty year in review write up. I apologize in advance for lack of wittiness and lack of profoundness. Wow, both of those are actual words according to MS Word. Who knew?
2011 did see the “maturing” of our little race team experiment. We capped out at about 25 riders and I think everyone is comfortable with that number. There are a few people who have standing invites to come ride with us but for the most part we are where we need to be. And I cannot say enough about the quality of the people who I call teammates. I would (and have on more than one occasion) trust my kid with any of them. As said by more than one person we are not a team, but the fastest family in the area. Well, some more fast then others but you get the idea. It’s weird, I have friends on other teams, good friends, and I am sure they share a bond with their teammates but we have truly built something special. I love each and every one of these guys and gals and look forward to sharing more races, podiums, epic rides, training rides, heckling contests, and most importantly, beers, with you in 2012 and beyond.
As for actual racing, we started the year at the Sub 9 Death March and that is still my favorite race/ride/event I have ever participated in. We actually raced pretty well too. The summer was not as “epic” as I had planned and did only the East Fork XC race and the John Bryan 6 hour race on the MTB. JB continues to be a close 2nd to the <9DM for pure fun. I did however, get talked into racing some local Wednesday night crits on the road bike. I went into it saying “these are training for CX only” and left wanting more. I am looking forward to the crit season more than is healthy for a non-roadie!
CX was a bit of a letdown for me this year, I was in the best racing shape of my life, I bought tubies and had aspirations of a solid top 15 overall in the Mens 35+ cat 3 class this year. Well, the OVCX schedule conflicted with my life a bit and I did not do enough races to qualify for the overall series. But if I had, I would have had that top 15. Yay. OK, so it was not much of an accomplishment but I felt like I was racing pretty well this year. All in all I have no regrets, and as Myerson so famously cried, “It’s just stupid bike racing, but it means everything.”
For 2012 right now the plan is to race for fun. At the end of the CX season some of the fun of racing was going away, being replaced by the drudgery of training, racing, cleaning the mud off the bike AGAIN, and doing it all over next week. I have found I really like the endurance racing more than the XC stuff, and maybe more than CX (blasphemy!). The <9DM is on the schedule for sure, hopefully some kind of early season 6 hour or 50 mile type MTB race (April/May time frame), I am trying like hell to make Hillybilly Roubaix fit (June), a bunch of Wednesday night crits (June/July), John Bryan 6 hour if it happens again, Maybe the 6 hour at the 24 hours of DINO, Wayne Ultra, and the Sub 9 Gravel Grovel. CX may take a back seat next year. Who knows though? Half the fun is planning this crap just to see it never come to fruition.
If the interwebs are lucky I might blog a little more too…until then, Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Quick recaps: Storm the Greens. Not held at an old golf course anymore so the name is sorta dated. The venue moved to Eva Bandman park, home of the USGP and the 2012 Master’s Worlds and 2013 UCI Elite world champs. And a big ass mud puddle.So the venue is world class, and I went into it with high expectations and the Papa John’s crew did not disappoint. Jeni had the RB (Rogue Battlecruiser) set up course-side for our home base. I brought the whole fam-damily and the Farrell clan was in full force too, setting up a day of racing, drinking, and child-wrangling. I don’t think drinking a High Life while racing makes me a bad parent. I mean, I passed on the bourbon shot hand ups.
This was Halloween so we all got to play dress up. Jeni and Sparkles (the Horse, not the Mullet) stole the show.I loved the race, I felt good, loved the course, rode a great race. Still finished dead mid pack. I am nothing if not consistent.
On to UCI3. I raced Friday only as I liked the course the best last year and these races carry no OVCX points now. Plus I wanted to just cheer and heckle on Sunday. And heckle we did!
The course Friday was brutal for me. Probably my worst race ever. All power climbs and 2 inches of mud everywhere. I had nothing in the tank. I was not lapped but I was pulled a lap early. I did not mind at all. I did get to see and hang with the Van Dessel team of Tony, Julia, and Jennifer again. It's always great to see them.
Sunday we decided to bring it! And it was brought. Basecamp was set up Saturday night with the RB
and then we went to work during the races!
All this resulted in a heckle-off challenge between us at Rogue and the Shamrock team for the OVCX Finale at Kings CX in December. Buckle up boys! Buckle up!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
• When new teammates are fast they just make the rest of us look slow. Since joining up in mid September, most of Bryan’s race days have ended like this: (although the see-thru skin suit may be a bad look...)
• Masters aged racers are delicate, fragile little things. Seiler, Segal and Kay are done for the season, Jerry missed a few weeks, some dude I don’t know taco’ed a wheel and reportedly he spent some time in the ER, and Matt is still nursing his busted up wrist from trying to hop barriers.
• It it’s raining it’s Wednesday.
• There are at least 13,674 children racing for Lionhearts and RedZone combined.
• They are ALL faster than me.
• They all have $9,000 bikes.
• I am jealous.
• Racing at noon > racing at 8:00 am.
• Convincing one of your teammates to buy an RV is a worthwhile endeavor.
• Running into an Airedale sucks ass.
This season has been fun so far, and I am hoping I can keep some kind of form through the next month of sporadic racing and dwindling daylight. I am however already looking at next year’s race schedule. Sub 9 Death March is locked in, at least one “epic” MTB race will find its way on to the schedule, hopefully another gravel road race (or 2), some local 6 hour races, and then back at CX. I so want to do the American Ultracross Championship Series but that is probably a gravel road right to divorce. So, if anyone wants to do these races and let me live vicariously through you, that would be appreciated.
That’s it till STG. I will try to get some race reports or at least a recap or two up during the remainder of the season.