What’s Going On?

What’s going on? A lot of stuff since the last blog post but nothing really bike racing related. First of all:

Yeah, that’s right. I bought a motorcycle. It’s a 1976 Honda CJ 360 T and it is by at least $100 the cheapest bike I’ve ever bought. It’s a good little bike, but it needs some lovin’. It works about 1000 times better now than when I bought it after I changed the clutch cable, oil, and oil filter. Now after I throw some aero bars and dimpled tires on this bad boy I’ll be dominating the NRC circuit. Mancebo, you’ve been warned! After all those RealCyclist dorks stole our product sponsorship. I wouldn’t even want to be on a team that couldn’t come up with a creative name: Real Cyclist….Competitive Cyclists, I’m pretty sure we’re all Really Competitive Cyclists (it’s because we’re racing bikes).

In general I’ve been getting a good fill on my fossil fuel racing on lately. For one work lunch we all went go-karting (yes, again). Although this time they were legit go-karts that were fast enough to make you want to pee your pants when you hit the accelerator (Urine’s sterile, I’m sure the seats are now cleaner than they were). We sit in cubicles all day long, we need some release. I’m currently working on a midsize engine (think 737) calculating thermal expansion of the parts during takeoff and landing. The thing is jet engines move A LOT. My job is to make sure that the seals between the rotating parts (the rotor) and the stationary parts (the stator) do not rub TOO much. Think of it, some super lightweight skeleton structure spins up to 1000 rpm and several thousand degrees in a matter of seconds, these parts like to rub and grind each other more than Guido’s at a dance club.

In bike racing:

I also got the results of my VO2/Threshold test that took place at the OSU COSI lab.

VO2 Max: 78.8
Threshold: 301 watts

I mean damn, I always figured to be a rider with shitty power numbers I’m even impressed by this. According to the free Coggan power profile excel spreadsheet; I pretty much have identical power numbers to the “Cat 3 with an Amazing Sprint”.

Here’s my actual one:

So it’s well established that 1: I should be a terrible elite bike racer and 2: I clearly need to be pounding the Pizza and Beer more in order to better my Power to Weight ratio. Since my weight will be much higher I won’t have to worry about the other multiplier: Power (mostly because that involves training).

But no really I’ll probably get a coach next year, not to tell me how to train (I know, hide in the woods and take naps after eating $5 hot and ready pizzas). But to keep me focused or something, you know someone to hold me accountable.

My parents also visited this weekend, my Dad picked up his road bike and we went for his first road bike ride together.

I also did my first cyclocross race today, which was terrible…more to come