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OK you lazy mutts - I have thrown down the gauntlet!(7 posts)

OK you lazy mutts - I have thrown down the gauntlet!lonefrontranger
Dec 31, 2001 6:33 PM
Here's my ride schedule for the past 2 weeks. I admit it's been easy, since we don't have kids and my company gives us the entire week of Xmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day off. And no, you geeks - I don't have mileage or average speed for any of these. I take all my computer hardware off the bikes in October, and don't reinstall it until April (beginning of race season). I find my base season is much more productive when I ride on time and HR intensity, not distance and speed.

Keep in mind that the temps here in Boulder have not gone above the low 40's, and the past 5 days have barely hit 30 in mid-afternoon. I've been out in early mornings and after dark, too - when temps are running between 5 and 15 above. When I go back to work, the mid-day rides will simply be replaced with bike commutes, lunch rides (my boss lets me take 2 hours if I stay until 6) and night-time MTB or 'cross bike open space trail rides.

Here is what my journal reads:

12/22: The Saturday AM "Bike Nazi" ride with the Louisville Cyclery guys. 42 miles / 3 hours of joy and headwinds!

12/23: AM swim / lift session at the local gym, about a 2 hour workout. PM - Got the MTB up and running, went out for a 90 minute urban-assault fest (there are several sets of dirt jumps within 5 miles of the house) then picked up a few things at the grocery store on the way home.

12/24: 2.5 mile run in the AM, then 15-mile pretty tough mid-day cyclocross ride with a couple of expert MTB'ers keeping me honest.

12/25: Laid in bed until 9 (late for us), opened presents, then went for a 3-hour road ride. Went to my aunt's in the PM for Xmas dinner with all the trimmings.

12/26: 2.5 mile AM run, picked up "in-laws" @ the airport around noon, then my SO, his brother and I bundled up, got the beaters out and rode around the neighborhood for almost 2 hours looking at X-mas lights while mom visited with her Denver family.

12/27: AM swim / lift session at gym, then went to breakfast with in-laws before seeing them off to a museum cruise / family outing (their time to have John to themselves) I then went for a very unstructured road ride that turned into almost 5 hours of exploring and general fooling around. Rode a LOT of offroad / open space trails, found some cool new dirt roads and generally tortured the poor Morgul (my beater road bike) unmercifully. Cleaned up then went to visit John's uncle in Genessee for dinner and party time / family schmooze.

12/28: 2.5 mile AM run, then helped John & the in-laws set up for his uncle's wedding. Went to wedding and assorted debauchery all day & half the night. No bike riding this day!

12/29: Got up at the crack, after a late night, and did airport runs for the in-laws. Came back, went for a quick run (only felt like doing a mile and a half with some speed work thrown in), and laid around until my buddies called to go MTB'ing. This was the epic caught-in-the-dark lightless trail ride mentioned in the thread below, otherwise known as How to Turn a 1-Hour Quick-Strike Ride Into a 3-Hour Bataan Death Cruise, Complete With Numb Extremities.

12/30: Went for a swim, laid in the hot tub, and decided I felt like crap. Hung out in bookstore for several hours, sat on the rollers for 30 minutes to loosen up my legs, then went to bed early.

12/31: 2.5 mile AM run, threw some things together and went for a hard, HARD 2-hour MTB ride. Lots and lots of climbing!!

Tomorrow's schedule: 9 AM meet my roadie chums to do the "Froot Loops", a 3-hour road ride. It's supposed to snow, so I might be on the 'cross bike! 2 PM I'm scheduled to go on a 2-hour MTB ride with the Bataan Death Cruise fun bunch. We'll see if I survive both. The roadies will probably crap out if it snows, but the MTB'ers will merely shrug and add more layers!

Jealous yet? Note that at no time were any in-laws abandoned or insulted, and I did my civic duty at the wedding.

Cheers, and have a Happy and Safe New Year!
Yes, I'm jealous!look271
Dec 31, 2001 7:40 PM
However, I have 2 really cute kids and a wife that I really don't want to divorce, so I guess I'll be happy with that! :-) Holidays are over soon, so the kids go back to school, I get to ride, and life is looking MUCH better! Besides, got to order that fixte after NY day-can't wait!
re: OK you lazy mutts - I have thrown down the gauntlet!STEELYeyed
Dec 31, 2001 8:28 PM
That sounds like an average holiday week in the life of a pro cyclist!
You Threw It...I Picked It Up And Threw It Further!BigLeadOutGuy
Jan 1, 2002 5:39 AM
thats a pretty schmoooooooth off season...Mine was a lot less hectic as far as social events goes I worked a bit more (not much) but heres how my past few weeks went. I'm sure Ill be doing less once i get back to work...after working outside all day in the cold I get kinda lazy,what i miss during the week ill make up on the weekends usually

12/22 To present date
Wake lots of coffee and eat even more donuts and watch tv all day and nap
just kidding =)

Endurance rides till I cant feel my toes or fingers (usually around 3 hours sometimes less depending on how tough i am that day) On alternating days tempo rides for up to 1hr intervals and every third or 4th day threshold intervals. This will continue for the next 4 weeks...I forget what comes after that =) gotta look at my schedule.

You Win LFR!!!
*bows down*
Geezus, Lance Would Be Jealous! (nm)Jon
Jan 1, 2002 6:31 AM
LFR, this is an intervention. . .js5280
Jan 2, 2002 9:03 AM
We think you have a problem.

Just kidding, whatever makes you happy! ;-)
He's just jealous! :-) (nm)Jon
Jan 2, 2002 9:18 AM