Intervals…UGH

Intervals

This was the first Interval workout I’ve done in a long time. I was feeling strong, and I managed over 140 RPM on each spin, but man am I feeling it today. It will be worth it…By the way, I’m really losing faith in Strava’s ability to calculate calories burned, and effort. I suppose it would be more accurate if I bit the bullet and bought a new power meter, but damn.

I had a fantastic ride at Cameron Park Monday.

I haven’t been riding the MTB much lately (like AT ALL), so Monday I had to be in Waco for work, I threw it in the truck, hoping to have a few minutes to escape and knock out a few miles. Fortune favored my foolish self, and I finished up with 3 hours to play. I have never ridden there at all so I swung by the most recommended bike shop by guys on bikemojo, its called “The Bear Mountain“. I can’t recommend the shop enough. The staff was awesome, took some time to talk to me about the trails, where to park (where NOT to park) and even how to beat traffic getting from there to the trail-head. They had maps of the local trails, which not a single shop in Austin offers, (are you listening ATX??) and literally everyone in the shop had a little input about good lines and segments. They also had President George W Bush’s old Trek, which was cool to see. Apparently he has his bike maintained there. If you’re in Waco and you aren’t a member of their cycling club, you’re wrong. These guys do it right.
So, I set up at Pecan Bottoms, which they explained to me is basically the “low ground” (hence the name “bottoms” I guess) as I like to make my climbs on the way out rather than when I’m crushed on the way home, especially when I’m unfamiliar with the trails in general. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, there was a lot of climbing, the difficulty of which Strava leaves out, as its only 100 feet or so at a time, but at a 12-15% grade. I got in about 10 miles total and I was good and smoked at the end. I was really happy that I saved half my sandwich from “Schmaltz’s” to eat when I got back to the truck, because I was starving.
**Some Trail Notes-
1. The maps show water points along the trail, however none of the ones I found on the trail were functional.
2. The trail markings are very good when they are present, however they are missing or incomplete in many areas, which in their defense, look to be pretty new and perhaps not marked yet. (even the bad ones are marked better than any in the ATX)
3. Most of the trails showed up in the maps on my ELEMNT, even the newer ones, which l assume is due to open street maps.

K-Edge and Wahoo

I bought this stem cap mount from K-Edge originally for my cross bike. If you’re not familiar with K-edge, they are a small company that makes all sorts of billet aluminum mounts and chain catchers commonly used in the pro peloton.


So I thought it would be great to have it right on top of my stem as I like the location of the stem mount that came with the ELEMNT but not the fact that it was held on with zip-ties. You can see from the pic that it replaces the thin spacer you’re supposed to have above your stem to prevent crushing (you’re all doing that right??), and it projects forward a little more than half way down my 100mm stem. I put it on the Kona and the whole ride I felt like I was looking back at my stomach. It only sits a centimeter or so further back, but it’s slightly angled up, and that just straight didn’t work.


Yesterday I took the Niner out for the first time in a while and I installed the stem cap mount on it just to see, my thinking being that since I’m more upright on the MTB, it might be ok, and it was perfect. K-Edge makes some fine bits of kit, and that thing didn’t move a millimeter. It’s positioned perfectly above the stem. Now I just need to order the “out front” mount for my road bike from them and I’ll put the stock plastic out front mount on my cross bike.

I didn’t see Elvis, but I did see Frank, and that’s almost the same thing.

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I hit quite a few PRs yesterday, which was unexpected, I really left to do an easy spin, but I did the first 5 miles into a blistering 20 kt headwind, which I guess properly warmed my legs up, after that I just kept picking it up. Admittedly, the last 5 miles of the return were significantly assisted by the same 20kt wind which was now a tailwind, however the 10 in the middle were all me. I am feeling it today, but in a good way. I’ve got an easy 12 spinning miles planned this afternoon for some active recovery time, and another 25 tomorrow.

 

I feel like the kids put this chalk here urging me on to ever greater feats of cycling heroism 🙂 “Allez! ALLEZ!!” and “Allons-y!!”

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I find myself riding the cross bike more and more, I am accepting of the fact that I need to find a road bike with the same fit and feel in order to satisfy that pull. The Kona is so stiff and solid that it makes my trusty Cervelo feel like a noodle. This is on the “Suburban Ninja” loop, which a new, hidden little gem up north of the BCRT. I’m curious how this loop will pan out long term, supposedly, it is approved by the county, however the point of entry as it exists right now will eventually be someone’s side yard once the development is finished out, so I assume there will be significant changes. Interestingly, I’ve ridden the loop nine or ten times, and never seen another human back there til yesterday, when I saw FOUR.

A day at the lake after a hard win

My daughters both play Lacrosse (this is my youngest) and sometimes they sneak into my blog. 🙂
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My kids are all water babies, and after we had a nice picnic, they hit the water. That’s my oldest boy (the one who mountain bikes with me) on the right, escorting his sister along the deep-water edge. Just a few feet out, the water drops off almost cliff like to over 100 feet. It’s actually used by local dive companies as their advanced open water training area. I was certified here by PADI almost 25 years ago.

Tour De Trinity

I did my own little “Tour De Trinity” around Fort Worth Thursday, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I started adjacent to my hotel and turned around in Gateway Ball Park. I totalled right at 40 miles and it was beautiful.
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There were several stand out areas that I want to highlight, but the city is gorgeous overall, I honestly feel that its the town that Austin should have been if it had grown up right.
The trail runs along the levee on either side of the Trinity river as it flows through Fort Worth. I rode mostly on the south side, other than for a short piece through town where I crossed over to the other side as the trail required.
I need to clean up and edit a few photos to post up here, more to follow tonight.