Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pro License

License came in the mail USA cycling exchanged my bmx license for a mountain bike license.

I look forward to license time because I get to Photoshop an image for the back

Neanderthal hockey player theme

devil theme

I don’t think the picture even matters , I’ve never had anyone who was processing my registration look at the back of the license.

Sometimes when I'm bragging about how I am pro people think that means that I make a living riding my bike, have a mechanic, coach, someone who massages my legs after the race, that i am constantly sighing autographs and eating meals prepared by my team chief.  They confuse a pro Tour De France rider with a pro American mountain biker.

From what i hear the top 5 in the nation make a salary they can live off of and are in magazines regularly fitting the description that you would think belongs to a professional athlete.  The rest are just glorified weekend warriors.

I think there should be a sub categories in the pro field to distinguish between the different variety of pro mountain bikers.

best (best in the nation, On national traveling teams, in magazines regularly and make a living riding)

good (competitive, Still have dreams and ambitions of one day being in the best category)

poor (trying their best not to get lapped)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Why do mountain bikers have so many excuses?

Why do mountain bikers have so many excuses?

I think cyclists in general have a lot of excuses. If there was an excuse-o-meter that located excuses I am confidant that the highest concentration of excuses on earth would be at the finish line of bike races.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your bike and your self. So a lot of the excuses are justified but other times not so much.

Excuses aren’t necessarily a bad thing, they can be helpful. As long as you can convince yourself that the excuse you use are true you can reap the benefits of having more confidence and a better self esteem

Telling your self excuses helps build confidence by taking away all the blame from your self and putting it on things , events, conditions and other people.

“Its not my fault I would have won that race if it wasn’t for my (bad knee, crappy bike, other people getting in my way, my inappropriate tire tread pattern, bla bla bla Ect. Ect. Ect.)

In a way, you convince your self that you have no control over what happens to you. this creates some comfort knowing that things are out of your hands and that you arn't responsible for the outcome.

In my next deep thoughts I will give detailed examples of how mountain bikers can use excuses to their benefit.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Burns Pacing

Rode with John Burns yesterday. We did a road ride 2+ hours . John is on good form. I spent 95% of the ride staring at his rear wheel.

every time I tried pulling around him my legs protested so I just settled in and accepted that I am the weaker rider and that john is the alpha rider.

It was like a motor pacing. According to this persons blog, motor pacing simulates race pace and being in a peloton. Pretty useless for mountain bikers.

Here is pretty much how are ride looked (john is the scooter , im the other guy)...

my fat face

John being faster than me
me eating john's face... tastes like chicken

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mount Agamenticus Ride

Top of mount Agamenticus

Yesterday I hoped to get a ride in on some trails but they were snowed over so I passed on that idea and instead I went up and down the access road @ mount Agamenticus a few times. Mount A isn’t actually a mountain based on the classification. The steep access road is nice for training on. I used only my rear breaks on the way down thinking it might wear off the layer of motor oil that got on my break pads while seading my rim. I don't think it worked.

I was feeling every extra pound I put on over the winter.  I’m glad the first race doesn’t have much climbing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My 30 year plan to cycling success

I’ve been riding more lately so when I went to the gym yesterday and stood on the scale I expected to have lost a couple of pounds. The exact opposite happened I weighed 4 pounds more!!! Guess I’ve been indulging more than usual in my post ride meals.

I now weigh 174 lbs that’s close to 10 lbs more than my racing weigh last year. I already didn’t consider myself much of a climber but I may have an even harder time this year.  I’ve been lifting weights regularly so I think its muscle, maybe it’s visceral fat but I don’t think so.

It might not be such a bad thing to have a little bit extra weight. I took a class in college on the biology of aging and the teacher talked about how the body loses muscle mass with age. In this article they mention how a person will lose half there muscle mass in their life time. Most people lose about 1-2 percent a year after your 30 years of age.

This article mentions even though fatter people need to deal with all the side effects that go along with being fat (heat disease, hypertension, diabetes) they normally they have more muscle mass and that can help them in their older age.

Women live longer than men and they also have on average more body fat.

Maybe its more healthy to have a few extra pounds of fat and muscle to live a healthy long life.

Here is my plan...

My goal is to pack on muscle, a little bit of fat so when I do start wasting away I will be at a more advantageous stating point.

By the time I am 60 my body will have emaciated away to the ideal size to be an elite cyclist. My cycling (hopefully by then there will be more money in mountain biking).

Friday, March 6, 2009

How to sead a tire onto a rim?

How to sead a tire onto a rim?

When dealing with tubeless variety rims and tires this can be a real challenge. Tubeless are designed to be a tight fit so air won’t leak out. Putting something slippery on the outside edge of the tire will help make this process easier but don’t just use any slippery thing you see within arms reach like motor oil, like I just did 20 minutes ago.

What a mess, it did sead the tire but I wouldn’t recommend it, it was just too messy.
Based on what I read and what I normally use soap is the best thing (and be liberal about it) it can wash off with water afterward (unlike motor oil).

A fast influx of air using an air compressor is also a big help to get the tire to seal to the rim to start accepting air.

Pump the tire up to 75 psi, this will help make sure the tire is completely sealed.

I’ve never tried this technique before but it looks like it works well…

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Should mountain bikers shave their legs?

Should mountain bikers shave their legs?

Lets weigh both side...


Look pro: Shaving your legs is more popular among professional (high level) mountain bikers . so if you are trying to look pro shaving your legs will help

less chance of infection: less hair means less chances of infection, an easier to clean wound, bandages will stick on better and be easier to remove.

Washing made simpler: its easier to clean dried mud off legs

Massages made simpler: use less lotion and its less gross for the person doing the massaging

Not shaving

Don’t Look feminine: out side the cycling world it is considered weird and girly to shave ones legs

Time saver: shaving your legs a few times a week can add up.

No Razor burn: if you are new to shaving your legs, it can happen and be pretty annoying.

my opinion

I don’t shave my legs, mostly because I see it as optional homework. It might be helping but the benefits just aren’t that noticeable (benefits not worth time). However, I can understand people who do shave and if I rode more and got massages I would shave my legs too.

for your typical recreational rider or entry level racer I'd say don't do it. above that it's a maybe , once you get up to high level pro it seems like they all do it.