Archive for July, 2010

ROAD TO LEADVILLE: TGIF

Posted in WIENS WORLD on July 31, 2010 by ergonusa

Friday July 30, 2010 – With a jam packed day off the bike, I woke up to the iphone Timba ringtone at 445am, which felt too early. The usual cup ‘o joe and a crazy diced mini-bagel French toast topped with the last of our artificially flavored maple syrup, yogurt, applesauce and rice crispies  extravaganza and I was out the door and driving east on Highway 50. I parked about 25 miles from the summit of Monarch Pass, took a quick picture – check it out – and began pedaling toward the pass at 555am. Nice start!

I was riding my MTB because my road bike had some issues that I couldn’t solve before the ride, plus, my MTB gearing is much friendlier. I pumped up the tires to 50 psi. That’s the pressure I used to race with all the time. I raced a lot in the late 90’s with Panaracer Mach SS’s pumped up to a robust 50 psi. Does anyone remember that tire? I think it defined semi-slick and Stan’s Crow is a burly mud tire in comparison. Good times.

2.5 hours of  AMU was the goal of today’s ride. My plan was to spend 10 minutes in each of the five HR zones on the flats leading up to the beginning of the climb; likely go harder for the climb, which would take about 50 minutes, also; and then 50 minutes more on the flats back to our super blinged out ’98 Ford Explorer (way to bling to photograph; I don’t want it to get stolen!) A warm-up before and a cool-down after and I should have a three hour ride.

The morning was killer and there was little traffic on the road. There is a good shoulder on 50 until you get close to the base of the pass. At that point and for the first bit of the climb there is no shoulder and it’s sketchballs. Once you’re a ways up the pass, it becomes a three lane and the comfort level increases dramatically. Another good reason to go early is barely any traffic. There was a cloud layer hanging in so the no shoulder portion of the lower climb was actually double sketchballs because I had to ride through this layer of poor visibility. I rode off to the side for this part as a few posses of trucks hauling uranium ore from Nucla to a mill in Canon City thundered by. Skewy!

I finally broke through the fog and then just had a couple moments where I was riding directly, and I mean directly, into the rising sun and I was pinned to the road by a guardrail. If a car had been coming up from behind, I would have been very hard to see. I hammered through this section thinking about our old Diamond Back teammate from Italy, Claudio Vandelli.

I got to hang around with him a good bit in the Bay Area during the spring of ’91. He spoke little English and I spoke even less Italian and the main thing we could do was to insult each other using our only common point of reference: Happy Days. “You? Ralph Malph.” Anyway, one thing he would say about a sketchy trail or section of a race course, and we repeat it often in a variety of contexts was, “Much Danger.” Vandelli was on the Italian team that won a gold medal in the Olympics in the Team Time Trial in…1988, perhaps? He’s more famous to me for winning the ’91 San Jose Sizzler, Shasta Lehmurian Classic and kicking ass in either the first or second Sea Otter on….Hostess fruit pies! Tell me about your special breakfast before a bike race!

Man, I can get pretty off topic, eh? My ride today was great. Actually, I don’t like this ride and dread doing it. It’s kind of like lifting weights for me: I don’t really like to do it but I love being done with it and having done it. Here are the basic stats, Data: Average HR not including the descent down Monarch: 149; average HR with this descent: 146. Total climbing: 3,500+ feet; elevation at the top of the pass:  11,300 feet above sea level.

Oh yeah, I also split the time 50/50 between spinning at around 100rpm’s and slogging along at around 60rpm’s. Tomorrow will be little or no riding but there is a trip to the weight room in my day somewhere.  The other pics are downtown Gunnison at 530am and the same spot as the first pic but after my ride at around 9am.

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Posted in ERGON PRODUCT, REVIEWS on July 30, 2010 by ergonusa

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ROAD TO LEADVILLE: “IT WAS A VERY GOOD RIDE”

Posted in WIENS WORLD on July 30, 2010 by ergonusa

Thursday July 29, 2010 – I worked all morning but my day had an opening just before noon. We are squarely in the monsoon flow right now so the later in the day you wait to ride, the more you’re rolling the dice with the weather. It was already dark to the west so I jetted onto my hardtail and headed east on Highway 50 to Alex’s climb. I had had a good morning at work so my morale and enthusiasm were high. Interesting how that and an empty stomach can really fire you up on your bike. I rode an area northeast of town in the sage country (where is it not sage country around here?) that I hadn’t been up into for a few weeks. It’s got good climbing and some nice trails. I didn’t see a soul as very few people ride up there.

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WOMEN’S KLINIK AT WHEATRIDGE CYCLERY

Posted in NEWS on July 29, 2010 by looneyson

One of the top bike shops in the country had Sonya Looney of Topeak Ergon come out to do a women’s klinik.

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Anything from nutrition to bike fit to technical riding was discussed.

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Sonya with Adam De La Pena

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Thanks Wheatridge and for coming out ladies! We are looking forward to next time.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO.

Posted in NEWS on July 29, 2010 by looneyson

Many miles of amazing singletrack?  Check.  Lots of bike shops stocking Ergon grips?  CHECK!

In between using our own Ergon grips and packs on epic rides, we stopped in and visited our friendly Ergon dealers.

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Kent of Kent Eriksen Bikes

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Orange Peel….

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That’s what we like to see at the Ski Haus!

Thank you, Steamboat!

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Posted in ERGON PRODUCT on July 29, 2010 by ergonusa

ROAD TO LEADVILLE: MORE INTERVALS

Posted in WIENS WORLD on July 29, 2010 by ergonusa

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 – I woke up at 510am this morning, feeling well rested and 20 minutes before my alarm was to go off. I bounded downstairs (not really; I’m actually too old to “bound” anywhere at 5am, especially down stairs), made a mad cup of joe, ate a banana and drove to Crested Butte for classic Wiener 20-40’s up the ski area access road (See July 13 “Run for the Hills” for details about 20-40’s.) I was riding at 6am sharp and it had rained overnight but it wasn’t muddy and the traction was killer. Lots of clouds, very moody look to everything. Awesome.

I warmed up riding from town and then climbed for about 5-10 minutes on the ski area before launching into set number one. As always, it hurt but I came around pretty well between each all out 20 second sprint. That forty seconds goes by fast but so does the set. Before you know it, you’re on the last one, for me that’s number four. I got a high HR of 164 in set number one. Then, I keep climbing in my SRAM XX 39×34. I’m able to stay in the 39 almost the entire climb. I love that drivetrain and gearing.

I climbed steady, my HR hovering in the low 140’s for about 10 minutes before beginning set number two, the final set. This time I maxed out at 166 HR. Not the best HR’s I’ve had lately but I’ll take them. I then continued to the top of the Silver Queen lift – dropped down into my 26 for one steep bit by the patrol shack – topped out, put my windbreaker on, snapped some pics and headed down stretching the ride to an hour and a half with 2,500 vertical.

Back in the car and headed down valley, I had another cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal in front of me my by 830am. Off to work then but I got done and was able to sneak back out on my bike just after 2pm. Instead of my usual full sandwich lunch, (I’m a 3 square meals kind of guy myself. I know some who don’t eat breakfast or lunch and just eat energy bars all day and then eat dinner. No way for me!) I had a simple but hearty peanut butter and honey on Great Harvest whole grain bread. No chips, no cottage cheese, no leftovers.

I was back on my hardtail (the same as this morning) and set on doing some off-road intervals. There was a dark storm over Hartmans but the hills behind WSC were in the clear. I started back there with about a 2-3 minute effort, a 5-6 minute one and then I noticed Hartmans clearing. I did a 2 minute effort on the flat road around the runway and then did one up Kill Hill, meaningful to any of you Growler veterans out there. Between these efforts, I’m riding very easy. This is much different than a race simulation, fo ahz hahd, or even JR in that I’m either on the gas hard, harder than I’d ever go in a race, or spinning lightly, HR less than 125 and if it’s flat enough, more like 100-110.

Truth be told, I wasn’t getting great HR’s out there. The High 140’s felt hard, high 150’s extreme, and the few times I saw low 160’s, it was all due to the gear I was in and the terrain. The terrain could get my HR up but me just pushing on the pedals alone wasn’t cutting it. But that’s why I don’t put much stock in HR anyway. I like to see what it’s doing but don’t get all in a tizzy about trying to achieve any particular HR. Perceived effort is more my marker. Also, I was following my typical rule of resting at least three times the duration of the last effort before beginning the next one.

Also, Dave Smith would break down what I call “intervals” into other sub categories depending on how long they were and what target HR you were trying to achieve. I can remember a few. LAT or lactic acid tolerance were short, 30 seconds to a minute. Then came AP’s or aerobic power. These were 2-3 minutes. Finally, IT’s or intensity threshold. 10 to 15 minutes for these, all going essentially as hard as you can for those durations. Before and now, I’ll just call them intervals. But on a day like today, I almost considered them more “efforts.” Yeah, efforts, I like the sound of that. So I ended up doing “efforts” and feeling pretty good about them. I didn’t blow, was out for 3 hours and climbed 3,500 feet. I’m pleased about this (this is something a Kiwi friend of ours used to say. His name is Nathan Faave and while staying at our house years ago, he left me a note, stating, among other things, that he had given my dog Josh some sort of treat. “This pleased him,” we wrote.

Weights for sure tomorrow. My morning is busy with work and that could stretch into the afternoon. I’m thinking about riding less than more; easier than harder. One of these days I’ll get this written before 9pm. Right now the clock says 11:23pm and the alarm is set for 6am. We can sleep when we’re dead. Once again, good night.