I will not be partaking, but I'm just leaving this here as a reminder that someday it would be fun to join in the Tour de Tryptophan/24 Hours of the Fullerton Loop. I'm not up for 24 hours in the saddle, but if they every do a 6-hour division, I'd love to take a stab at that.
KB work seems to be making me faster on the bike. I feel better, recover faster, and the strength & stamina gains seem to translate well to the bike.
Here's tonight's workout:
- KB swing 3 x 20 @ 35#
- KB swing 5 x 20 @ 50#
- 1-arm KB swing x 60 @ 35#
- 1-arm KB swing 2 x 20 @ 50#
- knee push-up 3 x 24 @ BW
I'm also very tempted to steal a trick from Eric Heiden and add in some work on the inline skates here and there. Seemed to work for him.
One of my my rear bearings called it quits last week after a particularly bouncy stretch. I managed to baby the bike back to the car, but even that was dicey.
Same ritual as last time: pull the hub apart and replace the bearings.
The toughest part was getting the bearing races off the hub and axle. I pulled the outer myself using a hammer and a paint can opener, but had to get help from the local bike shop for the inner.
I managed to destroy one of the new bearings trying to install it, and mangle a pall spring while re-mounting the freehub. Luckily, one of the old bearings was still usable, and I salvaged an old pall spring from the freehub I replaced back in August. (Old parts aren't garbage, they're spares!) So I was back in business for a ride after work on Friday.
- Buy a bearing puller. (Done.)
- Have spares in the garage, especially when they're cheap.
- When buying parts for a repair, assume you'll break one of them.
Friday's ride went great... until I got stuck behind a horse at Laguna Lake. I mentally switched gears, reminded myself that I've (almost) never just barely hit my target time, and rolled along at a slow walking pace for a couple of minutes until it was safe to pass.
Final time: 50:34.
I'm going to call that a success with the added bonus of maybe been a good ambassador for mountain biking.
I realized I haven't posted maps of the rides I've done down around Crystal Cove State Park. It's an incredible area to go riding, and I've got to make time to explore down there a little more. But at 40 min. from home, and a solid hour from work, I either need to make time on weekends or it doesn't happen.
I won't be racing at Caspers. My wife and I are expecting our first child in January, and the baby shower is scheduled for November 12, the same day as the Caspers race. It's a no-brainer which one I'd rather be at, but I'm bummed that I don't get to do both. It seems that #dadlife is starting a bit before I thought it would.
Aside from that, I've been stacking up about 3 hrs/wk of riding, and I can definitely feel the benefits.continued