Sunday, April 4, 2010

Catch Up.

A lot has happened since we last spoke. Lets start with daylight savings time. I know it happened weeks ago but the whole riding after work (outside) thing is really working out well. Hours are ticking away and the legs are humming.
Lets start with what’s most fresh: Easter. Lauren hosted my family and we ate way to much lamb, carrot soufflé, and pie. It was fantastic.
The day before Easter was "Woody's last ride" Woody is a Cadence OG, as he has been their mechanic since their opening. He's headed to the west coast and will be missed. In his honor Cadence hosted a spring classics style ride which drew a huge turnout. I rode into the ride from home, picking up some friends in Valley Forge, rolling into Manayunk, into the city, back on the drives, over to the tow path and up the ugly cobbled climb Port Royal. I rolled back to my house after a 5 hour day cooked.
The day before that was hill repeats with Lauren. Lauren showed some form by summiting Welsh Valley Road in record time. I showed some "being tired" by forcing myself to do my prescribed hill work after a difficult Great Valley Training Race on Thursday night.
Great Valley: 27.3 mph avg for the 30 lap 'race'. Each of the 4 Philadelphia Ciclismo riders present were spotted toward the front taking digs when needed. If you don't go out to this training race do try it, its great speed work and a relatively safe environment.
And then there is the matter of WV Camp. Raw Talent Ranch was filled with 40 minute climbs, team drills, mock races, lead outs, dirt descents at 35 mph, switchbacks, valleys, vistas, sun, hail, rain, wind and more PB&J and bananas than an elementary school. Thanks to Cadence for sending Coach Colin up to work with us. Far better accounts can be found here at Jay's blog. Gutting it out with teammates was prefect practice for... .
Battenkill. We are sending a 5 man team to the Cat 3 race. Weather has been variable, but the Pave's are on. (rumor has it our team bought up the last 6 pairs in the US). Full report on that after the weekend.

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