Final Sprint

Talk about a way to finishing a long, trying and epic battle of stages that they call the Tour de France.  What really inspired me was the sprint race at the end.  It’s an amazing spectacle.  It’s an organized chaotic display of choreography.  Using teammates to pull your strongest sprinter to the front only to watch them catapult with all they have at the end of an already difficult pace set by the racers who pull away from the peloton.

Mark Cavendish.  Quite a spectacle especially watching him after winning his 5th stage on a sprint challenge.  There’s a sense of camaraderie, sacrifice and determination brought on by the team.  It is really cool to watch certain team members drop off after their job is done to make space for their other teammates to sprint.  Just watch how skillfully each team tries to push their best sprinter to the front and watch the spectacle that is Cavendish take it home with ease.  Admirable and inspiring.  Time to do speedwork.  But first – let’s get back into shape.  ūüėõ

Final Sprint

Talk about a way to finishing a long, trying and epic battle of stages that they call the Tour de France. ¬†What really inspired me was the sprint race at the end. ¬†It’s an amazing spectacle. ¬†It’s an organized chaotic display of choreography. ¬†Using teammates to pull your strongest sprinter to the front only to watch them catapult with all they have at the end of an already difficult pace set by the racers who pull away from the peloton.

Mark Cavendish. ¬†Quite a spectacle especially watching him after winning his 5th stage on a sprint challenge. ¬†There’s a sense of¬†camaraderie, sacrifice and determination brought on by the team. ¬†It is really cool to watch certain team members drop off after their job is done to make space for their other teammates to sprint. ¬†Just watch how skillfully each team tries to push their best sprinter to the front and watch the spectacle that is Cavendish take it home with ease. ¬†Admirable and inspiring. ¬†Time to do speedwork. ¬†But first – let’s get back into shape. ¬†ūüėõ

Bonk

I think the Bike Noob put a great blog post a while back about this 5K loop course.  Coming from Houston, it’s a refreshing route of elevation changes.  It’s nice to have some uphill attacks and downhill cruises.  Not to mention, a fun steep climb that’ll get your heart pumping, especially when you’re out of shape, like I was today.  -_-It’s also a motivator when a fit fixie rider comes flying by you while you’re on low gear trying to steady your heartrate.  Not to mention, my bike computer always seems to have a huge problem when I ride hilly terrain.  I think I need to change it out.  It’s works great…when it works but it was terrible trying to always fix it while I was riding the MS150.  I would say half of my ride wasn’t calculated when I wanted to know my speed and distance.Anyway, so I bonked after 3 laps.  It’s a toy with your emotions when you get back to the start point of the loop going downhill, it motivates you to keep going.  About a quarter in, I get hit with the heavy legs and a pumping heart.  Not to mention riding in the heat made me want to hurl.  My body is out of shape and not conditioned to riding like it used to be.  I need to fix that again.My problem? My bike seems to have this huge clicking/cracking type sound when I’m cranking up the steep hill.  Is that normal?  Is something cracked or loose?  I’m scared that I’ll be pushing up a hill and all of a sudden, my bike will split in half or my crank falls off.  I dunno.All in all, it was fun to get out there again like that.  Can’t wait to ride longer, stronger and faster again.  I want to see what my 5K lap times will be on my bike.  Something to keep me motivated.Crank Music:311 – Beautiful DisasterKings of Leon – Sex on FireDrake – OverKanye West – PowerKenna – Phantom Always

Bonk

I think the Bike Noob put a great blog post a while back about this 5K loop course. ¬†Coming from Houston, it’s a refreshing route of elevation changes. ¬†It’s nice to have some uphill attacks and downhill cruises. ¬†Not to mention, a fun steep climb that’ll get your heart pumping, especially when you’re out of shape, like I was today. ¬†-_-

It’s also a motivator when a fit fixie rider comes flying by you while you’re on low gear trying to steady your heartrate. ¬†Not to mention, my bike computer always seems to have a huge problem when I ride hilly terrain. ¬†I think I need to change it out. ¬†It’s works great…when it works but it was terrible trying to always fix it while I was riding the MS150. ¬†I would say half of my ride wasn’t calculated when I wanted to know my speed and distance.

Anyway, so I bonked after 3 laps. ¬†It’s a toy with your emotions when you get back to the start point of the loop going downhill, it motivates you to keep going. ¬†About a quarter in, I get hit with the heavy legs and a pumping heart. ¬†Not to mention riding in the heat made me want to hurl. ¬†My body is out of shape and not conditioned to riding like it used to be. ¬†I need to fix that again.

My problem? My bike seems to have this huge clicking/cracking type sound when I’m cranking up the steep hill. ¬†Is that normal? ¬†Is something cracked or loose? ¬†I’m scared that I’ll be pushing up a hill and all of a sudden, my bike will split in half or my crank falls off. ¬†I dunno.

All in all, it was fun to get out there again like that. ¬†Can’t wait to ride longer, stronger and faster again. ¬†I want to see what my 5K lap times will be on my bike. ¬†Something to keep me motivated.

Crank Music:
311 – Beautiful Disaster
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
Drake – Over
Kanye West – Power
Kenna – Phantom Always

Messenger Bag

What do you carry around if you’re using your bike to commute or on a ride?  Do you bring your laptop?  Couple of books/notebooks/mags/textbooks?  Do you use a slingbag or a simple backpack to carry things?It’s sure easy to get caught up in buying what the “best” item is out there when reading consumer reviews.  A lot of the times, you have stuff that works and works well.  Sure, it’s nice to have new stuff sometimes but I have this whole thing of if i buy something new, I have to get rid of two old things in order to replace and release of old things.  Buying a shirt?  Is it worth getting rid of two shirts for that you don’t use?  It’s a smart enough questions to answer to make a subdued decision instead of living on impulse.My dad has a collection of bags that are pretty impressive.  From simply holding an iPod to storing multiple bags inside of the bag.  Yep, that’s right.  It’s bag to put in your bag so your bag has a bag.

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Messenger Bag

What do you carry around if you’re using your bike to commute or on a ride?¬† Do you bring your laptop?¬† Couple of books/notebooks/mags/textbooks?¬† Do you use a slingbag or a simple backpack to carry things?

It’s sure easy to get caught up in buying what the “best” item is out there when reading consumer reviews.¬† A lot of the times, you have stuff that works and works well.¬† Sure, it’s nice to have new stuff sometimes but I have this whole thing of if i buy something new, I have to get rid of two old things in order to replace and release of old things.¬† Buying a shirt?¬† Is it worth getting rid of two shirts for that you don’t use?¬† It’s a smart enough questions to answer to make a subdued decision instead of living on impulse.

My dad has a collection of bags that are pretty impressive.¬† From simply holding an iPod to storing multiple bags inside of the bag.¬† Yep, that’s right.¬† It’s bag to put in your bag so your bag has a bag.

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How many bikes is too many?

I have a road bike that I love but not all terrains love it back.  Not to mention that going clipless isn’t always beneficial, especially when you’re riding around the city.  What about the occasional trail bike ride that you want to go on also…  Is that when a hybrid is beneficial?  Get a commuter bike and a mountain bike?  So many things to considering when you want to ride.  Who knew it was like picking shoes…  That there isn’t just one to do ’em all.  Sure there are a couple bikes that can but are they the strongest in each aspect?  Probably not.  I don’t want to have a graveyard of bikes hanging around my place but I also don’t want to use my roadie to death as I want to keep it for a fairly long time.Also, how much do I want to spend for a commuter.  I really don’t want to have a budget breaker kinda bike but I want one that looks fairly nice without having to be paranoid if it’s still outside when I go to check on my bike.  Make sense?I just wanna ride.