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Monday, September 05, 2005

In Pursuit of Trackie-ness -- Log

Howdy howdy howdy!

Been a little while since the last update, i've been busy...moved, and other going-ons to make life busy and blogless!

So, lessee what's been going on:
Fri (Aug 26th) - 2hr EM ride, nothing special.

Sat - 3.5hr EM ride w/Sarah and Marcus, had some good sprints in there.

Sun - 2.5hr BSide ride, had to cut it short, blew tire sidewall...

Mon - off/rest/rainy so no sprint nite

Tue - 2hr EM ride w/Kevin

Wed - off/moved!

Thu - Sprint Nite @ Track, felt wiped because i hadn't eaten much for the last couple days... Got 5th in a short scratch race, somehow got a 3rd in the Chariot, and 5th in the Win'n'Out (gaaah!)

Fri (Sept 2nd) - light spin with a few other trackies, did an hour or so solo as well.

Sat - BSide ride, good clip (~35kph) for the first 2hrs, then solo for the last (no one wanted to do the waterfront - wusses!)

Sun - BSide Part Deux, rainy day, faster guys took off, i sat on for a bit, sucking wheel splash, decided it wasn't worth it, so rode solo, doing some Tempo work...then somehow met up with them again on Land's End (maybe someone got a flat..they were quite a bit ahead of me..) sat in for another 30mins, rain (and splash) started again, and i realized i forgot my water bottles!!! Took the Lockside paths back into town, still managed 75km..with no water..heh.. Of course it was raining!

Mon - Pursuits at the track..they messed-up my timing, but tell me i got a 4:04 (or so) on my 3km pursuit...!! My previous record was 4:26, so i'm a bit doubtful....but unofficially my 3km time is around 4:04...wowwee..! It actually felt pretty good. No aero bars, but i didn't go out too hard, and kept it nice and steady..i believe i managed to maintain ~44kph...which is pretty good for me. Now i gotta get that up to 50kph, and i'll start to do alright in the event. =)
So, times are changing around here.. Only another week or two of track racing..which is a shame. Then i'll be settling into my fall/winter training schedule...which should be pretty good.

Got a couple weeks of Tempo rides coming up...then prolly hills (hello Observatory!) and sprints (hello Durrance Lake hill!) Rinse and repeat!

Also, i finally got myself a flash-based MP3 player! A real simple unit, the Creative MuVo, Basic Version.

It has all the features i was looking for:

* 512MB (over 4hrs of MP3's, enough for most rides)

* AAA battery (easy to change, unlike Shuffle, etc..)

* No Software required! (It's recognized by computers as an external drive, so you can just copy over the music files you want, since i sort them myself.)

* Flash drive!! (Can use to easily move files around, etc.. Handy to transfer songs to too, since i've got a USB port built into my keyboard.)

Wonderful little beastie! And just for fun, i'm gonna try out listening to audio books...i've already got a Star Trek one, as well as The Dancing Wu Li Masters. I'm a little worried it might come off as uninspiring tho, listening to a book while riding... We shall see!

Some time soon i'll start a page listing albums which are great to listen to while riding...maybe books too...more soon!


At Thursday, September 08, 2005 6:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of good riding... and cool little music player.
Is is fairly "safe" to ride up where you're at? I'd love to ride with my mp3 player, but there are some people who just hate bikes, so it's not that safe for me (almost had a heart attack today because some mack truck closed me in between the grass and outside of the lane)

At Friday, September 09, 2005 11:28:00 AM, Blogger Dave Shishkoff said...

It's actually pretty good, and most of the roads we ride have less traffic (got highways to carry most traffic between points..)

The routes have been used for over 30yrs here, all year round, so people are quite used to seeing bikes.

Tourists are another concern however..

At Friday, September 09, 2005 5:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great place to live in, bike-wise!

The best roads to bike on here are back-country roads, which are also the ones used by construction vehicles and the sort of people who hate bikes... a lot of them like NC State tho, so when I noticed I got a lot less "get off the roads" when i was wearing my team jersey, I started wearing it all the time (different story back in Chapel Hill, with our "rivals" at UNC (tho I ride with their team from time to time and they don't mind)

out of curiosity... star trek the original series, or one of the later series?

At Monday, September 12, 2005 11:22:00 AM, Blogger Dave Shishkoff said...

Yeah, Vic is pretty great!

I figured if i wore a hockey jersey and strapped on a hockey stick when i rode, i'd be liked a bit more..hahaha

Star Trek - i haven't really listened yet, but i'm pretty sure it's Next Gen... It's got the Q from it narrating. =)


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