Tag Archives: Training

Binge Training

18 Dec


That’s what Lynda Wallenfels calls it. Back-to-back epic training days. I’ve known about Lynda for several years although I’m pretty sure we’ve never formally met. She is as hardcore of a biker as I know. She beat me at the 06 Desert Rampage and later that same year I rode with her for quite a bit of the E50 in Park city. Yes, she beat me there too. I didn’t even finish.

I came across her blog a couple weeks back and noticed she has some epic binge training rides planned for the weekend before my Gooseberry 100k. Her 3rd day looks very similar to what I have planned for the 100k. I think Tasha and I are going to make a go of her camp. At the very least we plan on doing days 1 and 2.

The unsupported nature of the rides she has planned apparently require using a GPS. I must admit I’m intimidated by GPS. I don’t even know what the letters GPS stand for but I now know what Tasha is getting for Christmas. I’m sure she’ll love it.

I’ve never been so excited for a January in my life and yes, I’m still going down on the 19th for the inaugural Gooseberry 100k.

Winter Cycling

4 Dec

I just talked to Tony P. and he’s thinking about going out for a ride in the cold and snow. I really don’t want to go out in the cold and snow but in my constant pursuit to beat Kenny I’m forced to do it. Here he is at Leadville this year on his way to a blazing 8:30 time, on a single speed no less.


I’ve come to the painful realization that I can’t afford to take a few months off when it gets cold. Even after breaking his head open and busting his hip this past year you’d think he’d slow down. Wrong. He’s strong like bull.

And then there’s Rick S. and those youngsters in the DNA crowd (Tony, Jamie, etc.) that are constantly pushing the pace beyond AT or VT or whatever you call it when blood starts dripping out of your ears. Nobody’s getting slower.

I must ride. Of course, I’d rather be outside than doing this:


I’m so lerpy.

If I’m going to get out I need to go shopping for some good winter gloves . I’m sure I can find some cheaper gloves than these mitts I came across from Rapha. Holy Crap! $165! Ouch! I remember reading somewhere that John Stamstad liked to outfit himself for the Iditabike with cheap stuff from Wal-Mart. I’m definitely going to Wal-Mart.