somewhat daily mutterings

/Cycling The Gift of Dura-Ace

My boss recently upgraded his all Dura-Ace two-ring setup to an all Dura-Ace three-ring setup. This necessitated the replacement of pretty much every drivetrain component, and the shift/brake levers. Rather than put the old components on eBay, he offered them to me. Of course, I accepted, having never had Dura-Ace on any bike of mine. While it was very kind of him to donate these components to me, it has caused me a bit of consternation. You see, it's a real waste for those nice DA components to just sit in the box. They really need to be on a nice frame of some sort. You see where this is going, of course. Yes, I've been spending time on eBay again, looking for vintage, or at least used, interesting older steel frames made by Colnago, Masi, and Ciocc. The frame has to be steel, and it has to be lugged, and it probably has to be italian.

Posted: Sat Jun 26 19:22:13 -0700 2004

/Miscellany Stomach Cramps

Ever since eating dinner the evening after the Elephant Rock Ride (Sunday), I've been feeling somewhat bloated and having stomach cramps. I assumed Sunday evening that I'd just worn myself out and was suffering from some mild dehydration. But the cramps have stayed around for 48 hours now. They aren't horrible, but I could certainly live without them. I felt better today than yesterday, so that's a good sign.

Due to the cramps, which seem to get worse when I eat, dining has not been that interesting to me. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of writing a book called The Stomach Cramp Diet.

Update: By Friday I was pretty back to normal. My latest theory is that I was actually getting sick on the E-Rock ride itself, and that would explain why I felt so bad by the end.

Posted: Tue Jun 08 19:39:45 -0700 2004

/Cycling 2004 Elephant Rock Ride Report

As I have in the three previous years, I rode the metric century course of the Elephant Rock Ride. Three words describe it best: hot, windy, and exhausting. I'm not sure I've felt worse by the end of any other ride (except maybe the 2001 Triple Bypass - but that was twice the distance and three or more times the climbing).

Rather than type in a whole description, I'm going to be lazy and paste in an email about the ride I sent to my friend Steve:

Today was the Elephant Rock bike rally, and it kicked our (Brian, Jason and my) asses. We did the metric century (actually 65.0 miles). The ride goes in a long, counter-clockwise rectangle, taking off in a southward direction from Castle Rock, CO. South is the direction of Monument Pass, and that means climbing. Yesterday was a truly beautiful day, and I was looking forward to another one today. Naturally, today, the wind was gusting 12 to 24 mph from the south. So, giant headwinds and lots of climbing ruled the first half of the riding and it really dragged me down. My foot started hurting a lot at around the 30 mile mark, so I had to nurse it a bit at rest stops. The second half of the ride was pretty good, offering a big tailwind, but it could have been so much better if I hadn't been so exhausted by the first half. Brian started cramping on a couple of climbs although he'd been drinking like a champ and eating nanners and energy bars all day.

Actually, a lot of my own suffering was probably due to me getting pretty dehydrated, even though I drank tons of water yesterday. I noticed during the ride that I wasn't peeing all that much, and that at some point I wasn't really even sweating all that much (at least for CO). At about the 40 mile point I started getting thirsty, and then I knew I was in trouble (it was sunny and in the low-90's by now). I drank as much as I could, but just never felt very good through the end of the ride. On the final big hill, I started getting a headache and an upset stomach, and was very near to getting off and walking. But I persevered and luckily, after the big hill it's about 10 miles of downhill into Castle Rock, so all's well that ends well. When I got home I weighed nearly three pounds lighter than in the morning, and that's after slamming a Pepsi and a bunch of water at the end party. Stupid bicyclist.

Posted: Tue Jun 08 19:34:50 -0700 2004

/Cycling Horsey Hundred

This year, I decided to replace my traditional trip to KY to do the TOSRV ride with a trip to KY to do the "Horsey Hundred". The Horsey Hundred is always held on Memorial Day weekend, and offers a century on Saturday, and a 70+ mile ride on Sunday, all on very hilly central KY terrain.

Unfortunately this was a very stormy May for KY (tornados touched down in Lexington on Friday and Sunday), and the Saturday century ride was one of the few bright spots in the weather. Sunday's weather was so bad that we skipped that day's ride. Even though the weather in KY was pretty crazy, MB and I had great driving weather both out and back, which was welcome.

Here are some selected photos from the ride:

Horsey Hundred, Saturday, first stop

Horsey Hundred, Saturday, second stop

Horsey Hundred, Saturday, view down power easement after huge climb

Horsey Hundred, Saturday, Old Frankfort Pike scenery

Horsey Hundred, Saturday, old barn

Additional photos (including non-ride photos) at my .Mac site.

Posted: Thu Jun 03 20:44:22 -0700 2004

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