WOW it has been a while since I last posted! I have been to Winter Formals with Nicole (she was gracious enough to pay me back for going to her Semi-Formals--VERY fun time! I am really lucky to have an awesome friend who I can take to stuff like this [and impress all of the dudes]).
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Well, I cannot complain about living in Princeton, New jersey . . . it is beautiful riding country, the weather is nice most of the time, and I have an elevator in my dorm building and all-you-can-eat dining halls just a few hundred meters away!
I don't know if those factors had anything to do with my new five-hour-record average power on my favorite loop, from Frenchtown, NJ to Califon, NJ (the highest point in Hunterdon County). Maybe it was due to my nice rest week over Thanksgiving, and I am just now realizing the benefits of 130 hours in the saddle during the previous five weeks! Whatever it was, I had a beautiful ride today.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
First off--HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I had a great time at my aunt and uncle's house just 40 miles from Princeton (yes, I rode there) and ate enough stuffing and apple pie to kill a small donkey.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
I know it sounds like all I do is ride my bike . . . and this post is not going to convince you otherwise!
I just got another 5MJ ride under my belt on Sunday. The weather was beautiful, and I had a nice breakfast with my younger cousin Hyland--she is a sophomore in high school at Lawrenceville which is literally 6 miles down the road from me. It was very good to see her, although I had just eaten with her and my uncle a couple weeks ago, and I am going to their place for Thanksgiving, so she hadn't grown or anything.
I am really looking forward to 7 days from now--no, not Thanksgiving, although I am looking forward to that as well . . . I am going to be flying down to Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday to meet my new teammates on the Time Factory Racing Team! Erik Saunders is the DS of this recently-upgraded UCI Continental team, and I am anxious to sit down with everyone and get to talk about our goals (both individual and team) for next season. We are going to be doing some team-building activities and the like, and then I am staying Tuesday night and flying back Wednesday morning in time for my FIRST CLASS OF THE DAY at 3PM (now you know my secret of getting in massive hours on the bike!).
I am really going to focus on stage racing next season because it makes use of my time-trialing and climbing abilities . . . I have also learned that I get stronger after a few long days of hard riding, and I am pretty smart on the bike, so I think GC riding really suits me. Here is my [ideal] schedule for next season:
Sunday, November 4, 2007
9 days without class
Friday, November 2, 2007
So today was one of my best days on the bike to date . . . I have really been taking advantage of our Fall Break after midterms, and I decided (yes, arbitrarily) that I was going to try to get in 40 hours of actual riding time in those 9 days. Well, there have been a few days where I thought it was going to be impossible, but it looks like I am going to do it! I am even one hour ahead of the schedule I had set out. The ride today is one of the reasons I am going to make it:
This ride I decided not to look at the SRM very much and instead just enjoy the MASSIVE amount of time I had to go ride up north. I rode up to Frenchtown along the Delaware River on the PA side [making sure to cross at the PEDESTRIAN bridge after the dude guarding Washington's Crossing literally tried to tackle me for riding across with traffic!], then northeast to Califon and the highest point in Hunterdon County (found an AMAZING 15-minute-climb on the way, just beautiful, steady, and NO cars), and then south to the Reservior and back home. It was the longest ride I have probably ever done in one "sitting" and it was beautiful. I REALLY like not having class!!! Below is the actual SRM graph:
In other, non-cycling news, my best friend Will Watts and I went up to Sarah Lawrence (Bronxville, New York just north of Manhattan) for Halloween. Will's good friend from high school, Carlo, is a senior and is a very fun, creative guy who is the life of the party--he has shown us a great time up there on more than a few occasions, and this trip was no exception. It was a BLAST! I dress up as Julius Caesar after being inspired while looking for cycling-related Halloween costumes.
Now I have two more full days off, and then a couple more weeks of school before Thanksgiving. I am going to be having lots of turkey and sweet potatoes at my aunt and uncle's house, like I have my freshman and sophomore years at Princeton, and it is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I am also going to be flying down to Charlotte, North Carolina for a day to meet with my new team (directed by Erik Saunders, was the Time Factory Development team this year and is a UCI Continental Team next season) for some introductions and team-building activities. PSYCHED!!!
Well, time to go chow down and try to replace my 7,000+ calories for the day :-) Any sport that allows you to eat pints of Haagen-Dazs and large anchovy pizzas while getting in better shape is my kind of activity!!!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I just ride my bike in New Jersey. When it rains. Over 3 inches in 24 hours. I woke up this morning and saw that all of New Jersey was being flooded, so I decided to do what my iPod told me: "get on your bike and ride." For 5+ hours.
Then here are those Cokesbury hill repeats at a decent pace in sections:
Work: 185 kJ
TSS: 15.1 (intensity factor 0.911)
Norm Power: 291
Distance: 2.154 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 394 282 watts
Heart rate: 138 167 153 bpm
Cadence: 72 109 89 rpm
Speed: 7.5 21.8 11.8 mph
Pace: 2:45 7:59 5:05 min/mi
Crank Torque: 0 417 270 lb-in
Work: 176 kJ
TSS: 14.5 (intensity factor 0.904)
Norm Power: 289
Distance: 2.152 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 43 424 276 watts
Heart rate: 128 170 155 bpm
Cadence: 61 112 90 rpm
Speed: 9.4 23.4 12.1 mph
Pace: 2:34 6:24 4:56 min/mi
Crank Torque: 53 408 260 lb-in
Work: 177 kJ
TSS: 14.4 (intensity factor 0.898)
Norm Power: 288
Distance: 2.153 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 107 405 275 watts
Cadence: 63 102 90 rpm
Speed: 8.0 23.9 12.0 mph
Pace: 2:31 7:33 4:59 min/mi
Crank Torque: 97 412 260 lb-in
It was actually a good ride, even though parts of it sucked (like my chamois-chaffing due to water+sand--I know, t.m.i.), and I did three repeats up Cokesbury, a good-sized hill that takes about 10 minutes to climb, with some sections at my FTP. I think it is a good idea to do these once or twice a week just to remember what it feels like to actually go up a hill at more than "tempo" pace. I will probably feel the efforts in the morning!
In other news, I am thanking the higher power(s) that midterms week is over and now we have Fall Break for a week! I am excited to not be stressed for a while and be able to ride a ton--my goal is to get in 40 hours in the next 9 days.
Also, on Thursday I went to a lecture at the Institute for Advanced Study (renowned as top scholarly institution in the world) with my great-aunt Mrs. Jaffin. I didn't even know her or my great-uncle before going to school out here, but they have become my surrogate grandparents (Charly Jaffin is Princeton Class of 1944!). The lecture was given by Charles Simonyi about his 14-day space-tourism experience with the Russian space program. AWESOME!
On Friday my uncle Mike and my cousin Highland invited me to dinner at Mediterra, a really nice restaurant in Palmer Square right next to Princeton's campus. It was great to see them--I can't remember the last time--and Highland is, of course, having a blast at school in Lawrenceville and kicking butt in squash, XC and track.
Oh yeah, I just found out some other great news . . . here is my finals schedule:
Thursday, October 18, 2007
It is so nice to be back on the bike! These past few weeks have been cool, partying and relaxing and being a normal college kid, but now it's down to business. I meant to ease into things, but my first ride on Monday was a 4000kJ, 5hr solo hammerfest! The weather was just too nice, and I missed a turn as well.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wow, I have had a blast these past two weeks! It has been weird not riding, but I have definitely made the most of it by enjoying my time at school, going out a lot to Cap and Gown (my eating club), and partying. I went to the T-town swap meet with the team and stocked up on cheap winter gear, and I am going to be working on the bike a bit today (after homework) to get it in good riding condition.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Yes, The Devil was at Worlds!!! He did not scare me into riding my bike very fast, though . . . my legs toast just 10 minutes into the race!
The past week has been a whirlwind, to put it mildly. I have had some of the most amazing experiences and memories of my life this past week, and only a few of them had to do with riding my bike! I will start from where my last post left off and try to recount (with liberal photography) everything I did . . . wish me luck:
How did I get to Stuttgart? Lots of hours on planes, trains, and automobiles! I was whacked by the time I arrived, and they even had the clairvoyance to leave my bike in London since I was not going to do its fast wheels and smooth aerobars justice :-)
I met Ken Whelpdale and his chicki Magda (from Mallorca, Spain) just outside baggage claim and we hit the road for a whole 7 minutes to our AMAZING Hotel Gloria.
Let me just say, this place was the coolest hotel I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The whole place was occupied by Team America and they catered to us hand and foot--just check out my sick first meal at the restaurant (all on Ken's tab, of course):
After doing my homework for the week while I was bored and hanging out in my room . . .
I had dinner with the team. The day after my ride with DZ (from my last post), the team went out to the course for some reconnaissance during the window of time that they opened the course to riders and close it to cars. The ride was really cool mostly because I got to meet Jason McCartney, a recent Vuelta stage winner and amazingly talented rider on Discovery. He is a fellow Iowan from a small town called Coralville, and is one of the friendliest and most approachable people I have ever met. He told me how great he thought it was that I am still going to school, that he went to Nols and then got back into cycling.
It is really amazing riding next to someone as accomplished and experienced as Jason, and I was blown away by one simple truth: he, like DZ and George Hincapie (also on the pre-ride to the course), is human and was where I am when they were young. It is just incredible to meet these people that I have thought are just inhuman, and it is the most encouraging experience I have ever had. I realize that with some incredible hard work and perseverance, I have the chance to go around the world and win some of the biggest races in the sport. That is my plan.
This pre-ride also included some big guns on the women's side, including the defending World Champion Kristin Armstrong. The photographers even found our camper!
The woman on the left is Kristin, and then Christine Thorburn is messing with her bike while Steve Johnson (CEO of USA Cycling) watches. This trip was just insane!
I think I am just going to start posting a lot of pictures and just put in a few words about each . . . hell, each one is 1k words, right?
Here is Dave talking with Alison Powers (current Pan-Am champ and all-round kick-ass girl from Boulder, CO) and Tejay Van Gerderen (my other U23 TT teammate and amazingly talented youngster--20th overall at l'Avenere is nothing to shake a stick at!). Dave is a very strange cat, and hilarious.
Here is the hill that I thought was going to be the killer--no, this one was easy compared to the finishing climb!
This is the crowd that was here for the PRE-RIDE the DAY BEFORE the race! This was just INSANE! I couldn't even hear myself think for half of the race.
My race face. Just before getting on the trainer and then hitting the road.
Here are my wonderful parents after I got changed and got my hair did!
I had a lot of wienerschnitzel and great beer after a long and successful season! SO TASTY!
Here we are after one of the most amazing dinners I have ever had (it should be for $250!) at a four-star hotel in Stuttgart on the town square. I love Champagne! I also love the U-bahn train system, SO much better than New Jersey Transit.
That is some nice stuff laying around our workshop in the basement of Hotel Gloria!
Here Mom and I are standing at the entrance to the Mercedes Museum--the coolest museum I have ever entered! There are too many car pictures to upload, I would probably crash Blogger, but I will cherry-pick the best! (Dad was with us, but he had to go find a parking spot--no mean feat at this place)
The first Mercedes SLR with a custom-built carrier that has the rear roof integrated to streamline the airflow of the truck/car. Think 186 miles per hour in the 1950s.
The Gullwing. Priceless.
It tried to eat him after its picture was taken.
This is an honest-to-God Formula One car from 2004--no pictures will do it justice, it was simply a tour-de-force of engineering and form-follows-function artistry.
Not your daddy's CLK! This aero is just incredible. Goes to show, surface area on tires truly IS important, no matter what pure physicists say about F = u * m * g and does not depend on anything but u and m.
Mom was a good sport and put up with Dad and my fantasies for a couple hours!
One of the original formula race cars, a Silver Arrow.
Another beautiful depiction of form following function. These are the fastest legs on earth! It was incredible to watch him come up this climb during the time trial on Thursday. It looked like he was on a motorcycle while everyone else (the other best riders in the world) were on tricycles.
This is one of the few pictures I could even take quickly enough to capture him!
After watching the men's race, my mom and I hoped the train to the airport and then went to Vienna for Friday and Saturday! It was amazing. I have some great pictures from that, but my camera was not used as much as my mom's, so that post will come in a few days (assuming I don't find out I am missing all of my school work!).
Thanks a lot for reading/looking--I hope I gave you a taste of my giant meal that was Worlds 2007! I plan on coming back next year and having some fast legs . . .