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March 2, 2009

Newww Bike Daaaaay

I bought this 2007 Giant TCR C2 from Jonny at Buy My Bikes. Ultegra brifters, derailleurs, 105 brakes, Raceface crank. Up next? Gold medals

March 9, 2009

Be safe out there

photo from Wolfy <3 Safety's "This Will Hurt" race

Be mindful of cars, people, and other cyclists. And always wear your helmet.

My March Aspiration

500 miles on the saddle. I've been out of riding shape ever since I came back from my Asia trip and need to set some tangible goals. While 500 miles isn't a lot for an entire month (Tour of California was 780 miles in nine days), I think it'll be a steady challenge for myself given my workload during tax season. I'll be posting updates if anyone cares to ride along and to keep myself accountable.

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March 11, 2009

March Mix

Here's what I've been listening to while I'm on the saddle. Thank God Wednesday is a rest day. 141/500 miles. My legs are dead.

1. Mother Mother - Body (3:33)
2. Immaculate Machine - Wo Xiang Tanbai (3:03)
3. Ol Dirty Bastard - shimmy shimmy ya (2:41)
4. The Noisettes - Wild Young Hearts (2:54)
5. Santogold - Lights Out (3:12)
6. Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (4:17)
7. Voicst - So Simple That It's Hard To Understand (3:04)
8. Peter Bjorn And John - Let's Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix) (3:18)
9. MGMT - Electric Feel (3:46)
10. Matt & Kim - Ginders (1:46)
11. Her Space Holiday - Sleepy Tigers (3:27)
12. Noah And The Whale - Shape Of My Heart (2:54)
13. My Little Pony - A Song For You (On Your 40th Birthday) (2:40)
14. Mother Mother - Ghosting (4:45)
15. The Watson Twins - Just Like Heaven (4:17)
16. Pale Young Gentlemen - Paper Planes (3:32)
17. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (2:25)

March 12, 2009

Day Twelve: Riding in circles

photo by gordonr

I took the road bike into the shop to get shorter cranks. It came with 175mm Race Face cranks, which is way too long. The backs of my knees started to hurt on longer rides and my knees hit my chest when I go into a full aero tuck.

So with no road bike to rack up miles on, I went to ADT Velodrome to ride around in circles. I was a little intimidated because the last time I was there was when I took the training session. During that session I didn't go fast enough, slid down the embankment, ruining a new pair of shorts in the process. But Huphtur was there giving me some pointers and answering my stupid questions. "What's that? Who's he? I wanna go clockwise!" Anyways, It was good riding the Scattante again, she fits just right.

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March 15, 2009

1/2 way there

Rode out to Pepperdine University on Friday night, when I got there I saw Malibu Canyon Road and thought "hmmm... I'm feeling good, let's see where this goes". Turns out, it goes in to a cold ass canyon, and then spits you out into Calabasas where you have to ride another 20 miles back to West LA. Sunday was a little better, road with Team Huphdetang. Windy, but fun.

At this point, I'm about half way done with my miles and have half a month to finish them up. It's defiantly do able, but I feel as if I'm straining myself; especially after Friday night's ride. I've been stretching my legs out and taking in more potassium for muscle soreness, but as soon as I get on the saddle, I feel as if I'm already tired.

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March 18, 2009

Some statistics

Here's some stats from my progress so far.

Miles Ridden: 304mi
Vertical Miles Climbed: 1.5mi
Dollars saved on gas: $44
Dollars spent on bike parts: $300
Calories Burned: 15,000kcal
Pounds lost: 2lbs
Fluid ounces of sports drinks consumed: 118oz
Fluid ounces of water: 108oz
Fluid ounces of beer as a "recovery" drink: a lot
Number of close calls with cars: 3
Number of accidents I've witnessed: 2
Number of people on the street who have cheered: 1
Number of miles to go: 196 miles
Number of days left: 14 days

March 23, 2009

My ass is a wrench

I'm pretty sure it was straight when I started the ride and I'm pretty sure I tightened it down. But at the end of 75 miles, I had managed to shift the saddle several degrees to the right. I guess this goes along with my recent revelation that my right leg is slightly longer than my left leg. Anyways, less than one hundred miles left. FASTER LEGS!! FASTER!

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March 26, 2009

More Music to Make Miles to

It's coming down to the wire. Here's what's been in heavy rotation this last week.
1. Devo - Watch Us Work It (2:13)
2. Lily Allen - Not Fair (Doctor Rosen Rosen remix) (3:29)
3. Local Natives - Airplanes (3:58)
4. Phoenix - 1901 (3:13)
5. Stereo Total - I Love You, Ono (3:10)
6. Ugly Duckling - Einstein Do It (4:30)

March 29, 2009

500 Miles Done

That's it, I'm done. What started out as a "hey-I-wonder-if-I-can" and turned into a 17 ride hurt-fest, is finally over. Thanks to everyone for their words of encouragement. My legs need a massage and my soft parts need a rest. What's next? I'm going to try to do 500 miles in a week by biking from San Francisco to Los Angeles at the end of May.

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