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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Base Induced Thoughts

Another competitive year comes to a close, a brief training respite ensues, and then the cycling squawk inevitably turns to Base. T'is my favorite time of year, long epic rides, great conversation, self induced brain freeze and no flexing of the quads because "ah man I can't go this hard, I am in base, let's back it off". Just the basics..... and a lot of them. I guess I look at base like the ole story of building your house, you need a strong foundation or your house will collapse.

Well today at hour three, my hands nearly fell off, with sub 30 degree temps and less then base worthy gloves, my body was screaming for the coffee shops (which is my favorite base ritual). I had to make the stop while Ranno peddled around the block for 15 minutes, I guess Ranno enforces this no stopping policy. Well 24 oz of jitter juice later and one huge muffin, my game face was back on to finish out the final hours. It only takes one near frost bite experience to set you straight.

Btw, I have suffered through my share of hard earned miles and have come to a couple conclusions: Goggles serve their purpose under the right conditions, newspaper is a must from December on (note the Rocky Mtn News under my jersey today) and do not be afraid to rock the double chamois.


Blogger Taylor Webb said...

Do you have any tips on keeping your feet from becoming two blocks of ice? Its hard to break out the road bike when you have 7" of snow everywhere :)

6:22 AM  
Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

I'll take your 30 degrees if you want my 3 degree temps here in Iowa. I only made it about 2 hours until I started to get cold feet.

Pictures on the blog.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Stephen D. Zepeda said...

I'll take your 3 degrees, if you want my 72 degree temps here in Texas... oh wait that doesn't make sense! :) I just wanted to anti-up :)

7:47 AM  
Blogger Mom said...

Santa is going to have to bring you some winter woolies!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Tristan Schouten said...

Yo Martini, you're not suppose to crumple the paper and stuff it in, just slide it up under so you don't look like Santa. Also, last time I did the fruit loops it was snowing too and I froze my arse off and had to stop at good ol come,sit,stay too. And one more thing... base for 2006??? What's up with that, I'm still racing the 2005 season. You guys must be going for the January championships. Sweet, off season for me in 6 days!!
Oh yeah, how can you start 2006 when you didn't learn to ride a wheely yet in 2005??!! First things first, come on now.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Allen Forbis said...

Newspaper? Why not just wear a rain shell. One of those 25 dollar clear ones from trek. No air moves through those things.

12:07 PM  

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