Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Fortunately the trusty iPod had battery life so I wasn't totally bored. But I was miserable, drenched in sweat from head to toe.
To add insult to injury, the shower was lukewarm with little pressure.
Then, the topper was when power came back on 10 minutes after I finished! Another great example of the addage: You don't know what you've got 'till its gone.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
On a related note, the rollers reveal any imperfections in wheel trueness or tire uneveness. An annoying vibration/stutter bump results while riding. I think patched tubes also affect the smoothness as they generally don't fully inflate in the patch area.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
This shindig is going down next weekend in Belgium. My coach is going over with a buddy who has a pretty good blog and the trip should be well-documented:
Mud and Cowbells
They're livin' the dream for a week. Should be a good time!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Oh yeah, I only work 10 minutes every hour driving the Zamboni. I can do it!
Here's my face if any of you are on:
I couldn't resist using the chopper picture. I love that guy!
Monday, January 07, 2008
I just finished up my first week of training, having spent 5 hours on the rollers. My experience thus far has been overall positive. Remember, I have no prior roller experience to bring to the table, so my opinions are specific to this unit only. The unique aspect of this roller is that it has a "floating" base, meaning rubber bands allow some forward and backward motion of the drums so when I stand, the bike on the rollres will kind of flow with me. In the picture, the black frame is stationary on the floor, the gold frame is what supports the drums and is attached to the black frame at the front and back. Supposedly, this floating motion aids in the ability to adapt to rollers easily, creates a more natural road feel, and allows for harder/stand up efforts without risk of coming off the rollers. There are also a couple of safety bars that surround the rear wheel so a crash is minimized. Jeez, I can only image the gong show should I come off the rollers at speed!
The manual recommends using a wall for support while getting acclimated to the unit. I actually found I was leaning on it too heavily. I used the step up crate, clip in my left and just start pedaling and then clip in the right just like a normal start on the road. Now, the wall serves as security and the crate helps with the higher level.
You do need to remember the fact that your actually riding/steering your bike, so watching TV is a little more touch and go. The fan I have set up in front helps serve as a center point of reference.
I have had a couple of "moments" and I'm so convinced I'm really riding, I actually put on my brakes! In sum, I'm confident these will help make me very well prepared once I'm out on the road for real.