Collegiate Season so far

Wow did I get lazy this semester with these write ups.  Maybe just more busy considering that I’m taking 17 credits and running our team.  Either way, I’ve got some catching up to do so let’s do this.

NCSU: Why do we even bother to race in February?  Sure, the RR got up into the high 40s but the crit on Sunday was in the single digits with wind chill.  How does that even happen in the South?  Results: long breakaway caught in the RR with no good placing to show for it and some crazy headwinds.  Criterium was my first win of the season and ever so that was super awesome despite the bitter cold.

It was a little cold...

It was a little cold…

William and Mary: Snowed out.  We actually considered driving to Gainesville to do UF’s race weekend but thought better (or worse?) of it and stayed in College Park on our trainers.

UNC/UNCW: Also snowed out.  Went to church with Morgan instead in order to complete and assignment and was able to go home for my brother’s birthday.  (AKA another weekend on the trainer)

William and Mary 2: Electric Boogaloo: Amazingly, they pulled off getting a race in less than 2 weeks (pretty nice job).  Crit Saturday in which I tried to follow every move, ended up tiring my self out and came in 7th.  Eric Chrabot, an MBA student on the team mentioned that he was doing research on SweetFROG when it was across the street.  He and Ryan went to get free samples, walking past the girls selling girls scouts.  RR Sunday meant a late return.  Launched a big attack on the 1 climb in lap 3/4.  Group shattered but came back together.  Threw 1 more hard attack with ~1.5 miles to go, came into the final 200m solo but was caught, ended up around 10th.

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Spring Break: Amazing team bonding experience in Asheville, NC.  Got to climb Paris Mountain and Mount Mitchell.  Merped a lot that week.

Duke: The RR ends on a climb that is much harder and longer than I remembered from last year.  I put in a hard attack at the end into the climb, thinking that my power to weight was big enough to bring me to the end.  It wasn’t and I got 15thish.  Duke got a very cool new criterium course in a neat area of Durham with lots of restaurants surrounding a minor league baseball park.  What they didn’t count on was one of the teams arriving in their team bus in the middle of our race and taking up half the road.  I tried to lead Zach out into the finish but we were pushed wide into the final corner and finished DFL (we didn’t crash).

In the break with Nicky C.

In the break with Nicky C.

Stay #kind

Stay #kind

Navy:  Holy crap was this one windy.  Rolling course, super windy.  Tried to get away with a combination of riders multiple times.  Finally followed one of the Virginia Tech riders over a climb, not thinking much of it but we got 4 guys rotating and had a decent gap.  2 fell off but with Tech keeping the pace low, we grew the gap to 1:30 in the last lap when a rider from Duke completed the bridge.  I attacked twice from farther out and took 3rd place.  Crit was on a cool course but I flatted in front of my family and girlfriend (the only race they’ve seen me in so far).

Just merpin'

Just merpin’

WVU: Amazing road race with a steep, hard climb followed by 15 miles of rolling along a valley floor.  We engaged in some leapfrogging with the A’s since they were going along at parade pace for a while.  This got really annoying especially when I found out that my 6th place finish was relegated to 10th because of a yellow line rule violation that I was never warned about or told about at all during the race.  Crit was not worth mentioning: OK course, mediocre result.

ASU write-up soon.

Road season, here we come

Well, I’m getting way overly excited about something that is still super far away but I don’t care because it’s something to get excited about. My logic is that we have one more week of classes, a week of finals, then winter break (which should breeze by), then only two weeks until our first race weekend. My excitement is also compounded by the fact that we got our quarter-zips this week. They look dope. Look out for the hash tag #qzipschangelives for the amazing stories behind these jackets.

Peace out.

Breaking more stuff in the lab

I actually meant to post this a couple weeks ago when it happened but whatever. So, we were doing same pendulum experiment as the last time except with metals rather than polymers. Just wanted to show off some of the cool stuff we do in Maryland’s Materials department.

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Oh, and some of the materials were frozen in liquid nitrogen prior to being tested.

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Building a season with my mans Friel

Hello,

I am currently working on creating a training plan with Joe Friel’s Training Bible.  I decided that by posting my goals and plan online, I will be more likely to stick with it.  So, I’ll lay everything out here and reflect at the end of next year.

Season Goals for 2015:

1, Win Home B Criterium on March 8

2. Upgrade to Category 3 by the end of Collegiate Season

3. Break 1 hour in the August Church Creek Time Trial

Training Objectives (completed by February 13):

1. Improve focus: Pay attention to effort levels in all interval workouts

2. Improve sprinting: Complete sprint power test with scores of 4 for Max and 5 for average

3. Improve speed: Be able to spin at 140 RPM for one minute

4. Improve anaerobic endurance: Do 2-3 workouts focusing on anaerobic endurance per week during build

5. Improve muscular endurance: Complete a full hour at FTP 6 times during build

Annual Training Hours:

I have not done an official recording of my annual training hours in the past so I am going to take a guess.  Since I’m striving to be a decent Category 3 cyclist by the end of the season, I’m going to go for something in that range.  So, I’m going to aim for 600 hours over the coming year.

Race Priorities:

I have decided that my A races for this year are going to be our home weekend at UMD, the weekend of Kelly Cup and Wilmington Grand Prix and the weekend of Church Creek and Dawg Dayz.

My higher priority B races are going to be the 2 Cities Criterium, Tour of Hampton Roads and the Air Force Cycling Classic.