blue squirrel

after a self-imposed 20 year absence from cycling, the sport i love, i am back and dedicated to holding my own in the superfast 40+ catagory. this blog will tell the journey, the highs and the lows, the team [team becher+] and it's cast of characters, our sponsors, supporters, and other local riders that make it happen... [anonymous comments are lame, cowboy up and put a name or start a blog]

Saturday, December 22, 2007


yes, back to posting about bikes and riding.

wow, today was one of those days that everything went well.  i hammered well, i climbed with a snap in my stroke, i didn't fade.  it was one of those days and what a beautiful day it was.  it started out cold about 36 [yes, winter has hit LA] and progressed to a clear, bright, beautiful 60'ish.   noah and i headed out for a good steady ride, as he has been resting his knee and working hard, so really has not been on the bike for a few weeks.  he was of course really strong for awhile  and stuck me like a bad habit on the 3 lil' big ring bitches on wilshire, heading out to malibu from hollywood.  the cold really hit us hard, or i should say our lungs, as we were going hard and fast through westwood.  i have never liked the feeling of cold air in my lungs, during a hard effort.  it really hurt and felt like heavy phlegm in you upper lungs, as if we had been smoking for years.  we than made our way down and onto PCH [really nice drivers, not].  everyone on PCH is always buzzing you and never feel the need to share the road as they speed to their ever important early saturday morning engagement.  i realize that their schedule is far more important than my life and that i don't have bumpers or airbags, but come on, share a little.  it was so beautiful along the coast at 25 mph plus, i wanted to snap a picture for you, but my iPhone was running low on juice [oops, power].  

so back to my great day in the saddle, after watching the 2006 tour and floyd's exploits during stage 17, it finally dawned on me after all these years, 'hey, maybe you should really gel up every 15 minutes and see what happens.  well today i found out, i rocked it all day and really felt great.  the one gel i can tolerate, is hammer's espresso gel, hmm imagine that, espresso flavor.  well it really keep me going and i felt no fade all day, i even had snap going up ocean blvd, to santa monica.  it is not an especially hard or long climb, albeit a bit steep, but after a long day in the saddle, it can be a b-hatch.

so, gel up and stay fadeless, boy is my head a bit hard and stubborn, but i learned today.  so i hope you had a great ride today no matter where you are and have a merry christmas.

- blue'


  • At 9:09 PM, Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said…

    Does this mean that you are going to be able to pace me up the climbs next time?

    Keep those gels flowing... it does a body good.


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