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]

Sunday, December 20, 2009


greg and i got [2] good days of riding in this weekend, totally over 11hrs. the weather in socal has been perfect for december. today we went up and over the hill to santa monica and down to manhattan beach. the weather was ideal and apparently there was a party i wasn't invited too, as the roads were almost vacant of raging auto drivers. all in all a great preseason training weekend, tons of miles and some good efforts here and there. but mostly hours of leg speed work at high cadence. before i forget and the espresso wears off, we ran into our good friends from the iMartin days, todd, mike, joel, josh, and [?], it was really great to see them out riding and i hope we can all get it together and ride longer together real soon.

[i found a stash of dutch training treats, it's better than finding a dollar in your pocket.]

[greg and i taking off the early morning cold weather gear and getting ready to turn around in the south bay and head home. you can see by the way greg's jersey fits, he has lost a few stones and is in race fighting shape. as i mentioned before, his daily core workouts and cross training on the rowing machine is turning him into one legendary figure. be fore warned you youngsters on the team, he's 53 and will make you cry.]

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Friday, December 18, 2009


the weather has been great in socal the past week after the frigid temps during our fist true winter storm last week. everyone has been out training and exchanging quality banter.

greg update:
so greg wants to stay under the radar, but as an active team member he is to report training for all. he actually has an aversion to typing and sharing, being the man's man that he is. i will simply say that all the youngsters on the team had better step up and deliver as greg 'hard man' works long hours and usually is up by 4:30 - 5am each day. yet he still finds time to do 3 hours of training a day, and most days does 2 workouts. his cross training and core workouts are legendary. it will be sad if a 53 year old with bad knees, puts the rest of the team to shame. so if you are reading this, you had better be sitting on your saddle training or in between core workouts. because greg is. greg, your one of the teams inspirations and core medal.

[from blue and red blog]

michael and wes on the backside of GMR [?]

greg and i doing our civic duty and stopping at a red light during some afternoon LSD in the wind

these rouleur legs never run... from doing the work.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009


continuing with the winter stag training theme, we move on to diet and or dieting. preseason goal, as it seems every year for this now 45+ racer is to lose 15 - 20lbs to get into race attacking weight.

my regimen is:
- to put in as many LSD [long slow distance] miles, working on leg speed and cadence.
- resume riding the powercrank equipe bike.
- cut calories
- eat more fiber
- consume CLA
- drink more espresso
- drink more water
- balance the carbs to protein [4:1]
- always consume recovery drink after rides
- colon cleanse
- make sure that the calories i do eat are healthy and happy
- drink more espresso

i think that is about it. miles miles miles


Tuesday, December 15, 2009


winter training in socal has been crisp and cold of late, but everyone on the team is out making it happen. hows your training going?


Friday, December 11, 2009


Monday, December 07, 2009


a great weekend of base training by the team. it was cool, well actually cold and crisp for the socal contingent of the team. i actually wore my team wind breaker both saturday and sunday. it was chilly to say the least. now i know what you are saying, 52F is not that cold, but the wind chill put it closer to 45F and lower.

greg has lost over 30 pounds, is super fit and trim, combined with blood pressure meds [he is 52 after all], he was bone cold. i thought my hand was frostbite after he said, 'hey, check this out', and shook my hand. i assume with all his new found uber fitness and weight loss that his doc will have him off meds soon, contrary to the prescription drug dealers incentives to keep us all medicated one way or another [and why are there prescription drug commercials on TV? its not like i can go out and buy them over the counter].

ok, on to team kit orders and sponsor'ship corralling.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009


[wes out training with the team on GMR, thanks to team rider michael r. for the image]

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