Thursday, February 12, 2009

Urban Single Track, Expensive Neighborhoods, and Angry Drivers

4 AM seemed to come especially early this morning. It was really tough to drag myself out of bed and I was tempted to just stay there. But I knew I would be mad at myself if I did. Felt a little tired this morning and this was hill repeat day. On the keel was a 10 mile run with 10 * 3 ½ min steep climbs. It was tough, the legs were tired and with each climb I thought it would be the last, but you can’t finish a LeadMan by quitting workouts. So I slogged through them. I was almost late for work.

Our Lunch time Urban Assault Ride almost got violent. We passed a truck parked in the bike lane and one of the guys told the driver he’s not supposed to park there. Apparently this was a very sensitive subject with this guy as he exploded. He jumped in his truck and started yelling all kinds of obscenities repeatedly calling us F****ing Spandex wearing faggots. One of the riders told him what to do with himself and he immediately sped ahead of us, pulled over, and wanted to fight. I thought nothing good can come out of this and we should ignore him. We did and he continued to comment on our attire and what he believed to be our sexual orientation. It was a good ride though, we went at a very brisk pace. I wanted to make sure I stayed at low LT or below, which meant getting dropped a bit on the climbs and drafting on the flats.

Run 1:28, 10 miles
Bike 1:09 18 miles

Ralph "Mountain Biking" Urban Style

Wednesday was an easy 3 ½ mile run in the AM and an easy MTB ride over Urban Single track at lunch.

Run 30 min, 3.5 miles
Bike 1:27, 14 miles

Tuesday morning started at 4 AM with an easy run of 8.5 miles and 15 – 20 second sprints thrown in throughout. Felt really good. What a great way to start out the day! At lunch a long ride with the Urban Assault Gang that turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous ride. We got out of the heavy traffic into some very expensive neighborhoods. Quite amazing houses and quiet streets. Had some good climbs too. Great ride!

Run 1:06, 8.5 miles
Bike 2 Hrs, 27 miles

Monday was a good hard strength workout in the gym.

Riding the Urban Single Track


  1. Reading these accounts of your training are very encouraging and entertaining. Don't get any ideas about changing your riding groups name to.....F****ing Spandex wearing faggots. It is already taken and they don't even own bikes!?

  2. The guy did have a point. Spandex does look pretty gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

  3. Sorry I made the comment. Who knew he was a psycho homophobe?