2015 Ride #26 (HOW FTP Test)

Last scheduled HOW class for the season, and it was all about the testing … and I am really happy to say that I gained about 15.5% over the last test. Considering how many classes I’ve missed over the past few weeks because of tax season overtime hours, I consider this to be a very, […]

2015 Ride #8 (HOW Med Endurance)

Easy peasy. Except for one blip at 90% during the warmup, there was nothing above 75% for the entire workout, so to test myself, on each endurance block after the first, I bumped up my FTP, first to 110% of normal, then 120%, then 130%, then back down to 110% for the last block. It […]

2014 Ride #85 (HOW FTP Test)

Sources of frustration: Numbers that are not only lower than March, but lower than last November. Pushing harder and watching watts go down, not up. HR of 174 at 130 watts. Meh. I’m disappointed, but I’ll get over it. It is only November … right now this is building a base to get me ready […]

Poetry Friday

THE ARMY OF TRUTH Words? Those sounds the world despises.       Words in poems? Even more to be disdained! Ah, how feeble are your powers       to defend all the truth that man denies! Thunder crack and lightning flash       at its presence! Hosts of angels should come swooping down from heaven to the rescue       far and wide […]

Poetry Friday

FINAL SOLILOQUY OF THE INTERIOR PARAMOUR Light the first light of evening, as in a room In which we rest and, for small reason, think The world imagined is the ultimate good. This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous. It is in that thought that we collect ourselves, Out of all the indifferences, into one thing: […]

The Coppi’s Prayer

Let us pray: O Coppi, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name      The Giro done, thy Tour be won      On Sestrière as it was in ’49 and ’52. Give us this day our steel Bianchi      And forgive us our carbon fiber      As we forgive those who cause us rust And […]