Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dog Sitting

So I finally got my military orders over the weekend and looks like I'll be missing a bit of school. Unfortunately this also means I need to do something with Abbey. I must report from 9th Feb to 20th Feb and am unable to take Abbey with me.

I was curious if anyone is able to dog sit Abbey during this time. I can supply all the required food, items, etc. She's a very well behaved dog, though requires at least a good 15 minute walk every day. Else she gets very antsy. If you love to run or mtn bike she makes for a great partner.

Please email me at soursw at gmail dot com if you are able to help me out.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cycling House Resurrected

Yo, I don't know html, so I don't know how this will look but, I think my landlord just rented the house for next year. So is any one else out there interested in doing the cycling house? I still don't know what I'm doing next year, but I need to figure this out soon.

Cycling House Resurrected

Panther Cycling Club

Just wanted to see if there was still any interest in this, but I think my landlord found new tennants for this place so we could look for somewhere more convienent. Let me know if you want to get in on this.


Monday, January 15, 2007

On the Use of Training Video

Dear Panthers:

For those who ventured out riding during last weekend, I salute you! But for me, if I look out the window and see more than 10 ripples in a rain puddle, I’d ride indoors instead. Because I know if I go out and ride in that weather, I’d get soaked before I warm up, and hinder the quality of training.

As my lab has a fix office hour of 8 am to 5 pm, I can never train in the day time, except if you count bike commuting as training. So I am always training on trainers. In fact, I feel this helps improve the quality of training in that there isn’t any interruption during intervals. For example, the M2 workout described by Cyclist’s Training Bible requires a course where you can ride continuously for 6-12 minutes. I think it is possible to do that around Schenley Park, but for those who live farther it’d be problematic. Also, even on a course like that, you still have to spare some energy to look out for traffic, which prevents you from going all-out (unless you’re a never-check-the-traffic daredevil).

So how’s this related to training video? Well, doing intervals is never fun – it takes a lot of motivation to do it. I used to watch Tour de France when doing intervals, and it’s not just for watching the action, the audio – especially the cheers from the spectators – really boosted my stamina. Recently, I bought a combo of CTS training video, thinking they may work better because they are – training videos! However, after looking at the details of the training sessions, I feel they are only suitable for the training phase around Base 3 and Build 1. Because the interval time is too long for Base 1-2 and too short for Build 2. For example, the Steady State Intervals (equivalent of M2) prescribed in Climbing DVD is 10 minute effort with 5 minute recovery, but when I started doing intervals at Base 2, I was having problem with even 6 minutes! And for Build 2, I’d like to do 20-40 minute effort instead of just 10 minutes. Because of this, instead of following the sessions in the video, I just trained with my own programs and used the video as motivation. Interestingly, I found the instruction of Chris Carmichael quite encouraging, especially when he asked people to envision coming near the summit at the last few minutes of intervals.

Therefore, my suggestion about using training videos is that, depending on the training programs in the videos and the fitness of the users, it may not be suitable for everyone. I think it is critical that you know what and when you are during the seasons, and adjust your training programs accordingly. I once skipped the Base periods and worked directly from Build periods because of a race coming in less than 1 month, and found myself having hard time adapting to the training. Don’t make the same mistake as I did.

P.S. For those who don’t know about the training periods, please see below:

Sunday, January 14, 2007

85 hours of cycling

New world record
Check out the article

although he did get a 5minute break every hour, still insane

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Dont forget to purchase your collegiate racing license at

The Collegiate license is $30 for the year. If you want to also race USCF races (for those of you who know what I am talking about) and want collegiate races to count towards your CAT upgrade, buy the road racing license ($60)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Cycling House 2

I had just emailed Noah about this. I missed last weeks meeting (was still on vacation) and found it interesting to find the house brought up in the newsletter. I had thought the idea died but its good too see a renewed interest.

I'm definitely game for getting a cycling house. Not sure who is gonna spear head this (if there is enough interest), but I would be willing to volunteer my services in looking for a house. I've decided to go part time this semester and will have extra time on my hands.

Cycling House

At last weeks Meeting, the officers talked about the idea of having a cycling house next year. I was just wondering if anyone else is interested. Let me know if you are.

Secondly, are we starting tech sessions again soon? I have no clue how to flip my stem and am having trouble with my front derailleur.