February 25, 2009

So Much More Out There

I read

Sometimes I run across stuff that is fun, funny, classic, and imperative.
If you haven't seen this you should:

Some people have some free time so they do stuff Such as this. It includes a whole lotta things like this (yea, you've probably seen 'em, but have you seen all of them?):


or this:

But This one may be best:

Webinar Series

Based on the success of our first couple of webinars we've swallowed the Kool-Aid and worked up a webinar series for aspiring athletes.
Here is our preliminary schedule of webinars:
Feb 25th - Interval Training
March 11th - Individual Race Tactics
March 25th - Team Race Tactics
April 8th - Tapering Strategies

more to follow!!

February 12, 2009

Pure Power Exposed!

Certainly you all know Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin fame. Well he's not content to have a wicked fast starts on the mountain bike (01 World Cup in Napa Mens Start)..Ryder thought it would be a good idea to try and break Jonathan Vaughters record for the climb up Haleakala, the 10,000 foot volcano in Hawaii (yep, 0 - 10,000 in about 57Km!). Here is the video:

Ryder Hesjedal :: Haleakala Attempt from Media One Multimedia on Vimeo.

A little data from the effort:
Time: 2:32:45 (old record 2:38)
Average Watts: 349 (4.81W/Kg)
Work Done: 3201 Kj - that's about 1280Kj's an hour, for 2.5 hours..impressive!

USA Cycling Develoment Camp - Webinar

USA Cycling presented a very informative webinar on their Development Camp program. It's a great opportunity for young riders to experience a true 'racing' camp experience and get their names and faces in front of some of the USAC Coaches (helps with selection hint hint). You can download the webinar HERE - but be warned..it's a big file (71MB) so it may take awhile!

February 11, 2009

Annnndddd ACTION!

This weekend I'll be sitting in the directors chair, well assistant directors chair, for the Los Gatos Women's Elite Team as they tackle the San Jose Criterium on Saturday and the fabled, albeit reduced, Amgen Tour Of California Women's Race. I'm excited to work with the likes of these ladies. They are all fast, smart, and just good fun. We don't have our strategy dialed quite yet, and I wouldn't tell ya if we did, but suffice it to say that we think we can pull a podium, er rabbit, out of our collective hats. I mean let's look at the crew....
JVM - Jenny is tenacious and fit....
LVG - Super Pro Laura Van Gilder is flying the colors this weekend and will surely be an asset when it comes to keeping the ladies on the sharp end of the field. All that and she'll still finish in the money!
MEA - Shelly Olds gets a lot of, deserved, press and praise on the Nor Cal circuit, but don't think Mary Ellen doesn't know how to dial it up to top tier on command. I've watched her completely SMOKE some talented womens fields. This would be the proverbial feather in her cap....and ME likes a challenge!!
KF - yea, though she be but small, she be fierce! Prime hunter? Set Up gal? Kim Fong will certainly be put to the whip this weekend, and she'll respond glowingly
Karla - she may not be a one name wonder in Nor Cal quite yet..but she very well could be after this race.
Starla - really, we need some sort of Karla/Starla pnemonic here. Don't worry you'll see her smiling face at the front.
Lindsay - she could be the next 'thing' in women's racing 'round here. We tested her last week and her VO2power was AWESOME! Like over 5W/kg awesome..and it's only January.
Erin Dunn - another slayer for the cause...Erin has good fitness right now, lucky Erin.

There are some heavy hitters coming to town for sure. Columbia, Webcor,Proman, Tibco, etc...pretty much all the speedsters. But don't think for a minute that the end result is pre-determined...that's why they call it a RACE!! And anything can happen in a RACE! See you out there