Exit Row Iron

RSS

I am scared to wake up tomorrow.

emilyatthejs:

Because I know the pain I feel right now in my knees will be nothing compared to tomorrow.

Ibuprofen and ice

Bike Tour

Anon requested a review of my bike, and an explanation of what components I use, etc.

I’m very proud of my bike so I’m happy to oblige.  My bike is a 2012 Felt DA1 - at the time it was their top of the line TT bike.  I bought a demo at the end of the season.

The big advantages to a high-end frame are lower weight, the ability to custom fit the cockpit and better carbon fiber for a more comfortable ride (and of course great aerodynamics). In the picture below you can see that I ride with a 7 year old Garmin Edge 705 and I use a Profile Design bottle for hydration.

image

Probably the best feature of this bike is the Shimano electric shifters.  It’s awesome to just press a button and a moment later hear a quiet ‘click’ as the gear changes.  And I can shift from the horns/brakes as well as the aerobars.

image

My component set (chain rings, crank arms, etc.) is Dura Ace.  It took me a few years to find the right saddle, but now I’m hooked on my Adamo.  If you aren’t in love with your saddle you should try this one.  

image

Behind the saddle is an X-lab ‘wing’ and water bottle cages.  They don’t eject and are easy to access.  The wing also has a convenient place to screw in CO2 cartridges and hang a small tool bag.  On race day I will rent a Zipp 404 for the front and a disc in the back.  

image

I use Speedplay pedals because they’re easy to clip in/out.  I swapped out the left crank for a Stages power meter.  I used to have a Powertap, but the Powertap is built into the rear wheel hub.  Using the Stages power meter allows me swap out for race wheels.   In the picture below you can also see the Garmin speed/cadence sensor.

image

All the cables are run inside the frame; that’s a great feature but it makes it awkward to mount a bento box on the top tube for nutrition.  So I use electrical tape to mount my gels - I prefer this setup because ripping the gel off the tube means it’s open and easy to eat.  On race day I’ll have 7-8 gels taped on.

image

Considering I’m a very average age-group rider, this bike is definitely overkill.  But I figured it’s much healthier (and cheaper) to cope with a mid-life crisis by buying a ridiculous bike than the cliche Porsche or Corvette.  Anon mentioned that he/she was just thinking of getting started in biking/triathlon so I should mention that you can have a great time with a considerably less expensive bike.  If you’re not sure you’re going to like the sport, consider buying a used TT bike.  The person who bought my old bike definitely got a great deal. 

Date Night at ValleyFair

When I got home from San Diego yesterday I mentioned that if we still had kids at home I’d want to take them to ValleyFair this weekend.  I shouldn’t have been surprised when Beth said she’d like to go; she worked at Six Flags as a teenager and is still fond of amusement parks

When I bought the tickets online I declined the Fast Lane option - it was expensive and I didn’t expect a big crowd.  As soon as we arrived at the park I realized I’d made a mistake; it was packed.  I swallowed hard and bought the ridiculously expensive Fast Lane passes at the gate and was glad I did.  The Fast Lane passes put you on the ride almost immediately.  In the bottom picture you can see the entire Fast Lane line while the regular admission line (in the background) is a 45 wait.  On most rides the Fast Lane is parallel to the normal line and it definitely felt awkward strolling right past everyone - kind of like the drill on an airplane when the business class passengers generally avoid eye contact with the passengers in economy.

I like going to an amusement park at least once a year to make sure I’m still able to stomach all the rides.  Thanks to the Fast Lane passes we breezed through all the best rides in 2 hours or so and I loved them all. 

Last long run before IM FL. 2 hours with the Run Club starting from a local running store.

Last long run before IM FL. 2 hours with the Run Club starting from a local running store.

Another conference

This week I’m in San Diego speaking at a conference. The retired aircraft carrier USS Midway is a popular dinner destination for conventions. It’s a great venue with dinner served on the flight deck surrounded by assorted planes and helicopters.

It was late when I got back to my room and I was tempted to turn in but the outdoor pool was still open so I swam for an hour (113 laps) before calling it a night. Home tomorrow.

The view from Terminal 2 of the San Diego airports make other airports look like bus terminals.

The view from Terminal 2 of the San Diego airports make other airports look like bus terminals.

Another conference

This week I’m in San Diego speaking at a conference. The retired aircraft carrier USS Midway is a popular dinner destination for conventions. It’s a great venue with dinner served on the flight deck surrounded by assorted planes and helicopters.

It was late when I got back to my room and I was tempted to turn in but the outdoor pool was still open so I swam for an hour (113 laps) before calling it a night. Home tomorrow.

The San Diego Bayfront Hilton gym gets a B grade.  I know it looks great but it isn’t open 24 hours and it has  Precor treadmills.  I hate Precor because they are all installed with a 1% incline.  Despite a strong desire to eat dinner and head to bed I got 7 miles on the treadmill first.  Long day.

The San Diego Bayfront Hilton gym gets a B grade. I know it looks great but it isn’t open 24 hours and it has Precor treadmills. I hate Precor because they are all installed with a 1% incline. Despite a strong desire to eat dinner and head to bed I got 7 miles on the treadmill first. Long day.

I’m number 2 on the upgrade list and there’s only 1 seat left.  Bummer.

I’m number 2 on the upgrade list and there’s only 1 seat left. Bummer.

Home made ice cream is the perfect reward for a long brick. 

Beth found this Kitchen Aid ice cream mixer attachment on sale at Target for $27.  Unlike most ice cream makers this one avoids the mess of ice and salt.  Instead you put the bowl in the freezer for a day before making ice cream. The bowl and mixer worked great (just 20 minutes) but I need to work on the recipe.

Home made ice cream is the perfect reward for a long brick.

Beth found this Kitchen Aid ice cream mixer attachment on sale at Target for $27. Unlike most ice cream makers this one avoids the mess of ice and salt. Instead you put the bowl in the freezer for a day before making ice cream. The bowl and mixer worked great (just 20 minutes) but I need to work on the recipe.

Real Time Web Analytics