Friday, February 18, 2011

Climbing a mountain

Wow, the last few days have been a blur of information to absorb!  The fit workshop went very well and I have dozens of pages of notes and information as well as dozens of photos to go through to remember it all.  Along with the FIST fit we did a short section with the Retul fit guys, including Todd Carver the guy who just came back from working with team Sky and Geox.  Very cool stuff!
Then on Sunday we did a day with aero guru John Cobb, the same guy who has worked with a guy who won a bunch of Tours (and as far as I know he wasn't supplying drugs).  He is a weird and wacky guy who knows a lot about aerodynamics.  He also gave us a bunch of wacky fitting info to go with the info we already got.  Minds were blown!  The weather was pretty poor that day (really windy and raining - one of 5 days it rains there a year) So Austen (one of the other guys taking the course) and I decided to take a drive up the mountain.  It turned from rain to snow about 2/3 of the way up and by the top we were in a full on blizzard. 

Sketchy drive down, but we survived and it inspired me to plan to ride up the mountain the next day.  Ride was pretty uneventful, weather was nice and sunny (about 12 degrees at the bottom) and ended in cold and icy roads about 4/5 of the way up and 2 degrees.  I had to pull the plug about 500 feet from the top because I was worried about the ice on the road on the descent.  All in all a great ride (about 3200 feet of climbing). 

Drove straight to Oxnard, and here I am sipping coffee and looking at the impending storm off the coast.  Going to try to get a ride in this morning to a coffee shop with Matt P, Peter and Watson.

"Kinda hurts is really fast" - John Cobb on 40km TT fit.

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