Wednesday, October 27, 2010
You've signed again with Team Type 1 and they're reaching for their Pro Continental License, which means you'll be doing more races that are also longer and harder than what you did last year; albeit, with better support. The question still arises:
How will you best prepare for the upcoming season, Will?
Back to Santa Barbara, California like last year? That was worth it to me, but would Tucson, Arizona be any better?
The Team will hopefully send a schedule that I can review in a week or so to make these winter decisions easier.
I rode for 6 hours or more the day after the Boston Mayor's Cup from Beverly, MA up to the New Hampshire border and over to Steve Pooch's house in West Newbury and back down again before my car got towed at 7pm from the Wildlife Preserve parking lot. Since then, I haven't really touched my bike. I have been thinking about it, though. A lot. I even pulled up some videos last night on YouTube.com.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I went to bed at 10:30PM and was awake for about 45 minutes before finally dozing off. Thoughts about the race, my legs, my bike, the wheels I'd be using, my roommates in Burlington, my 'Cross teammates racing in Vermont, my mom, Olivia and what I'd eat for breakfast swirled. As each thought came into my mind, I found a way to reason with a stressful disturbance and solved the problems so that I'd mitigate anxiety or stressful importance of each. I thought about my training and my nap earlier in the day when I thought about my legs. I thought about breakfast when I thought about the race. I thought about my thrashed training bike and how I'd get my new stuff from the mechanic to bring home for the winter months. I thought about the contract I'd signed for next year with Team Type 1 and how I'd need to be well prepared for next year. I decided my racing this past season was good and that there was nothing here for me to lose. But, I do have another chance to chase the coveted "Stars and Stripes Jersey."
Last year, I raced each race like it was the last race of my life. I found myself struggling with that former excitement for a while this year. My fire was burning low, but after a Green Mtn Stage Race with friends on CCB and guest rider Justin Spinelli ('Cross Teammate), I reignited the flame and hurt all the way through the GMSR. I was coming off an injury and fought hard, ending up 6th GC and with the KOM Jersey on poor form. Great things can happen when your mind is in the game. Each race might be the last one I'll ever do, so why not go as hard as you bloody can? Not senselessly, but don't be afraid to get in and hurt. Otherwise, it's not fun if you're not risking anything for the glory. This is my time!
Don't mind the disconnectivity of points made. That was an example of how I, personally, can talk myself into a positive emotional state around a big race. Mental motivation is #1 for a competition. One must be in control of the things he can be. As Tim Johnson told me, "You can only control the controllable." A good competitor will do just that and forget about the rest. "Forget about what your legs feel like," Mike Creed told me, "Just go out there and be ready to hurt." It's all about the mental preparation. Take it and link it to imagery, and your'e ready to fire the missiles.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Good Morning America.
I flew down to South Carolina yesterday afternoon for the US Pro Road National Championships tomorrow (Sunday) in Greenville from Burlington, VT. I'm psyched for this final race to try to prove myself that I've grown since last year. If you remember, I started with TT1 a little over a whole year ago as a Stagiere in Tour of Utah and a few weeks later here in Greenville.
We're prepping for some course reconnaissance in a few minutes. In Burlington, my thermostat was turned to 70F and the heat kicked in. Here, the room thermostat reads the same, but the air conditioning whirrs instead. It's that time of year.
Seasons are changing.
Fall is coming, and that means I have one more race with Team Type 1 and the rest are planned with Mr. Richard Sachs himself through December. The schedule of Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix follows.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
After Buttenkill (Vassili decided this would be the Russian-spelling of Battenkill way back in January when the first team schedule was sent to us), I took another visit to Burlington, Vermont for a few days before my New Mexico campaign.
There, I got to spend some quality hours with Olivia and took her for a 2.5+hr bike ride touring the Charlotte and Shelburne areas along the GMBC loop. I was also able to reconnect with Josh Dillon (teammate on Richard's cyclocross program) and take his recent 125cc scoot purchase for an evening spin. I told him that If I were he and he was me, at 100mpg, it could be smart to rig a fork-mount thule bike rack to the back of the scoot (vertically) and use it as economical travel to races around New England. As an amateur racer, living off race winnings and a part-time job is no simple task. I remember (and often still) conjure what seem to be profitable and economical ideas that never come to fruition because they lack in practicality, or, upon a further examination, realistic benefit. Dissect the idea above and one realizes that a scooter only has 1 gas tank (but surely, I could fill up every 75 miles or so...), and that it may be uncomfortable on longer trips and that there is no space for your luggage without paniers, and what if it rains? An alternative vehicle would be necessary. So, is it worth spending $1,500 for a scoot without owning a car before-hand? Probably not.
Another example of this might have been my soap-making business. What's stopping me? Well I don't really have an address I can call my own, presently. That's a problem only because the process takes about 3 weeks and if I find myself in a new location after a few days, I can't be tied down by a bunch of lye, glycerine and hundreds of dollars spent on equipment. However, this doesn't mean it can never happen, it only means I must postpone my arrangements for my newest insanely fast get rich quick scheme until I secure an apartment with Alex in Burlington for the summer.
Until I get back to Burlington, though, I must survive Team Type 1's push in New Mexico. First, the Road Runner Classic Omnium (10km time trial AM, 100km rr PM) will take place this Saturday in Albuquerque (I'm on the plane from Albany International as I type). It sounds as though there will be some press conferences between the race and the American Diabetes Association has indicated they would be interested in having a few riders stop by their expo setup at the race venue. I told them I'd be glad to help continue spread awareness for Type 1 and motivation to live healthy lifestyles by inspiring proper, safe management the disease. I will then drive to Silver City, NM for the Tour of the Gila beginning on April 28th and ending on May 2nd. Rumor has it LANCE will be there. There's nothing like high altitude racing when you're coming from sea-level, but, I enjoy the challenge of rising to the occasion, so, bring it on.
And, in conclusion, I welcome all of my followers to offer me a free, operational vehicle to better my travel around New England while I'm there. I needed to rent a sweet Hyundai Accent from Budget last night to drive down to Albany. I was happy with it's handling, features and level of comfort. I spent most of the time around 50mph and on the highway I found a semi to sit behind at 60mph who then alerted the police that they were being "tailgated." The cop appeared at a turnaround in the median (at which point I was following at a very reasonable distance) and stopped me to tell me this information. Surprised, my reply was "Oh?!" He ran a standard check on my license which nearly rendered me shitless knowing that I've got a speeding ticket in NY state which is pending payment... Chris tells me that NY State now has a warrant for my arrest. Fortunately, I did not get arrested as the State Officer found no record of this insolent behavior of mine. Before the Officer returned my license, he said "Huh, well I guess the truck driver just found it odd that a car was following him at 60mph, but thanks for driving safely." I continued on my merry way well below the speed limit. This morning I filled up before I returned the silver bullet at the airport: I managed 47mpg with the car and spent under $10.00 on gas, which helped me feel better about buying lunch in the airport.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Well, here I am fixated on the computer, refreshing my accuweather tab. The decision I'm making right now is: Leg warmers or no leg warmers? I have some Morgan Blue oil that Chris brought me back from Belgium that's just screaming to get used today. I'm thinking about going the oil-route. Lyne might kill me for making that decision, so don't tell her.
In this photo, courtesy of Fabio who will forever be my happily assigned roommate, is the reenacted Ace Ventura's "White Devil" character. Can you see the resemblance? Nobody messes....with the do...
Friday, April 16, 2010
Redlands, my last appearance while I was living in California was a step above San Dimas. I had a mediocre prologue (60th), an uneventful stage 1 road race (finished in the bunch sprint in the top 25), an active and team oriented criterium (made a break that might have stuck but got caught after about 7 laps and then helped organize for the sprint finale), and a solid road race (finishing the infamous Sunset Loop in 12th). There were no results had, but finishing in the front of the front group on the final day was confidence-building. I'm still trying to wrap my hands around my muscle-twitch issues, but matters are improving.
The amateur Battenkill race last Saturday was a good bit of fun. I felt slightly marked out of the field, but I probably would've done the same if I was who I was last year racing someone in my shoes. It's only sensible. Coming up with 3rd place was a result I'm happy with: I got some delicious complementary chocolate milk from the Battenkill Farm for making the podium and was lucky enough to have Olivia, Dad, little Eddie and my other Vermont friends to enjoy the afternoon with me. Before we parted ways, Chris, Dad, Eddie and I hit a local diner for some quick grub. Then Chris drove me (with his car loaded bearing all of my Californian belongings) home and we spent the night to enjoy a solid 4 hr endurance ride touring the southern Berkshires the next day. It was a very welcoming weekend home, indeed.
Dieter Drake will present the UCI 1.2 Tour of the Battenkill this Sunday. I'm invited! Last week was a good prelude to this bigger race. I hope Team Type 1 gets to bring home the glory.
As for all of my training and moving around through my move from California (arrived on the east coast at 12:00AM on April 9th), things have been busy. Stationed comfortably at home with Mom, I'm leaving again on Thursday, April 22nd for Albuquerque, New Mexico. There I'll do the Road Runner Classic Omnium on the 24th consisting of a 10km morning prologue time trial and a 63 mile afternoon road race. That all happens at about 5,200ft above sea level. While I'm there, I hope to meet up with my Aunt Melanie who settled in Santa Fe. I don't think she's ever been to a bike race, so that will be a grand old time to catch up! Then I will travel down to Silver City for the Tour of the Gila (April 28-May 2). I currently have a one-way ticket. There's a chance I might be on the roster for Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas 4 days after Gila, but that remains to be seen.
I finally got a powertap. I rode with it this week. If you're dying to know my numbers I can't give any to you except that my threshold is 380w and I'm 50kilos. In actuality, I'm not 50 kilos and I haven't done any real threshold tests. But it is nice to have a good training tool to put to use when the time is right.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
A lot has happened since San Dimas, Redlands and the Battenkill Pro/Am race. I will update you I promise. First, I must post a photo of my sister Paige Ferratto who I visited tonight. She won (3rd consecutive victory) the triple jump in a track competition this afternoon. It was a good time to wish her a happy birthday and get some kick ass frozen yogurt. Man I need a haircut.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I had a disappointing encounter with cramps during the road race on Saturday. They claimed me from the lead group with 1 lap (7mi) to go and I rode in solo in front of the rest of the field. I usually supplement my salts with ''Endurolytes" by Hammer Nutrition. Someone recently told me they might be under investigation for contamination so I left them behind on Saturday. In a discussion with my teammates about the day's events, we concluded that the 1 case that was in contention happened several years ago and was also never proven. Therefore, I will continue to rely on my familiar methods for training and competition.
-Obama just signed the Health Care Reform Bill-
Sunday I found great legs and was very active in the technical criterium. I even got in the mix to help Ken hold a half-way decent position coming into the finish where he finished 4th. We did fairly well with a bunch of smaller guys in our first criterium as a group together, but there will be better things to come.
It's Tuesday. We didn't need our TT bikes for the San Dimas prologue (seen in above photo), so the team is setting them up for the first time to make adjustments to find a balance between comfort, power and drag. I could draw a venn diagram of overlapping circles to show this, but I hope my readers can visualize adequately. Typically power goes up with increased comfort and increased ability to put out watts, though you sacrifice a degree of aerodynamics by increasing your frontal area.
As I've been writing this post, I've been going back and forth trying to determine my stand on this new health care law. There's a lot of goodness in the bill, but a certain class of citizens might find themselves in more trouble than they did before, depending on the numbers. It'll be interesting to follow the drama in the wake of this new law, but I think most of us can comfortably say that a change was needed and that this might be a good first step.
For now, a good ride on a new bike. Please feel free to leave comments below. Ciao.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Most of you are sleeping right now. We had a later start tonight so I'm writing this as I cool down for an evening's rest. I would like to point out that 8 of the 15 names listed on the poll finished within the top 30 this afternoon. The abbreviated results are as follows, tailored for the convenience of familiarity.
Place Name Team Time
1 Day, Benjamin Fly V Australia 12:53.79
2 mach, paul BISSELL Pro Cycling 12:58.814 Amaran, Luis Jamis... 13:10.156 Baldwin, Chris UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis 13:12.5112 Parisien, Francois SPIDERTECH 13:31.2715 Sonntag, Benjamin Mastermind Athl. Acad. 13:38.4716 Menzies, Karl Unitedhealthcare-maxxis 13:42.5020 Howes, Alex Holowesko Partners U23 13:45.8821 Shirely, Neil Kelly Benefit Strategies 13:46.36