Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
There is still a critical need for volunteers, anyone that can help will be given free sunscreen and a burger. And no, the burger will not be delivered 'Keith-Style' nor will it be thrown down by Dallas, aka BurgerKing, as a precursor to a leg busting attack.
Masters A: Jared, Dallas, Trev, Dennis, Harley
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Jason Lapierre event was a fun Road Race for us lowly cat 5ers. Before I begin, I want to put out some thanks to a bunch of guys who did a lot of work at the front. There were a few gentlemen from the Nilkas Group that did yo-mans work at the front. Jeff from Rundle Mountain, Smiling Carl from Speed theory and a handful of others kept taking it on the chin for the rest of us.
The race started of very slowly. For the first couple of minutes I thought that we were in a neutral zone for some reason but once I learned that there was no neutral zone, it was time to ‘giddy-up’.
Depending on where you were in the pack, it seemed like we either going very slow or very fast. At the front, the surges would come on with regularity and I had to put the hammer down, but if I was in the pack, a surge just meant my HR had to go up a few beats.
It was very difficult to make any sort of break away stick. The flat course with a large bunch of riders at roughly the same level of fitness meant breaking away would take a Herculean effort. Some tried valiantly. I tried on a couple of occasions to sneak up the side and launch off the front either by myself or with a team mate. Usually someone would see me lurking and would latch on before I made the front, or the front guys would hammer up quickly and haul the pack with them. It was fun but they took their toll.
There were a few really hard attempts made by others. Alan O. made an impressive, albeit suicidal, attack near the turn around immediately after an attack that caused some good pain and suffering around the interchange. I imagine I wasn’t the only one feeling the hurt. Jeff from Rundle Mountain and a few others made some attempts to shake us loose on the home stretch but the pack would not let anyone go no matter what. There were a few dicey moments when the pack would shift violently to one side of the road then to the other. I thought I was going to be taken out (or take someone out) on a few occasions. I hope I didn’t cause any scary moments for anyone.
The finish was interesting in that we start cranking up the pace quite some distance from the finish line. As the group started to splinter, my only thought was to get back up towards the front before the final sprint. I was concentrating on NOT doing anything stupid, like say take out half the pack by hitting someone’s wheel when all of a sudden we were 20 meters from the finish line. We were at full speed but I still had some horse left in the tank. It was all but too late to make use of whatever I had left in my legs when I crossed the finish line.
12th place is not anything to write home about but I know I have it in me for top 10 or better.
It seems that every race I learn something about racing and about myself. The camaraderie between riders sure makes it fun and I get to meet some interesting people. I’m way more capable than I ever thought I was so look out next year; I’m gunning for number 1! (but, can I stay in Cat 5 forever?)
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Due to some serious concerns passed along to us by Shell (the owners of the building/parking lot at the Research Park that we stage the Crit series out of) about some incidents on the road in recent weeks and throughout this season, we have been forced to take the step of canceling the remainder of the 2009 Midweek Mayhem Crit season.
"Participants are reminded that our races are run on open roads. Participants have also been reminded throughout the season that when catching up to vehicles from behind, racing should be neutralized until the vehicle has cleared the course. Under no circumstances is it permissible to engage in ANY kind of confrontational and/or abusive behaviour towards drivers on the course."
I hope this doesn't put future use of this course in jeopardy. Keith, Dallas, Brent, Noel and the rest of the Midweek crew work hard to put on the races every Tuesday, and it would be a shame to see a great midweek race series come to an end, even though I suck at crits, as Keith reminds me every week...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I just saw Kyle's interview on CTV/CFCN. The segment was a couple of minutes long and had good footage of the various categories and some ST and H&R Block riders. Great stuff!
Congrats to all the racers, volunteers and Speed Theory members for hosting such a great race weekend. It was such a tribute to hold this wonderful event in Jay's name. For those lucky enough to have known the guy, we know that he would have been humbled by this amazing event being held in his name. A special congrats to Trev on leading the effort.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Cat 1/2: Trev (all), Dallas (all), Alex (all), Dennis (TT, RR), Lachlan (all), Jared (Crit), Kyle (TT)
Cat 3: Harley (all)
Cat 4: Clarke (all), Mike G (all), Rob L (all), Thomas (all), Rick C (all), Jason B (RR), Joel S. (Crit, RR), Simon Williams (All 3), Larry Welsh (RR)
Cat 5: Ale (all), Mark (TT,RR), Darcy (all), Rob W (TT,crit), Carl (all), Tom (TT, RR), Steve P (Crit,RR), Paul R (all), Peter V (Crit,RR), Andy (TT)
Women: Kailee (TT,RR), Tanya (TT, RR), Sandra (all), Amy (Crit, RR), Marilyn (all)
Citizen! Sue (TT)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
What the...? So many witty remarks to be made, so little time.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here are the price points:
Baby Potatoes (mixture of varieties) - 2 lb bag - $5.00
Dill - small bag - $2.00
Carrots - one bunch - $3.50
Beets - 5 or 6 small to medium beets - $3.50
Green Onions - A big bunch - $1.00 (may have a little bit of hail damage, but that is why I am making big bunches)
I am not sure if I will have a lot of beets or carrots ready, but I will bring what I can.
A few people had expressed interest in coming out and picking their own veggies. I am cool with that and will be spending a lot of time out at the farm over the next month as I will be harvesting, cleaning and packaging the veggies for market.
Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want me to bring you some fresh veggies this weekend or if you want to make arrangements to come out to get some.
See you all this weekend!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Cat 1/2: Dennis B., Lockie H., Trev W., Dallas M.
Cat 3: Harley B.
Cat 4: Carlos S., Handsome Rob, Thomas Y., Joel, Larry, Mike G.
Cat 5: Darcy G., Ale H., Tom K., Carl M., Steve P., Paul R., Peter V.
Women: Kailee B., Sandra Y.
I'm sure there's more coming....
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I am on the fence having been sick most of the past week and a half. If I can get a few solid rides in by Thursday to get my lungs back I might.
Depart from the Second Cup West Hills (Signal Hill)
Any of you Cat 1,2,3 or 4 guys want to make us work?
Bring Blinkies as it gets dark around 9:00 (just in case)
Friday, August 7, 2009
You only had to put up with him for a half minute. For me it was a little longer. I have sent photos to many of you but I don't have email addresses for Joel, Harlee, Mike Hoang, Rick Courtney, Darcy Gullacher and I have good shots of each of you. Matt and Perry L. sorry no photos of you.
Please send me an email at mikehealy at shaw dot ca or in a comment here and I will fire off the photos.
We are planning an all club ride tomorrow starting at Cadence Cafe in Bowness. We will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. Let everyone know. We will be riding about 3-4 hours (route to be decided) This ride will be race pace though. As you can see by the people I have copied race pace for a few may be a little quicker than for the rest of us.
Thomas, you are in charge of towing Trev back to the pack if he gets dropped.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Bike Snob NYC Blog post
"Being in a breakaway is like going from a cushy job at a big company with a regular paycheck to a really hard job at a tiny company where you have to work 16 hour days on commission only and people are always yelling at you."
Of course, I can't speak from experience, having never made the break...
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Trev and Kyle on airport road.
Wow, Speedtheory is tearing up the course right now.
After the bike Lisa Mensink is in 3rd. Tanya Salomon is in 13th.
Kyle Marcotte is sitting 10th after a solid 2'14 ride. Trev Williams tore up the bike with the fastest bike split of the day by almost a minute (2'09). And remember, this is after racing the COP hill climb last night at 8pm. I am looking forward to his leadout at the crit tonight.
Frank FFF Woolstencroft appears to have the fastest bike split in is age group by 11 minutes. Not too shabby.
No updates from me on the run. I assume the crew will write their races reports over the next few days.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Hey all, so here we are with two major events going on this weekend ... Tour de Bowness and Ironman 70.3. The hill climb is over and my legs and lungs are trying to tell me something that my brain does not want to listen to. We will see if stretching will help me feel better in the morning.
As some of you know, I have been getting back to my agricultural roots and have put in a half acre of vegetables. My plan is to sell these vegetables at the Calgary Corn Maze, but I also thought that I would put it out to the team to see if anyone wants some farm fresh produce. The veggies are grown out at my parents farm NW of the city and are pesticide and herbicide free. Pretty much organic, but you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get certified and I have no interest in that.
Due to the ongoing process of thinning and weeding, so things can have space to grow, I have baby green onions (quite possibly the most delicious green onions I have ever tasted) and beet greens ready right now. I know what you are saying ... beet greens, what the heck are those and what do I do with them (two questions I asked myself). Beet greens are the tops of the beet plant and are a good source of Protein, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. Who knew I was going to throw out something so good for you!? For the past week I have been throwing the greens into my salad with other greens and there are also many recipes on the internet.
Over the next two months I will also have potatoes (eleven varieties ... looking forward to the ones with red or purple flesh), beets, dill, carrots and green onions. I have some bulb onions planted, but I don't know if they will fill out by the fall. Let me know if you are interested and I can hook you up with the green stuff (not the illegal kind).
Good luck to everyone who is racing this weekend and I am sure that I will see most of you over the next couple days!
Hello Speed Theory Racers! Well, cyclo-cross season is right around the corner and in response to the request from several team members, we have searched out a deal for you on a sweet cyclo-cross bike. For any of you that are interested, Speed Theory is willing to offer an amazing deal on the Argon 18 Arsenic. Regular price on this bike is $2699.99 but from now until Monday September 14th we will be offering the Arsenic for only $1999.99. This offer is only valid for current Speed Theory Race Team members and will be sold with the following components only:
Frame 100% Carbon
Front Derailler Shimano 105
Rear Derailler Shimano Ultegra SL
Shifters Shimano 105
Brakes Avid Shorty
Crankset Truvativ Elita Cyclocross 34/48
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Elita
Chain Shimano 105
Headset FSA Orbit IS CX
Stem FSA OS 190 Alloy
Handlebar FSA Omega Compact
Saddle Argon 18 ARS-1000 (male or female specific)
Seatpost Argon 18 ASP-1000 Carbon 27.2m
Tires Michelin Cyclocross Mud 2 700x30
Sizes Available XS (48-50cm)
If this is an offer that you are interested in please stop by the store to put down a required deposit of $400 and also send an email to email@example.com some time before 6pm on Monday September 14th with the following information:
Frame size (please be sure of this as it is not possible to change after they have been ordered)
Crank arm length
If you feel you need more information on this bike you can always call the store or check out the following link:
Darcy Bell - Manager
130-5403 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary AB, T3C 4Z1