Ride 25: New beginnings on the bicycle

After my open letter yesterday, today started my new beginning – I was going to start riding again today. It’s been about a month and a half since my crash back on Ride 23 and the effects of that debacle are long gone. I didn’t have high expectations today and just wanted to get the ride/mileage in. That said, I went to bed at 10…and didn’t fall to sleep until 12. Go figure. The alarm went off at 5:00 AM and I hit the snooze. A couple minutes later I rolled out of bed and got ready. I was worried about it raining this morning because we had had a light rain most of the night. When I opened the garage door it wasn’t raining but it was overcast. The roads were wet and looked slick. All of this, combined with my recollection of the crash, didn’t give me a warm fuzzy but I was determined to ride. Throughout the ride I did get sprinkled on here and there but nothing major. I took all the turns slowly in fear of my bike coming out from under me. I wasn’t going to let the fact that I had new tires on get the best of me. I got out of my neighborhood and onto my main straightaway without any problems. I could tell pretty quickly that I hadn’t ridden in 6 weeks. My hands, legs, and rear-end became uncomfortable way too fast. It was from non-use and I was paying for my laziness. Do you remember that great golf movie Tin Cup? Remember that scene where Tin Cup and...

An Open Letter to Biking To Live Readers (both of you)

To My Readers, I owe you an apology. Back on April 12, 2008, I made this post. It explained why I was overweight, what I was going go do about it, and why I chose to blog about it. I realized (with some help from a couple of readers (Pete and Arlyn), as of yesterday, that I had unequivocally failed to do what I had set out to do in that post. Why you ask? Well, there are several reasons. Sure, I burned my hand here and I crashed pretty bad back on Ride 23 but I’m over those injuries and should be riding again. The only reason that matters, though, is that I have become lazy and lost focus of what this blog, and my mission, was about. Over the last week, instead of tending to my own health and fitness by riding, I tried to turn my blog into something it isn’t – a news site for bicycling. I’m sorry. So, where does this leave me? I’m returning to what I started this blog about. Me and my fight to improve my health through riding a bike. I’ll return to posting about my rides but I don’t want the blog to turn into a boring training diary. I’ll post on other cycling subjects from time-to-time as well as my life as it relates to cycling (i.e. bike shop visits, local cycling events, opinions, etc.). I’ll also try and post some informative articles in weight loss and fitness. I think if I return to these core areas I can not only revive Biking To Live but also revive...

Blake Caldwell of Garmin-Chipotle Wins Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah

What is it with this team? Jason Donald takes Stage 1 and Blake Caldwell, also of Garmin-Chipotle, comes back today to take Stage 2 of the 2008 Tour of Utah. With the stage win, Blake takes the GC lead. Tour of Utah Stage 2 Profile Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah found the peleton starting in Ogden, UT and traveling 85 miles to Salt Lake City. Sounds easy right? Wrong! Between the start and finish were three climbs totaling 10,585 feet. The last climb occurred at mile 68 with the remainder down hill to the finish. All the information I’ve read says the action was fast and furious on the entire stage with breaks starting early, getting caught, and more attacks after that. 60 mph descents were commonplace with several crashes forcing riders out of the race. There were 12 riders who did not finish. Unfortunately, it looks like Scott Nydam (BMC Pro Cycling) was one of the casualties when he went down hard and breaking a collar bone. Caldwell and Lill made it over the last climb first with a 20-second advantage over an eleven man chase group. With only a 15-mile descent to Salt Lake City and the finish line you would think the group of eleven riders would have no problem catching the two leaders. That wasn’t the case though. There seemed to be a lot of confusion in the chase group nobody willing to pull them together to work as a cohesive unit until it was too late. That cost them and enabled Caldwell and Lill to open the gap back up to one...

Sportsmanship in the Tour of Utah Peleton

Everyday we see stories in the sporting world that just just don’t pass the moral or sportsmanship litmus test. Incidents like doping (TdF, Olympics, Baseball), gambling (NBA referees), and recruiting violations (NCAA) to name just a few. I think anyone would be hard pressed to find a sport that hasn’t been tarnished in some form, or fashion, over the last decade. What does this have to do with the 2008 Tour of Utah? Read on. A short way into the start of the Stage 1, an attack took place that saw several riders get away. Working together, this group managed to build a lead of more than seven minutes over the peleton. As could be expected, the peleton formed up and gave chase to try and reel in the breakaway before the finish. Here’s where it gets interesting. With about 50 miles left in the stage, and their time gap down to around three minutes, the breakaway group somehow managed to get themselves off the race route (either by their own error or a race officials – I’m not sure). Regardless, the breakaway group continued in the wrong direction for over a mile before realizing the mistake and turning around. By this time, though, the peleton had already passed them and was heading towards the finish. The peleton, after realizing what had happened, pulled up to wait for the breakaway. That’s right, over 100 riders pulled to the side of the road to allow the breakaway group to pass them. Once the breakaway caught up, and built up the three minute time advantage they had had before deviating from...

Tour of Utah – Stage 1 Won by Jason Donald of Garmin-Chipotle

Click to Enlarge The Tour of Utah kicked off today with Stage 1 that started and finished in Nelphi City Park. This opening stage was 102 miles in length and contained 4,800 feet of climbing. There were four intermediate sprints at miles 40, 72, and 87. With only one climb counting towards the King of the Mountains competition, riders will have had to work hard to collect maximum points as I expected these early KOM points to be hotly contested. The early report is that Jason Donald of Garmin-Chipotle is the winner of Stage 1 of the Tour of Utah. He apparently found his way into an early breakaway group and managed to take the stage victory by distancing himself with 400 meters to go. Along with the early GC lead, Jason has also taken the lead in the King of the Mountains race. The final results of Stage 1 are out. Here’s the top ten: 1. Jason Donald (Garmin-Chipotle) 4:07:09.04 2. Sheldon Denny (The Fan Sports Network) + 0:00:00.7 3. Bradley White (Team SuccessfulLiving.com) + 0:00:01.8 4. Ricardo Escuela (Team SuccessfulLiving.com) +0:00:19.7 5. Jonnie Clarke (Toyota-United) +0:00:20.0 6. Frank Pipp (Team Health Net) +0:00:20.1 7. Ryan Anderson (Land Rover-Orbea) +0:00:20.1 8. Alessandro Bazzana (Team SuccessfulLiving.com) +0:00:20.2 9. Bryson Perry (American R.A.D.D.) +0:00:20.2 10. Michael Grabinger (Team SuccessfulLiving.com) +0:00:20.3 Other Notables: 14. Fred Rodriguez (Rock Racing) +00:00:20.4 25. Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing) +00:00:21.4 61. Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing) +00:00:22.0 112. Danny Pate (Garmin-Chipotle) +00:00:22.9 Two riders did not finish. They are: Logan Hunn (Land Rover-Orbea) Kevin Rowe (Team Bobs-Bicycles.com) The full Stage 1 results can be found over on...
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