Mother Nature Training Systems

27 05 2008

It’s been a while. I have all sorts of excuses for not posting, but they’re boring, so I’ll just start posting again and pretend like I’ve just been doing it all along.

The next two races coming up are Mohican, this Saturday (eek!) and Lumberjack June 14. I decided to both races on the singlespeed again, so it’s been all SS all the time. I’d like to suffer as little as possible, so I’ve been following my own highly unstructured and infinitely variable training plan. It goes like this:

-Ride every day it’s not raining until your exhausted.

-Don’t ride for a few days.

-Repeat

The weather has been unusually good for this area lately, so I’ve been doing a lot of 3-5 days riding, 2-3 days resting/yoga/running/commuting. It’s hard to tell if it’s working. Some days I feel great, some days I feel like crap. Doesn’t matter. It’s the most I’m willing to do. I’m sure a more structured and focused plan would make me faster, but then it wouldn’t be fun anymore. I’m not willing to sacrifice a beautiful weekend day to rest or to do intervals by myself instead of riding with my friends.

The only thing I’m worried about is my bike staying together. The new rear disc brake I wanted so badly has been nothing but trouble. First the rear caliper seized on an all-day ride in Rhode Island. It squealed lightly, but constantly, for 10-hours – like Chinese squealing torture – I was ready to cut my own ears off by the end. Then last Saturday, 40 miles into an all-day ride and 20 miles from home, the brake hose popped right out of the lever. We cut the ride short so we could get to the shop in time to have it fixed. Then yesterday, the disc pad fell out just as I was starting down a rocky descent at Bear Brook state park and by the time I stopped and Tom figured out why the brake wasn’t working, it was long gone. I couldn’t leave the brake attached, because the pins would stick in the rotor. We tried duct taping it to the chainstay, but it kept catching my shoe and unclipping my foot. Finally, we removed the hose from the cable guides on the chainstay and put it in my seat pack. That worked fine. Riding with no rear brake was tricky, but i got used to it after a while. However, I really, really, really, want two, working, non-squealing brakes for the Mohican. Tom changed the pad out, but I have to do an unplanned ride on the SS just to make sure it stays.

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2 responses

28 05 2008
Bonnie

I’ll have to seek out the NS trail in RI next time I’m out that way visiting my grandparents in Bristol. Best of Luck @ Lumberjack!

29 05 2008
Lindsay

Good luck this weekend and see you at the Lumberjack!

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