Thursday, May 20, 2010
Went and got an MRI done on my leg yesterday and the results are already back. I have never tried so hard to keep myself still. The MRI lasted 40 min and at one point I even fell asleep. once asleep I started moving so they had to restart, whoops. Long story short I have a bruised femur bone (already knew that) and a tear in the vastus lateralis muscle(new info). So for now the Onion man triathlon is out. I am also suppose to lay off of cycling for a little bit(whoops). The doctor said I can still do Ironman Boise 70.3, which is good because I am getting a little anxious to race. My training will be a little sparse for Boise ( no running for the 7 weeks leading into it), but that is fine and I am still gonna give it my best shot.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
After 300 miles spent just this week on my Kestrel airfoil, It is time for a review. I wanted to wait until I spent some time on the bike before I gave my Impressions. Here are 5 thoughts on my new ride.
- The weight-As the old saying goes "Aero trumps weight", But what happens when your bike has every aerodynamic advantage (and more) than your previous bike, and is 4 pounds lighter(yes this is weighed at a LBS)? Its a thing of beauty. The obvious place you would notice this is while climbing, but I have actually also noticed things like trying to get up to speed after standing at a traffic lite are a much quicker process.
- The Geometry-The airfoil allows you to ride in a steep, yet comfortable position. Most TT bikes are built to be ridden in Time trials, and built for pro cyclists riding in a grand tour. The airfoil is built for the needs of the triathlete, offering a steep front end for aerodynamics, but achieving it with a geometry that is still comfortable. (I would also like to thank Todd at TTbike fits.com for helping find the right position.)
- No Seat tube-Yes it is a little strange, but this bike has no seat tube. At first I did not know what to think of this. (and yes your buddies you ride with will try to think of stupid jokes of what happened to your seat post) But I quickly came to love the Idea that I no longer hear that horrid sound of gravel tearing through the carbon of my rear wheel cutout.
- Descents- Yes the climbing is great on this bike(for a TT bike), but the descents are even better. I no longer get squirrelly when I am flying down a hill. I feel it is because the Kestrel has a longer wheel base, but when I am flying down hills (50mph reached so far) the bike stays straight as an arrow, and you feel nothing but smooth sailing.
- The name- So when I got the bike I quickly looked up on wikipedia to see what a kestrel actually was. I had visions of a huge prehistoric sized bird that strikes fear into small asian towns, leaving their villages torched from the flames the bird spews from its mouth. But in reality it is actually a small hawk, about the size of bird my cat caught the other day. So I guess I won't be getting a tattoo on my arm after all.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Most people have already heard this, but for those who were wondering why I did not run Bloomsday (yes it was awhile ago) there is a reason why. The day after the spokane river run I took a spill on mybike. Yes I was riding slow, yes I was pretty much on flat ground with nothing around, and yes I quickly got up and looked around to make sure no one saw my stupid crash. Long story short, after going to the doctor I found out that I bruised my femur bone. It has been 3 and a half weeks since the crash and i still can't run a mile without pain setting in. I am going back to the doctor today to check and make sure that nothing else is going on besides the bruised bone.
Really where this puts me is with no excuses not to be in the pool and on my bike every day. In the long run it could be a good thing. Right now I hate not running and not being able to race. But with running being my stronger discipline of the 3 sports, I am confident that I can pick up my run fitness very quickly. So this time period will give me a chance to hopefully get much stronger in my cycling and swimming.