By guest KIT blogger, Dave Andersen In my last post I wrote about the humbling aspect of the sporting life. Chances are if you put yourself on the starting line, 9 times out of 10, you will get your butt kicked. It’s just the way it is. Cycling, running, and triathlon are highly competitive sports. I have found that it’s beneficial to set realistic goals that define varying stages of “success.” In running and triathlon, it could be beating that guy or gal that beat you last time or setting an age, course, or outright personal record. Cycling, particularly Road Racing, is a different story. Sure you could set similar goals to those stated above for running/triathlon, but cycling can be viciously cruel. It requires that you keep up with the lead group or be left behind to suffer alone or with other “stragglers”. You are at the mercy of the strongest guys and teams. When they go ballistic uphill, you have to follow and keep up or you are left behind. And believe me, when you fall off the pack, the minutes add up quickly.
By guest KIT blogger, Chris Chapron My basement is filled with hobby clutter: kid clothes, tools, auto parts and most importantly, bike equipment. Each item has its place; there are drawers of old cassettes, new cassettes, spare shifters, pedals, brake pads. If it was on my bike and still has a use, it’s still there – nothing gets thrown away. After all, there is always a friend who might need it in a pinch, or it could suffice as a suitable back up. However, there are a few parts or cycling items that stand out, conjuring colorful images of past events. One such item is a pair of Specialized MTB Gloves (shown here).
Sports: Cycling, Swimming, Aquabikes, and NOW triathlons again after a 17+ year hiatus! Favorite Event: Bike race: Yarmouth Clam Festival; Aquabike: Lobsterman Strengths: Figuring out when to squeeze in a workout between my job and the kids; long distance (both biking and swimming) and power sprints on the bike Entry into endurance sports: Probably in high school when I would play both the Varsity and then JV lacrosse games (in the same afternoon) because of lack of players, but I did my first full triathlon when I was 13 and bike race when I was 17 Years competing in endurance sports: 20+
Sports: Cycling Favorite Event: Floyd Bennet Field Race in Brooklyn. It’s an old air field that’s flat and windy. 2.9 mile circuit where most of the race the field PutsTHD. Strengths: Short crits, moderate hills Entry into endurance sports: Started in 2000 competing in El Tour de Tucsan Century Perimeter Race Years competing in endurance sports: 12