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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

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Is this what it takes to win a pro climbing race?

emaciated bobble-head-itis?

i'll pass, thanks all the same.
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weight loss is a weird nugget, eh? I mean, we have to say that taking off pounds does make a difference in extended climbing efforts. take off 5 or 6 pounds, you're talking about ten, maybe a dozen watts on average for the uber-uphills. that does make a difference.

but, for the vast majority of us regular folk riding, it's just not that important. eating poorly, or being stressed about weight ... that will affect performance waay more than a few pounds off for the local group ride or 90% of the road races out there.

i've been running the engine at about 150-153 these past few whenevers. for the TdeNez stage race, i'll probably drop it down to 145-147. That will save me a few watts when i'm gasping to stay within a country mile of Moninger or Baj as they lay waste to us all.

for me, weight loss is not something i worry about ~ but something i have to pay attention to in trying to do it. everytime i eat, i set aside a small portion of the meal.

sandwich? a quarter chunk is left untouched.

fries? here's a few for the seagulls.

ice cream bar? fuk dat, that's all mine.
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for me, it's about training my mind to take just little chunks out of every meal. but, i still eat whatever i want, whenever i want. just in smaller portions, as best i can. but, it's not like i'm gonna freak about it if i stay at a buck-fitty.

but that is the already-thin athletes prespective. those who fight weight gain are in a different boat and have to paddle differently.

just don't think you have to look like stickboy-guisseppi up there to climb well. that AIN'T the case.
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the gyro boys hit the deck something spectacular this morning, i guess. wet roads sent a couple dozen skidding on their butts across the line.

goes to show that everybody crashes at some point, or another.


just hope for the best.

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it turns out my BagBoy compatriots are gonna send some up Hood way in the geezers, after all. I've switched plans to joing them. So, it's another geezer showdown for us.

the DiscoGreys are up in force ... as well as a bunch of other strongites.

we'll only have 3 of us blackards ... as underdogs. just the way we like it.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

"for the TdeNez stage race, i'll probably drop it down to 145-147. That will save me a few watts when i'm gasping to stay within a country mile of Moninger or Baj as they lay waste to us all."

Won't be necessary. Just 2 crits.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

waah?

no big mtn road stage?


you lie!

Anonymous said...

check - you'll see!

Tell the truth - Hood geezer race cause you couldn't drop a kg, huh?

banks said...

Sometimes I click the pictures you add just to read your titles.

"Eat a donut freakboy"

Hilarious

shawndoggy said...

Those of us who are genetically preprogrammed to survive the lean times by packing it on tend to despise you naturally skinny mofos. If only we could level the playing field by requiring a four day fast before a bike race, just like our ancestors did before chasing down that wildabeast... then we'll see how you skinny kids roll...

TdN -- show for the crit, stay for the beer. Don't know what the story is, but it's a stripped down shell of what it could've been. Unless of course you're a bike messenger/hand cyclist/unicyclist/bike shop employee, in which case it's the showdown of the year.

meh-wee-uhn said...

Wait, what? You aren't going to be rolling the green and red team kit? No ganja leaf emblazoned high on the back pockets for you?

Why do you hate freedom?

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

it's true, racing geezers cuz the beer belly pooched over the belt this morning.
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it's all part of the game, banksy.
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looks like Tim ran out of moneybags, huh shawn?

ah well.

... that truckee crit is crazy. i remember doing it in that light drizzle and watching all the wanna's sliding on their ass-sides off course.

graaayte.
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mehweeun ~ i'll just have to see if they can toss me a magic cookie, or three from the feedzone.

Anonymous said...

"If only we could level the playing field by requiring a four day fast before a bike race, just like our ancestors did before chasing down that wildabeast... then we'll see how you skinny kids roll..."

Love it! That is so true. I would be master!

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

I take some comfort in the fact that I am totally surviving the famine.

What cracks me up are the thicker riders with the uber-light bikes...uh, if I were really *that* worried about a couple hundred grams, I would lay off the cookies.

shawndoggy said...

I'll bite my tongue and let you draw your own conclusions.

Kirkpatrick MacMillan said...

Hello Mr. Teapot, the black kettle was looking for you.

T. Marie said...

WTF, look, his shorts are BAGGY!

good luck finding a woman when you look like that!

lauren said...

Is this what it takes to win a pro climbing race? emaciated bobble-head-itis?

looks like he has an emaciated weiner-itis as well.

marscat said...

and what's with that silly yellow point on the shorts by the manparts?

Flandria said...

where?

Velo Bella said...

thats in case they forget where their boys are supposed to go

Flandria said...

oh, that...i thought you meant man part...that I didn't see...

ginmtb said...

I'm sorry but that looks like a crappy pshop job - his face is the wrong color...

Maybe I should bulk him up a bit.

banks said...

From what I understand needing a pointer to your manparts is symptomatic of 'roids use.

Ippoc Amic said...

word! about the weight issue...I know someone who is slightly heavier than in previous years and actually did much better than before...weight management is a good thing...but too much loss is bad bad bad...especially when you lose so much weight that you can't race due to injuries!

and oh whst happened to BigPackie's packie? much smaller than a few years ago...

Ippoc Amic said...

Pettachi = BigPackie

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

oh lord, here comes PhotoGin again

Flandria said...

oh yeah baby! Petacchi...

have u seen Boonens...

okay, this is no fair hijacking Olaf's postage comments bloggage

diskzero said...

Check out the position of the brake hoods.
Also, some sort of funky SRAM prototype brake lever on the left hand?

Anonymous said...

"have u seen Boonens..."

Boonen's doesn't count. Um that is called having a stiffy from too many roids flying through the blood!

PAB(a.k.a.CID) said...

so Ov, are you saying that I should forget about this strict diet I am on?

jAndy donka-donk said...

hey I still have one more week of the oatmeal diet.....

So stop filling my head with bad BADDDD Indian buffet thoughts...

mmmmmm oatmeal

ginmtb said...

Okay try this one:

Mmm... donuts are yummy!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

you forgot to add Boonen's woody

Kirkpatrick MacMillan said...

Nice work Gin.

I'm so slow, I've been seeing references to riders taking Viagra for the last year and only just put 2 and 2 together to figure out why these guys are sporting wood all the time.

Big Bad Wolf said...

that pic of all those guys sitting on the tarmac is almost funny, if you look at it from a distance.
Of course, as cyclists, we can relate to the pain .
Did you manage to find a pic of Belgian Vanhuffel crashing in that rocky ditch on the downhill in thursdays' Giro stage ? .. my heart stopped.