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shovelhd 10-03-13 04:39 PM

Return to 2012 form.
Rehab my shoulder so that it is a non factor.
Win more races than 2013.

carpediemracing 10-03-13 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by rkwaki (Post 16129094)
Check this one off the list.
You've won the hearts of bf members round the world for your informative posts and lack of sarcasm as displayed by most...

Aw shucks.

carpediemracing 10-03-13 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 16129596)
Return to 2012 form.
Rehab my shoulder so that it is a non factor.
Win more races than 2013.

You always make me think in terms of details. I picture you asking me "well, when you say xyz, what do you mean?" So for my goals I want to put some details. 2014 Bethel Spring Series, overall Cat 3-4 (as well as promote the Series of course). I may try the M45 races but I figure that's gsteinb's turf (2014 will be the 3rd year I'm eligible to do the race and I haven't done it once, for various reasons). Win at Ninigret. Win the Kermis. Win at New Britain. Those are optimal courses for me and I know I'm fast enough to win them. Be a factor at Keith Berger, Hartford, New London if it happens.

To put things in perspective I've never, ever won a race from May through September. I've won in March, April, and October, but not between, not in the "summer" races. I really want to change that. Hell I've even thought about doing intervals.

gsteinb 10-04-13 08:55 AM

so, some other year, a'ight



Aug. 19-24 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships Redmond, WA
Sept. 3-7 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships Ogden, UT

willpay 10-04-13 09:07 AM

I've always said it but never planned for it. Bike from New York City to San Francisco.
outlandish? yes. doable? yes. happening? we'll see. Anyone go cross country?

gsteinb 10-04-13 09:11 AM

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Ygduf 10-04-13 09:11 AM

NY to SF = lots of headwind!

Fly to SF and bike home, much easier.

waterrockets 10-04-13 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by carpediemracing (Post 16130251)
aw shucks.

ts;dr

Flatballer 10-04-13 10:07 AM

Lose 25 lbs, to get to a 190 lb race weight (still huge, I know). Upgrade to 3s on the road and B's on the track (have to get to C first though). Those two might both be stretch goals. My main goal is to keep riding and getting stronger and just let it come.

mattm 10-04-13 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 16131468)
so, some other year, a'ight



Aug. 19-24 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships Redmond, WA
Sept. 3-7 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships Ogden, UT

Flying is actually pretty safe.

misterwaterfall 10-04-13 11:40 AM

Just to get something on paper as written goals are much more likely to be achieved:

Podium first 4 races of the year in the 3's assuming same races as last year-flatish and nasty weather which both suit me
Become a factor at the weekly 1/2/3 training race. A lot of stronger riders show up to this race so it is a good test.
Get a TT bike and get consistent results on it.
Get cat 2 upgrade(before Capital state race which in the middle of June would be awesome and very doable)
Score points in a p12 crit-stretch goal
Get my brother into cycling and do some type of event with him. He lives in LA so this might be a tough one

Hida Yanra 10-04-13 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 16131468)
Aug. 19-24 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships Redmond, WA

I wondered if I might see you out here.

gsteinb 10-04-13 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Hida Yanra (Post 16132195)
I wondered if I might see you out here.

Above my pay grade.

Hida Yanra 10-04-13 12:15 PM

Eh - you never know.
I'm confident that if you head out, I can take care of your logistics (housing, food, transportation, Kreitlers, etc)

gsteinb 10-04-13 12:42 PM

I appreciate it.

Fat Boy 10-04-13 02:42 PM

Realistic: Have fun.

Outlandish: 24 hr mtb race solo

I'm not sure I can reconcile these two.

Ygduf 10-04-13 03:12 PM

I'm going to eventually receive my TT bike, so next year I can win at least one TT.

tetonrider 10-04-13 07:32 PM

just checking in and reading through these goals. it's very cool to see lots of stretch goals. why not think big?

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Originally Posted by Jandro (Post 16123521)
- Stretches: win from a solo or team breakaway, win more than 1 race, enter and finish a stage race, do a race outside of CA (just seems fun), win a race at Hellyer, get to Cat 3 on the track.

Looking forward to 2014.

now you're talking! there's some stretch goals AND some specificity.

i can give some input on OR, NV, AZ, NM, UT, ID races (and beyond)...

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Originally Posted by echappist (Post 16123598)
-Learn to finish races. Had a few podium spots this year, would be nice to get a win.
-Earn 15 points for my cat-2 upgrade; stretch goal: get my cat-2 upgrade
-Learn to time trial and do some stage races.

nice! some disagree with me, but i think that first one is pretty darn important before moving on. finding that line first is different than a top finish, at any level. if you get that one covered, the 2nd one might be taken care of. i don't focus too much on the upgrades as i think it will become obvious, but it is very cool to put it out there. i think you can make it happen.

stage racing? cool!

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Originally Posted by mattm (Post 16123869)
Stretch goal: Win San Rafael p/1/2 crit.. ok maybe just a podium.

go for the win. i'll do what i can to support/encourage you.

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Originally Posted by mike868y (Post 16125559)
win a race, get my 2. outlandish, indeed.

have you won one before? definitely not outlandish, though i don't know your race history. i think that someone who wants their 2 and commits can get it.

tetonrider 10-04-13 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 16129596)
Win more races than 2013.

stretch goal...win more races than 2012? :D

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Originally Posted by carpediemracing (Post 16129015)
- SoCal training camp, Interbike, maybe one more trip with the bike. This is the most outlandish goal since the circumstances are out of my control (i.e. who will look after Junior).

i don't know your circumstances, but where there's a will there's a way. i hear there are baby sitters. ;-) (just teasing; i have a little human myself.)

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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
- No, the following is the most outlandish goal. I used to be able to hit 42-46 mph pretty much at will, in non-favorable to favorable conditions, with less aero wheels etc than I have now. I want to hit 42 mph in favorable conditions. Right now the max I've done is 38-39 mph in favorable conditions.

now that is specific. also, cool to read. sounds like you have a plan to really return to form. i'll be curious to hear about your progress over the coming months. commitment to that weight-loss goal starts now.


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Originally Posted by Ygduf (Post 16132890)
I'm going to eventually receive my TT bike, so next year I can win at least one TT.

cool. from everything i've read, it seems like you could be really suited to the TT. i'm drawn to it, i think, because i'm really not so naturally suited to it.

don't underestimate what it may take to win one. it's not just about the bike. i think that's also what draws me to it--seems SO simple on the surface (ride as fast as you can, paced, in a straight line) but has many layers that reveal themselves over time.

good luck with the goal! i suspect you might be a good stage racer.

tetonrider 10-04-13 07:50 PM

i'll also add:
* win a stage and podium (top 3) at a big stage race. always a stretch, esp as a solo rider--but still achievable.
* top 5 in nationals ITT. another stretch for me, but it is something to strive for. podium is 5 deep at nationals, but i think hardware should be top 3. i wouldn't refuse a 5th place medal in this one, though!
* win a p123 race. tough one because i've had to race a bit less in order to be more on form for stage races, and no way i'm there for the big stage races. it's my goal for the few that i do. haven't passed up a chance so far to enter p123 when it has been available.

Homebrew01 10-04-13 08:52 PM

Um, watch my daughter get her act together & not flunk out of high school.

If I start racing again someday, I would like to win a State Crit gold medal in masters. Got 3 silvers :notamused:

carpediemracing 10-04-13 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by tetonrider (Post 16133611)
i don't know your circumstances, but where there's a will there's a way. i hear there are baby sitters. ;-) (just teasing; i have a little human myself.)

now that is specific. also, cool to read. sounds like you have a plan to really return to form. i'll be curious to hear about your progress over the coming months. commitment to that weight-loss goal starts now.

My SoCal host family actually suggested bringing Junior out with me for a week - they'd take turns looking after him while I rode with one of them. The Missus would be unhappy though - it may be that the next time I go I'll leave Junior behind (full time day care for a week or so), and if we go after tax season then all of us will go and we'll stay in a hotel nearby.

For speed I honestly don't know what I'm lacking. I think that the crank length is where it starts and then I have to work on it from there. I'm committing to 175s since that's what I had when I last broke 40 mph "at will", it's what I ran in 2005, 2010 (my best couple recent years), and 170s seem to keep me down a bit.

The weight loss thing has been on going and progressing better than I expected so far. I didn't think I'd dip into the 160s until later this winter but I'm at 166-168 right now.

carpediemracing 10-04-13 11:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 (Post 16133787)
Um, watch my daughter get her act together & not flunk out of high school.

If I start racing again someday, I would like to win a State Crit gold medal in masters. Got 3 silvers :notamused:

Best wishes to your daughter, seriously, and I hope she can pull things together.

If I could I'd lead you out. Nutmeg (if that's what you're referring to) is all about position. Keith Berger (USAC version) is a bit tougher, I can't get a handle on it myself.

mike868y 10-05-13 08:02 AM

cdr, if you show up next season in form, i'll do whatever i can to help you win those races. would love to see a little more cohesion with our 3 squad, which is pretty strong in crits. i'll be back in new england in may.

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Originally Posted by tetonrider (Post 16133582)
have you won one before? definitely not outlandish, though i don't know your race history. i think that someone who wants their 2 and commits can get it.

nope, never won. have a couple 2nd place finishes. i struggle with staying focused while at school. i get my workouts in, but diet/sleep/recovery has been lacking.

Ygduf 10-05-13 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by tetonrider (Post 16133611)
cool. from everything i've read, it seems like you could be really suited to the TT. i'm drawn to it, i think, because i'm really not so naturally suited to it.

don't underestimate what it may take to win one. it's not just about the bike. i think that's also what draws me to it--seems SO simple on the surface (ride as fast as you can, paced, in a straight line) but has many layers that reveal themselves over time.

good luck with the goal! i suspect you might be a good stage racer.

thanks, yeah. in solo just-for-fun efforts I got near 5w/kg for 50+ minutes. That's at 180. Hoping to take the grade out, get near the same power, and see where it stacks up.

I've always been more ability than skill. From the outside, TT seems like I'd be less likely to **** it up, but we'll see when I get out there. I live local (15-minute ride) to a TT series that runs from Spring to Fall. Should have plenty of opportunities to work on it.


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