Monday, February 20, 2012

It's not just an Hour anymore...

Everybody's SUFFERIN'


90 minutes of sweat 'til you can't wait for that bartender to serve up your recovery drink! 6 PM tonight, Hour Bar. If you don't have a trainer, it's first come, first serve for the extras, so show up between 5:30 and 5:45 to claim one. Or bring a jump rope. :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekend gravel

This weekend, there were early morning rides with the regular gravel crew. And while I love riding with them, it was also a weekend with cold early morning temperatures warming quickly into melty mid-thirties, and after a long week of hustling to meet deadlines, the idea of waking to an alarm to be cold for the first hour or two wasn't so appealing to me.

Saturday, Ryan had a meeting at work at 9:30, so I rode him there and then ventured east of town on my own. I had a fun time crushing through the semi-melted, semi-icy, semi-snowy Dietrich/Murdock Trail. Loved using the Challenge Grifos on my lovely new War Axe, staying upright over the rough terrain. Until I hit a drift as deep as my hubs, that is. Time to head over to the gravel.



Gravel was beautiful. Dry, hard packed, and peaceful. There was hardly any wind, and I enjoyed some time on roads I rarely ride.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Time to get B@d @$$

90 MIN TRAINER SESSION
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6pm
Hour Lounge - 14th & O
Lincoln, NE
Questions? 
sydney.e.brown@gmail.com

(View all the pix of this glorious tri suit on TriRig.com)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Like it long & hard?

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Odin's Revenge, a 180 miles of gravel torture goodness, opens its registration tomorrow on Valentine's day. Entry is FREE. Just send in a postcard.
Details: http://odinsrevenge.blogspot.com/


Details and Registration

Event Dates: June 29th-30th
Entry Fee: No Charge
Field Limit: 75
Start/Finish Town: Gothenburg, Nebraska

Registration: Registrations will be accepted starting February 14th and will continue until the field is full. 75 entries will be accepted with a limited number being placed on the alternate list.

Your registration needs to be on a postcard sent to;

Odin’s Revenge
c/o Chad Quigley
713 12th Street
Gothenburg NE 69138

The following information must be included on the card;

Name
Address
Category of Entry
Email address

Entries without a valid email address will not be accepted. Entries received before the 14th will not be allowed.

Three Classes of Competitors:
Open Men
Open Women
Open Singlespeed / Fixed Gear
Relay - two riders will each ride one leg of the course.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Interview with Clara Hughes

Podium Cafe is probably my favorite site for following cycling. Not only is the writing engaging, but there is equal treatment for men and women. This is really a good interview.

"This is a fantastic interview - Clara Hughes is a massive superstar, who won two bronze medals in cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics, then a gold, silver and bronze in speed skating at Winter Olympics over 2002-10. She's back cycling on the roads, coming fifth in the 2012 World Champs Time Trial, and riding with Specialized-lululemon for 2012, aiming at another Olympic medal in London this year. She's a super-talented athelete, but she's also an advocate for mental health issues and a tireless supporter of charities. Here's a recent Canadian tv interview where she talks about her own mental health, the Let's Talk campaignRight To Play, and much more."


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

And now for something completely different...



Maybe not completely different, after all there will be a bike portion.

I've been toying with doing a triathlon for a while, but had always ruled it out because of the way running made my knees hurt, the hours of training I perceived it would consume and the thought I would end up mediocre at three events instead of exceptional at one. However, as a former runner and a cyclist who enjoys swimming in the off-season, the thought of doing one kept bouncing around in the back of my mind. Last year, it bounced around so much that I began what I called "exploratory secret training" in November. I figured if I could bring the running online and work up to the 1.2 mile swim distance, I MIGHT give serious consideration to doing one.

As it turned out, it seems the problem were the shoes as well as the lack of discipline in SLOWLY introducing running to my body.  In November I began a "Couch to 5K" training program. Yeah, I know  but,  I always overdid it in previous attempts, so I figured following a beginner running plan might be the ticket -- that and a new pair of shoes from The Running Company. Sure enough, three months later and I'm able to run a hour with no soreness in knees or legs. Speed is picking up as well. I'm quite happy about this as running was always my first love. 
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12

November also found me heading to the pool. I knew the first few weeks would be difficult because I had so little muscular endurance in my upper body and I found myself needing to rest about every 25-50 meters. But, I discovered I had some friends with a lot of competitive swim knowledge and they generously helped me improve my form. In fact, form is all I worked on at the start. I know from other sporting endeavors that speed can always be added, but lay in bad muscular habits and it's difficult to eradicate them. At this point, I'm still working on form, but beginning to integrate drills for improving speed. My practice is to do the speed work, but if my form begins to falter, I slow down. When fatigue rattles my focus, I slow or take a break, because I'm still very much having to think about several things while I swim. Where are my hips in the water? Am I kicking from the hips or letting my knees bend too much? How close are my feet together? What is my stroke like? Etc. It takes time to gain automaticity and I want to train my body and mind correctly.


The bike portion? I'm not concerned about that with the exception of getting crashed at the transition. I've seen (and giggled) at several YouTube tri transition videos, but I know my legs feel wobbly just getting out of the pool, so I may soon be laughing with and not at. ;)



Finally, last month a friend said, "You should just do one. You might surprise yourself." It tipped the balance and a little voice in my own head replied, "I think I will," and I committed to a tri training plan on TrainingPeaks.com. 18 weeks to showtime. So much to learn.  

It's exciting though. It's nice to do something new. I like the mix of workouts and my body is feeling more well-balanced already. I'm planning to do a sprint tri in April, to see what it's like, and I've not handed over my money for the entry yet, but March 1 will fix that. 


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CALLIN' ALL FREAKS

Photo lifted from Waakao.com

6 PM at HOUR LOUNGE
14th & O ST

Join us Mondays & Wednesdays 
to
SWEAT YOUR @$$ OFF

Bring bike, trainer & towel.
If you don't have a trainer, contact sydney.e.brown@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New kit design


In conjunction with our independent status, we're issuing new kit designs. These are SHECLISMO branded only. I'll get the bibs up next. Aiming to get ordering set up by end of next week. The kits will be from Squadra.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Breakfast

Almost every bike racer or endurance athlete I've met eats oatmeal for breakfast before events. It is certainly my staple. But just eating a bowl of oats can get mundane if you're not creative. Besides, rolled rye is yummy, too...

Up your game with these ideas from 101 Cookbooks, an excellent source for healthy recipes.

From 101 Cookbooks. Looks delicious!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Amazing Gluten Free Tortilla Recipe

This is the most wonderful gluten-free flour tortilla recipe I've ever found. They are tasty and pliable. This recipe came from a blog located here. Enjoy!

GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR TORTILLAS
If you’re looking for a great vegan Gluten-Free flour tortilla recipe, that doesn’t crack, with great wholesome flavor, then look no further! These also freeze really well, so make up a big batch, freeze the extra, and defrost on demand with 20 seconds in the microwave.
MAKES 4 8-INCH TORTILLAS

These whole grain Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas are nutritious, versatile, low fat, and fun to make. Many of my readers were looking for an alternative to brown rice tortillas, which tend to crack and split. Well, here you are, these are made with millet and sweet sorghum instead!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Gluten-Free Bread Flour Mix (recipe follows)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum*
  • ¾ teaspoon double-acting baking powder**
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons rice milk
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
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1. Measure out flour mix by spooning flour into a dry measuring cup, then leveling it off with a straightedge, or the back of a knife. (Do not scoop the flour directly with the measuring cup or you’ll wind up with too much flour for the recipe). Combine flour mix with xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt, whisking well.

2. Heat rice milk until warm (not hot). Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients, pour in rice milk and canola oil, and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. The dough will be sticky. 3. Turn out dough onto a board or work surface, lightly floured with some Gluten-Free Bread Flour Mix. Sprinkle a little more flour mix onto dough and onto your hands.

4. Knead the dough about 30 seconds, until smooth, and no longer sticky, then mold into a ball. Place ball into bowl, and cover bowl with a damp kitchen towel. Let rest 20 minutes. Remove dough from bowl, and cut into four pieces. Roll into four balls.

5. Transfer balls to a dry plate, cover with damp towel and let rest another 10 minutes. Working with one ball at a time, sprinkle a little more flour mix on the work surface. Using the palm of your hand, press ball into a disk about 4-inches in diameter.

6. Sprinkle a little more flour mix on dough, flip and roll out into about a 9-inch circle with a floured rolling pin. I usually like the heavy old-fashioned rolling pins, but for this recipe I prefer the lighter French dowels.

7. Using an offset spatula, loosen dough from board all the way around, flip, and give it one more roll over. Don’t worry that it’s not a perfect circle. We’re about to fix that. Place an 8-inch bowl over the tortilla, and trim the edges.

8. Remove bowl, and use the offset spatula to separate the tortilla from the board.

9. Transfer tortilla to a plate and cover with the damp towel while you roll out the rest. Repeat steps to roll out the remaining three, remembering to add more flour mix to your work surface and rolling pin.

10. Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over high heat until starting to smoke. You want that puppy really hot.

11. Add a tortilla, cook 30 seconds, flip with a spatula and cook 30 seconds more until there are a few brown spots on surface. Do not overcook, or the tortillas will become brittle. Transfer to a plate, and keep covered with a dry cloth while you finish cooking the rest. Eat warm or at room temperature. To store any that don’t get eaten right away, wait until cool, then seal in a zip lock freezer bag, and place in freezer.

Copyright © 2010 by Cybele Pascal

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

SHECLISMO’s women take the wheel of independence


Grindcore, Emily and Berly whoopin it up at Boulevard Cup

SHECLISMO women opted out of official team shop sponsorship for 2012, because team leaders wanted club members to feel free to facilitate events with any shop or organization reaching out to women.

“We wanted to stay truer to our mission -- get more women on bikes.” Sydney Brown said.

“First and foremost, we’re about fun and empowerment,” Brown said. “If you want try racing, you’ve got our support. Starting to commute by bike? We’ve got tips on everything from helmet hair to heels. Shopping for a new bike and overwhelmed by the options? Don’t shop alone. Take one of us with you and make sure you get all your questions answered and needs addressed.”

“The entire regional cycling economy will benefit if SHECLISMO serves as a unified front for women interested in cycling,” Elisabeth Reinkordt added. “We’ll be better able to improve and grow the women’s cycling community through partnerships with organizations such as BicycLincoln and Omaha Bikes.”

In response, the team went back to the proverbial drawing board and discussed the SHECLISMO mission, values and priorities for 2012.

SHECLISMO found several members felt conflicted with a shop sponsorship. On the one hand they wanted to take advantage of the discounts and support the team sponsor, but on the other, they felt doing so compromised existing relationships and the tension led to diminished participation.

“The discount on goods and services offered to amateur teams isn’t really enough to make up for the loss of a pre-existing relationship you might have to break or the convenience you might lose from having a shop that’s right by your home or work,” Reinkordt said.

Of course, this doesn’t mean SHECLISMO is opposed to sponsorship. It just means that their participation is tied to events, or the sponsorship is linked to individuals.

“As a racer, there’s NO WAY I could travel and compete at the level I do without the generous support of sponsors, but there are responsibilities that go along with that,” Brown said.

SHECLISMO encourages members to form close relationships with shops and companies they like and will help guide the development of personal sponsorship opportunities. Towards that end, the 2012 kit will be mostly black and easily paired with other shorts and jerseys for sponsor and organization promotion.

For more information about SHECLISMO’s mission or upcoming events, contact Elisabeth Reinkordt (elisabeth@bicyclincoln.org) or Sydney Brown (sydney.e.brown@gmail.com).