schmalz FBF 6/5/2012

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 1:16pm by schmalz

My usual routine for Tuesday races at FBF goes as follows: load up car, pick up sweaty Romanian-American on the West Side Highway, arrive at FBF, ride multiple laps, sweat, curse a bit, wipe off grime, go home with a sweaty Romanian-American and wake up to write about 1,000 words about a race that took 55 minutes. It's a fairly ridiculous routine, but it's one I've become comfortable with. I am a person who enjoys routine to a certain extent. My coffee maker goes off automatically every morning, I go to sleep at the same time most evenings and they set the Shepard Gate Clock by my bowel movements (except those affected by Mexican food). As odd as they are, my routines are a source of comfort and security.

Last night everything was going to my Tuesday night routine, I had transported my sweaty Romanian-American life coach to the racecourse, and we started the race in last night's moist and puddle-y conditions. There wasn't a puff of wind to be found and the promise of bonus point for the finish made for an unusually large pack for a rainy night. This was a night for the sprinters, but of course, that does not mean we do not try, because as herds of compensated coaches will tell you, it's all about the effort (and as a reminder, this month's payment is late).

Early in the race, I began my plan of jumping away for about 15 times, in order to test my frustration tolerance and soften the big bunch of racers assembled for the evening. We went through the first green jersey sprint and things were forming up for a classic field sprint.

Then all the air escaped from my rear tire.

I hate getting flats.

Mihael won in a field sprint. That's all I have to say.

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By: megoni
Thu, 06/07/2012 - 6:54pm

Tide Color Safe Bleach to Mengoni


Last Thursday at FBF
By: Rim Strip
Thu, 06/07/2012 - 2:43pm

I had some high, but not obviously high Quarq Power Data from the FBF race last Thursday - May 31. Anyone have Powertap file you can send me from the race for me to cross check? tx.

By: Penman phil
Thu, 06/07/2012 - 2:19pm

Mike send it back to quarq, had same problem last year, would be riding and as soon as rain came i would be doing 1000 watts on flatbwith 3000 watt sprints, however i was now world class in every single training peaks category.

Sent mine back and they fixed it, i am now. Back to untrained in every category, they should fix for free as was common problem

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 2:13am

My Quarq powermeter throws off garbage numbers when it gets wet. The real average should have been more like 250w.

By: Barouh
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 8:51pm

The Garmin is Michael Boardman's!

I gotta gotta getta Garmin,
By: Nanni Setscrew
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 8:14pm

I gotta gotta getta Garmin, I'm riding in Central Park and all I seem to be doing is going in circles.

By: Nolan Chainline
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 8:09pm

Was he wearing Pink?

Re: CS Pro Team
By: Random Name
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 7:28pm

Who turking this ride?

CS Pro Team
By: Charlie I.
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 6:29pm

The Champion System Pro Cycling Team is riding in Long Island TONIGHT! Tour de France yellow jersey holder and stage winner Jaan Kirsipuu will be there. Come ride with the team!

More info at http://champ-sys.com/cs-pro-team-ride

Charlie I.

GArmin Lost
By: Henry Francisco
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 6:15pm

We found a Garmin Computer , if it is yours let us know.

Regarding flats
By: Barouh
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 6:11pm

Mathieu Steerer, the cause of the flats last night was not due to the construction work, it was from the wet course. Wet pavement substantially increases your likelihood of flats.

By: Wheelie Ferrule
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 5:36pm

Wheelie has to keep this one short. I'm down at the ConEd plant. They have me hooked up the urban grid on my rollers and I'm powering electricity for the city from 9am to 6pm mon - fridays. Double's as work and riding. Gittin' $paid$ to train and providing electricity to the masses.

Cheers ya'll!

Lightening Bolt
By: Rim Strip
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 5:35pm

If the wattage on Strava has a little lightening bolt next to it then its supposed to be actual powermeter data.

strava numbers
By: Dino Hammer
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 4:32pm

@Rim Strip. If it's Strava's estimated wattage, it doesn't account for riding in a pack. It looks at your time over a certain distance and calculates how much wattage it would take to achieve that time/speed if you were riding in the wind the entire time solo. Hence the often killer wattages you see from races.

I heard Beckerman can
By: Antoine Cogset
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 3:18pm

I heard Beckerman can generate 1.2 gigawatts, launching himself into the future.

By: cb
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 3:05pm

That's actually low for Beckerman. Must be a recovery week.

By: Rim Strip
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 3:03pm

He finished 24th!

FBF Results
By: Charlie I.
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 3:01pm

FBF RESULTS. Here are the results and updated overall standings for last night's race:


Charlie Issendorf
Race Director
Kissena Cycling Club

yeah that's correct. there's
By: Gaetan Brazeon
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:55pm

yeah that's correct. there's a NY cat-whatever who can do Armstrong-circa-'02 watts.

I hit 50-100-150 watts when I
By: Snoop
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:53pm

I hit 50-100-150 watts when I turned on the living room light this morning.

Am drained for the day. Must nap now.

Groundhog Day
By: Bill Murray
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:37pm

Groundhog Day

That's a lotta watts
By: schmalz
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:29pm

That's a lotta watts

lots of flats
By: Mathieu Steerer
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:27pm

not the only flat out there. many riders had to call it a day. an already crappy race surface further worsened by whatever that construction work is leaving crap all over the course. gotta love the timing of that work.

By: Rim Strip
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 2:26pm

Beckerman's Strava data shows he did 500W for over an hour in the 1-2-3 race. Is that correct? Lotta watts.

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