With impeccable timing in advance of Mobtown Modern‘s show next week, there’s a new interview with Erik and I up at the web magazine Zeitschichten. Many thanks to Matthias Röder for the opportunity and for doing such an excellent job. Check it out.
From yesterday’s 2-hour ride on the trainer, which included 3 x 10 minutes of microbursts (15secs @ 300+% of FTP followed by 15secs of 150 watts). Last week I did 2 sets of these and I actually felt better doing them this week. I also recovered from each set really quickly, which is a very good thing. Will see how 4 sets of these feel next week. The weather’s looking dismal for Trade Zone this weekend.
Mobtown Modern is kicking it into high gear in advance of next week’s Sequenza-thon, our marathon performance of Berio’s Sequenzas, at the Contemporary Museum. This show will be a bit different than our previous shows in that we’ll be performing in the museum’s main gallery space, which should be awesome for a bunch of solo pieces. Two items of interest so far: the City Paper listed the show as a Critic’s Pick in this week’s issue; and the new Mobcast (“What you know about Berio?”), featuring Baltimore music blogger and indestructible new music audience member Devin Hurd telling us all about Berio, his Sequenzas, and why we should care. Listen below or click here to subscribe.
Went out to Boonsboro to get a solid hill ride in. This ride starts in downtown Boonsboro, heads up Boonsboro Mountain Road, out Route 40 to Pleasant Walk/Stottlemeyer, then to SR 77, and through Catoctin Mountain Park (Park Central), which includes the nearly 15 minute climb I did twice in the middle of the file. Some really steep stuff out there.
Ah, behold the beauty of a power file made possible by sleet and rain, which forced me to ride on the trainer. Did two sets of these. Never has ten minutes gone by so quickly.
There is a project in the works, the details of which will not be divulged until June 12, which I’ve purchased a nice new red Schoenhut to get cracking on. (Hint: It involves Erik and 12 melodies.) Here are a couple of the melodies we’ll be working with—Cancer (Moon) and Gemini (Mercury):
The goal for my first race of the season, as presented to me by BJ, was to attack, attack some more, and basically attack until I couldn’t attack anymore, with winning, placing high, or even finishing being very distant secondary concerns. This was a training race, after all. Well, I cannot be accused to leaving the training out of this race. From the gun (er, whistle) the attacks started coming. My plan had me attacking on lap 3, so it was nice when the field shut down one attack right as we got to the line on the 3rd lap. I countered hard,* got a small gap, carried 2 or 3 others with me, and eventually the field. To make a long story short, I ended up attacking and/or covering attacks 7 or 8 times. The last time, which was my undoing, I bridged up to two riders with another guy but by the time I got there I didn’t have anything to contribute and I’d blown myself up at that point. I called it. Mission accomplished. Not the way I’d race usually, but this was about testing my limits. Needless to say, the plan for next time is different.
* New peak power record registered here: 1327 watts. Wroof.
Average power: 604 watts. This is actually from a couple weeks ago but I just got around to putting it up. Things are good. Can’t wait for the first Trade Zone race in a little over a week.