Archive for February, 2009

’97?

Posted in 1 on February 15, 2009 by bencycles



P1000538

Originally uploaded by Ben Love

Here’s a sweet shot from either 96 or 97. I’m standing with my bike (borrowed those wheels) at Sun Country Bikes in Temple, TX. A buddy of mine was a photog for the local hospital and wanted to try out some new fangled device that could take and store pictures onto a floppy disk… It obviously didn’t work well though, I usually look much taller.

Resurrecting Demons

Posted in Race/Ride reports with tags , , on February 10, 2009 by bencycles
Photo Dave Strom

Photo Dave Strom

It’s been a really long time since I did a tt. And even longer since I was in shape to do a tt, though whether I was in shape for this one is a little debatable… Nonetheless, damn. I forgot how much that hurts.  My philosophy is that to be a good time trialist, you have to be a tormented soul whose first love is pain and misery. OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but really, there is no where to hide in a tt and you gotta dig up whatever you can to keep those pedals turning over.

Thanks to everyone who helped set me up. Especially J. Considering I don’t even own a pair of clip on aerobars anymore, I certainly showed up in style, what with a Specialized tt bike, Zipp wheels, skin suit, aero helmet, at least I looked legit. Thanks J!

With the AToC coming next weekend, a few pros showed up and of course I got to be their rabbit. I was able to hold off all of ’em the first lap, but on lap two, that Fly V guy, Phil, flew by me. His was the winning time of the day and only 17 seconds off the course record in muddy wet conditions. The two Jelly Belly guys (woah, they looked like kids, man I must be getting old) also posted some fast times.

I was absolutely dead the rest of the day which is a good indicator I put in the correct effort. Until next time, Fiesta.

Just Like a Real Person, Only Smaller

Posted in 1 on February 1, 2009 by bencycles

I was folding the Sprouts laundry the other night. When I started folding her jeans I was struck by how small they are and yet, they belong to a human.  Weird.

Sprout on the Left

Ain’t she cute?

Weight Weenies Alert

Posted in 1 on February 1, 2009 by bencycles

I’m a not-very-closeted-but-still-uncomfortable-to-admit weight weeny. Just weighed my 61 cm Tarmac Pro SL. 15.3lbs with Zipp 303’s and my old heavy Ultegra Pedals. Considering I’ve never owned a bike close to this light, it’s impressive to ride.

Now I gotta go take those wheels off because I tease people who train on tubular carbon wheels and I certainly wouldn’t want to be a hypocrit… : )