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Dailies.

What’s been happening?

Not much of anything.  Been slowly recovering from a minor leg muscle injury, but it’s been getting better everyday.  I’m still planning on racing on Wednesday, but I’m not sure when I’ll be back running.  Possibly as soon as tomorrow afternoon.  Either way, I’ve been enjoying my time outside of work, trying not to spend too much time on the computer, since I look into one all week long.  You guys know what’s up.  I’ll probably be posting more dailies than anything else over the next couple weeks.  I think it’s good to have some kind of progression or change in how the blog posts present themselves.  I also think it’s more interesting to post what I’ve been up to, and where I’ve been, rather than loads of cycling, sometimes.  We’ll see where it goes, but change is good.  Stick around, yea?

Imported:

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Storm clouds up ahead:

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Polk, overlooking the Presidio:

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Million Thai:

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14 hours of energy, danger:

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Daly City:

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Snagged a pair at Ruby Skye:

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Chilling at Ruby:

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First Fridays out in Oakland:

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Jack London Square:

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Nob Hill:

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Nob Hill view:

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Smaller fields at the track tonight.  The 4/5 field was only 11 deep, I think.  I left work 15 minutes earlier since all my projects were in a good spot and was on the road by 4pm.  Took me an hour 45 to drive all the way down to track in 89*F weather in a black on black car with no a/c.  Needless to say, it felt awesome to step out of the car by the end of the drive.  There were 3 events tonight.  Our favorite keirin nemesis was also out and about.  The overarching goal between a couple of us was to ensure his failure.  Let’s race.

Scratch: 10 laps (or 12, I forgot).  Josh spent a lot of time on the front putting down the pace for the rest of us.  I was a couple wheels back watching and waiting for keirin king to come over the top and put the pain down on us.  He seemed dissatisfied with the pace a couple laps in, and went off the front with 8 left to go.  Do it, man.  After 2 laps, he rolled up the side of the velodrome, basically giving up his effort.  So after a couple more laps, we started ramping up for the sprint.  I was a couple wheels back, and I think the wheels in front of me started peeling off.  On the bell, the young kid came over the top – Al was close behind but was unable to make up the gap before the line popped.

Snowball: 10 laps.  I kind of forgot what happen in the beginning of this race.  I vaguely remember that Josh was on the front pacing us.  A small break of 3 guys went off the front after a couple laps.  I was at the front of the second group and began reeling them in from 2 turns down.  Eventually we caught back up to them and I maintained pace for a lap more.  I pulled off and saw Al putting down the hammer with Mr. Keirin in tow.  Al took all the remaining points in the race.  On the second to last lap, I think nemesis had given up fully – he was slowly floating back to us.

Points: 25 laps (!), points ever 5.  Damn.  I don’t think I’ve ever put that much time in a single race.  That was a lot of laps.  My recollection of the race is a bit hazy, but I remember the beginning of the race starting off kind of chill.  With the first sprint coming, a small group started attacking off the front, I was watching it all from the second group.  A small gap formed, and I started getting a bit worried that we’d never bridge back up to them.  A couple laps later with some shared pulls from the boys, we caught back up to the front.  I think it was 13 laps left to go when I put an effort in.  Nemesis was in the group behind, and I was hoping everyone would just let him sit out in the wind while I stayed off the front.  I kept looking back thinking he was going to be coming over the top to steal my measly 5 points, but he never did.  I pulled off after lap 10 to see a small group of guys coming through.  I loosely raced around for the remaining laps, and didn’t see a whole lot of the finish.  I don’t think nemesis was up there with them.  Haha, excellent.

We did good, boys.  We did good.

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Al took a spill at the Red Kite crit this past weekend and wasn’t racing.  He brought donuts, though.

The drive down took a bit longer than last week, but I still showed up at around 6:20pm, so I guess it wasn’t horrible.  A tad on the windy side, but it died down a bit as the night went on.

Scratch: 10 laps, first across the line wins.  Everyone seemed a bit squirrelly out there for the first race.  The group split a bit in the middle of the race and I attempted to catch back up to the main group up ahead.  I finished near the back of the pack.

Win and Out: 5 laps, then the first to cross the line on the 6th takes 1st place then they’re out, first to cross on the 7th gets 2nd place then they’re out, and on the 8th, it’s racing for places 3, 4, 5 (I think).  This race was actually pretty neat.  I was riding in an okay spot, but as riders started surging towards the front, other riders were holding a slower pace, blocking a bunch of us in the back.  I kept on racing on, thinking maybe I could still land a spot.  On the 8th and final lap, I was edged out for 4th, and ended up taking 5th place.  Not bad.

Miss and Out: last rider gets pulled every lap, then neutral lap + sprint when there are 3 riders left.  I was pulled after 3 laps.  Nothing else worth mentioning from that one.  Still horrible at racing that.

Points: 15 laps, points ever 5 laps.  This week’s points race was actually really fun.  For a couple laps in the middle, with probably 7 left to go, I was caught off in the middle of 2 packs, trying to catch back onto the front group.  I finished somewhere in the top 8 probably, but didn’t get any points, so it was kind of whatever.

I went back to the car, and as I was pulling something out of my bag, I saw my phone fall out from my pocket and land on the ground, shattering the screen:

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I spent the majority of the drive back attempting to clear the glass shards off the screen.  I don’t think there’s a warranty for making a stupid mistake, I didn’t have insurance on it, and I don’t plan on buying a new one, so I’m just going to tough it out and hope for the best.  If it can last until January 27, 2015, I’m good.  Seriously bums me out though.  Big time.  Oh well, I gotta just move on.

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Another ordinary Tuesday.  The weather was a bit cooler than yesterday, and as the day went on, it grew significantly more windy.  I’m hoping it’s not too bad at the velodrome tomorrow night.  And I’m hoping that the traffic isn’t too crazy on the way down.  It was great getting out of the office for running, though.  I took a walk out to Pier 39 with some of my co-workers as well, expecting warm weather, and getting nothing but wind.  Oh well.

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We’re having summer weather in spring, which is pretty typical.  It’s always warmest in the spring and autumn months for some reason, but foggy every single day in the summer.  Either way, I slept in after a packed weekend of staying up way too late – figured I needed to get back into the rhythm of things with a run at lunch.  It was really nice out along the Embarcadero, tons of people walking everywhere.  Hope this weather keeps up!

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Ran out to the ballpark at lunch.  More running stuff en route to me since my running habits seem to be more consistent than my riding.  I also was able to get out of work at a decent hour, and stopped by the shop to drop off my carbon tubulars.  Should be good to roll in the near future!

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As previously mentioned, it’s been hilariously windy all over the Bay Area recently.  It seemed to die down a bit as the night went on, but for the most part, turn 2 was the windiest section of the velodrome.  Either way, today’s races were set up a bit differently than the 2 previous weeks – Larry Nolan wasn’t there as a race organizer, and things were delayed quite a bit even for the opening Cat5 race.  19 of us were on the warmup track for a long time.  Lots of familiar faces out today, but there seemed to be a bit less people in all the groups.  Either way, Tim, Fergus, Uri, and two other guys from Chica Sexy were out, as was Alex, Josh (not Jake), Percy (who has his 3rd kid on the way, ballin’), and a new guy I met today named Mario, were all in attendance.

Scratch: 10 laps.  Alex went off the front for the first 4 laps, but was eventually caught.  I was watching everything go down from the back.  Muscle Milk Cat2 road guy apparently took the win.

Miss and Out: I had better positioning this week, and was at the front for about 2 laps before people started coming over the top.  I think I lasted about 6 laps?  An improvement over last week’s 3 laps, and the first night’s 1 lap.  Maybe by the end of the season, I’ll give myself a real opportunity to actually race.

Points: 12 laps, points every 3.  On the first sprint, the whole group pretty much exploded.  I was caught off the back, which was stupid, and rode to catch up to the main group up ahead.  By time I caught back up, there was another sprint for points, and the group started riding away from me.  Not ideal, so I opted to just exit on the back straight.  Or I could’ve just continued to race, knowing I’d probably never catch up to them.  Fail.

Snowball: 1 point for the first rider across the line on the first lap, increasing in points per lap, 10 points for the first rider across the line on the last lap.  Somewhere in the middle of the race, the group began to split.  Two riders were off the front initially, but I guess they were brought back.  I was somewhere near the back riding horribly, as usual.  In the closing laps, the pace started getting all fast and such, and on the bell lap, I was basically off the back of the main group, watching everything go down.

I really need to ride more, haha.  Fun times, either way.  Definitely glad I made it out.  Also, in previous weeks, the commute has been 2 hours and 15 minutes, whether it be 101 or 280 straight down.  Today, I took 280, 85, 87, and then a series of streets to get to the velodrome, and it only took me 1:45.  Proud day.

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Ran out to the ballpark and back for lunch, and was able to step out of the office a couple times to get some fresh air.  Too much time in front of a computer makes me feel like I’m being lazy, so walking around helps.  Side note, it’s been hilariously windy lately – I’m hoping it’s going to die down soon, because yesterday, it hit 50mph+ along the Marina Greens.

I’m waiting on tubulars to come in so I can get this wheelset on the track:

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Not bad for the price.

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