Last Week Of School!!!

So I am finishing up my last week of school and it is safe to say that I am super pumped to head over to Europe. It is going to be so much fun and just another adventure that I get to add to the book.

Connor Brown

Connor Brown

My school has been awesome with the support and flexibility, so I cannot thank them enough.

Anyways, I hope you guys are keeping yourselves updated with the pro peloton. This is always one of my favorite times of the year, because its the start of the Grand Tours.

So far it has been an absolute crash fest of a nightmare at the Giro, which is known for its drama and this looks to be one of the craziest ones yet. I mean, Dan Martin and half of the Garmin team were blown out on the stage one team time trial, which is crazy. It just goes to show that cycling, even when it looks safe, requires your 100% concentration or you will pay the price.

It is definitely a sad sight to see Dan go out like that, he has had a bit of a rough go at it this season. Hopefully he can bounce back soon.IMG_113539149403354

Not only has Garmin had troubles, but so have Giant Shimano, having to pull out Marcel Kittel, who was on a one way path for the sprinters jersey and a few more stage wins, due to a cold.

It is safe to say that all of those that made the trip to the Amgen are very pleased with themselves at this moment.

However, it looks like this race might have already been won, by Bradley Wiggins. Who absolutely destroyed the time trial, winning by over 40 seconds on the next man down.

It has definitely been interesting to see what has been happening not just with the racing, but lots of new tech gear has been presented at these races.

Specialized have a new Tarmac, Bell has a new helmet, but the big shocker was Sram electronic. With Shimano running the gambit on the electronic shifting, Sram definitely needed to put their version on the market if they wanted any chance of competing. Well, a little friendly competition is good for the soul and good for our pocket books too. I’m thinking we should see some prices come down a tad since there are now two players competing for the business.

Connor Brown

Rolling Off The Rollers

So once again today was ridiculously cold and in no way pleasant. It was funny because outside it was sunny and dry, but just ridiculously cold. It was as if I was being mocked, as I saddled up for another long ride on the rollers.Connor Brown

Everything went smoothly until I decided to stretch my legs and as I was out of the saddle I rolled off. I kept it up though, it was a little sketchy for a second, but I don’t seem to fall anymore; I just roll off.

After I finished up my ride and cleaned up, I headed out with my family to go eat some Mexican food. It seems as though it is becoming an weekly thing, which is probably not the best idea for my cycling career.

Anyways, it sounds as though it is going to heat back up to 40 degrees tomorrow and I am excited to test out my power meter.

I did end up figuring out what was wrong with my Garmin and apparently it has a bad USB cord. So once that is fixed I will be good to go.

Connor Brown

One Word Can Describe Missouri’s Weather….Bipolar

Its days like these that make me wonder why I live in Missouri. Seriously, yesterday it was 60 degrees and today its like 17 degrees outside. I do agree that snow and cold weather can be fun sometimes, but I would like to do it on my terms. If I want to be cold I will go some place cold, but I would rather live where winter is 60 degrees outside rather than this.Connor Brown

Anyways, I had an off day today, which means no workouts, other than the bit of core exercises I did for maintenance.

Other then that I spent the rest of my day playing with my power meter. I finally got it hooked up and synced today (thanks to Jay’s advice), I ended up having to pull the battery prongs out a bit so it touched the battery and that did the trick.

After that I went and created a garmin profile, however I was having trouble syncing my garmin over to the computer. I thought that it would pick it up the second I plugged the USB cord into the computer, but apparently it takes 20 ridiculous steps before everything on your garmin runs smoothly.

Truth is I am probably messing something up and I am just not realizing it.

Working diligently on my garmin

Working diligently on my garmin

As far as tomorrow goes, I am hoping it warms up a bit so that I can ride outside. Otherwise I will be inside on the rollers.

Connor Brown