Friday, August 24, 2007

honk honk thursday night train...my back....my quads

well i had loads of energy for today cause i didn't expend too much energy wednesday night. nole drove me down and got me all pumped up with his sweet dj-ing. blah blah blah the race started...and suddenly i realized i made an attack at lap 67 or 68 and was riding solo. usually you think about these things...but i didn't really think much-- suddenly i just found myself making moves and realizing what i did after. it was like a higher state of consciousness....except my higher state is kind of moronic. anyway, obviously a breakaway on lap 67 or 68 ain't gonna hold...but, i was all pumped up from that music and was so ready to r-a-c-e (unlike yesterday where i was more of a race observant!). anyway, first several points laps (60, 50, 40) i didn't go for too hard, and got 4th or 3rd. then i knew i needed to work, so lap 30 i got 3rd...lap 20 didn't do so hot but got 4th cause we were chasing a break that we caught at the line to steel the points. i knew i needed some big points, cause i was just getting 1 or 2 points. so with 12 to go i made a break and held it to get first on lap 10. that was sweet. i think at that point i was in 2nd place...but i needed to score well in the final sprint for sure. with 3.5 to go a fast guy pulled off the front of our pace line. i figured if i attacked there, i could get a gap. well, actually, i didn't think too much, it just kinda happened...but that is my reflection on the matter. anna was behind me and i was hoping she'd let me go. i had a pretty good gap, but a little more than 1.5 laps later they bridged up to me. i pulled up to get a draft for the final lap. then some guy cut in kinda close at the banking on the beginning of the last lap. things were a little sketch and larry yelled at us to be safe. so i eased back so not to hit someone, thus missing the break away to the finish, so no points on the final lap where i needed points, but also no broken bones!!! i ended up with 4th - so that was cool. 2nd place only had 1 point more. amanda got second-- she had a sweet race and did a really great job at positioning. kudos!! i need to position myself like her cause i know i was taking some big pulls and bridging lots of the gaps for the field. but, i was pretty happy with how quick i reacted to breaks that were coming from up track- i felt pretty good seeing them beforehand. i was also happy with how i was pulling off and getting back in the paceline. our group stayed together for the most part, so i figured out how to steel wheels and get back in position 4 or 5, instead of drifting back to 10 or 11. all in all, sweet day of racing and i'm not too pooped, so that is great!

here are some photos from last week.

this is me hurting lots, last week.

me wondering how big those LGBRC guy's quads are.

this is sabine and her 62.5cm quads!!!

(thanks mike for letting me steal these picutres of last week from your blog so mine isn't so boring with just text.)



before i get to my quads, i want to say something peter bohl said to me last night. (awesome guy who rides the moto for us!)
you got good legs, good heart, but no back. you need a back to sprint.
there we have it. my back sucks.


now for the quads. very sorry i dropped the ball yesterday. i am quite surprised HOW MANY PEOPLE are asking me about my weekly measurements. i am glad you all care. of course you do, you have all seen me in my underwear. here we go-- 61.5cm
whooooooo! (i was 60.75 for the last two weeks.) this is still 1cm less than Sabine's impressive 62.5cm!!! What were you today?! Bigger?!?!?!

A note on quad measurement. It is sometimes deceptive. For instance, Julie Grenshaw measured and she was a solid 58cm. then she measured right after her race on friday night, thinking that she would be bigger after her muscles swelled...but in fact, she was at 56cm.
Several things could account for this:

1. human error in measuring.
2. unexpected growth/shrinking of muscles during different times of day, or after different workouts.

to address point 1-- i think it is important to measure 3 times and keep measuring to be for sure if you have big discrepancies. so, for example. tonight i measured and got 58cm, was a bit confused. then i measured again and got 64cm. then i got serious and measured 4 more times, all within the 61-62 centimeter range. so, please measure several times to ensure accuracy.

as to point 2-- that is why WEEKLY measurements are important. it does no good for someone to be all macho and measure 68cm some random day in july and then never measure again. consistent measuring on a weekly basis is key. just as consistency in a training program are valuable, so to is consistency in quad measurements. i suggest measuring at the same time of day. from now on (because wednesday nights are over), i will be measuring on thursday nights after the points races-- which is several hours after i race. perhaps my quads are bigger/smaller at different times of the week. however, this is my baseline. your number compared to others isn't as important as the changes found over time.... although, we all love to shit-talk about quad sizes...which, i feel is way more classy than shit-talking about placement in racing.

17 comments:

twinkiepatissier said...

you must be pretty happy with the track tonight? because i don't see any "ass" word in this entry unlike yesterday's four "ass" count.

note about head/quad ratio: unlike quads, head is unlikely to be conditioned/trained for its growth in girth, at least among us; silly adults. if this is not the case for you, i suggest you seek medical attention.

i will be collecting the measurements between thu and fri from now on.

glennzgarage said...

Dear Beth "Baseline Sh@t Talker". Twinkie is onto happiness, and since we're counting, she's 9 for 9 1st comment to your scribblins. That counts a friend! You're hooked on track! I'm glad for you and your friends, Beth.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

things i giggled at in this post:

it was like a higher state of consciousness....except my higher state is kind of moronic.

there we have it. my back sucks.

it does no good for someone to be all macho and measure 68cm some random day in july and then never measure again.

we all love to shit-talk about quad sizes...which, i feel is way more classy than shit-talking about placement in racing.

... and, of course, twinkie's

if this is not the case for you, i suggest you seek medical attention.


ah ... now i happily return to my pain meds.

Gilby said...

i am quite surprised HOW MANY PEOPLE are asking me about my weekly measurements. i am glad you all care. of course you do, you have all seen me in my underwear.

OK, just to clarify that I am not tuning in for the pictures of you in your underwear: Your quad reports are funny as hell, and your attitude towards racing makes me happily nostalgic about my first year of racing! Except I didn't win any races my first year of racing...but anyhow, I miss that sort of irreverant attitude, before I had actual goals & crap. Hold on to it as long as you can!

My quad development seems to have stabilized at 55 for the left, and 56 for the right.

dino dante said...

Keep attacking and bridging!!!

Grey said...

I kind of doubt I'll ever hear Peter Bohl utter the words, "baby's got back," but if I do I'll know what he means.

That moronic state of consciousness can be coaxed upwards when used at the right times. The only reason I scored in the tempo race Wed. was because of positioning near the front, then when the deck shuffled itself after the sprint and the door opened--you just have to go, no thinking.

p.s. it was nice and warm on top of tam last night.

twinkiepatissier said...

hmmm... now that glennzgarage is being all scientific and stuff, should i go for the perfect 10? or Nigel Tufnel’s amplifier 11? or be modest and stop at 9? my usual self, contemplating away...

didn't peter tell you that you have puny arms, too?

Beth said...

michiko- judging my mood based on how many times i say "ass" is problematic.

sucking ass: riding poorly, as in physically wiped and getting dropped.

head up ass: riding poorly, as in stupid and not paying attention. not necessarily tired, just dumb.

kicking ass: riding awesome, smart and fast

ass-wipe: someone else is pissing me off. as in, "that ass-wipe not only passed me on the blue line and cut me off, but he was also wearing a hideous pink and purple polka dot jersey."

Flandria said...

ha ha! look what you made me do silly - 58.5, no change...

lauren said...

it does no good for someone to be all macho and measure 68cm some random day in july and then never measure again.

hmm, what about one wimpy measurement of 49cm in july and then never again.

Carol said...

I've always had thick legs but I'd never thought about measuring my calves. As soon as I get home, I'll be measuring my calves cuz now I'm curious how I measure.

Carol said...

Damn, I don't know why I thought calves (although my calves are kinda big too.) Quads, must remember to measure quads.

twinkiepatissier said...

carol - don't forget to report your helmet size, too...if you don't mind?

Carol G said...
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Carol G said...

My quads are 56 cms tonight. BTW, I wasn't sure if twinkiepatissier was kidding about including helmet size. *scratches her head* Speaking of helmets, I need to go to the Giro website and see if I can replace the two helmets that I crashed (one which resulted in a concussion).

twinkiepatissier said...

carol - it's not just about your quads. it may sound strange, but it all started with this. next week, when you turn in your quad data, don't forget your helmet size, too. i have 10+ riders' quad & helmet data.

helmets work, don't they?! (i cracked 2 as well)

Carol G said...

O.K. I'm on board. Note to self: Measure quads every Thursday night and submit data to Beth's blog.

BTW, TwinkieP, my helmet is a medium giro. The label inside says 55-59 cm. Is that helmet data sufficient or do you need something more precise?