Todd's Blog


ROUGH RIDING. WHAT I LEARNED FROM TEDDY R.

TODD BROWN

ROUGH RIDING.  WHAT I LEARNED FROM TEDDY R.

I THINK WHEN IT COMES TO RACING, the more you can bring to the race the better.  Could be better wrenching skills, could better on course support, could be a dedication to chess...

... could even be Teddy Roosevelt's autobiography, it's stuffed gritty teaching tales... from boxing with secret servicemen in the White House to frontier justice to liberating Cuba.

Teddy had an approach to apprehending armed criminals, who often possessed great fighting talent.  He noticed they always had a moment of hesitation before pulling the trigger.

... I knew just what to do, and I did it first...

... and that my friends sums up most of my racing tactics.

It's not complicated.

Knowing what needs to be done.
Doing it first.

There are a ton of places to apply this principle in a race.

Know.
Do.

Here's something you oughta know... PEDALposse members save 25% on all purchases, custom or instock.

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165.4 lbs 
Rest
8.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3543726943


ADFRIENDTURE

TODD BROWN

ADFRIENDTURE

WHAT ARE THE BEST BIKE RIDES?  Adventures with friends.  With all the warm feelings of finally being back together after months... something was bound to happen over the course of 45 miles with 7000' of vert in our local forest.

For examples...

One crank falling off

Two bleeding legs

One tumble in the moon dust

A fair amount of cramping

And, a complete detonation on the final climb.

But, the worst...

... the one that had howls of pain ricocheting across the canyon...

... I won't soon forget.

Our final decent was on The Luge.  A trail with huge berms and jumps and nasty braking bumps... offering chances to fall off a cliff to one's death.

Which is exactly what those screams sounded like.

They were coming from a young lad of 12ish years on his own adfriendture with his big brother and another buddy.  He was the last rider in their trio... all riding on crappy bikes and adrenalin.

He'd fallen 15' and landed in a cactus plant. 

We formed a huMan chain and yanked him out.

Scared and shaken.  

He'll be fine, and have a story he can tell the rest of his life... which no doubt will get better with time.

An adfriendture.

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Apologies to today's tour guide, MG.  I thought his prediction of 4 hours was nuts.   He insisted we'd push each other. 

Perhaps it was his pep talk... This is a drop ride, so keep up!

Some pavement to get to the dirt

Blackstar climb

Above the clouds

MG taking care of JM wounds

Easy E watching the kids take off

To the rescue... EasyE grabbed the kid... the man below started to slip and I grabbed him... much steeper than it looks.

Pink

Camo

Never pass up a Mexican coke and popsicle

But, you can't have an adfriendture unless you actually ride your bike.

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Use promo code: ADFRIENDTURE and have this tshirt delivered for under $18.

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165 lbs
Stretch
7 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3537861535


NO, TO THE PAIN!

TODD BROWN

NO, TO THE PAIN!

TOMORROW SORTAKINDA MARKS THE FIRST DAY TOWARDS MY QUEST, the quest being MTB Marathon Nationals.  I'll be meeting the fellas, and from what I've spied on Starva there will be pain.

Legs will be chopped off.

Arms turned to noodles.

Throats singed.

Lungs burned.

Eyes gouged.

Ears... will be filled with the shrieks of misery.

My fastest friends are meeting for an It'll take 'bout 4 hours ride.  I looked at the estimates, and from what I can gather I'd have to PR every segment of the route to be able to do it under 4 1/2 hours.

There's nothing like a good thrashing to get the motivation going... motivation to train, eat, rest right proper.

So, I'll ride to the pain.

Raise your bottle if you're with me... and repeat it... To the pain!

Of course I won't feel all the pain because I'm gonna lather up with a heap of PR Lotion... as I'm sure all these cats will.  Times like tomorrow I regret sharing all the secrets.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/lubemeup/products/amp-pr-lotion

If you're gonna be riding To the pain! soon... click on this link and enjoy the extremely entertaining video.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/lubemeup/products/amp-pr-lotion

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165.4 lbs 
Coach Loran Live - tons of upper body
6.5 hours sleep - crazy dreams
https://www.strava.com/activities/3531092335

My inspiration for this post


WATTS UP GOLDILOCKS?

TODD BROWN

WATTS UP GOLDILOCKS?

I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE REST OF COUNTRY IS DOING, for that matter I'm not even sure what most of my friends are doing.  But, I do know this... I have popped into the local group ride that is resurfacing and holyguacamole! some of these cats are in serious fighting shape.

I was quite shocked last week.

And stunned this week.

Serious speed from the getgo, and like an old diesel I've been, shallwesay, a touch slow in ramping it up.

I checked the soontobeexpensive Starva and according the Fitness/Freshness report my fitness is good and my form is bad.

This is the result of riding like Goldilocks - neither too easy nor too hard - just riding tempo all the time.

Not riding hard enough to need an easy spin, not spinning easy enough to pound a hard ride.

After being smacked by the Bigbadwolf a few times... I'm ready to search out some speed.

To inspire myself I printed up a new green - for sprint speed - tshirt.

https://pedalindustries.com/products/stamp-logo-pedalindustries-white-and-kelly-green?variant=34486613999777

It comes in a lot of colors... the imprint is our Stamp logo.
We use very special inks, and once you wash this shirt you'll never feel the ink.

If you use promo code WATTSUP at check you'll get this T deliverd for under $18... or under $15 if you're part of the PEDALposse.

https://pedalindustries.com/products/stamp-logo-pedalindustries-white-and-kelly-green?variant=34486613999777

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164.2 lbs 
Pullups, Pushups, Yoga
8 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3528552294


WATTS UP?

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IF YOU'VE GOT THE MONEY, HONEY

TODD BROWN

IF YOU'VE GOT THE MONEY, HONEY

I REMEMBER CHRISTMAS 1990.  Surfergirl presented me a Merlin Titanium Bikes catalog... with 10 crisp Benjamins inside.  Twoooo Wuv.

I never got that bike... yes, I would have been part of the cool kids.

Instead, I plunked it down on a pure sprint machine.  A cherry red aluminum Cannondale.  Integrated shifting in the brake levers - imagine that, no more reaching for the downtube shifter midsprint!

Harsh ride.

Fast.

Raced that bike all up and down the coast the next 2 years.  The pinnacle of my crit career.

I rode aluminum for a long time... then carbon... and I'm back on an aluminum sprinter at the moment.

Not as harsh.

Very aero.

Fast.

But, I'm starting to dream of Ti again. 

The Moots YBB concept has always intrigued me.  First, as a Leadville rig.  It's very simple.  No linkage.  Limited travel, using Ti's properties with just a spring up at the seat tube.

They are now offering an even more limited travel version on their gravel bike and I'm giving it some serious thought.

For most graveling, suspension isn't really needed.  But, we tend to go a little cray-cray around here... poaching a fair amount of single track and plenty of rough terrain.  And, I'm thinking some suspension would be pretty slick.

The YBB frame with the Lauf fork could be just the ticket for my inner gravel goon.

It's only money?... nah, it's a helluvalotta fun!

Some wonder if the PEDALposse is worth the money...

... well, all I can tell you is riders keep joining... some for the savings, some for the training, some for the monthly surprise... check it out:

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

165 lbs 
Yoga & Roll
6.5 hours sleep - kids up late
https://www.strava.com/activities/3523417093

 


PEDALposse Rules 11-15

TODD BROWN

PEDALposse Rules 11-15

I'VE NEVER BEEN ON A GROUP RIDE I DIDN'T LIKE, here are my rules when I'm the newguy

11.  Speak when spoken to.

12.  Pull my fair share

13.  Be Steady Eddy, not Freddie Showoff

14.  Stop if there's a mishap, be helpful.

15.  Point shtuff out.

It ain't that hard to be a likable rider... or person... which you probably are if you're reading this...

... and if you're reading this, consider joining the PEDALposse.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

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167.2 lbs (I keep telling myself it's time to get serious)
Coach Loran Live + Pullups
8 hours sleep

https://www.strava.com/activities/3517821786


THE THINGS WE DO FOR KIN

TODD BROWN

THE THINGS WE DO FOR KIN

I WOULD NEVER DO THIS FOR A FRIEND:  put him on my favorite race bike, give him a brand new kit, slightly used helmet, new gloves, new socks, and barely used glasses. 

I'm just not that kind of friend, but I am that kind of dad...

... because if junior likes it, well hotdiggity - whatcouldbebetter?!

At the top of a twisty and tricky single track were three dads, and 3 little kids.  Shane and I cleared the last pitch of rocky trail, huffing and puffing.  It felt damn good, and everybody knew it.

This is the special stuff - spectacular view, prime weather, out in the wild for an adventure.

All the dads thinking... I hope he likes it.

Even me... thinking it for the 1000th time... and maybe this time it will stick.

Not only did I give him all that gear - not the bike - I introduced him to the goodness of Chamois Butt'r...

... but not the miracle that is PR Lotion, that is something I'll keep a secret... 'cause I'm gonna need every edge I can get if it sticks this time.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/lubemeup

 You my friend, if you have yet to try PR Lotion or the Butt'r, may use this promo code to save 50% on the second item:  LUBEMEUP

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/lubemeup

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165.98 lbs 
Pullups and Pushups
8.5 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/2909778979

 


THERE ARE ONLY 3 KINDS OF BIKE RIDERS

TODD BROWN

THERE ARE ONLY 3 KINDS OF BIKE RIDERS

THERE ARE RIDERS WHOSE LUNGS ARE SO HUGE AND LEGS SO POWERFUL that they achieve perfection on two wheels to which no ordinary rider will ever attain.

There are other riders who cannot ride with any skill or power at all.

In between come the mass of riders of ordinary ability, who if they choose can become solid riders... even accomplished racers... through dedication to regular training, proper diet, and focused recovery.

I belong to this third group, the workers and hustlers... the industrious.

PEDAL... Industries.

And... if you working hard on and off the bike you probably like saving big bucks whenever possible... like PEDALposse member MS in AZ

Have you been dreaming about a new helmet for the summer season?  Got a few bones burning a hole in your jersey pocket?

Save 20% with promo code: KASK20

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

Today, May 25th 2020, is the last day of the KASK helmet sale.

PEDALposse, you save more with your special code.

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165.8 lbs 
Stretch n Roll
7.75 hours sleep

https://www.strava.com/activities/3506576127

 


IF IN HAD AN ENEMY (ENEMY)

TODD BROWN

IF IN HAD AN ENEMY (ENEMY)

THERE'S A LEGEND AROUND HERE ABOUT THE GREAT D.M... how great?  Well, when John Tomac would come and visit DM would thrash him on the bike... really take him to the shed.  Yeah, that great.

DM, the story goes, had demons... he was once so far off the front of a local MTB race, that he startled the course marshal high up on the mountain.  The marshal didn't think racers would be there for at least another 15 minutes,.. but out in the middle of nowhere he hears a voice coming at him...

You think that hurts?  That's nothing!  Nothing, I tell ya... Quit whining you baby!  That's ain't pain... you're not even trying...

Now that's an enemy, self-conjured or not, pushing DM... getting every ounce of energy out of him.

The great JO once explained how he goes all out from the start of an MTB race... he pictures in his mind that the competitors are trying to get his family and therefore he must crush them... and so he does.

I've been known to line up at the start and just pick someone to hate on... then tell myself some ridiculous story to get fired up!... and if they're not in the hunt, I have no problem training my lens on the next sonofagun.

So, yeah, love your enemies... 

... especially the nice once that smile as they rip your legs off.

Which reminds me of Coach Loran, and how she laughs during the workouts she knows are killing us...

... looking for someone to hate because they make you feel weak?  Look no further than Coach Loran... her workouts are part of the PEDALposse subscription.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

 

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165.4 lbs 
Stretch and Roll
7.15 hours sleep

https://www.strava.com/activities/3500359736


MAKE WATTS WHILE YOU SLEEP

TODD BROWN

MAKE WATTS WHILE YOU SLEEP

OKAY... TBH, YOU CAN'T REALLY MAKE WATTS WHILE YOU SLEEP, but you sure the heck can lose them.

Check out what happens when we get less than 8 hours of sleep:

Time to physical exhaustion drops by 10-30%
Aerobic output is significantly reduced
Faster rates of lactic acid build up
Reductions in blood oxygen saturation
Impairment of the body to cool itself through sweating
Weight gain through loss of hunger control
and... wait for it... a whopping100% increase in risk of injury

... and that's just the athletic stuff, there's a whole bunch more... but, who cares about max performance on AND off the bike?

Well, I do.

So when my much smarter and much faster friend MG suggested Why We Sleep last year, I put it in the reading cue.

Result:  I've upped my average night of sleep by about 30 minutes - as many have noted, the very act of reading the book will send you straight to LaLaLand.

What won't send you to LaLaLand are the many options of the Wild Child Kit.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/wild-child

This is the Peace option, which I commissioned the great Joe Y to design for us... ya see I had a sneaky feeling we might need a bit more peace in our lives in 2020.

If you're wanting to spread peace use this code: PEACEOUT

The code works on everything in the store... but check out how snappy this kit looks.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/wild-child

Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.2 lbs
Pull-ups
6.5 hours sleep - not my best night.

https://www.strava.com/activities/3496092166#comments


MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL...

TODD BROWN

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL...

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL... who's the fastest of them all?

Let me see here... let's see... well, according to the actual score board... why...hmmm... well, it ain't you.

Are you sure Mirror?

Yep, quite sure... looking at the podium picture here.... it's def not you.

Well, Mirror, what about that one KOM I got?

Checking... checking... checking... ah yes, found it... yes, you did have a KOM on that one forgotten loop that only one other person ever rode... but, looks like someone stumbled upon it and stole it... no email on that?

No Mirror, no email.

Are you sad?

Yes, kind of.

Don't be.  You were never even in the running for fastest.  But, you're still the fairest... and ain't that the best? 

I'm not sure what inspired the above... maybe it's the awareness for ESPN's upcoming Lance Armstrong tell all?  

But, I am sure this is a fairly awesome offer that is ending in 4 days...

... my favorite helmets, huge savings.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

KH ordered a Protone for himself... ''cause of course we always think of ourselves first... then sent this text

Now, you may not have an old helmet that fits like a giant, sad mushroom on top of your head like KH... but if you do... this is a helluva deal...

Save 20% with promo code: KASK20

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

Sale ends on 5/25.

PEDALposse, you save more with your special code.

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.2 lbs 
Coach Loran Live + pull-ups
7 hours sleep

https://www.strava.com/activities/3491440093


HAS STRAVA TOTALLY BLOWN IT?

TODD BROWN

HAS STRAVA TOTALLY BLOWN IT?

KUDO TO YOU... there's a lot I like about Strava, so much so that I've paid for their service for years simply to support them... 'cause honestly, I couldn't make helmets or shifters outta their premium offer.

But, the thing I like most is it to take a few minutes from time to time and comment on a friend's outstanding ride.  There's a lot of this going on on the Stravs and it's pretty darn cool... probably the best part, all that positivity.

I'm not sure if forcing people to pay for "their most popular feature" is the right way to go... but that's essentially what they've done by hiding all the segment times but your own and the top 10 should you not have the 5 bones a month they want from ya.

I think a choice ala Spotify to have paid/adfree or free with ads would be cool... even as a payer, I wouldn't mind seeing really relevant ads from time to time in my feed.  For sure kids, the budget conscious, and others would opt for the free with ads version.  

Without a quality free version, will Strava's domination of segment data be hollowed out?... leaving just richguy data?  Will another platform come forth?  Will people move to Garmin's app?

Time will tell...

... speaking of time, I'm really loving the longer days and the chance to ride long into the evening...

... and when I do, I roll out with 2 water bottles like this

https://pedalindustries.com/products/pedalindustries-water-bottle-24oz-purist-2-pack

 Which you can have delivered to your door for a whopping... sit down before I tell you how much this is going to set you back... I mean, you know we haven't been able to make bottles for 10 weeks now right?...

Use promo code:  KUDOS

Code expires after the next 10 sets of bottles have been ordered... except for the PEDALposse.

https://pedalindustries.com/products/pedalindustries-water-bottle-24oz-purist-2-pack

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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165.4 lbs
Coach Loran Live
7 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3485751504


AFTER THE RACE...

TODD BROWN

AFTER THE RACE...

A FULL 18 MONTHS INTO MY PROFESSIONAL RACING CAREER... start young enough and it's impossible not to have this dream, for every single ride is faster and further... I met what seemed to be an old crusty cat running a forgotten bike shop, he was probably mid-30s.

He sagely whispered, It takes 3 years to find out what kind of racer you'll be.

I thought, Whatever dude, I'm going to race that big thing in France.

Many times I've considered his statement.  He meant I'd find out if I was a road racer or crit racer or circuit racer, for those were the choices at the time.

Surely I'd be a pro on the road... actually, I wound up a decent amateur on circuit courses.

But, maybe he'd meant something deeper?... for I'd learned a secret.

After the races, there are more races. 

Each race presenting new challenges, requiring new skills.  A chance to improve.  To find harder races, against faster competition.  To set larger goals that butt up to the impossible, and get after it.

Sure, wanting to win... but more importantly, knowing that each race leaves me a better version of myself...

... eagerly awaiting the next race.

The next chance to strap on my helmet and see who I've become.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

The first time, the very first time I placed the Protone - the blue one - atop my head I knew it was a winner.   Perfect fit.  Great airflow.

And right now we've got an incredible promotion... 20% savings... with promo code: MENSSANA. (expires 5/25)

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.4 lbs
Office Move Pt. 2
7 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3480225660


I CALLED HIM FAT

TODD BROWN

I CALLED HIM FAT

I LOVE MY FRIEND Kevi.  I was shocked to see him in December.  Shocked, I tell ya.  Here was a man who once weighed a scant 155... tbh, I didn't even recognize him when he rolled up to me... in fact, I cleared the area for fear he'd take me out like a lone bowling pin.

But this is what I love about him... he has more determination and will power than any person I've ever met.

He ordered a few kits... after squeezing into an XXL top and XL bottom, and I mean like hold your breath squeezing.

Then he started getting these dern emails from me.

Bought some PR Lotion.

Started riding hard again.

Noticed my weight... he knew I was 20 pounds heavier when he lived 'round here.

Got inspired.

Read about my passion for graveling.

Set a financial goal to merit a new bike.

Ordered Large kits a couple of weeks ago... down about 50 pounds.

Got the new gravel bike... giggled like a kid.

Shot me a message today... Can we change to Medium kits?

Did I feel bad pointing out his huge potential energy?  Nope.  I love him... want him to be around a long time.  We've got a lot riding to do.

And now that he's joined the PEDALposse, I can't wait till he starts seeing the benefits of Coach Loran's workouts...

... just hope he doesn't giggle when he drops me next time he's in town.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

I'm not going to promise you the same results as Kevin... I don't know if you have that far to go, or if you have that kind of drive and determination... but, I will promise you a proper butt kickin' by Coach Loran... the kinda thing that will have you feeling S-T-R-O-N-G on and off the bike.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/join-the-pedalposse

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.4 lbs
Coach Loran Live
8 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3474731048


HONOR AND RECOGNITION IN THE EVENT OF SUCCESS

TODD BROWN

HONOR AND RECOGNITION IN THE EVENT OF SUCCESS

MY FRIEND JEFF JUST LOADED UP HIS BIKE AND WENT FOR A LITTLE 322 MILE JAUNT... sleeping trailside from 11pm-5am along the way... and didn't even invite me, or anybody else.  

Did it alone.

On forgotten gravel roads.

In bear country.

It's the kind of thing I only dream about or threaten to do.

Which reminds me of the most compelling advertisement I've ever read, placed by the great Ernest Shackleton... captain of the aptly named Endurance.

What calls men and women to engage in such quests is one thing.

Why aren't we all so engaged is another.

What are we waiting for?

Should I ever heed the call of the wild, what some may consider lose my mind you, bank on me going all in on style and efficiency from head to toe.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

The first time, the very first time I placed the Protone - the blue one - atop my head I knew it was a winner.   Perfect fit.  Great airflow.

And right now we've got an incredible promotion... 20% savings... with promo code: MENSSANA. (expires 5/25)

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.4 lbs
Office Move Pt. 2
7 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3463307446


SKID MARKS.

TODD BROWN

SKID MARKS.

PAY ATTENTION AND YOU START TO NOTICE SKID MARKS ALL OVER THE PLACE.  If you're the one laying down the rubber or carving up the dirt you're tapping into your rebellious side... and if your execution is flawless and graceful... well, that's a helluva feeing.

Carving up the local fire roads on my gravel bike today, I remembered one of the best bike lessons I ever got.  And it was free, from my friend Brett.

Bret had race flat track motorcycles professionally... they're the original drifters... and he was the best skidder I've ever seen.

He kindly let me know I sucked... well into my 30's, 20+ years of skidding...

... and I'd been doing it all wrong. 

Rather than share the many wrong ways... lemme just share the right way to skid through a turn.

The most important thing Brett taught me is to start your skid before you're turning, it's the only way to keep the back end from sliding away below you and leaving on your arse or worse.

Got that?

Start the skid while you're still going straight, then steer through the turn and the back end will come right around under control.

Why skid?

It's fun.

It can be a lot faster way to get through a tight turn off road.

It looks cool.

It kicks up a ton of dirt making it harder for trailing riders to see... I'd never do that.

If you're going to be working on your stylish skidding... wear a good, stylish helmet.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

The first time, the very first time I placed the Protone - the blue one - atop my head I knew it was a winner.   Perfect fit.  Great airflow.

And right now we've got an incredible promotion... 20% savings... with promo code: MENSSANA. (expires 5/31)

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.4 lbs
Office Move Pt. 2
7 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3463307446

 


WE WEREN'T BORN THIS WAY

TODD BROWN

WE WEREN'T BORN THIS WAY

NO ONE IS BORN A RACER.  No one is born knowing how to ride a bike.  Training is like spokes in a wheel.  One spoke is useless.  Many spokes, properly tensioned, make a strong wheel.

We train our legs.

We train our minds

We train our core.

We train our upper body.

We learn basic maintenance.

We study the greats.

We ride with faster and slower riders.

We practice handling skills.

We dial in nutrition on and off the bike.

We master rest and sleep.

Strong wheels roll over all obstacles... and so we attack the race with vigor and confidence that we are prepared...

... and that same preparation rolls into everything we do.

The wide road, the rockless trail... we learn nothing there. 

We seek the fast turn, shoulder to shoulder... the steep, cliffside trail.

Mens sana in corpore sano - sound mind in strong body.

And we know it'd be a shame to not keep that mind protected and that body stylish so we don excellence atop it all.

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

The first time, the very first time I placed the Protone - the blue one - atop my head I knew it was a winner.   Perfect fit.  Great airflow.

And right now we've got an incredible promotion... 20% savings... with promo code: MENSSANA. (expires 5/31)

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/helmets

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166 lbs
Office move
7.25 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/2909778979


VISION QUEST

Bold Commerce Collaborator

VISION QUEST

I FELL OVER HALFWAY THROUGH MY FIRST VISION QUEST.  Landed on my side.  Unable to move.  I wasn't hurt, but I was being crushed by extreme heat and an ungodly amount of climbing.  Falling over when I stood on the pedals because my legs cramped simultaneously wasn't part of the plan.

I lay there shocked, such was the speed by which I'd been cut down.

Just hours earlier I'd been full of confidence... thinking all was well, what could possibly derail a great day racing in the mountains with my pals?

It wouldn't be my only disastrous day on a bike.

But, it would define my response.

I would summon the will to finish...

... long after the winners and quitters had gone home...

... a victory of my own.

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Shiz gonna hit our spokes for sure... and will continue to do so... and so we plan for that...

prepping better
adjusting expectations
persevering
loving what the trails and roads throw at us
turning inward for strength
accepting the shiz
and pedaling on

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Speaking of pedaling on...  if you're heading out for a big adventure be sure and lube up your body too

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/lubemeup

Here's the dealio... buy any one of these products and the second product is 50% off when you use this code:  LUBEMEUP

https://pedalindustries.com/collections/lubemeup

Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

166.6 lbs
Coach Live - ouch! 
6 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3452950880

 


PEDALposse Rules 6-10

TODD BROWN

PEDALposse Rules 6-10

They say rules are made to be broken... break these at your own risk.

6.  If you're going to lead, be the last one to lead - win the damn race!

7.  Thy bike may be dirty, thy drivetrain must be pristine.

8.  Always invite the ladies - they're nicer and don't smell - they may politely decline, keep inviting.

9.  Group rides start on time - failure to heed leads to ride death.

10.  Thou shalt not show thy butt crack via thread barren bibs - and if thou shalt be subjected to such offense thou shalt shame the offender without mercy.

Speaking of threads, I found a pile of these superlight socks while prepping for our upcoming move... and I'd sure like to find a home for them.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

This particular sock was only made in the size OFSM - one size fits most which is 9-12.

So, if you're that size... and you like gray... and have 8 shekels that need a home... that's all it takes to get these delivered to you.

https://pedalindustries.com/pages/close-outs

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Production is back up and running, most custom orders placed prior to 4/1 will ship week of 5/18, custom orders placed in April will ship towards the end of the month, custom orders placed now will ship in approximately 4 weeks from art approval.

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166.6 lbs
Stretch n Roll 
8 hours sleep
https://www.strava.com/activities/3447809783