Archive for the 'Preparation' category

Furnace Creek 508 – Ready or Not – Praire Dog

| September 27, 2008 10:00 pm

As the last part of Franz’s training program, he did a training ride today, before really tapering for the upcoming Furnace Creek 508 event in one week. It was a 117 mile ride with 7,000 feet of climbing, averaging 17.4 mph. That brings his total climbing for the past four weeks to 108,482 feet.

One Week Countdown – Praire Dog

| September 26, 2008 12:15 pm

One week from now we will be driving down to Santa Clarita to take part in the 25th Furnace Creek 508.

Hammer Products

| September 24, 2008 3:41 pm

Franz made a stop at the Sports Basement to pick up some products to use on the 508. He still had enough Perpeturm but needed to get some Hammer Gel and Recoverite. He took a photo of the store with the iPhone to upload also. Both should show up on our website.

Final Team Meeting

| September 23, 2008 9:43 am

We had our final team meeting to go over preparation for the upcoming race.  Because both riders and crew are the same as last year we did not have as many questions to answer.  Franz had built a rear rack system and it fit into Paul’s van nicely.  It was patterned after the rack we borrowed last year, but with some modifications.

We may swap which sections Franz and Paul does from last year, but have not yet decided.  Russ is working on a model to see which will give us the faster time.

There are a lot of fast teams in the 50+ category this year.  Our objective is to setup some improvement over our time last year and try to meet that.  We all getting excited about this event that is fast approaching.

Finished Everest Challenge

| September 22, 2008 12:54 am

Franz finished the Everest Challenge, coming in 5th place in the Masters 55+ category.  You can read all about his adventure.  This USCF two day stage race is the California/Nevada State Climbing Championship and is considered the hardest two day USCF race, with and 29,035 feet of climbing.

Post from iPhone

| September 12, 2008 2:22 pm

I am testing to post directly from my iPhone to the blog. This should also show up on our treams website. We will use this method of sending updated during the 508.

Three Week Countdown

| 11:53 am

It is now 3 weeks before we all leave to do the Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race.  We are making final preparations, getting our equipment together and finishing our training.