Monthly Archives: September 2010

Setting goals – 5w/kg

I’m on week 2 of my cycling comeback, been riding the Power Cranks for all my weekday rides. Still working on my goals for 2011, but I know one is going to be The Fort Davis Hammerfest race in April. For those of you that don’t troll the TXBRA.org message board, Fort Davis is the only race (it’s a stage race) where climbing is a deciding factor. That being said, my goal is to be able to produce 5 watts per kilogram for a 20 minute effort in time for Fort Davis. That level would make me more than competitive on the climbs.  I think my previous best is 4.8 w/kg, so I’ve got some work to do.

I love Fort Worth . . . this weekend find out some of the reasons why

I’ve often had out-of-town visitors to the Think Finance HQ tell me that I should work for the Fort Worth chamber of commerce. After I detail all the reasons I love Fort Worth (the Cultural District, amazing zoo, TCU, Trinity Trails, the Stockyards, Sundance Square,  Texas hospitality,  etc. ) they are often ready to pack their bags and move to Cowtown. This weekend everyone can experience part of why I love Fort Worth so much with Day in the District. This Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) eight of Fort Worth’s top cultural attractions are offering free admission to exhibits or performances. This includes:

  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art — 
  • Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden — Public Art Tour
  • Fort Worth Community Arts Center — “Preservation is the Art of the City” & Distinguished Texas Artist Martin Delabano in “An Artful Life”
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (a Cooper family favorite) — Interactive science and history exhibits, including the Fort Worth Children’s Museum and Cattle Raisers Museum.
  • Kimbell Art Museum — Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea
  • Log Cabin Village — Harvest Homecoming (noon-4 pm)
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (another Cooper family favorite) — Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism
  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame — Discover the world of the cowgirl through memorabilia, interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations

Fort Worth is a great place to raise a family (especially for a cyclist like myself). Right now, I can’t think of any place we would rather be.

Back on the bike, but I have a long way to go . . .

My cycling sabbatical is finally over. After almost 3 months, I’m back on the bike. However, I have a long way to go from a “fitness” perspective. I’m actually going to do a field test soon with my power meter to see just how much fitness I’ve “lost”.  I’m also going to stick to my Paleo/Primal diet, so I’ll post updates for how I adjust my diet around training and on-the-bike eating. Riding for the next few weeks won’t have any specific goals while I decide what event(s)/goal I want to focus on in 2011. A few ideas for 2011:

  • Focus on road racing again (attempting to earn enough points to Cat-up).
  • Finally get a mountain bike and train for the Leadville 100.
  • Mt. Hood Classic stage race

I’m open to suggestions . . .