Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cache Valley Grand Fondo 2015

The Cache Gran Fondo is an annual Italian-style ride in Cache Valley in Northern Utah. The ride is not officially timed. The ride occurs on the 2nd Saturday of every July and riders can ride either on a 50-mile or 100-mile route. Proceeds from the ride go toward funding breast cancer screenings for women who live in Cache Valley. The 2015 Cache Gran Fondo is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Now let me just say, This is awesome. I love rides that donate money for a cause! What better cause than to help people get cancer screenings that cant afford it. This may just be an event that can save someones life. I have always wanted to ride this event. I have a lot of family and friends in Cache valley and its such beautiful scenery.

The 2015 Cache Gran Fondo will be a time-chipped ride for all UCA racers.  All racers will need to be ready to ride by 5:30 a.m. and non-UCA riders need to be ready to ride by 6:25 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, from Logan Regional Hospital's southwest parking lot located at 500 East, 1400 North, in Logan, Utah. Riders can choose from either a 50- or 100-mile course through Cache Valley. Both rides' finish line is located in downtown Logan.

Entry Fee's

  • $85, $115 with jersey  | 1/25/15 - 4/30/15
  • $95, $125 with jersey | 5/1/15 - 6/13/15
  • $100, $130 with jersey | 6/14/15 - 7/10/15
The jerseys look pretty cool this year. They even have a nice sleeveless cut for women that look really nice. They say that there still could be some changes to the jersey.

They are selling these at cost for $30 extra with reregistration (prices above). That is a killer deal. If you have ever bought a cycling jersey you know that is a steal.

Start Times 
6:25 a.m. | 100 mile course riders
6:35 a.m. | 50 miles course riders

Free Breakfast!!
Prior to the 2015 Cache Gran Fondo on Saturday morning, riders will be offered a complimentary breakfast from 5:15 to 6:30 a.m. at the start line. Come a bit early and get fueled up for the big ride, there will also be items you can take with you.

Riders are eligible to win many prizes. The 2015 grand prize is a $2500 ProForm® TDF Centennial bike, and the set of rider prizes is still being finalized but as an example, the 2014 prizes included a 2014 Raleigh Revenio 3.0, bike jerseys and kits and many different camping items from CampChef. Each rider will be given a race bib with a removable stub.

Those are some awesome prices. The good/bad thing about this ride is that it is early in the morning. I know.. Your saying.. how is that a good thing? Well since this ride is in the middle of July, its best to ride in the morning so you don't die from heat stroke.

Im not sure if im going to be able to attend this ride yet or not. Im getting ready to start a new job and im still saving for Salt to Saint. I hope that i can ride this event, but if i cant im for sure going to next year.

Are any of you riding the Cache Valley Grand Fondo? If you are, have you road it before? What do you do to train?

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Ride With Surprise River Flood

Today I decided to go on a 20 mile ride since the sun came out. It has been raining heavily the past few days non stop. I was just about to hop on the trainer and then I seen the sun pop out.

I figured that I would take advandge of this and hit my favorite river trail in Ogden. This trail is only a mile from my house so its very convenient. It was so nice and had that fresh after the rain sent in the air. This trail is really nice as most of it is along the river and in wooded area's so you cant even tell that you are in the city.

Well, I got about 6 miles in and was coming down this little hill that drops in elevation a little bit as you go underneath a railroad bridge. As I was coming down the hill I seen that the river had overflown a little bit, but it just looked like it was maybe an inch to a foot deep, so i decided to ride through it.

I was quickly surprised, because in a matter of seconds the water was up to my knees and it slowed me down to a stop. I quickly tried to un-clip before I ate it. As I got off my bike I realized how bad the river had actually overflown. I pulled out my phone so i could get a quick clip of what I just rode threw. Check out the video and pics below.

Sorry about the footage being a little weird. I was recording at 90 degrees so I didn't drop my phone and forgot that youtube doesn't like that very much. I fixed it the best that I could.

Luckily, this didn't go on for to long and I was able to get back onto the trail. I was of course soaked and didn't want to ride with wet feet because I was planning on riding a 20 mile ride. I decided to call the wifey to see if she wanted to meet me down the trail and asked her if she would bring me some new socks lol. Im glad that I called her because she wanted to ride (I could tell that she was a little upset that I left without her anyways) But im kinda glad that I did because she is a little scarred of water and would not have liked to trek through the river like I did.

After I met up with the wifey we started to ride up our normal trail. About a mile in, I seen this litle nature park that I have always kinda wanted to check out. I asked the wifey if she wanted to check it out since we hadnt road as long as we usually do. She agreed and we happened to find a really cool fort that you can camp at. This was really awesome, you could rent a kayak on this little pond that they had and the camping prices were really cheap. We never even knew that this was here. This is so close to our house and is still in the city. Its the perfect place for a quick cheap camping trip. It was only 18 a night and was right by the river. We are going to go camping there soon take out mtn bikes. I was called Ft. Buenaventura.  Check it out if you're ever in the area even if it just for the day.

Here are a few of the pictures from our ride:

That was our Sunday Adventure. :) It was a fun and interesting ride.

Where have you rode lately?

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Training Roadblocks Part III (ART)

This is the 3nd installment of my "Training Roadblocks Series". If you have not read my "Beginning My Cycling Journey" I would recommend you start there as this story will make more sense. You can find my "Training Road Blocks Part I Here" And my "Training Roadblocks Part II Here".

If your like me, you are probably wondering what A.R.T. is. No its not an Art Class :P. ART is an acronym for Active Release Technique (ART). ART is a soft tissue mobilization technique that treats damaged soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves. The goal of ART is to restore mobility of the soft tissue, which eliminates pain.

Often times, the mobility of soft tissue becomes restricted when an acute trauma (sprain or tear) or cumulative trauma (tendonitis, bursitis or carpal tunnel syndrome) occurs. Muscles are made up of tiny filaments of tissue that run parallel to each other. This allows the muscle to move freely. When the muscle is injured from trauma, the filaments tear. The body reacts by repairing the damaged tissue with fibrotic tissue (dense scar tissue). The fibrotic tissue causes the muscle to become shorter and this decreases strength. The tension on tendons causes tendonitis and eventually, leads to compensatory motion, which causes pain.

ART is the one of the first therapies designed specifically to treat these soft tissue problems. Trained professionals, such as physical therapists, use ART in conjunction with biomechanical analysis and other manual therapy to study the movement problem. ART has a success rate of over 90 percent.

To find a ART Professional near you click this link. You can type in your area code and it will give you all the providers in your area.

You are probably asking if it works, or if it is just another "Snake Oil". That is a really good question. I searched out an ART provider and attended two sessions. Keep in mind that most insurance companies do not cover ART so you will pay around $50 out of pocket each time. You will usually need to go once a week until the issue resolves. That is $200 a month.. OUCH!!! So does it work?

I really wanted to think so.. I was really excited for my first session. My provider happened to also be a Chiropractor but helped athletes train for Iron Man's and was a cyclist as well so I figured this was my guy. He was a little further out of my area, but the guy that was closer to me was booked out a month and I really wanted to get a handle on this so I could get a good season of training in.

I showed up and was put on a back roller while I was waiting, which I have always loved. When I got back to PT office the Dr. made sure that I did not have any joint damage by moving my knee in different area's to see if it caused pain. I don't have any joint damage so I was fine. He quickly agreed that I in fact had Tendinitis and thought that it was probably from overuse. I had been told this a lot of the last year, but didn't feel like I had overused it. But I am known for always trying to push things to fast. I want to be the best now.. Not tomorrow.. LOL

He started off by warming up my muscles in my knee by rubbing them. He then grabbed these things that looked like butter knifes and used them to push deep into my muscle to "Make my tendon longer". The belief is that the tendon shortens with all the micro tears and needs to be lengthened back out to relieve the pain and repair your tendon for the long term. It hurt like hell.. kind of like a deep tissue massage.

I happen to like deep tissue massages so it was not too bothersome. As he was digging the ART tool into my knee he would turn my knee into different positions to get to different places. After doing that for about 10 mins he asked me if I had ever had acupuncture. I said no, and he said that I was about to.. I'm not a huge needle fan (who is) so I was a little concerned of that. He put about 4 needles in my knee and one sent a shock down my leg. He then tapped up my knee with some tape called "Rock Tape". This has been really popular lately since it gives you more mobility than a brace would.
After that he did some chiropractic techniques such as popping my hips and things like that.

The next day my knee felt a lot better. It felt like a lot of the pressure had been relieved. So I was ok with making another appointment. The next appointment was kinda strange. He didn't do any acupuncture, or really use those ART tools. He just kinda rubbed my knee and then popped my hips, and tapped my knee. Fastest $50 I have spent. After that appointment I was not to stoked so I decided that I didn't have the money to waste on this.

Conclusion.. I think that Physical Therapy works far better than anything that I have ever tried. And the good thing about it... Its free.. Most of what you would learn from a PT is online from other PT's. That is what has kept my knee feeling strong. I think that I will try the ART provider that is closer to me once I have more money to do so. I kinda think that going to a Chiropractor may have been my issue. The guy that is closer to me is a Physical therapist. I don't feel like my ART provider stayed true to the techniques. So I hope that I am able to change my perception of this with a different provider.

Build your miles slowly and don't over do it or you will get sidelined. Make sure that you are just not putting in riding time. You need to be stretching and doing strength training to keep those muscles ready to put in those heavy climbs and long miles. You need to take care of the whole package. If you do that and put in time to those area's, you will grain strength that will be able endure what you want to do.

Tell me, Have you ever tried ART? What was your experience like?

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