24 hours of Booty Ride – Columbia MD 2015

The 24 hours of Booty ride, held in Columbia MD this year was a good time.

This event is more than just a ride – it was an opportunity to create positive memories while remembering, to honor those who are fighting, and to celebrate Life.

My brother lost his battle to pancreas cancer 6 Feb 2015.

In Our Hearts

This ride gave us (Mom and Me) a chance to remember my brother’s love for cycling, in addition to supporting our local community – the Ulman Cancer Fund.

The Columbia 24 Hour Booty raised over $205,000 dollars for the Ulman Cancer Fund and the Live Strong Foundation. I would like to give a big “shout out” to my supporters who helped in my fundraising and for being a part of an even bigger effort –

Thank you!!!

The ride is setup on a 2.1 mile (**closed to traffic) loop, that allows riders of all talents and ages to ride. We had mountain bikes, road bikes, cross bikes, tandems, Tri-bikes, bikes pulling trailers and unicycles all taking to the road. You could ride one lap, ride an hour or ride as many laps/hours as your little legs would spin.

My support team consisted of Mom and our senior helper Lyndsay. They hung out in the designated camping area next to Bootyville, and after each lap I would swing in to say “Hi”. This gave me a chance to check on Mom to make sure she was doing ok with the heat.  Many hugs to Mom and Lyndsay for being part of my team!

Booty Team

This event was more than just a ride, it was a blessing.

I invite you to view my video of the 2015 event –  here and if you would like to be part of 2016 Booty4U team, let me know. I would enjoy putting a team together (note: each rider will be required to raise the minimum donation to ride)

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my 24 Hours of Booty experience.

Ride safe, Be Strong, Live your very best

Bee

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Want to Try Mountain Biking? – Try Muddy Pedals

As a want-a-bee MTB “Betty“,  I’m always excited about attending a Mountain Bike Clinic. Mountain Biking (MTBing) is a challenge that I have yet to concur.

This year, Team BBC Ladies group organized a Ladies MTB clinic instructed by Muddy Pedals.  This four-hour clinic took place on the east side of RockBurn Branch Park, MD.

Muddy Pedal’s IMBA certified instructors lead us through the basic, fundamental skills of MTBing to include Body position (Neutral, Ready), Bike / Body separation (Front to Back, Left to Right), Proper Breaking and Front Wheel Lift. After the instructors demo the skill, it was our turn to practice and put into play the same skill. As we performed each skill, we received immediate, positive feedback by our instructors. This was a great way to learn the basics in a comfortable and friendly environment.

After the skill portion of the clinic, we hit the trail. Ut-oh! I must admit, as soon as we pulled out to tackle the trails, my heart was racing. My past experience trail riding has not always been positive or successful, thus I was anxious and nervous. How anxious? OMGoodness, So anxious that I was probably the only “Betty” who was wearing additional protective gear (chest, back, shoulder, elbow and knee pads).

Now even though my heart was in the back of my throat, our experienced instructors  made it comfortable for me to push pass my fears and accomplish my goal, which was to simply to stay “UPRIGHT” 🙂 -YES!

I truly enjoyed this clinic – so much that I purchased a 2012 Lush S, but that is another story. If you ever thought MTBing is something you wanted to try but did not know where to start – start with Muddy Pedals.

Team BBC Ladies and Muddy Pedals 2015

Team BBC Ladies and Muddy Pedals 2015

You just may see me as a “repeat student”: ) – Remember to make time to enjoy Life.

Ride safe,

Bee

 

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Triathlon Bike Research turns into Bicycle Design Research

My research continues on the specifics of a Triathlon bicycle but I thought I would share a few of my findings. I started with gathering several geometry specifications in order to compare the various models across the board. My first discovery was the multitude of smaller frames on 650 wheels.

From a standard over height (SOH) perspective, a 650 wheel size buys more stand over space but another thought to consider is how the wheel size impacts the design of a bicycle frame.

During my research I learned that the front wheel size impacts the location of the down tube and the length of the Top Tube (TT) of the bicycle frame.

How does a smaller front wheel impact the length of the  TT?

The radius difference between a 650 wheel size and a 700 wheel is 2.1 cm or 8/10 of an inch. This difference may allow for a shorter TT in the design phase. However, there is limit to how short the TT can be with consideration given to the pedal and crank arm length.

Bike Design research

Another critical element that impacts the location of the TT, is the Head tube (HT) length.

In summary, I learned the smaller the wheel size and the shorter the head tube, the more the bicycle designer can decrease the length of the TT and reduce the SOH.

I did not expect my research for a Tri Bike to lead into bicycle design research but I do find this path to be intriguing and pushes the envelope to the next question –

How does a smaller wheel impact rider performance? Below are two articles that address wheel size differences:

“650 vs 750” by Damon Rinard, Cervélo engineer

“Wheel Size Wars” by Greg Kopeck

For my level of performance expectations, I do not see a significant negative impact using a smaller wheel but I do anticipate a greater feeling of comfort in SOH. I look forward to sharing more of what I uncover in my research of not only Triathlon Bicycles but also Bicycle design.

Resources:  Georgena Terry Bicycle Frame Design videos, TRIBonzai.com, Feltbicycles.com for bicycle geometry specs, and Sheldon Brown Tire Sizing

Ride safe, nbee

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Tri-Mania Washington DC March 22, 2014

Tri-Manai DC is a great place to start your TRI season. It is a day filled with free seminars, Key Speakers, a very large Expo with the latest Tri equipment. In addition to the free seminars, there is fee associated clinics and workshops that you can pre-register and attend such as:

  • Swim Speed and Propulsion Clinic with Sheila Taormina (10:30am, 1:15pm)
  • Planning Your Nutritional Strategy for a Half or Long Distance Triathlon(12:30pm)
  • Total Immersion Swim clinics (clinics times offered throughout the day)
  • ChiRunning Clinics (Level I: 7:30am, 10:00am; Level II: 12:30pm)
  • Triathlon 101 for the Female Athlete (8:00am)
  • Zendurance Cycling with Shane Eversfield (8:00am and 11:00am)
  • Body Composition Measurement with the BOD POD
  • Essential Triathlon Skills with Sheila Taormina: A Half Day Clinic (Note: This clinic takes place on Sunday, March 23, 2014 the day after TRI-MANIA

Check the TRI-Mania website for clinic/workshop costs and registration details.

I’m excited about the Zendurance Cycling clinic. This clinic requires you to bring your bike and indoor trainer. Fingers crossed I will have a TRI bike to bring to this clinic. In a previous post I wrote about the SPECIALIZED Alias but due to unforeseen circumstances, I’m now investigating other TRI bike such as Felt, and the Quintana Roo Fit and Shift bikes. More to come as the investigation unveils. In the meantime, consider joining me at this years 2014 Tri-Mania.

Ride safe, Bee

 

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Green with Envy – SPECIALIZED “Alias” Tri Bike 4 Women

I had the pleasure to watch the unveiling of SPECIALIZED women specific Tri Bike “Alias” and I am pumped!

I have been debating a Tri bike for years but each time I looked at the aggressive designs of the Tri bikes, with the shifters at the very tip of the aero bars, I would quickly walk away.

The “Alias” design opens up the opportunity for me to give a Tri bike a try 🙂

The “Alias” is a women specific design with an aero dynamic tubing, light carbon frame and a steeper seat tube angle for a more forward position. In addition the shifter and brake combination are on the handlebar 🙂 rather than the shifters being at the end of the aero bars. The position of the shifters is an important element for me.

An elegant touch that is available is the ability to mount the Remora storage box to the top tube for easy access to gel packs or nutrition bars.

Remora Storage box

The Alias is multi-talented and provides the option to change from a triathlon racing position to a more traditional road position. As a certified BikeFIT Pro fitter, coach, experience cyclist and a Bike Fit technician I offer a few “pearls of wisdom” on this option.

Pearl (1) Appropriate Bike fit for the riding position of choice:  Make sure your bike fit is on target for the position (tri or road) you are riding in.

Pearl (2) Collaborate: Talk with your bike shop and your bike fitter about the adjustments you will need to make to switch from an aero dynamic tri position to a traditional road position to ensure your contact points are in the correct riding alignment for a comfortable and efficient ride. This will require you to take good notes, especially if you plan to switch between a triathlon position to a traditional road position back to a triathlon position. Know your angles.

“Respect your body, respect your bike fit”

I plan to keep my Alias (currently on order) in the Tri position because that is the reason I’m purchasing this bike. Pearl (3) Train for your event: When training, I want to ensure I’m training the muscles I will need for my event and since it has been several years since my last triathlon, my muscles will need all the training time they can get. However, it is advantageous to know if I need a more traditional road position, for an occasional Special Olympic, charity or group ride that the option is available.

The Alias comes in three models (Pro, Comp, Sport), which is great for budget planning. I know from experience, cycling can easily become extremely expensive quickly. Pearl (4) Know your Budget: always set a budget before ever entering into a bike shop. Knowing what you can afford and sticking to it, will add to the joy of your cycling.

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For more details on “Alias” contact your local SPECIALIZED shop or visit SPECIALIZED.com

Embrace Life and her obstacles-Ride Safe! nbee

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Juniors Day Out – Special Olympic Mid Atlantic Championship

The Juniors Day Out – Special Olympic Mid Atlantic Championships was held on 14 September 2013.

This event offered both Time Trial (TT) and Mass Start events for the Special Olympic Cyclists and various distance Criterium races for Juniors (age groups 10-12, 10-14, and 15-18).

The event was held in Sykesville, MD at the PCTC Driver Training facility, providing a safe, comfortable and accessible environment. Spectators gathered at the top of the hill for the perfect view of the entire venue.

Juniors Day Out - MDSO Mid Atlantic Championships

Juniors were eager to line up for their criterium and displayed tremendous professionalism and sportsmanship. The Junior Cyclists looked sharp!

An unfortunate crash did occur during one of the junior races. Support from the sidelines responded quickly but before the support could reach the cyclists, the juniors were on their feet. Bike chains were quickly remounted onto the gears and within seconds the downed junior riders were back in the race. For a moment I thought I was at the Tour de France – Very impressive reactions and at the same time an OMG moment for all.

Special Olympic Cyclists were just as eager to compete in their Time Trials and Mass start races. The spirit of camaraderie and courage radiated from each of them. These athletes were determined to leave their challenges behind and set a personal best.

In particular, one Special Olympic Cyclist faced the challenge of being legally blind. However this cyclist was not about to surrender to such details, and came to the Time Trial start line with a solution rather than an excuse. The solution was to have a coach ride a separate bike along side to provide verbal cues, as needed to ensure safety. As I write about this one example of the many challenges Special Olympic Cyclist face daily, a tear wells up in my eye. I can only imagine the level of courage and determination it takes to face the “unseen” on wheels.

I saw tremendous talent through out the day and all cyclists, coaches and parents, should be PROUD!

A special shout out to all the volunteers who came to the event, to include the Time Trial (TT) line whips (a TT line whip is a volunteer who lines up the Time Trial competitors in the staging area), the support riders that ensured safety, the score runners and the helping hands during setup and break down. Your hard work did not go unnoticed! Your support is greatly appreciated.

This was beautiful day and I look forward to next year!

Live Life, Ride Safe

Bee

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Intro to Cyclocross

Bike Doctor Intro to Cross clinic

On Sep 1, 2013, Bike Doctor’s Racing Team and staff conducted a beginner’s cross clinic at Rosaryville State Park, MD.

Before talking about the clinic,

I would like to extend my gratitude to Bike Doctor’s Racing Team, Bike Doctor of Waldorf, Bike Doctor of Arnold MD and the following instructors: Nicholas Taylor, Steve Fife, Todd Bickling for an outstanding clinic.

Now on to the clinic,

This clinic was strategically designed and eloquently delivered to introduce the basic skills necessary for racing cyclocross.  Each skill was broken down into easy to manage steps, providing the beginner (me) the chance to grasp the concept of each step. After reviewing the steps and watching how the skill was performed, the new Cross rider performed the skill in a wide, open grassy field, with instructors monitoring our every move and providing individual tips and guidance.

First skill up was the Dismounting of the bike while moving forward. Now I have been riding a road bike for nearly a quarter of a century and my mind immediately asked “why” would I want to unclip my right foot from its stable position on the pedal and swing my leg up and back, behind the saddle, over the rear wheel, to the opposite side while still moving forward – that is like jumping out of a good airplane. I must admit I was a bit nervous!!

And even though my mind kept going “why”, I was intrigued, I have to try this – so following the steps provided, I started moving forward at a slow pace, unclipped my right foot, gently lifted my right leg back and up as far as my flexibility would allow in order to clear the saddle and rear wheel, bringing my right foot to the opposite side behind my left pedal to rest my right hip against my saddle for balance, and then touch down with the right foot and unclip with the left.

“Yes!!! I did it !! Oh my Gosh – I actually did it.”

After my first success and a moment of relief, I gave it several more tries adding in the instructor’s tips, as the instructors would ride up next to me, observed my performance and provided feedback. I got to the point of balancing on one pedal while moving forward before touching down.

The next skill was Remounting and that was even more mind-boggling. However, after my first success of dismounting I was convinced our instructors could guide me through the steps. Remounting requires forward motion, lifting of the right leg and placing the right thigh onto the saddle first, and then sliding onto the saddle into riding position. Sounds more graceful than I looked performing it.

My first several attempts to remount were slightly successful, unfortunately during this skill set, the hydraulic brakes of my MTB experienced a serious melt down locking up my rear wheel. I do not own a Cross bike but after my MTB melt down I may have the excuse I need to go shopping.

I remained at the clinic to observe and record the remaining skills being taught. The instructors went into great detail on how to suitcase, shoulder, approach an obstacle, overcome the moment of chaos or a faulty remount, and navigate an apex. After each skill, the Cross riders had a chance to perform the skill in a pre-staged area of a Cross course. Bike Doctor Racing team put forth tremendous effort to set up pre-staged race areas that mimic a Cross event, challenged our newly learned skills, while at the same time provided a safe learning environment.

I invite you to view a short video I created from the skills I recorded.  If the video does not load properly there is a link at the end of this article, to view the video on YouTube.

The clinic was wrapped up with a discussion on Cross equipment with a special guest from SRAM and if that was not enough, a raffle giving away free gifts.

This clinic Rocked!!!

Thank you for an amazing introduction to Cyclocross. I’m looking forward to the season.

If the video above did not load properly click here to view the video on YouTube.

Ride safe, nbee

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Your Saddle

A bicycle saddle is the most personal piece of equipment that you will invest in during your cycling experience. Finding the perfect fit may not be as easy as one may think because of the variables in the design of a saddle. These variables include width, length, thickness and whether or not if there is a cut out. 

I thought I would write an article with specifics when I found the following article that provides detailed insight, pressure maps, graphics and home tests.

“The Four and a Half Rules of Road Saddles”

If the link does not work, copy and paste the below link:

http://www.cervelo.com/en/engineering/ask-the-engineers/the-four-and-a-half-rules-of-road-saddles-.html

Bottomline: Your saddle needs to be wide enough, flat enough, firm enough and may require a cut out. Take the time to research the variables that apply to you.

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To Bib or Not to Bib?

One of my additional roles I have as a member of the Severna Park Peloton (SPP) is apparel and fashion coordinator and what a great role. During the past few years I have taken several orders for club cycling bibs and each time I coordinated a fitting session I would hear the comment:

“once you go bibs, you never go back”

Fascinated by the statement, I finally had to try it for myself. So during our SPP spring fashion fitting session, I tried on a set of Louis Garneau sample cycling bibs – Wow ! The bibs were very comfortable. I was surprised. The straps did not pull on the shoulders, as I initially thought and the shorts fit comfortably.

I was not completely convinced as the real test comes from riding in the bibs, so given the fact I was intrigued by the initial fit of the sample bib, I ordered a club pair. I’m a real stickler for chamois comfort and being the apparel coordinator I knew the club bibs would have the upgraded airgel chamois.

Our spring kit arrived and the true test: to bib or not to bib.

I wore my first pair of SPP bibs on my indoor trainer for a 1.5 Hour sweet spot interval training ride (level 3 intensity) and I am happy to report “once you go bibs you never go back”!

The absence of a waist band was enjoyable. The upper bib portion did not pull on my shoulders, in fact I forgot the straps were there. The rest of the fit felt just like a pair of cycling shorts. The upgraded chamois was the perfect thickness and provided the right comfort.

Granted there is a little more wriggling required to pull them down since I now have to start from the top of my shoulders. I may need to consider a full zip jersey vice a half zip jersey to go with the bib kit. If you have not tried a cycling bib and have time to wriggle 🙂 consider giving a pair a try. You too may “never go back”.

Ride safe, Bee

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Multisport World Expo in DC

The Multisport World Expo held in DC was a great way to start out the 2012 season. There was a combination of seminars and clinics to attend in addition to an expo that showed local vendors and the latest in triathlon bicycles. I must admit I did pause several times to drool over the latest frames, wheels and setup to include a woman’s Quintana Roo Dulce.

The seminars were held inside the gorgeous Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence at the Georgetown Prep. A beautiful facility with an indoor pool. The atmosphere made me ponder the idea of going back to school. Attendees assembled on the bleachers which provided an excellent view of the speakers and PowerPoint presentations.

The seminars provided insights to training from nutrition tips, to running and swimming techniques. I truly enjoyed Terry Laughlin’s presentation on Total Immersion (TI) swimming form. I am a self taught swimmer and have been studying the TI method for the past 10 years thru books and videos. I enjoyed the chance to hear the information directly from Terry.

Another neat aspect about the event setup was the opportunity to speak directly to presenters after their presentations.

I spoke withTerry and thanked him for his insight and methods. If not for TI, i would not be a swimmer. I also had the opportunity to have Terry autograph one of his books I have been using since 2002.

Dave Scott 6x IRONMAN World Champion and USAT Hall of Fame inductee was the keynote speaker. He is an inspiration! I shook hands with him after his presentation 🙂

The clinics provided the opportunity to work on speciality skills.

What a neat day and an excellent way to kick off the 2012 season. I will definitely mark this event for next year.

Ride safe, Bee

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