Friday, October 29, 2010

Cycling Memories

I have been a lot of places on bicycles and wanted to make a point of recording some of the memorable rides I have taken.

In 2002 I took a 1 day tour, 80k from Empalme to Quepos. It was largely what we would call fire roads, but I got to see half of the country as we finished on the Pacific.

It was about $40 for the organized bus that picked us up at 5am and got us back home around 2am. I don't know the local organizer as this was in 2002. Costa Rica has some stunning forests and vistas, and I have never experienced large rain drops than the ones there.
I rode a borrowed early rigid Specialized Stumpjumper that was one size too small.  I even borrowed shorts and used flat pedals and running shoes.  The equipment didn't matter, as it was a once in lifetime chance to ride with locals, ticos, and see the real 'Costa Rica'.   I headed to work at 6am the next day after 2 hours of rest with the biggest smile on my face and satisfaction in my heart.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

El Tour de Tucson history for me and brother

The results from are available from 1997.  I have no idea how to find early 90s finishes.
1997 111 mile route with 156 riders finishing under 5 hours

1998 111 mile route with 151 riders finishing under 5 hours
1999 111 mile route with 204 riders finishing under 5 hours

2000 111 mile route with 127 riders finishing under 5 hours
178  ERIC BRANDT M 30 5:12:37 21.3 GILBERT, AZ
488  MARTIN BRANDT M 26 6:01:37 18.4 TUCSON, AZ
2001 113 mile route with 208 riders finishing under 5 hours
249  ERIC XX BRANDT M 31 5:05:08 21.8 GILBERT, AZ

2002 109 mile route with 332 riders finishing under 5 hours
362  MARTIN BRANDT M 28 5:06:43 TUCSON, AZ

2003 109 mile route with 281 riders finishing under 5 hours
742  MARTIN BRANDT M 28 5:42:09 19.1 TUCSON, AZ

2004 111 mile route with 359 riders finishing under 5 hours
922  MARTIN BRANDT  M 30 05:49:03  19.0 TUCSON, AZ 
2005 109 mile route with 420 riders finishing under 5 hours
2006 109 mile route with 383 riders finishing under 5 hours
2007 109 mile route with 453 riders finishing under 5 hours
2008 109 mile route with 438 riders finishing under 5 hours

2009 108 mile route with 423 riders finishing under 5 hours
764 MARTIN BRANDT  M 35  05:29:01 19.6 TUCSON, AZ  
I am 40.  I am dealing with it.  I raced a triathlon in October and got 4th in my Age Group.  Honestly, I wanted to race and finish in the top ten overall, I finished 21st.  My time was 1:11 and my goal was 1:09.  I realize I have some work to do to hold the aging at bay.

When training for the 2006 Arizona Ironman, I was focused, driven and very happy.  My body weight was in 180s not the current 200s. I am registered to run the 20+ Ragnar Relay in 2011, but that is it.

Not anymore.  I am dedicating my self to super fitness in 2011.  An that means chasing a goal I have had for over 18 years.  The Tour de Tucson is one of the country's largest century rides and I intend to capture their highest award, the Platnium award.

I first did this ride in 1989.   It was on a mountain bike with a group of guys from the Cochise dorm. We were self supported, and riding together took 9:45.  The following year I used a road bike and fell in love with the event and road racing.  I have finished every time I have toed the starting line, but have never finished under 5 hours and earned the highest award.

I was as close as 5 minute sfrom my goal.  In that year course was re-routed an extra 4 miles to a 113 miles. My speed of 21.8 would have yielded a platnium award on any route that was 109 miles.   My plan is to use my blog to chart my training to conquer the course.  Last year 423 riders of the 3630 entrants in the 109 mile event earned their platnium. 

Now, it is my turn.