When Do Plans Exceed Expectations?

When Do Plans Exceed Expectations?

So often in life our most anticipated plans fall short of expectations. However, even though I had been looking forward to this father-son ride for weeks, the time I spent talking and joking with my 10 year old on this glorious afternoon ride greatly exceeded any prior expectations. After we decided to drive down to the Rochester area early for my brother-in-law’s wedding, I began planning the route Koen and I would ride while mom visited customers in the area. Since my father-in-law lives in Byron and I have ridden Country Rd. 5 into Pine Island solo on a number of occasions, I thought this would make a perfect mid-day lunch loop. The plan was to meet my father-in-law at the Subway in Pine Island before returning on the Douglas Trail and finishing with a climb of Genoa Hill. All told this would end up being roughly a 34 mile ride. Koen and I left Byron around 11:30 and told Russ (my father-in-law) to meet us at Subway around 12:30. It was only 14 miles away, but I wanted to play it safe. Leaving Byron with a tailwind increased our average speed to nearly 18 mph, but after getting my first flat tire of the year five miles outside Byron our progress was slowed a bit. Koen was in great spirits as we started to climb the first hill. Now that he considers himself a bit of a “climber,” he gets extra motivated when the pavement tilts up. The trip to Pine Island was filled with great conversation about his favorite subjects in schools, why “Uncle Grandpa” is his favorite cartoon, and all of the attributes that...
Who Got Caught Snoozin’ at the La Crosse Criterium?

Who Got Caught Snoozin’ at the La Crosse Criterium?

If there is a crit suited to my skill-set, the flat, four-corner, La Crosse Criterium is it. I have been racing this crit for the last 4 to 5 years and have actually won it once upon a time. However, this year’s edition of the 35+ Cat 1/2/3 La Crosse Critierium was full of a few surprises. First, I was surprised at how small the field was. With only 25 riders, the race was sure to be fast and aggressive. Second, I was surprised at how well my legs felt after two hard days of racing. I’m not sure they felt strong enough to make the break, but they responded well to every attack. I was not surprised that my teammate Laszlo made the small break of two. Nor was I surprised that he won the head-to-head sprint. However, I certainly was surprised that the field got jumped by an out-of-state rider with two laps to go and absolutely no one responded soon enough. Hindsight is always 20/20, but I would love to have this race back. For now it will be filed under “Lessons Learned.” This was still an incredibly fun criterium and one I hope to race for many years to come. Full Multiple Camera Perspective of the Masters 35+ 1/2/3 Criterium Full Race...
Erik’s Team Ride to Chilkoot Cafe in Stillwater

Erik’s Team Ride to Chilkoot Cafe in Stillwater

It started out a little chilly, but Saturday morning was a great day to ride out to Chilkoot Cafe in Stillwater with the Erik’s Regional Race Team. Six of us (Matt Petersen, Andy Keogh, Peter Hagerty, Laszlo Alberti, & Ben Schinke) met at Minnehaha Park to begin the trek east. We stuck to bike paths and rode at a more conversational pace on the way out. However, after filling up with pastry and coffee at Kilkoot Cafe, we ripped through the crosswinds in a pace-line all the way back to Minneapolis. Such a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. All Smiles as We Pace-Line Down 10 Street in Oakdale Full Ride to...
Adobe Premier and Three GoPro Cameras: Racing and Filming the Tuesday Night Words Criterium

Adobe Premier and Three GoPro Cameras: Racing and Filming the Tuesday Night Words Criterium

Last Tuesday night I jumped into the Cat 1/2/3 Tuesday Night Criterium at the MN State Fair and used three GoPro cameras to cover the action. Did it take more energy to race or to produce this video? It was close, but similar to racing, efficiency will come with time in video production. Here is a quick breakdown of steps that took this from idea to YouTube. Mount three GoPro cameras in places where they will tell a story. I had two GoPro Hero4 Sessions on my bike using a handlebar mount and saddle mount and one GoPro Hero4 Black mounted to a light pole using a Pedco Ultra II tripod mount. Film the race. I shot everything in Protunes since I edit the color in post using Adobe Premier CC. Drag all of the video files and my Garmin FIT file into a common file on my hard drive. Produce my data overlay in Garmin’s Virb Edit program. I find it easier to produce it on a blue screen and bring it into Premier as a separate layer to give me more control over quality. Rename all of the files in the common folder so I can stay organized. Import all of the video files into Adobe Premier CC. Drag the racing videos onto individual tracks and sync and nest the footage. Thanks to the Race Official’s whistle, this part is pretty easy. Correct the color manually and then apply a color LUT from Ground Control. This is why I shoot in Protunes, but I’m still not that great at achieving the best look. This is by far the most difficult...
Ken Woods Memorial Road Race: Koen’s First Official Race

Ken Woods Memorial Road Race: Koen’s First Official Race

The 2016 Ken Woods Memorial Road Race in Cannon Falls, MN on Saturday was Koen’s first USA Cycling sanctioned road race. At 10 years old, Koen has been riding his bike with me for the last 5 years and he has also competed in a couple of time trials, duathalons, and family fun races. However, this was the first race that felt like the “real deal.” He had a timing chip strapped around his ankle, two numbers pinned to the back of his jersey, and a group of kids his own age who he would be competing against head-to-head. This would also be his first race for the NorthStar Development Team.  Koen and his best friend Cole arrived at the race course shortly after I finished racing in the morning wave of Ken Woods. I could tell immediately that he was inside of his own head as nerves were clearly present. Koen has gotten better over the years, but he still puts an immense amount of pressure on himself in all areas of his life. It’s really hard to know what he is thinking before a big event. As all three of us warmed up, I tried to keep the atmosphere light and give the kids as much advice as I thought would be helpful. We rolled down the finishing hill to give both boys an idea of what they will face during the last two miles of the race. Both of them did great, but I could tell that they were thinking about how this would feel after racing for 12 miles. After the warm-up and course preview, we loaded...

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