Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sad Week

School's no fun. Red faced 7th graders clog the halls crying. It's no fun to watch, and my heart goes out to then. They're to young for anything like this to happen to them. Life's not fair.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Epic Fail!

That's right folks, but it was definitely worth it. I was looking forward to this race all week, after hearing that Giff had volunteered to take me. Thanks Giff. Yesterday was a good pre-race day. Everything was going great. I did a good job of my race prep intervals, I was hydrated, I was resting... but then we got an awful e-mail. I found out that a 7th grader at my school named Matt Ulrich had died in a biking accident. I knew this kid, and I was very fond of him. I was very sad that night. I didn't understand why something like that had to happened to someone so young, that kids so young will have to grief his loss. It's just awful. I was determined to win my race and dedicated it to Matt.
Sunday morning arrived, and by then I was feeling lucky. At least it hadn't snowed...but the winds were pretty insane. The headwinds on the backstretch of the course were ridiculous to say the least. It would take about 350-400 watts just to hold 15 MPH. It was not fun. The frigid weather didn't scare off many Cs. We had about 20-25 people racing. It was tough from the start. I held a normative power of 225 for the first 6 minutes, not exactly taking it easy. From the start, I wasn't sure if I would survive. If there were no wind, I'd be just fine (I know that sounds like a very poor excuse), because everytime we hit the head wind, I'd go for 30-40 seconds at about 280. Each time around, I got more and more drained. Another thing that killed me was the down hill corner. I'm over my fear of corners, but I'm still not particularly good at them. After each corner, I'd always have to close big gaps, and as the race progressed, the gaps got bigger and bigger. Maybe it was 1/2 or 2/3s into the race when I realized that if another big gap got opened up on me, I wouldn't be able to close it. And then it happened. As I went through that pizza-killing corner, a huge gap of like five or ten bike lengths (I don't precisely remember; I was suffering). I went cranked it as hard as I could. 323 watts. 434 watts. Into the headwind. Pull off. Let someone come through. 372 watts. GRAB THE WHEEL!!! 554 watts. AAAAAGH!!! 461 watts. Slipping back. Can't hold his wheel. 313 watts. Giff comes around. GET HIS WHEEL!!! 336 watts. Not much left. It hurts me so bad. 394 watts. One final dig for the draft. 414. Nothing left.
That's all she wrote. Or so I thought. Giff waited up for me, and pulled me all the way to the end. It hurt like the dickens. I spent 8 hard minutes hanging on. Very painful, it was, but even though I didn't win, it was a great training tool.
Fortunately I'm on AAVC, because that way I ALWAYS win! AAVC definitely scored the victory today. Doug Jacobson gave Alexey a sweet leadout and Alexey sealed the deal for the win.
I hopped into a very small B race field. Basically just AAVC and MCG. Joe L is hammering from the gun. I think he spent at least 90% of his time on the attack today. After trying to go solo for a few laps, Joe was joined by Alexey, and the two never looked back. Joe tried to drop Alexey on the headwind of the last lap. Alexey survived it, and thus was able to win the sprint. Let me tell you, Alexey's doing some incredible stuff. What's good is that I'm no longer jealous of him. I've accepted the fact that he's just an amazing bike racer that I don't need to compare myself to. I'm pretty sure I'll get my chance to shine. Here's some of my power files.

Entire workout (138 watts):
Duration: 1:30:33 (1:36:51)
Work: 741 kJ
TSS: 137.4 (intensity factor 0.959)
Norm Power: 183
VI: 1.33
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 20.27 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 631 138 watts
Cadence: 29 236 69 rpm
Speed: 2.1 26.3 13.6 mph
Pace 2:17 28:24 4:25 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 282 63 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1043 167 lb-in

Peak 5s (597 watts):
Duration: 0:05
Work: 3 kJ
TSS: n/a
Norm Power: n/a
VI: n/a
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 154 ft
Min Max Avg
Power: 570 620 597 watts
Cadence: 93 105 98 rpm
Speed: 20.3 22.9 21.5 mph
Pace 2:37 2:57 2:47 min/mi
Hub Torque: 169 179 174 lb-in
Crank Torque: 499 528 516 lb-in

Peak 10s (526 watts):
Duration: 0:10
Work: 5 kJ
TSS: n/a
Norm Power: n/a
VI: n/a
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 312 ft
Min Max Avg
Power: 468 613 526 watts
Cadence: 77 84 80 rpm
Speed: 20.2 21.8 21.3 mph
Pace 2:45 2:58 2:49 min/mi
Hub Torque: 142 176 154 lb-in
Crank Torque: 513 617 554 lb-in

Peak 20s (471 watts):
Duration: 0:20
Work: 10 kJ
TSS: n/a
Norm Power: n/a
VI: n/a
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 574 ft
Min Max Avg
Power: 361 613 471 watts
Cadence: 40 88 78 rpm
Speed: 15.7 21.8 19.6 mph
Pace 2:45 3:50 3:04 min/mi
Hub Torque: 124 176 150 lb-in
Crank Torque: 381 955 524 lb-in

Peak 30s (436 watts):
Duration: 0:30
Work: 13 kJ
TSS: 4.4 (intensity factor 2.283)
Norm Power: n/a
VI: n/a
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 801 ft
Min Max Avg
Power: 296 613 436 watts
Cadence: 40 88 76 rpm
Speed: 14.7 21.8 18.1 mph
Pace 2:45 4:04 3:19 min/mi
Hub Torque: 121 178 151 lb-in
Crank Torque: 374 955 496 lb-in

Peak 1min (346 watts):
Duration: 1:00
Work: 21 kJ
TSS: 6.5 (intensity factor 1.96)
Norm Power: n/a
VI: n/a
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 0.313 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 626 346 watts
Cadence: 40 96 75 rpm
Speed: 7.5 25.4 18.6 mph
Pace 2:22 7:59 3:14 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 282 128 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1043 401 lb-in

Peak 2min (276 watts):
Duration: 2:10 (4:16)
Work: 33 kJ
TSS: 9.2 (intensity factor 1.658)
Norm Power: n/a
VI: n/a
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 0.65 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 626 276 watts
Cadence: 39 105 73 rpm
Speed: 2.2 25.4 19.3 mph
Pace 2:22 27:35 3:06 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 282 94 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1043 321 lb-in

Peak 5min (225 watts):
Duration: 5:01
Work: 68 kJ
TSS: 12.5 (intensity factor 1.223)
Norm Power: 234
VI: 1.04
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 1.695 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 620 225 watts
Cadence: 37 116 83 rpm
Speed: 16.3 24 20.3 mph
Pace 2:30 3:41 2:58 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 183 71 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 633 230 lb-in

Peak 10min (208 watts):
Duration: 10:01
Work: 125 kJ
TSS: 22.6 (intensity factor 1.164)
Norm Power: 222
VI: 1.07
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 3.127 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 620 208 watts
Cadence: 29 116 79 rpm
Speed: 12.1 24 18.7 mph
Pace 2:30 4:59 3:12 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 193 70 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 633 223 lb-in

Peak 20min (185 watts):
Duration: 20:01
Work: 222 kJ
TSS: 39.4 (intensity factor 1.086)
Norm Power: 207
VI: 1.12
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 5.801 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 620 185 watts
Cadence: 29 236 74 rpm
Speed: 8.3 24 17.4 mph
Pace 2:30 7:12 3:27 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 193 68 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 633 211 lb-in

Peak 30min (155 watts):
Duration: 30:19 (32:48)
Work: 279 kJ
TSS: 56.2 (intensity factor 1.06)
Norm Power: 203
VI: 1.31
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 6.981 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 631 155 watts
Cadence: 29 118 70 rpm
Speed: 2.6 26.3 14.0 mph
Pace 2:17 22:59 4:18 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 282 69 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1043 184 lb-in

Peak 60min (136 watts):
Duration: 1:00:48 (1:06:43)
Work: 488 kJ
TSS: 91.9 (intensity factor 0.958)
Norm Power: 183
VI: 1.35
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 13.633 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 626 136 watts
Cadence: 29 236 69 rpm
Speed: 2.1 25.4 13.6 mph
Pace 2:22 28:24 4:24 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 282 62 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1043 166 lb-in

I haven't done any hard group rides this year, so I was definitely unprepared for the race today, so no worries.
I'll be back.

Friday, March 27, 2009

For Your Viewing Satistfaction

Here it is: the 2009 Michigan Road Racing Preview. Enjoy it.

It's All Good

Dad picked me up after school to take me to Kensington Metropar. I rode for two hours while my coach drove the support vehicle. I rode near my ftp for an hour and suffered quite a bit. It's great having Dad back. Unfortunately, he leaves tomorrow. That stinks. Well, it looks like race prep ointervals tomorrow, and road racing on Sunday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Dad's home! And I'm doing the STS #1!!! C race and B race!!! I'm going off the walls here!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Today, A2 Highgear had it's first outdoor ride of the season. Lucas led the ride, which started off at the Greenhills School (which holds many mixed memories for me). Jeff Xu was the only other junior showing up, but we had a good time any way. The three of us did some nice paceline work, with a little bit of intensity over some rollers. Jeff was super strong. He's improved so much compared to last year. I think he's going to have a good season. After riding a little over half an hour, we turned around and headed back, spotting the Christys. Joe and Stephen were about a minute up the road. Then Lucas floored it. Jeff and I were just hanging on, but it was a ton of fun. The thrill of going 25-27 MPH steady, tucked into a draft is just incredible. We caught them pretty quickly. By then, I was really warming up to the occasion. I gave one pretty long pull and was still feeling fairly strong. We headed onto a series of three rather steep hills. The first two we did at more of a Zone 4 pace, but on the last one (the steepest one) we went all out. Stephen lead it out, and I was on his wheel, then Lucas came around and blew us both away (me more than Stephen, of course). I hit 705 watts on that climb, which is pretty good considered my weight of 107 LBs.
So we finished the ride at a total of 1 hour. Once I got home, I rode even more. I was definitely in the mood. I finished the day at 2 hours. It was a great day for riding. The weather was great. I loved it.

With my first group ride under my belt, I'm feeling more confident towards racing. Hopefully I can get to at least a couple STS races. It won't be easy, but...whatever.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

When I was young

I found this on the computer today, and I thought you guys might think it entertaining. It entertains me. It's a little something I wrote a while back in '05. Check it out.

Cycling is a tough sport. It takes perseverance, hard work and mental toughness. Even Lance Armstrong had to work to be good. Well enough about that, let’s talk about me. I am a cyclist. I am eleven now and my racing age is 12. My favorite pro-cyclist is Paolo Savolldelli because he rides for Discovery and he won the Giro d’Italia, but I think that Alejandro Valverde will win the Tour de France due to his ability to sprint and climb. My 14 year old sister is into cycling as is my dad, who is a Cat four racer. My little sister Abby wants to get into cycling but she’s too young to race.

I started cycling when I was nine, doing 12 M.P.H. on a hand-me-down pink mountain bike. I raced the 2004 Tour de Kids in Ann Arbor. It took 5 minutes over 1.25 miles and I placed 4th. Then in the fall of 2004, my dad, my sister and I hopped into the car, drove to Bikesport and returned with a Felt 24 which I christened “Little Sweetheart”, in honor of my dad’s former bike “Sweetheart Sr.”.

In 2005 I joined the Ann Arbor Velo Club; I was the youngest rider there. Then in mid-spring my sister was brought over to our side, and by summer she was riding confidently on a new Cannondale R700. I kept nagging my dad to sign Maria and me up for a race. He decided the time had come and he signed us up for the Hines Drive TT, 12 miles of lactic acid.

The day came, Maria only had one competitor, and I had three. I was the last to start in my category; my competition looked slim, except for this kid wearing a Discovery Channel kit on another Felt 24. One by one my competitors went out, and then it was my turn. I easily caught the first two riders, but I was nothing compared to the kid in the Discovery Kit whose name is Tony Wieczorek. He beat me by 7 minutes and the other two kids by 12 minutes. Maria won her race in commanding style, but I just barely beat her. My time was 42 minutes 21 seconds.

Our coaches, (Joe Christy, Mark Lovejoy and Dave Young) told us that the next race we should do was the Debaets-Devos criterium on Labor Day. When the day came we woke up at six (I was actually up at 4) and drove to Detroit. My mom and Abby came too because Abby was going to race the kid race. I would race in the 10-14 boys category and Maria would race 10-14 girls. We warmed up on the course and then rolled up to the line. I saw a few kids my age and guess who else I saw, the real competition, Tony. When I saw him I knew I would be experiencing pain. My dad would race “Cat 5 and Citizens”; it was his first race ever.

The Juniors started out after the Cat 5 and Citizens group. Right from the start Tony attacked. Maria and I got organized with some other kids and a fellow AAVC member. I was very aggressive, I think it was just because I’m a kid and I wanted to impress anyone watching. Finally after 30 minutes it was just five more laps and Tony lapped our group. I hung in there. Then finally the sprint for the line came.

I started my sprint too early and found myself at the back while Maria took on a 13 year old boy and beat him. Maria won her category (she beat the same girl that she beat at Hines Dr.) and I finished sixth in my category (Tony won) dad placed sixth and Abby finished somewhere in the top 15. A good result for the Anderson Race team.

That concluded my first season of racing with AAVC. It was fun painful and very painful. For those of you looking to break into the sport, let me tell you that you need to know what you’re getting into. Like I said cycling is a tough sport, it takes perseverance, hard work and mental toughness. Even Lance needed to work. Sure, cycling requires suffering, but it’s cool in the end.


James Anderson

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Not Much

Day 25. Still no Dad. He comes home on Tuesday, I believe. Nothing much is going on with me. My riding's pretty good. We're working on our upcoming school play, and I'm in it. It's going to be on May 15 and 16, sort of conflicting with TOKV, but it's a sacrifice I have to make. The first of many...
Even though Dad's coming back soon, things are going to get very chaotic in the near future, so pray for me...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Jittery Joe

Michigan is one of the greatest cycling states in the U.S.. Some say the reason for that is epic races like Cone Azalia and TOKV, a large amount of talented racers, and a vast armada of dedicated race teams. If you ask me, I'll tell you that the person we have to thank is Joe.
Joe Lekovish is the treasurer of the Midwest Cycling Group, head of the Michigan Bicycle Racing Association, an accomplished race promoter, and a darn good race announcer. To add to that, he's put up some fairly decent results while racing. His overall resume is shocking considered that he's been around the race scene for only seven years.
Knowledgeable, experienced, yet enthusiastic is how I would describe Joe. He possesses a vast wealth of cycling knowledge, much to my envy. If anything happens in pro or domestic cycling, Joe knows it. I would be afraid to go up against him in cycling trivia.
He's is the heart and soul of the Michigan Scene. His sweat and blood make the racing community what it is today. He is a tireless worker, never refusing an opportunity to promote yet ANOTHER race. The publicity he gives to races is just incredible. With each post he puts on the racing forum, Lekovish never grows tired of doing what he does. I think an intrinsic love for the sport keeps him going. He truly does love it enough to sacrifice his convenience for it.
It inspires me.

As I said before, we cyclists owe a lot to Joe Lekovish. He has given so much to Michigan Cycling.
It's about time he's given the respect he deserves.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A New Mindset

Things are going pretty well lately. I got really disheartened about cycling a couple days ago. I called Dad, and he told me to watch "Chariots of Fire". I watched it, and now I've totally changed my view on racing, and why I do it. I don't want to race in order to justify my existence; I want to race because it's fun, and it can give God honor. If I race any other way, I can never be happy.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Get Posting

Everybody check out the Michigan Road Racing Index! With the upcoming road racing season on its way, this forum will be very busy. You won't want to miss all the discussions!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Close but not close enough!

Well, folks we lost, but it wasn't bad. In fact, my team totally won the opinion of the audience. There was a HUGE chorus of boos when the winner was declared.
I wanted to win, but it doesn't matter because my first constructive speech was AWESOME! My whole team did a pretty great job.
Although I went home sick today, it was a pretty fun week!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Day before the Debate

This week has been the week for the debates. Freshman speech class vs. Sophomore speech class. Oddly enough, I'm actually in the Sophomore speech class, so I'll be going up against my fellow freshmen (but I would have to add that sometimes I wish I were a sophomore simply because I'm in more classes with sophomores than any other grade) . Debates have been taking place everyday, in the cafetorium, during 1st and 3rd hour. Flocks of bystanders leave their classes to spectate the debates. Thus far, it's looking grim for sophomore speech class; We were badly beaten on Tuesday's first debate, missing two debaters and looking like complete nincompoops. Tuesday's second debate came down to the wire, but again those crafty freshmen stole the victory on what was said to be questionable judging. Wednesday's first debate looked like victory for the sophomores. Justin and Brian were tearing those freshmen to pieces and really make them look foolish. Kristen Klochko (freshman) cited a ".com" source, and Justin totally attacked her in the cross-exam for it! It was rewarding to watch my friends do so well, but apparently the judges thought the freshmen did better. It is comming to my attention that the judges are obviously biased and prejudiced against the Sophomore class (mostly because sophomores are slackers and a bunch of the freshmen suck-up to the teachers...including me sometimes) .
The next debate on Wednesday was a bloody massacre. Nathan Kirchner and the freshmen boys simply overwhelmed Patricia's team.
My debate is on Friday. Kevin, Miles, Kate, and I are going up against Anna Mctaggart, Becca Grimes, Tara Ross, and Nathan Turner. We are the affirmative team for "resolved: The U.S. government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the U.S."
I badly want the win, so I've taken matters into our own hands, writing both of our constructive speeches. I'll be giving the first speech, Kate the second, Kevin and Miles will cross-exam, and Miles and I will give the final rebuttals.
Tomorrow is the culmination of all our efforts. We need this victory. The sophomore class needs this victory. I need this victory. And it will be a battle.
Today was spent contemplating whether we really can beat our opponents. A lot of trash talking has been made and predictions issued out, with my team being favorited. I was talking to Anna via Facebook, and it sounds like she's ready.
This all reminds me of the calm before a race. I always played mind games with myself, asking "can I beat this guy", "what if he drops me", "is he hurting as much as I'm hurting".
The thing I must always know, is that generally speaking, my opponent is usually always hurting as much as me.

And in this case, it will be, in fact, even more.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I rode outside today, and it was awesome.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Why do we race?

Watch this video and know why. Jamie Smith sums it up perfectly.