Sticking with the one word titles. I would have gone Jens II but that would have ruined the theme. He is ruining everyone's hopes of defeating a 38 (racing age 39!) year old man at Paris-Nice. P-N, incidentally, is by no means some slipshod hackfest, the pro equivalent to the Cat 4 race at Turkey Day (although I hear the guys who get second in that particular hackfest are usually marked for greatness). The only reason that many who've won P-N wouldn't list it first on the highlights of their palmares is because they've also won some other trifling things like Le Tour, Le Worlds y Le Giro. The shit is for real - you win it and you're big league, no doubt.
Work's been weird lately. Overnight stuff, plus a healthy dose of keeping up with what's going on during the day. It's one of those deals where you gotta accept it, make your lemonade, and move on. The lemonade, as it were, has wound up in my water bottles, as the one benefit of the schedule has been the ability to ride during the day. I've been putting a bunch of extra time in with some upgraded intensity as well. Sounds like a recipe for bad things, I know this, but the extra training load gets me tired out so that I get a good solid few hours of sleep in the late afternoon/early evening before work. The alternative would be less riding and a few hours of mushy half sleep/half lying in bed. On balance, it's not what I'd choose to do in the ideal world, but it's not forever and there are tons and tons of people who would trade with me in an instant.
Today's workout had some brief glimpses of fast. It was mostly recovery from knocking myself silly the last two days, but I did throw in a few one minute intervals. One minute intervals are fun for me because they are the shortest intervals I'm any good at, and oh how I like the fast. I got to pull my second favorite move at the end of the 10am last Saturday (although I chundered it pretty badly), which depends on me having a pretty balls sharp one minute dose. Gotta have that fast.
So after my paean to the CAAD 9, it looks like we will have exactly none in the family next year. Dead sexy team frame arrives soon for me, and plans are for the missus to acquire a frame from a friend who's getting a new one. It's just a good deal, nothing more than that, and a really - REALLY - nice frame to boot. Both will be built up using current parts, augmented by a couple of new bits. Everything I said about CAAD 9's still holds, and were the situation not what it is, we'd both be on them.
Having worn out my Speedplays and temporarily switched to the old old Looks with worn out cleats that I pull out of with alarming frequency, I acquired new Speedplays today. I'd debated what to get, ultimately deciding that I do indeed like Speedplays, that three hard years of use is a pretty good lifespan, that with a new set and an old set in fine condition but for the bow ties on one, and a several year stock of cleats on hand, the smart money was on sticking with them. Wound up getting white ones.