The icy weather across the country has broken for rain. And I'm playing catch-up with the Loose Bloggers Consortium, again.
The missed topics are "Rains", "Doom and Gloom" and "Music" so the song below comes to mind. "When the Rain Falls" by Eleanor McEvoy.
This song first came to my attention when the "A Woman's Heart" CD came out. This was an all female, all Irish, compilation of songs and the title song sung by Mary Black was written my Eleanor McEvoy. Unsurprising as she is one of Ireland's highly accomplished songwriters (I really hope there is a league table hidden away somewhere for this title). The album released in 1992 spawned a few sequels and spin-offs and a couple of tours. Poke around YouTube and you'll probably catch a few of the tracks.
The song its self is a jazz, well blues, influenced number. "I woke up this morning" isn't how it starts, but its a collection of minor disasters following a break-up. The coffee's run out, the milk has gone off, the heating won't start, have trouble getting on-line, and when she does, the nasty reminder awaits.
Rain isn’t the problem as such, the banked track getting slippery from the rain is the problem. Based on the training session tonight the solution seems to be to do short sprint training and seated acceleration exercises. That and doing group exercises slowly in case slipping occurs.
Seated acceleration is exactly what the name suggests. Everyone knows that you can get a more more power on the down stroke while standing when peddling than you can when sitting. However, in a race situation, the standing rider advertises to everyone that the hammers have gone down and that a challenge is being made. Yes folks, track cyclists also have sneaky techniques.
The solution; don’t stand. The problem with this solution; its hard. In order to get this acceleration you need a whack of upper body strength to replace what gravity isn’t providing since you’re not standing. In practice, you’re pulling your body down to give each down stroke of the pedals an extra boost.
That however gave me a new problem… I twisted the handlebars around the centre (my drop handlebars were no longer dropped) and kept pushing my saddle down in to the frame. Maybe some of this weight is actually muscle! (pause for laughter).
Anyway we got drowned in the rain, my kit is slowly drip drying away and a very tired rider is typing away.