Franz Finished LoToJa Race

| September 14, 2015 8:49 pm

Franz finished hisy first Lotoja 204 mile race (Logan UT to Jackson WY) as a 2 man relay team with his brother. Franz was assigned the two back to back sections where there was all the climbing. This event is very different than the many double centuries Franz rode in California or the 500 mile relays he rode for Furnace Creek 508 or Hoodoo 500. Unlike all those, this had the feel of a real race and by far the most professionally put on event he have ever ridden in. You can ride it solo, which most do, or as a relay team. We entered in the USA Cycling sanctioned race category but they do have a citizen class category also. We saw neutral support vehicles often, following the fast packs and several officials on motorcycles monitoring you. They had well marked feed zones and relay transition zones. There were also neutral feed zones where you would take on a new water bottle or some gel on the fly from volunteers so need to stop. Also no need for any route sheet since every turn had volunteers flagging you where to go. The finish line was like being at a pro cycling event with barricades and a big screen leader-board. Riders names were called out as they came across the finish line. Overall it was quite an amazing experience. I understand now why this event is hard to go into. We were lucky to have Anne and Deanna crew for us and they did a great job.

How I Did

I think I did reasonable well, but was a bit disappointed that I was not able to do my two sections faster. It was quite different for me to be climbing a hill and being passed by so many. Nevertheless, I had a goal of finishing in 6 hours and I barely met that goal unless you count the time when I stopped at the transition to change water bottles and take on food. When I look at my performance after the fact, I was near the limit, with an average heart rate of 150. I was able to average 15.6 mph over the 93 miles, that included nearly 6,000 feet of climbing.

What hurt my time was that I had to ride most all of the miles solo. They started the race relay teams first, followed by the CAT 1 racers, then advanced to the slower riders in that order. So when I was riding I was either with Race Relay or Cat 1 or 2 riders. Most of the race relay riders were doing a 4 or 5 man relay so they could go all out on their own segment. The fast racers would come from behind me in a big back but their speed was way too fast for me to latch on, even for a short time. Although you are suppose to only draft behind the group you start with, many took advantage of anyone around, but in my case there was few around me to hang with. On the occasion when I was able to draft for awhile, it made a big difference, but I think I ended up riding 90% of the distance solo. Not having a big guy to follow down the hills really hurt my time since I don’t have enough weight and skill to descend fast by myself.

I was trying to make sure I ate sufficiently and was often drinking, but I forgot to put electrolytes in my water bottle and ended up cramping about 20 miles from the end, on the steepest climb where I should have done my best. I fought with the cramping issues until I finished since I didn’t have the luxury of just stopping for awhile to recover.

Although I did a lot of training for this, too much of the training was at a slower pace and there was not enough speed work, in my opinion. That speed base can take a few months to build up and I was trying to do it in a few weeks. Traveling to Italy for a bike tour was a contributor, although I did get a few days there where I was pushing the pace.

Next Up

Next up is the Huntsmen World Senior Games. I hope to do a bit better there since two of the three events I entered don’t allow drafting (hill climb and time trial). I just wish I had a more optimistic view of how I was doing so I could do a better job of getting ready. I have limited time to train now so it is more an issue of not losing my fitness than improving it.

 

Visit to Florence

| August 17, 2015 9:33 pm

After we finished our bike ride we decided to pay a visit to nearby Florence.  The group was going to take the train in but we didn’t get there before they left so we checked with the hotel and was told it was easier to just take a bus, which we did.  This was my 3rd time to Florence and Anne’s 2nd (one trip was on business).

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We found these street artists painting with colored chalk on the pavement.  They were quite amazing.

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After taking the bus back to the hotel we still had time to walk to a nearby bike shop.  This was the largest bike shop I had ever seen.  I bought some CO2 cartridges to use on our bike tour.

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Second Ride in Italy

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Today we went with a larger part of the group, starting out on the same route we had taken yesterday but diverting off to see the lake we missed yesterday.

 

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This bicycle tour did not have any established routes so often would kind of make up things as we went along.

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After making a climb we got disconnected from the lead group and stopped to wait for those behind us but after awhile we decided to just find out way back to the hotel using the Garmin GPS.  That proved to lead us on a rather interesting route through some small villages and very narrow roads.

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We ended up with 46 miles and even more climbing that yesterday at 3,800 feet.

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First Ride in Italy

| August 16, 2015 8:03 pm

We decided to come to Italy one day early but so do most all of the other 16 riders.  We needed to find a local ride today from out hotel in Calezano since we were staying at the First Hotel another two nights.  Anne decided to ride with the big boys so she joined me along with Brian, Frank and Rudy.

 

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It turned out to be a bigger ride that we thought, with a total of 3,500 feet of climbing, some of it rather steep.  We finally made it to the cute town of Montepiano and would have liked to stop and explore but this group of guys were out for a fast ride.

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Travel to Italy for Bicycle Tour

| August 15, 2015 8:07 pm

We took a flight from Salt Lake to Charles DeGaule Airport where we made a connection to Florence, Italy.  The hotel was only 6 miles from the airport, and quite appropriately called the First Hotel.

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After getting some dinner (pizza of course) we embarked on the task of putting the bikes together.

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The Richey Break Away bike frame breaks into two sections so you can stuff everything into a travel case that is checked as regular luggage.  It took a couple of hours to put both bikes together.

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New Richey Break Away Bike for Anne

| May 12, 2015 8:47 pm

With our upcoming bicycle trip to Italy in August, I decided to get a Richey Break Away bike for Anne. I ended up ordering the frame/fork from BicycleDoctorUSA.com. They were very helpful getting me to pick the right size since you can’t really test ride them. I ended up ordering a size 48 cm frame, which was just right. I moved the DuraAce 7800 components and my wheels over to it from my Richey Break Away bike since I had DuraAce 7900 components left over from my Trek Madone, which the factory kept the frame and gave me credit on my new Domane. Here is a photo form Anne’s first test ride, but she complained about that hard saddle I had put on there to test.

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New Photography Website

| February 16, 2014 9:52 pm

They just released the domain extension .photography so I registered http://www.kelsch.photography and moved my photography website over there instead of using a sub domain under kelsch.com.  When I installed WodPress on the new domain, I saw they have a new default theme, which I like and am giving it a try.

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2014 Calendar

| December 10, 2013 11:11 am

I enjoying making a new family calendar each year and this time I actually got it finished in time so it will be printed before Christmas.  Sometimes I don’t have enough photos, especially of Jeff and his kids, so I have to wait until we get together a couple of weeks before Christmas.  But with the family reunion last summer I have plenty to work with.  John and Sara also send me photos and Sara, being a fantastic photographer, always gives me left with not enough room to include all the photos.

For the cover I used a photo I took of the flowers at Thanksgiving point.

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There are two months where no one in the family has a birthday. For May, instead of using the typical photos about Mother’s Day I included the family group photo we had taken in August. For December I like to include something Christmas related. This year I came up with an idea of doing a collage of some of the Christmas related photos over the past 40 plus years. I found a Photoshop Action at PanosFX.com that did the trick for me.

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2013 Christmas Cards

| December 2, 2013 11:57 pm

It is just the 2nd day of December but we want to get our Christmas cards ordered since we will be leaving.  We hope they arrive before we leave.

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View the entire collection of cards.

Family Reunion

| July 25, 2013 10:08 am
Family Reunion

For the first time in many years we were able to get all of our children and grandchildren together at one time.  We tied it into a Kelsch family reunion that my nephew Karl Kelsch was putting together.  It was a chance to have family photos taken so Sara found a photographer to do this.

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