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									F l y i n g R h i n o C yc l i n g C l u b                                                     F e b r u a r y 2 0 09

 THE FRCC IS PROUD TO BE                                 WWW.FLYINGRHINOCC.COM

                                         Annual Club Banquet                             February 7th
                                                  Guest Speaker          Jef Mallett

                    MOUNTAIN                        THE BUZZ AROUND THE CLUB
                    BIKING          From the Prez                OUCH! After a couple          and volunteer, because
          LEAGUE                    February 2009.               of days of recovery I was     without your help these
                                                                 back at it, this winter has   events would not be pos-
                                     First off I wanted wish
              OF                                                 been great so far, the        sible! Check the FRCC
                                    everyone a very Happy
                                                                 cold seems to be a little     website for details
        MICHIGAN                    New Year! I hope every-
                                                                 less painful when there is    www.flyingrhinocc.com
                                    one is staying warm and
                                    enjoying the winter          an abundance of snow!         Spring Training Series:
                     OFF ROAD       weather! I know I have               2009 is stacking      March 28
                                    personally had a couple      up to be a banner year in
                                                                                               April 4
                                    of chances to get out and    Michigan cycling! The
                                                                 Polar Rhino Ride was a        April 11
                                    ride my bike, but as you
                                    can imagine it can be a      huge success, and we still    Summer Training Series:
        CYCLING                     bit challenging during the   have the spring and fall      April 23
                                    winter months. I also        Back 40 to follow – stay      May 21
                                    have had the chance to       tuned for details! Back
                   USA                                                                         June 4
                                    get out and cross country    by popular demand this
                   TRIATHLON                                     year is the Thursday          June 18
                                    ski at Independence Oaks
                                    this year, something I       night race series, along      July 2
                                    haven’t done in about        with the Spring training      July 16
                                    seven years; I have to say   series at Waterford Hills     July 30
• Inside This Issue:                it was a blast, although     raceway. With all these
                                                                 events I encourage all of     August 13
                                    the word of the day the
• From the Prez                     next morning was –           our club members to out       August 27

• Tucson Trip
                                          THE FRCC IS PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THESE SPONSORS:
• MMBA News
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• Superman                          Flying Rhino Cycling Club
                                       60 South Main Street          CONSULTING                          54 S. Main St.
• Buzz around the Club                                                                                Clarkston, MI 48346
                                        Clarkston, MI 48346         Dexter, MI 48130
• Ride Calendar
                                                                                     1960 Research Drive, Suite 100
• Off the Back Again                                                                 Troy, MI 48083
Its not too late to sign up for Tucson. We have space for 4 more riders. If you are looking for good
roads, challenging climbs, beautiful scenery, a strong biking culture, sunshine, and, let us not forget
- great company - come to Tucson with us. You'll get in some great training and have lots of fu n.
You could come home with a suntan - not just aching quads. I found a couple of new websites you
should check out. Did you know that El Tour de Tucson typically has more than 9000 riders?


Debby Rowe

                            Annual meeting/expo- February 22nd at the Lansing Center
                        February 22nd. Mark your calendars folks, the annual meeting/expo is
                        changing its date and its location to the Lansing Center right in downtown
Lansing will serve as a more statewide centralized location within nearly an hour of Grand Rap-
ids, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Mount Pleasant, and Flint. The new location will hope-
fully better represent the MMBA as the statewide organization it is and also offers us a chance
to bring in legislators or other government officials in a professional setting.
In addition to the location, The Lansing Center is also right off the freeway with plenty of park-
ing, the space is nearly twice as big, has HEAT, and a bar on site. For vendors there is an easy

HOLLY/FLINT CHAPTER MEETING-                                  6:30PM. Hope to see everyone there.
FEB 3RD                                                        1. Call to meeting- 6:30
You are invited to the MMBA Holly/Flint Chapter Meet-          2. Chapter trail updates
ing. Come help guide your chapter for the next year, take 2.1. New TC for Holly/Flint
on a leadership role or just grab a beer and swap stories 3. Chapter communications
                                                               3.1 E-mail List
with fellow chapter members.                                   3.2 Chapter website
                                                               4. Annual expo- Volunteers for both space
February 3, 2009 6:30PM                                        5. FAFL hours- please turn in
                                                               6. Chapter Volunteer of the Year
Villager Restaurant                                            7.Potential chapter membership event/fundraiser- volunteers
1121 N. Saginaw St. Holly, MI 48442                            for a committee
                                                               8. Treasurers Report- End of the year finances- need cash
Special Thanks to the Villager Restaraunt for the use of their statement and record of who has chapter tools
meeting room for our meeting! Below is the agenda for this     9. State board rep report
meeting. If anybody has anything that needs to be added to     10. Executive Director Report
the agenda, let me know. Remember that the February meet- 11. Chapter Elections
ing is also the chapter elections, so please make a special    12. Set chapter dates and location for next year
effort to attend.                                              13..Public Announcements
Everyone can start showing up ~6:00PM and get their food
orders taken care of, and we'll start the meeting about


Superman             By Dennis Cyporyn

        According to Erik Erikson, our leading psychologist that defined life
stage development, (4th edition Psychology by David G. Meyers pg. 123)
our ego boundaries collapse only a couple times in our life. One such
stage is during the terrible two’s when a child has successfully completed
trust development issues in their first year and has moved into the auton-
omy stage where anything is possible and wants to separate from its par-
ent. The second time is when we fall in love and think anything is possible;
“sure sweet heart we can go to Europe.” Eventually my childlike idealism
transferred into a love for a hero like Superman because he could do any-
        He had all those special powers like X-ray vision, was able to fly,
stopped bullets with his bare hands and represented good against evil. I
on the other hand, had a lot of shortcomings as a kid: crying, got tired, and sometimes didn’t know right
from wrong. The closest I ever came to flying was when I rode my bike; I had a sense of speedy travel
that was faster than running. I’d pedal with all my might, I felt like a speeding bullet, “It’s a bird, it’s a
plane, no it’s that crazy kid again.” I loved the speed and free feeling of the wind and still do. I knew I
could never save the day or do the things the man of steel did but as a kid I wished I might have some
supernatural powers like him.
        In my youth I never wore a helmet and neither did Superman. Today I don’t mind wearing a hel-
met for my speedy travel because I have heard the sound my head (with helmet on) makes when it hits
the pavement. I am willing to accept some of my fragile limitations. The Superman outfit was special; I
don’t know how he put those tights on in the phone booth. There is some kind of ceremonial gesture
when I throw my spandex colorful Rhino clothing on, I feel like I’m ready for action (I never saw Super-
man sweat, but I’m sure his outfit wicked). I think the Rhinos should get purple capes!
        I really wanted that x-ray vision. Then came this rude awakening someplace in my early forties:
my eyes were not quite as good as before. So much for X-ray vision or perfect vision for that matter. I
worked a bargain with wearing glasses though. Clark Kent wore glasses and so could I. Actually, I didn’t
need them all the time (just driving), just like Clark (never for flying). Then there was the hair loss thing.
How would Superman look with grey hair or a reseeding hairline? Someone once told me aging was the
loss of options, good grief, what would be next?
        Lets do a quick review of my acceptance losses and aging set backs thus far: I can’t fly. I have to
wear a helmet. I perspire. I don’t own a cape just Rhino gear. My eyes aren’t what they used to be and
I’m having a bad hair day. So much for ego boundaries.
        Lets fast forward to last Saturday morning when we gathered for the ride and Don LaSalle said,
“you know, the average age of the club members today must be about 50.” He rode to the ride and was
apparently in the middle of a Don thought. Anyway, I got what he was saying because the group is get-
ting older. I think there are a little Superman and Wonder Woman fantasies fading in all of us.
        Age has a way of reducing some of those super powers of our youth and makes us reset some of
our idealistic goals. I am not an expert in training suggestions; I’m not an expert in physical, biological,
dietary, yoga or strength work. I certainly am not an example of technique since Jeff says, “you look like
a tourist on your bike.” What I am an expert in, is knowing how my body and mind feel and think. Folks I
ride with regularly see me get dropped at the end of a long (35-50 miles) ride. They know I have a hard
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(Magic Water Bottle Continued from page 3)

time keeping up with a 20 MPH plus pace for an extended period. I act like there is kryptonite around.
        I have decided to do some research so I can help myself this winter. I’d like to pass on a couple of
things that I’m in the process of learning and beginning to apply. I know how Jeff feels about technique
and I will continue to work on it (read the first four newsletter articles on training available on line at FRCC
home page). The fact remains that my body is running out of strength and power during fast or long rides.
I can’t dig deep and come up with the reserve I used to have. Like brakes going bad on a car slowly until
they start to squeak, I’m losing some of my Superman power as the result of age.
The material I’m researching in two books I’d like to share may be of interest to
you. Age doesn’t have to be a drawback when a new way of thinking and training
is applied. My eyes probably won’t come back on their own. My hair color won’t
change on its own. And without new thinking my strength will continue to deterio-
        In the Book Cycling Past 50, author Joel Friel explains the 0 2 Max and
aging formula. A method of determining oxygen used during cycling and measures
it against body weight. He says aerobic capacity is an important aspect of endur-
ance fitness. At age 25, his chart shows a 47.7 but at age 75 it shows 25.5. This
is an indicator of nature taking its course on the cardiovascular system (page 4).
He also points out that with age the anaerobic enzyme reduction leads to carbohy-
drate decrease. Testosterone levels vary from individual to individual. The span
between 250-800 usually is linked with older males around the lower side and
younger males around the higher side. However, I just learned of a 76-year-old cyclist with a 600 number
and his doctor was blown away. There aren’t any hard and fast rules but testosterone is linked to energy
(blood work is the only accurate source).
        Friel offers 7 golden rules: 1. Ride frequently. 2. Rest regularly. 3. Set
challenging goals. 4. Eat like a hunter-gatherer. 5. Believe in yourself. 6. Seek the
support of others. 7. Don’t slow down.
        Each rule has a long description.
        1. In the book Bike For Life by Roy M. Wallack & Bill Katovsky they offer
suggestions and experiences on Training, technique, diet, bike iron pumping,
aerobics, and yoga for cyclists and “periodization” training. One suggestion I
have already taken is to begin a swim program. They say it is beneficial to stretch
out the arms in the free style to counteract bike position and that includes hip
rotation. I’m trying to swim every week. They have step-by-step programs in de-
tailed description for weight training at home, yoga and stretching. The book in-
cludes very insightful interviews with folks like Gary Fisher who says, “Slow down
you don’t have to win all the time.” Periods of recovery are essential and varied in purpose and the book
describes how to use them effectively.
        2. The Samuel Mascarell newsletter is free and email formatted. It sometimes includes discus-
sions and questions: newsletter@bikecyclingreviews.com Last issue was an open forum on riders be-
tween the age of 60 and 80. They offered views I have been feeling but friends younger don’t understand.
One suggestion was to be very careful with mountain biking and a number of folks said they just dropped
it from their riding repertoire. Interestingly enough there were many reports of successful century and
double century rides with the proper training. Networking and then applying the material is quite useful.
        3. Jeff helped me with getting the right bike and set-up. I might not be any faster but my Serotta
(and Trek 5000) let me get the most out of my bike and abilities. Jeff has guided me in correct gear and
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equipment so I don’t have something obvious holding me back.
         4. Zeke. Last July 4th we got a puppy that now weighs over 81 pounds and is still growing. I walk
Zeke twice a day in the woods and we are averaging between 2-8 miles a day. I haven’t found anything in
a cycling article or book that explains the benefits of brisk walking, but I can tell you how my body feels. It
is really helping and after 6 months I’m getting the benefits. Between daily walks, at least two swims a
week cycling I’m feeing stronger and I’m at my lowest weight since you have known me.
         Priorities and time come into play. We all know indoor spinning can offer a good winter augment to
our training; the store sponsors indoor spinning on Tuesday nights. Jeff’s Tai Chi is something else on
Monday nights.
         This winter outdoor miles have been difficult. I have had less outdoor miles than ever before. On
the big picture, the benefits of riding regularly throughout life and keeping fit, using riding in conjunction
with diet, cross training and the camaraderie make it all worthwhile. With up and down gas prices we all
wish we could fly. Last November I delivered two jobs, one to Milford and the other to Fenton on my bike.
         I started writing this article at the end of last season and I only started reading Bike For Life. I have
finished reading the book and can recommend it whole hearted; it’s a fabulous read. The book thoroughly
covers subjects like: Technique, training, bike set-up, meals on wheels, preventing injuries, cycling and
impotence and a lot more. There is a personal interview in each chapter with riders, racers, mountain bik-
ers, and tri-athletes.
         I am far more realistic about cycling today. I know I’m not Superman and I’m not letting my ego
boundaries collapse to let me think I can do anything. At the same time I am very optimistic about the
possibilities riding has for me. I love to ride, seeing new sights and smelling the fresh air. I look forward to
the camaraderie, growth and challenges. Most of all I like what it does for my physical and mental hy-

Buzz around the Club                            By Dave Lidgey
                                                                                February has historically always
                                                                       been a slow month around the club. I think
everyone is basically waiting for March and hoping for an early Spring. Of course there are always the hard
core riders that don several layers of high priced athletic wear and brave the elements and ride on the week-
ends. These rides are usually announced on the Flying Rhino groups list and even they are sometimes can-
celled due to the inclimate weather.
         Now is a good time for those of us that have procrastinated to get the bikes tuned up and ready for
Spring. Nothing is more frustrating than to break out the bike for the first ride of the Spring and discover a flat
tire or a dragging brake or shifters that have suddenly decided to not shift or shift without any help. I’m sure
that the shop is ready to assist those of us that are mechanically inept so don’t delay, get those bikes ready
for Spring.
         Anyone that needs a quick bike fix should attend the MMBA Expo this month in Lansing. Details are
included in this months newsletter as well as information on the local Flint/Holly Chapter meeting.
         The Spring Training series is coming next month and there will be more details in next months news-
letter. Now is the time to start planning and the club could always use more volunteers to help out.
         The ride calendar is quiet now but starting in April, the regular rides will begin to ramp up. New ideas
or ride routes are always welcome and if you have any ideas for a new weekly ride, please don’t hesitate to
pass them along. I plan on starting a monthly Tour article which will provide upcoming Tours both one day
and multi-day types as well as informal ones.
Deadline for next months newsletter is Saturday JFebruary 21st.
Please make sure any stories and articles are sent to me on or before this date. In order to send out the newsletter
in a timely manner, I need to stay with this deadline. Thanks again for your support .


                                         Flying Rhino Annual Banquet
                                                    Clarkston Methodist Church
                This years dinner will once again be supplied by one of our sponsors, The Clarkston Union.
                Doors open at 6:30 and dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. with awards to follow. Once again the
                cost will be $15.00 per person.

                Illustrator Jef Mallett will be our guest speaker. Jef launched his "Frazz" comic strip in
                2001 and it now runs in 150 newspapers nationwide. An avid cyclist and frequent triathlete,
                Mallett writes a monthly column for Inside Triathlon magazine and contributes to VeloNews

                                 Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner approx. 7:00 p.m.
                Date: 02/07/09                                              For more info. contact: KSBS 248-625-7000

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Recreational riders tend to be out longer, and have stops planned, to eat, chat or whatever. In these cases, where major changes of activity
are planned, the layering principal comes on strong. Unlike commuters, trail riders can not plan on ducking into a store to warm up and
must be prepared for breakdowns and changes in the weather.

Learning to "Read The Weather"
I'm not about to suggest you enroll in a meteorology class, but there is a great deal to be said for just paying attention to what works for
you. If one ride is too cold, learn to think of what you wore as something that need the assistance of another layer. This almost implies that
you will make a few mistakes along the way, and over dress or under dress a few times till you get it all figured out.
Get in the habit of noticing if you are comfortable. Often I find myself riding along in some wicked cold weather saying to myself (yes, I do talk to
myself and the bike too) "This is alright - This feels great". I make a note of the temperature and what combinations of clothing I am wearing and
store it away.
I get so I can just read the thermometer and know instinctively what to wear. I don't often get surprised by poor decisions any more. If you are new
to winter cycling, it might take a year to figure out the right combinations of layers and fabrics.

Don't be too stubborn to back track a mile or two to get an extra layer. It means the difference between an enjoyable outing and a discour-
aging ride.

Wicking Fabrics
One of the great boons to winter cycling, especially below freezing temperature, is the advent of wicking fabric. Sold under various trade names
(Calipee, Thermax, etc) these are usually a blend of polyester and perhaps up to 10 percent lycra thrown in for fit. Check the Fabrics Page.
With these fabrics it is not unusual to go out for a fast ride on a very cold day and have your outer layer be wet (not from rain) but the layer next to
your skin be quite dry. The polyester fabric wicks the moisture to outer layers where it condenses. The important thing is that you are warm and
dry.The North Face, Patagnia, DuoFold are all manufactures of "poly" fabrics.
What to Avoid
     The general advice is to avoid cotton next to the skin. Some folks get downright adamant about this. Others just avoid it on long rides. The
     problem is that cotton soaks up perspiration and just hangs on to it, keeping it right on your skin. The minutes you slow down or stop working
     you get very cold very quickly.
     Avoid over dressing. Start out a little cold. If you are worried about freezing take along another garment, but don't go out over dressed.
     Avoid the idea that if it wasn't made for cycling it isn't any good. In fact, you will find relatively few "made for cycling" products that
     work well in winter. There are just now beginning to come available cycling tights that are warm enough, or gloves that keep your hands warm
     when they are in the same position for hours. Often ski equipment works well.
     Clipless pedals and shoes generally don't cut it in really cold winters. Even if they did not get packed with snow and work
     poorly, the cleats are generally bolted to a steel plate directly under your foot. This sucks the heat right out through the cleat and
     freezes the sole of your foot in no time. Clips and straps work better. A lightweight winter boot or hiking boot keeps you warmer. If
     they aren't "bikey" enough for you, feel free to cover them with garish spray paint.

                                                                                                                (Excerpted from Icebike.com)

Events Calendar
    • Tai Chi classes every Mon-
    day Evening at the Library
                                                          February 2009
    5:30-6:30 p.m.
       • Tuesday night. Indoor
       training sessions at KSBS                 Sun          Mon              Tue             Wed              Thu             Fri               Sat
       7:00 p.m.
          • Yoga Following Indoor                1            2                3               4                5               6                 7 Rhino
Upcoming Events:
MMBA Flint Chapter Meeting
February 3rd                                     8            9                10              11               12              13                14
Annual Banquet February 7th
MMBA Annual Expo and Meeting
February 22nd

                                                 15           16               17              18               19              20                21

Note: Other than the rides listed, please
check the ride hot line or with the e-group to
see if there are any rides scheduled. If you
are interested in organizing a ride please
notify the shop and post it on the e-group.      22           23               24              25               26              27                28
             Always                      Annual
Call the FRCC hotline to verify event    Meeting &
dates, ride times and notices of cancel-
lations 248-625-7000

Note from the Editor
                                                       President          Gary Oliveira      814-7975       president@flyingrhinocc.com
In order to make this        stories that they share
newsletter interesting       with other friends and    Veep               Mark Moran         248-969-2488   vicepresident@flyingrhinocc.com
and informative, it is       can be shared with
necessary to have            the rest of us. Please    Treasurer          Sandi Domagalski   248-620-0844 treasurer@flyingrhinocc.com
input from different         send me any stories
people and riders with       or amusing bits of        Secretary          Pete Newberry      248-393-0693 secretary@flyingrhinocc.com
varying interests and        information so I can
abilities. As the editor     share with the rest of    Newsletter         Dave Lidgey        693-8001       editor_rhino_news@flyingrhinocc.com
I will try to get this       the club. As always, I
accomplished each            can be reached at         MTB Team           Brien Eckart       248-330-4251    brienweckart@comcast.net
month but I need help        248-693-8001 eve-
and support with this.       nings or e-mail me at:    Road Team          Mark Wolowiec      328-0020       road_team_manager@flyingrhinocc.com
Input from racers,           edi-
Team leaders as well         tor_rhino_news@flyin      Multi-Sport Team   Ed Chenhalls       248-698-2967 Multi_sport_team_manager@flyingrhinocc.com
as ride leaders is           grhinocc.com
                                                                          Donette Behen &    248-276-2545 behen3gr@aol.com
needed. Club mem-                                      Tour Director
                                                                          Maureen Boyd       248-620-2874 murphyboyd@comcast.net
bers have interesting
                                                       Cyclocross Team    Anne Schwartz      313-418-0599 buddabikes@yahoo.com
                                                       Webmaster          Dave Linden        734-424-2632    webmaster@flyingrhinocc.com

                                                                                   ers, find some place to stash it, then get back on the bike
                                                                                   and get moving before you get too cold. This is easy for a
                                                                                   hiker, or cross country skier, they can usually just add or
Dressing Strategy For Winter RidingThis would be a good place to insert a short paragraph about your organization. It might include
                                                                                   subtract the outer layer, but a cyclist moving at 15 to 20mph
Depending on the duration of the ride, there are several different                 can't spare the wind shell. Then there is the problem of stor-
strategies of dress that can be used.                                               mission, founding date, and a have a backpack or pan-
                                            the purpose of the organization, its ing the removed layer. Unless youbrief history. You could also
Layering                                    include a brief list of the types of products, services, or programs your organization offers, the geo-
                                                                                   niers this is a hassle. Of course, we aren't even mentioning
Layering is a outdoor clothing strategy that is probably already famil-            the problems involved in undressing and redressing in pub-
                                                                                   lic or in U.S. or wind.
                                            graphic area covered (for example, western a howlingEuropean markets), and a profile of the types
iar to you, using layers of clothing that can be added and subtracted as
the temperature and your activity change.
                                            of customers or members served.   2. Cyclists generate a lot of sweat. By the time you realize you
You might start out with a warm wicking garment close to the skin, a               are too hot, you are already wet. (A wicking underlayer
warmth pile above that and a wind proof outer layer. As you start out
                                                                                    contact name for yourself more than you the wet upper
                                                                                                 See below). If you don't remove
                                            It would also be useful to include ahelps a lot.will chillreaders who want morethink as gar- about
on a winter ride, the temperature may be cold, and you will feel fine.             ment, you
                                            the organization.
As you heat up, or the day warms up you may want to remove a layer                 layers are removed.
to keep from over heating.                                                    3. Cyclists can regulate temperature by level of effort. Too
You might want to add layers too, so carrying compact extra layer                  cold? Work harder! Over heating? Drop 2mph for the next
garments is wise. This may come in handy when you stop to eat or                   mile and it makes a big difference, almost immediately.
rest, and find that you are chilling. It is important to add clothing or
subtract it before you get too cold or too hot.
                                                                              4. Winter commuters learn to dress for the temperature. They
                                                                                   will start out slightly underdressed, and therefore feeling a
You will find that you can control heat loss quite well by removing or
                                                                                   little cold. In a couple miles they are warmed up and crank-
adding headgear as your head is a very good radiator of heat.
                                                                                   ing along.
One Shot
The problem with Layering in Winter Cycling is that it just doesn't           5. Once underway, most winter commuters will regulate tem-
work very well. Many cyclists on the ICEBIKE mailing list report that              perature by work level rather than stop and change. Long
they just don't use the layering method at all. Here are some reasons:             range commuters (an hour or more enroute) report more
                                                                                   frequent use of layering. Rain gear is the exception. Most
1. Cyclists are loath to stop and change layers because it is                      ICEBIKERS will stop and don raingear if it starts to rain
      often the under layers that must be changed, seldom the
      top layer. If you are getting too warm, you will still want
      your wind proof layer (the top layer), so what you have                                                                         (Continued on page 6)
      to do is remove that, then remove one of the under lay-

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