Tag archive for ‘lee waldman’

  • Preparedness – A Column By Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman temporarily trades in his cyclocross bike for a spin on his mountain bike. © Lee Waldman

    Over the past two seasons almost everything about my preparation for cyclocross has gone through a dramatic change. And so far every step I’ve taken has yielded positive results. Now, at 61 I know I’m faster and technically better than ever. That knowledge gives me a lot of confidence going into this season with my goal of a good showing in Louisville at Masters Worlds in January 2013.

  • In The Saddle With Rob Brandt, Racer and Brand Manager For Stevens Bikes

    Brandt tears it up on the course. Photo courtesy of Rob Brandt

    When I began working with Rob Brandt, the brand manager for Stevens Bikes, I had lots of questions. Rob graciously took time away from a busy work life to provide me with answers. Some of the things he said surprised me, some confirmed my long-held opinions. I found Rob to be bright, insightful, and open. He told me about himself; how he came to cycling; about ’cross bikes; about ’cross in general – it’s present state and it’s future; even a bit about Stevens, the company he represents.

  • Transitions: A Column By Lee Waldman

    Lee at the USGP in Fort Collins last year. Photo courtesy of Lee Waldman

    Well, it’s finally happened! It was inevitable although it took quite a while! I’ve been completely transformed from a died in the wool roadie to an irrevocably addicted off road rider. I no longer crave hours of asphalt, instead I wake up in the morning thinking about single track climbs and rhythmic swooping descents.

  • 30 Years And Counting – A Column By Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman at Ridgeline Rampage. Photo Courtesy of Lee Waldman

    It’s sometimes hard for me to get my head around this fact but, I’ve been racing cyclocross for over 30 years! That statement has me sitting at my keyboard shaking my head and laughing at myself. What is the world keeps me coming back? My last column explored the question of motivation. Here’s the next one: After doing cross for so long, what have I learned about how to get ready for the season? There are a few things that I’ve recently added to my list, and then there’s the processes that I’ve followed for years just to make sure I’m ready the first time I step off the bike and shoulder it over that first set of barriers.

  • Tough Questions – A Column By Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman temporarily trades in his cyclocross bike for a spin on his mountain bike. © Lee Waldman

    First week of June and what we laughingly call Spring here on the Colorado Front Range has instantly transformed into summer. A week ago we were thrilled to see temperatures in the high 60s, now we’re into the 90s. Two weeks ago I was planning my training rides so that they would fall in between the inevitable 2:30 rainstorm that showed itself just as I was ending my teaching day. That’s a distant memory already. Now I’m frantically searching for sleeveless jerseys and sunscreen. 14 days ago I had to dig deep to find the motivation to roll out the door, today I’m chomping at the bit. Yeah, I hate to admit it since it seems so inconsistent with cyclocross racing, but I’m not a foul weather trainer. Racing in the mud, snow, rain … no problem. Looking out my window on flooded streets and thinking about spending the next two hours in the elements … not my fave.

  • Lessons Learned – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman temporarily trades in his cyclocross bike for a spin on his mountain bike. © Lee Waldman

    It was just last year when I wrote that short-track mountain bike racing was the key to preparing for the upcoming ’cross season. Not racing the road, I still wanted to keep that edge that only real racing can give you. So, I turned to the C.U. Cycling Short Track Series. The fit seemed perfect -short, intense races that mimicked the effort and style of cyclocross racing. Because they were short, they allowed for more training on race days. I’ve added something else. Something even more intense and painful in it’s own way. Endurance racing.

  • Waxing Poetic – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman already focusing on improving for next season © Annette Hayden, MountainMoonPhotography.com

    This week, Masters racer and Cyclocross Magazine columnist Lee Waldman takes some time to take off the helmet and put on the philosopher’s hat – but not for long. If you missed it, be sure to check out Lee’s previous column…

  • Masters Worlds Promoter Interviews – A column by Lee Waldman

    Masters Worlds Jersey

    Masters racer and Cyclocross Magazine columnist Lee Waldman has been investigating Masters Worlds from a variety of angles. Today he brings you part three, interviewing a few of the folks helping shape the rules for the 2012 Masters World Championships…

  • Off-Season Reflections – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman in the drops, working on skills in a short track MTB race © Annette Hayden, MountainMoonPhotography.com

    This week, Masters racer Lee Waldman brings us his reflections on the offseason, and some critical inspection of his own weaknesses on the bike. If you missed it, be sure to check out Lee’s last column on Masters Worlds. OK…

  • Masters Worlds Interviews – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters Worlds Jersey

    Masters racer Lee Waldman comes to us this week with part two of his reflections on Masters Worlds and his hope to perform well at Loiusville next year. This week, Lee puts his question to the racers that were there…

  • Cyclocrossers – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman reflects on what makes us ’crossers separate from the rest of the herd. Missed Lee’s last column? Catch up on his opinions about the Nationals’ schedule. by Lee Waldman It takes a certain frame of mind…

  • Nationals Ruminations – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer and regular contributor Lee Waldman has some thoughts to air out about the 2010 Cyclocross National Championships. The opinions expressed belong to Lee and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Cyclocross Magazine. But we at CXM do…

  • The View From the Inside – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer checks in with a report on his Nationals experience and a look back at the entire, glorious season. Missed Lee’s last column? Catch up on his opinion on 2010 Cyclocross rule changes. by Lee Waldman Most ’cross races…

  • An End of Season Reflection on New Rules – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman takes a look at this year’s rule changes and shares his personal opinions, with the benefit of a year of hindsight. Agree with him? Disagree? Drop a comment below. Missed Lee’s last column? Catch up on…

  • Masters Dopers? – A Column by Lee Waldman

    How prevalent is doping in the Masters’ ranks? Recent events have have gotten CXM columnist Lee Waldman a-wonderin’. Missed Lee’s last column, where he looks at how to beef up cornering skills? Catch up here. by Lee Waldman Now things…

  • Corner Faster and Keep Your Speed – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman is still learning plenty of new tricks. This time it’s one simple tip that may revolutionize his racing – applying force and counter-steering through corners. Missed Lee’s last column, where reality comes crashing down and he…

  • Racing Starts and Reality Hits – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman starts his season strong before reality comes crashing down, and he takes a minute to reflect on the courses – and course designers – that he prefers. Missed Lee’s last column, where he makes the official…

  • Transitions and Temptations – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Waldman, racing for the love of it © Annette Hayden

    Masters racer Lee Waldman makes the official transition from road to cyclocross bike. Lust for new bike bits and perhaps a super-charged body get in his way, but Sheryl Crow, and Lennon & Yoko see him through. Missed Lee’s last…

  • An Interview with Jason Gardner, the Genie-Wrench Behind Jinji Cycles

    by Lee Waldman One of the people who made my ’cross season last year run so smoothly was my mechanic, Jason Gardner, owner of Jinji Cycles. I love his motto: “Engineering a higher standard in bicycle maintenance and repair.” It…

  • Ride Like It’s Your Last – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Masters racer Lee Waldman is fumbling his way through technique tune-ups and working on keeping his chin up as the cyclocross season looms. Along the way, he’s found new inspiration. If you missed Lee’s previous column, where he compares middle…

  • Lessons Learned – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Regular columnist Lee Waldman watches hole shot battles unfold in corridors of the middle school where he teaches, continues his own quiet, steady progress and gets ready for another cyclocross season. In case you missed Lee’s previous column about “The…

  • The Most Important Thing – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman derives his inspiration from a myriad of sources. As a teacher, it may not surprise you that his most recent motivator was a children’s book – The Important Book. He saw a parallel there, and it wasn’t hard…

  • Borders − a Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman discusses crossing borders, pushing boundaries and loving cyclocross – and life. In case you missed it, go back and check out Lee’s previous column as he talks about using a coach and…

  • Using a Coach and Enjoying the Ride – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Lee Waldman in the drops, working on skills in a short track MTB race © Annette Hayden, MountainMoonPhotography.com

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman has been using a coach, getting focused and learning to enjoy his racing. In case you missed it, go back and check out Lee’s previous column as he interviews his wife about…

  • Married to the Bike? Masters Racer Lee Waldman Interviews His Wife

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman takes a look behind the scenes of bike racing life by interviewing his wife about being married to an obsessed cyclocrosser and mountain biker. In case you missed it, go back and…

  • Making Excuses and Smiling like George – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman comes up with some darned excuses for any potential misfires, but has a smile at the ready to see him through the dark times in races. In case you missed it, go…

  • Bike Racing as a Vehicle for Giving Back – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman takes a minute to reflect on the charmed life than many of us cyclists live, and ways in which we could give back. Call it altruism, or maybe it’s a selfish act…

  • To the Short Track for Skills and Anaerobic Pain – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman ramps up the intensity, courtesy of a short track MTB race in Colorado. In case you missed it, go back and check out Lee’s previous column as he Relearns Old Lessons. by…

  • A 50-mile MTB Race Reteaches Old Lessons – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman gets the chance to relearn basic lessons, courtesy of a 50-mile MTB race in Colorado. In case you missed it, go back and check out Lee’s previous column as he stays Motivated…

  • Motivated through Life’s Twists and Turns – A Column by Lee Waldman

    Cyclocross Magazine columnist and Masters racer Lee Waldman takes a moment to reflect on motivation in the face of uncooperative Colorado spring weather as well as what’s truly important in his life. In case you missed it, go back and…



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