Matt Donahue

Thursday, July 27, 2006

This is depressing
I really hope this is simply a natural occurance. Is it possible for someone to have elevated levels of testosterone randomly? What about elite athletes? Is their body chemistry such that it can have strange levels at times?

This is an interesting post on an MSNBC message board.
What I get out of this article is that essentially everyone in pro cycling is doing some sort of doping in order to recover. Human growth hormone, EPO, blood doping, testosterone, different kinds of doping, all mimicking what your body naturally produces but in greater amounts.

IS EVERYONE doing it? If so, why test? Why not just regulate it so that it is legal? It seems like the sport is crumbling.

Floyd's mom is not happy.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Wednesday at Wakefield #2

I wrote up a little report from last week's Wednesday at Wakefield race.

It's posted on our team blog/site

I am working on a report for this past weekend's racing, 2 big races, Girro di Coppi and Michaux #2 The Curse of Dark Hollow.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


After a frustrating day of home improvement on Saturday, I was granted a permission slip to skip out on kitchen rennovation duties and head down to Front Royal for a big road ride.

I joined Evan and Judd for the ride, and we left DC at 7:00AM on the nose. The weather was good, sunny, warm but not too humid. We started in Front Royal, headed down the Fort Valley past Elizabeth Furnace to Luray, climbed up to Skyline drive and rode back to Front Royal.

It was a sweet ride: 84 miles, about 10,000 feet of climbing, and ample suffering over 4 and a half hours. Although whipped afterwards, I did feel good during the ride and was happy with actually being able to keep up with these guys this year (last year I suffered significantly on the climbs and fell way behind).

This basically marks the ramp up training for the Shenandoah Mountain 100 in September.