In the world of cycling there are really no short cuts. To get faster, to have more endurance, to get more fit, you just have to spend time on the saddle. No one knows spending time on the saddle like our good friend Chase Frost. Read on as he tells us about his love for riding and how his recent Project One purchase has exponentially increased the amount of fun and success he has had on the road.
Tell us how you got into cycling and how you’ve progressed as a cyclist.
I started down the fitness road as a fairly overweight guy, approaching the big 3-0 and decided I didn’t want to be fat and old. So I started running with a local buddy, who dabbled in Tri. After a few months of running my buddy recommended I borrow a bike and go for a ride with him, the rest is history. I dabbled briefly in Triathlon, I hated to swim, I “kind of” loved the run, but man, when I was on the bike I was like a kid—pure love.
What’s the best thing about going with Trek's Project One?
My first bike “snot rocket” was a Trek Alpha 2.1 56cm. I learned a whole lot with this bike it had too much of everything, reach, stack, head tube, stem. It was just a big and clunky bike. I dabbled with stems and spacers and just couldn’t get it quite right. In 2016 I bought “Betty” an Emonda SL6 and really begin to focus on my position and being as efficient as I could on the bike. By the time I was ready to by the Madone, my fit was pretty much dialed in and I knew exactly what I needed and wanted. The best thing about P1 is it makes this process simple, and affordable. You can customize every detail imaginable, from bars to cranks, shucks they even let you choose which bar tape you prefer. Pretty awesome. I highly recommend it.
You’re a married man now. Congrats! Do you and your wife pedal together?
Yes Sir! Thanks! We do actually and have from the beginning of our relationship. One of the very first times we “hung out”, I invited her to a Tuesday night shop ride. She rocked up on a box store bike with flat pedals and tennis shoes, her longest ride in the previous year was like 10-15 miles, and we headed out on the “blue loop”. She was a trooper, finished the ride like a champ, but man did I hear about it later in the relationship. She now rides a Trek Emonda S6 “Pearl” and I must say, she is pretty strong cyclist.
What does your riding week look like at a glance?
I am a pretty routine person and the grind/structure and vanity of not missing any workouts, regardless of the conditions really makes me tick. I spend between 12-15 hours/week or 225-250 miles/week.
Through the week, I am on the bike no later than 5:30am and I am home by 7:00am or 7:30am.
Tuesday & Thursday: structured workout.
Wednesday & Friday :noodle for around 1.5-2hrs.
Saturday: We smash hard for 4-5 hours. It is painfully awesome, often times the last hour is spent in a pretty dark place, digging, clawing, turning yourself inside-out to find the end.
Sunday: SUNDAY MORNING WORLDS—ALDI—6am. This is the best ride of the week, everyone is trying to smash everyone. Everyone in the shoals should be at this one, it’s a blast!
Where’s the best place to ride in the Shoals?
Man, this is a very tough question to answer. In short: anywhere there are friends to ride with. We have a jamming awesome cycling community. There are TONS of options to ride every day, almost any time anyone wants. We have a pretty diverse terrain mix and we are fortunate to be able to ride flats or ups or rolling terrain anytime we want. I am a pretty big dude, I don’t go up very well but I really love to ride rolling terrain, the Mt. Mills-Wagnon Mt loop though Barton is a blast (after those wee little elevation spikes at the very beginning of both of them). I also love heading up Co Rd 7 or Butler Creek Road toward our neighbor state that is that horrible orange color. I will leave you with a Bordenism: there are no bad days on the bike.