Monday, December 31, 2007
I'm finally back at my house after being out on the bike for 6.5 hours and ride time just over 5. I am completely exhausted. I was in the pain cave for the last 45min of the ride. It was a wonderful day today. The temp was just around 42 and sunny. We once again had 8 riders which made the time fly by much quicker. We decided to go for the hilly route today. I imagine we climbed well over 1000 feet today when all said and done.
Started the morning off with a delicious coffee and muffin. Breakfast was soon followed by many snacks throughout the ride such as cliff bars, granola bars, peanut butter crackers etc. Todays ride was a blast but I am going to be feeling it later tonight and tomorrow.
It is time to shower and get ready for the evening. We have a long night ahead of us. Starting soon with margaritas at the local Mexican restaurant then followed my large amounts of beer and over alcoholic beverages. I really hope I survive tonight. Last year I spent the end of the evening hugging the toilet. Thats all for now I need to go roll out my legs and get a good stretch in before we head out.
Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe New Years!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I'm finally back down in Bloomington after a long restful winter break/time off. I got back yesterday afternoon. I enjoyed my journey down here because I got to drive me new wagon. I ended up getting a 2006 Subaru Legacy wagon. I love it!! I want to drive everywhere. Not as fast as my WRX but it gets much better gas mileage and has a ton of room. It was good to see my roomies and Chris/Kim yesterday. Its been a little while.
Woke up this morning after a uneasy sleep. I think it was due to my excitement for training camp. It has had been 2 weeks since I have been on the bike. We got to sleep in a little bit this morning and started the ride at the local coffee shop. I decided to go for the breakfast Burrito instead of the coffee this morning. We had a good size group of 8. We ventured west out of Bloomington. Tom took us on a sweet 4 hour ride. The speed was a little to fast for my liking, but I kept riding anyway. Seemed to get dropped on every climb. Weather was not to bad today, somewhere around 38 and cloudy. The ride is over and we are all relaxing around our house. I think we are going to take it easy tonight because we have a 5 hour ride ahead of us tomorrow and a night of hard boozing. Thats all for today, but check back for daily updates from our Bloomington training camp. I will leave with some pictures of the new Sram Red. Man I love that stuff. Im really impressed in how light and how well it works.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I am home for Xmas break and it is very relaxing. Although I have acquired a cold while I have been at home. Been working on my bikes a bunch. Getting the cross bikes ready for storage, putting red and new wheels on my supersix, and building up my fixy for the winter. Yesterday I came across a Legacy wagon which I think I am going to purchase on Friday. I want a bigger more fuel efficient car. Thats all for now. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.
Downers Grove Elite Cat 1 Race.
Hopefully new Car.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Props to Isaac for finishing one place in front of me on Saturday and finishing in the top 5 on Sunday. Props to Ryan for winning the B's race on Thursday and killing it on Sunday in the elite race and finishing 32nd. Not bad for starting in the last row. And my last shout out is to Tim Johnson who killed it for the Elite title. Page needed to be beat by a real American cross racer. I can't wait to see what Johnson will do with his kit next year with the stars and bars.
Season is over and I am back home in Evanston. I am going to take 2 weeks off and relax. Plan to eat a ton and drink my fair share of beer. I have had a long season and my body needs some well needed rest. I got a bunch of bike work to do on my bikes which I am looking forward to. I just got RED for my supersix which I am looking forward to installing tomorrow. Thats it for now. I will post pics of the bike with the new groupo and wheels later this week.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Race Time: Cold, Cold, Cold, man was it cold. I thought we were never going to start. Staging seemed to take forever. I was freezing my balls off. I had a great starting position in the 3rd row. Start went alright for me, even though I could not get clipped in. I was chasing hard up the right hand side of the road section and bang, hit a pot hole and flatted. However I did not figure out I had a flat until half way through my 2nd lap, because I was running such low psi. My fingers were hurting me more then anything today. They were frozen solid. I went into the first turn sitting 10th wheel which I was happy with. Everything just went down hill from there. Once I figured out my front tire was flat I yelled at Ryan to get in the pit and get my pit bike ready. For never doing a bike exchange, we killed it. I only lost a little bit of time. After my bike exchange I started falling off. I fell all the way back to 25th position. I was having so much trouble riding through the hard frozen mud. After hearing Ryan and Pam scream my ear off I got in the groove and started picking people off. I felt like I was flying. I wish I would have felt like that all race. I chased and chased all the way back up to 14th positon. Isaac was 13th and I came so close to catching him on the last lap. I just could not put in a big enough sprint on the road to get him. The race is over. I am finally starting to get warm and dry. The plan is to take a nap and spend some time wrenching on the bikes to get them ready for tomorrows Collegiete race. Cheers.
The Subaru with the cross bikes on top.
Monday, December 10, 2007
As for the race on Sunday, I showed up to a snowy/raining mess. I just missed the end of the 30+ race. Props to Lou for winning the state championships and clinching the overall 30+ series. It was cold and miserable. I lined up at the line next to all the Chicago bad asses. I was pissed to find out that Tristan showed up. I knew I was racing for 2nd place. Once the gun went off I went straight to the back. I could not get clipped in, so it took a couple laps to move up. I got up to 2nd place after the 3rd lap and put a big gap on some Sram factory dude. He then caught back up after I kept messing up in every corner. That is one thing I need to work on for next year is my technical skills. I sucked it up. The Sram dude rode away from me while I dug deep to try to bring him back, but I kept making mistakes. Ended up 3rd, I am happy with my result but really wanted 2nd. The course was so awesome, one of the most fun I have had on the cross bike all year. Can't wait for next year.
Finals are this week and I am getting ready for Nationals. Isaac, Pam, and I are leaving for Kansas on Friday morning so we can ride the course Friday evening. U23 on Saturday and Collegiate on Sunday. Weather is looking good. Cold and sunny. I'm out.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Storm The Greens CX
Pam Loves the Mud!!!!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
MTB bikes and L5 bikes
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I'm finally back home from a long Thanksgiving break. The 2nd day of Jingle Cross did not go as well as the first. I had an even better start on the second day though. I was neck and neck with Horner up the first run up, but then it went down hill from there. My back started seizing up bad. It was absolutely killing me. Then my legs and hands started to go, after watch people pass me one after another. Still ended up 17th which made me a little bit of cash. Isaac and I then had a 7 hour drive back to
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Man, where do I start? My alarm went off at 7:30 after being out drinking until 2am. Isaac picked me up soon after that. We hit the road to
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I finally did it, my first post on my new blog. Recently I have been feeling the urge to start a blog. It seems like the cool thing to do these days so I am going to give it a shot. Props to Ryan for helping get it all started. I am at home for Turkey Day in Etown. Weather here is horrible 40 and raining. Decided it was not the best idea to do a cross ride, because I feel a cold coming on. I look forward to eating massive amounts of food tomorrow and consuming a large amount of nice beer which I picked up today with my brand spanking new ID I got from the DMV. I got my new Challenger tire glued on to my Ksyrium yesterday. Hopefully I will not roll it at Jingle Cross. That's all I got for today but I will leave with a photo of last weeks finish. I will have more on Jingle Cross next week after I get my ass kicked by Horner and Wells.