Saturday, August 30, 2008

Just sitting in the hotel watching Michigan football in Greenville. One more day till the big event of the year. It will be interesting to see how tomorrow unfolds. All I know is my fitness is where I'd like it be and all I can do is go out there and lay it on the line. Fortunately I will have a few good teammates in the race and I know we can get the job down. You don't need 13 teammates when you have Clayton, Robbie, and Jon.

So I've been riding around Greenville with my dad and he's been enjoying his time following me around. If you could have only seen him yesterday climbing up Caesars head after 40 miles of riding. He's never looked better! After he made the 7 mile climb in an astonishing time of 52 minutes it was time for our picnic lunch on top with the wives.



A nice set of rapids coming down the river. Very tempting in the hot weather down here to jump in.



The family at the top of Caesars Head. I really don't have a mohawk.



The view is spectacular. I so want to live down here.

Wish me luck!

Breeze On

Monday, August 18, 2008

It's been a whirlwind the past few weeks as I have been coming and going constantly. 3 out of 4 times was just up to the Chicago area, but still it's been crazy. It feels good though to be out racing every weekend and getting some racing legs in just in time for one of the biggest goals of the year, the US Pro Road Race. Only two weeks to go!



Geronimo and I heading up in the van to Chicago. We made the trip 3 times in the past 4 weeks. In between he headed off to Portland for vacation and while there won the Portland Twilight Crit and I headed to Rochester and well.... at least I felt good and am reading to go for USPRO.



I don't think I've ever posted a picture of my team bike for this season. So here it is out for a morning ride in good ole Bay City.



I also have been keeping busy by babysitting. Of course to tell you the truth I think Lucy and Spongebob Squarepants do most of the work.

Breeze On

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Currently at the Rochester Omnium sitting in the hotel room with the old man and Billy. That's right Billy is actually not the old man in the room.

Just like last week I'm trying to find things to occupy my time and pass the day away as I wait for a race to begin later in the day. It's even worse this time with the criterium not starting till 8:30 tonight. Billy and I will be heading out for a spin as soon as my personal mechanic or dad as I like to call him changes some tires around for me. What a great guy.

Yesterday was the tt and that went alright, but of course I finished just outside of the top 20 by a second. So I didn't score any points towards the overall, since it's a stage race based on points. Isn't that how it just seems to workout sometimes. Of course someone had to finish 23rd, and why not me.

Ok I better go my ace mechanic has lost his touch along with two tubes in transition of the tires so I better go and help before I have nothing.

Breeze On

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

It's August and that could only mean one thing, it's Crit season. Ahh crit season, time to find some fast twitch muscles for sprinting barred underneath a season's worth of slow twitch muscle build up. Good thing there is plenty of green to go for to make it all worth it.

This past weekend Geronimo and I flew the Rite Aid p/b Shebell & Shebell colors again up to the Chicago area for a weekend of racing around Elk Grove Village. With thousands upon thousands of dollars up for grabs we were hoping to get a slice of the pie along with some good ole racing fun.

First up was the time trial that was 4 miles long with a few 180's in it to boot. I had a horrible time trial as I was on a borrowed tt bike that I rode once and was basically just walking around the corners. No biggie, no matter how comfortable I was I would have never came close to the winning time.

The next day was officially called a road race, but more or less was the longest crit I've ever down, which was made even longer by the officials making us do an extra 8 mile lap. What's the difference between 100 and a 108 miles, especially when you are averaging over 26mph. No biggy. The big surprise was that with all the money up for grabs there were only 57 starters, which I believe made the racing tougher. It seemed more aggressive and there were more gaps to fill. I was able to be get in the front split of the race and go for the win, but unfortunelty 15 others beat me to the line. A crash in the last 500 meters that took out Horner really changed up the sprint.

The following day was a sprint training workout. As the break went on lap two Toyota went straight to the front and kept the pace quick. I tried to keep up front to keep the according effect to a minimial, but after Toyota, it was Bissell, then Kelly, then Jelly Belly, then Successfull Living, and before you knew it you were at the back sprinting pretty good out of ever corner. I did this for half the race before deciding to go to the front and work a bit to bring back the break, get some really good training in and to stop sprinting so hard for a bit. Geronimo was set up in a good position for the sprint, but a gap opened in the last corner and with a bit of crampy in the sprint he was just out of a really good finish.

Well all in all it was a good weekend of racing and it should set us up for the next couple of weeks of more crit racing. Although next weekend from what I hear the Rochester road race should actually be a very challenging road race. Should be another solid weekend of racing.

I wonder if Geronimo likes Portland, Oregan or Brownsburg, Indiana better?

Breeze On