Boy has the past couple of weeks flown by. The weather turned ridable and so I took complete advantage of that and got some good riding in. With also having the new baby at home, and spending more time on the bike, time certainly flew by the past two weeks. Other then riding Madelyn's and I schedule was pretty much the same: eat, sleep, and poop.
I was also able to finally get some good quality time in with teammates Rob and of course Birdman. It's just not the same riding without Chad right behind me talking trash. They are both riding so good right now, and from what I hear about the rest of our guys it's going to be an awesome year.
Training camp is fast approaching now. It's only a month away. I'm looking forward to meeting my new teammates, reacquainting with the old ones, and of course receiving all the awesome sponsor products we get. We get the best products available. Be sure to check them out.
The biggest news so far would be that we are 47 days till the Tour of Taiwan, of which the Kenda Pro Cycling Team p/b GearGrinders has announced their roster. Chad Hartley (USA), Jake Rytlewski (USA), Jonny Sundt (USA), Phil Gaimon (USA) and Stefano Barberi (BRA).It's going to be a killer squad. One of, if not the biggest race of the year for Kenda is the first. We are going there to win, and will give it our all.
Look for a lot more info soon. Such as more on training, videos, and sponsor products as they come in.
This past week was the longest week I've ever down, or at least it felt like it. Here is an arial shot of the monotonous route ridden every day. It was the only route that was cleared of snow and over 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
I can't remember a week as bad as the one we just had. It was pretty much the same for everyone everywhere.
Ok enough with the bad week because I'm moving forward. Today was the first day of the new year that I rode my bicycle outside. What a concept, and how much more fun it is to ride outside. Still it wasn't glamorous or above freezing, but the next few weeks look like they should be. Birdman and I will be able to continue are friendly rivalry this week. Although I'd have to admit I'm a bit nervous as he showed up the other day with cycling tan lines. He clearly wasn't riding where I was riding.
Our team camp is approaching fast and so is our first race, Tour of Taiwan. Hopefully the bad weather will stay away.
The Michigan Mountain Biking Association is having their annual meeting January 31st in Lansing, Michigan. There will be a lot going on these year at the annual event. Some of the highlights include
• RIDE Indoors- there will be an indoor riding arena • Guest Speaker Dave Wiens, 6-time Leadville 100 winner • Awards for CPS, First Across Finish Line & Volunteers of the year • Learn what your chapter is doing at the yearly review talks • Pre-expo Blizzard race • Swap Meet • Michigan Youth Cycling Junior Rider of the Year Scholarship Presentation.
Also this year their will be two more special guest appearances, they include yours truly and the actual special guest Frankie Andreu of the Kenda Pro Cycling Team p/b GEARGRINDER. We have been talking with Joe Lekovish, currently the most passionate guy about Michigan Cycling, and he invited Frankie and I up to do somethings at this years meeting. We will be doing a Q&A, presenting the award for the Michigan Youth Cycling, and just general chit chatting afterwards. Also depending on the weather maybe going for a ride afterwards. Maybe we could also sign a Kenda jersey and or skinsuit and action it off giving the proceeds to the scholarship award for next year.
I have yet to ride my bike outdoors this year! Some brutally cold weather has settled in and seems to be making itself rather comfortable. I'm not in the only area dealing with the cold as much of the nation is, but cold in the south would relate to seasonal in the north. I've been just hoping for temperatures to reach 25 so I could get out, but they've been barely flirting with 20. Tomorrow seems like a decent day and might hit 25, so I think I'll finally get out for a ride. Of course that night we are expecting snow to start falling and could receive any where between 4-7 inches. Go ahead pile it on winter.
So I've been sweating like a old man in a sauna just trying to keep some fitness I had put in before Christmas. Luckily for me I'm fortunate enough to own a set of TruTrainer rollers. Thanks for giving me a set Jeff. I've had them for a few years and they do make riding indoors a lot better then regular rollers or trainers. If I'm going to be stuck inside much longer I might have to ask about their new set that has even more resistance for higher wattage intervals.
This season is sure creeping up fast. I don't know whether it's the fact I had a few winter races to focus on, the baby, or the fact that Kenda Pro Cycling has a countdown to the Tour of Taiwan posted on their twitter everyday. The number keeps getting smaller and the weather just seems to get worse. I believe we are almost under 70 days now. I'd better get sweating.
I have yet to ride my bike outside this year, and it's looking like it could be a few more days. A winter cold blast has settled in the area. If there every was good time I guess it would be now as the birth my daughter came last weekend, and there is so much that goes into that, I've put cycling on the back burner for a few days.
We came home from the hospital on Tuesday and my parents came down for a few days to visit. We have had relatives over just about everyday. Most of them have brought over dinner which has been really awesome. Yesterday Katies mom visited for a few hours, and Katie and I both did the same thing, took a nap. We are just starting to get into the groove now of taking turns getting up, and sharing the work load.
Come Monday it's all back to business as it will be only 70 some days till Taiwan. (You can check Kendaprocycling on Twitter for the official count) I've been really happy with my offseason training so far and the last week has been a nice little break before it's full on once again. Also Chad is back from Florida. Yeah Boy!