Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tried racing a 'real' Crit this past week but that wasn't happening. I feel like my shoulder just is sitting at 80%. Repeated hard sprints out of the saddle were not very pleasant.

Luckily the last day of Prairie State was a very wide open 4 corner Crit making it easy on the sprinting. I just tried helping my teammate Brandon retake the overall lead in the series. Unfortunately he came up two points shy. Ryan, Andy and Brandon did great as they were the only ones really representing the whole series. 


I also got to spend some quality time with my friends on Logan's Roadhouse team. You think a 7hr flight and a 6hr time change would slow Birdman down but it didn't. After having an aggressive race he had a beer and was ready to party. 


It was good to have my shadow back. I was starting to think I was a vampire. 


After the last race I took my Canadian teammate Ryan to one of my favorite burger places, Fudruckers. Man was that great.


I rode around the bike path in Elk Grove like 100 times in the 3 days I was up there. After the 50th or so I decided I should take a picture. Some of these guys are massive. This picture would be harder to get in the wild. 


It's been great since I've been back as the weather has been more fall like as opposed to sitting in a sauna. Just laying in the grass with Madelyn the other night was so enjoyable after an exstensive chalk art outing. 


This weekend is local race and next weekend back up to Elk Grove with more laps on the bike path, oh and two races.  Yeehaw

Breeze On

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I ended up nervously and with a bit of hesitation starting the road race at nationals. I really loved my chances on the challenging course but really didn't think my body was up for it yet. It is a good thing that I did start as in the neutral section my teammate ended up breaking his cleat off his shoe. Since I wasn't feeling great about racing after it only being 3 weeks I popped off my right show, then the left show as that is the one he needed and handed it over. Glad I could help! Where's the car? 

Madelyn enjoying the hotel pool 

After following the race, helping the guys, thinking about what could have been we loaded up the car and headed for Michigan. It was a late night drive as we finally made it there at 3:30am. Luckily Matt came along and drove the last 90minutes. 

We went to Michigan to visit my family again. It was a great time. We spent a good amount of time at Jacks Bike Shop, went to the candy shop, Grandpa Tonys, fireworks, drummed , went for a ride with my dad to the state park, and ended the weekend with a BBQ with all the family at my brothers new house. It was great seeing everyone. 

Madelyn drumming with Papa Paul. 

Before the fireworks

Madelyn on Papa Pauls shoulders watching the fireworks. 

I love that Madelyn likes Thundercats. That was my favorite growing up. 

So after another late night drive home Sunday night it led to a long week. I had a hard time trying to catch up on sleep. Went out training on Tuesday and felt pretty bad, didn't feel much better Wednesday and ride was shortened due to storms. Felt better on Friday nights ride and decided on it that I should try to do the Indy Criterium the next day. 

So I did a morning spin, and then rode over that afternoon to the race. I felt much better about racing this weekend then last. Also with the wide open course figured it would be easy to cruise out of the mess. Wrong! 

Coming down to 10 to go I decided to start giving it a go. A break had got up the road and then I followed a move to get up to it. Ended up by myself chasing it, and the group up the road exploded and Liebo took off. I caught the other guys who were with him, but didn't get close to Liebo before the field was back on us a couple laps later. Coming into 4 to go I decided I take one more shot off the front before going off the back to stay out of trouble. I was going to wait for the wind section, but never made it as there was massive pile. As I fell I basically slid while holding up my left shoulder. That was scary and luckily I think I may be fine. 

I was testing myself to see if I could join the team this coming week at Prairie State, but thinking now I better wait. After the race I cleaned up, threw the broken stuff in the car and went out to Bru Burger with Katie's Dad and wife Susan, Katie, and Madelyn. Slammed down some nachos, onion rings, salad, and a burger.

Breeze On

Friday, July 05, 2013

Nationals

Out at nationals in Wisconsin. Came up with the family which is nice. Great to have them around.  But also enjoy that Katie is doing all the bottle duty and feed zone task. Such a huge help!

Here we are headed to the U23 road race first thing Wednesday morning. We weren't even at the race and they were already bored and sleeping.


Zach and Brandon getting ready to race. I was in the car following as director. I got my first fine as well as a director. $50 for a sticky bottle after helping Brandon get back to the caravan after a flat tire with 15km to go. It's a tough call, but you have to help your rider at nationals when there is so little to go. Only helped him get to caravan. Then he was on own to work his way up. 


When I'm not racing it gives me more time to help the younger guys and teach them some things. Apparently I need to start with some basics as to not putting your Garmin on backwards as Brandon had done. 


I thought I was pretty lazy, but the other day after eating lunch instead of having to walk around the capitol building to get back to the hotel the guys decided to walk through it as it would be a short cut. It was actually nice because you could walk in and see it without any problems. It was pretty spectacular, and Maddy enjoyed it.



Madelyn also had a lot more friends to play with. Matt who has been taking some time off enjoyed trading in his cleats for high heals, well at least he didn't mind.


Happy 4th of July


Not sure if I am recovered enough to race from my broken collarbone 3 weeks ago, but I have been ok enough to ride. Since Cortlan was registered for TT and didn't want to do it I'd figured rather then waste the entry I'd go give it a shot. With only clip ons and one good shoulder I did it. I wasn't last, but was no where close to the front. It felt good to make a hard effort again. Oh I however did have aero booties. 


Today is the road race. I've been going back and forth on this one and didn't sleep last night just thinking about it. I can ride and feel ok, but racing in a group of 200 on a challenging course is a completely different thing. It's not like it's my last chance to race ever so I might just skip it and not do anything stupid. 

Breeze On

Monday, July 01, 2013

Rainny

4 days till nationals. Hit a snag last night. After 3.5hrs of riding I was standing on a hill and had a "SRAM it" shift were I meant to go up a gear but instead went down two. It caused my weight to shift forward quickly and jam my arm up my shoulder. It was quite painful. Enough for me to go to the doctor today to get checked out again. He said it looked fine and to continue on as if it never happened. So I'm pressing on hoping to feel a bit better in 4 days.

The last three days have consisted of trying to avoid the rain storms. Where I've been riding they are easy to spot but still hard to avoid. I've been hit by them daily. 


On the home front we took Madelyn to the big movies to see Monsters University. She was so excited about the movie, popcorn, drink, candy, etc. she was so nice and let me finish off her box of Recess Pieces after she only had a few. 



Leaving for Wisconsin tomorrow. Pretty excited about helping the others for the U23 road race and the time trials. Get to take in my other position on the team as director. Luckily I'll have plenty of help from Mart, Andrew and my wife. 

Breeze On