Thursday, December 21, 2006

Here was last weeks favorite ride. I call it my Big Hurricane Hill Route. I head south into the hills from the apartment and use what I refer to as the Western Ridge. It falls West of highway 37&67 and isn't that far south, ense the western ridge. There are some nice roads and like most of the area south of Indiana, you really are in the back country. Here is an image from Google Earth of one of the harder sections which finishes at 40km into the ride. It is a 7km stretch, with 3 decent sizes climbs. (decent for where I am)

Here is an elevation chart for those who are interested in that type of thing. Not to bad for being in Indiana.

Thanks for riding
Breeze On
Christmas time is fast approaching. Luckily I finished my chirstmas shopping today, which by chance I also started today. I pretty much know what I need going in, and that leads to my success of my quickness in shopping. I try not to stray in ideas and use the Internet to get ideas of what and where I need to get things. I hope everyone enjoys their gifts!

So if your just curious to know where I will be come February 2nd through the 4th, I will be in the Bahamas. We have been invited to race the Tour of Bahamas which include a 5km time trial, a 100km circuit race, and a 165km circuit race to finish it off. So Im pretty excited to get some sun, and ride around in light weather gear. So the season is going to be getting off to an early start. It just so happens the week after is the infamous Schabable Road Race in Kentucky.

I know one present I am getting this year that will be coming from the brown santa clause (aka UPS man) in a few days and that is my new team bicycle. There is nothing like getting a new road bike. Its a Merlin CR 3/2.5 Works, which is a titanium compact frame bicycle. I've never owned a titanium bicycle and I keep hearing good things about them. Im really excited to get on it and put plenty of miles on it. I'll let you all know how it is.

Katie, Lucy and I are loading up the astro on Monday and heading up to Michigan. I'm going to go home and rock out some more with my father on the drums. Its going to be sweet. I've been practicing pretty consistently for the past month or so and think I have made some improvements. We will see what everyone thinks. Im also going to do some riding, so if anyone whats to ride, contact me and let me know. I think Im going to try to get a group together on one of the days. Here is a route that looks like fun. Route. For those who want to do more, Im sure I can arrange another loop to the east.

Thanks for reading
Breeze On

Sunday, December 17, 2006

It's almost been a hiatus from the blogging world, but not quite. I have the same good reason for not blogging as everyone else, its been way to nice this week to sit in front of the computer for extend amounts of time, plus I've had to teach. Well of course if you can call what I have been doing the past few days teaching.

Let's see a couple of days ago I subbed for another chorus class, but this time instead of them singing, I played a movie. We watched Olive the other reindeer. It really wasn't that bad of a movie, of course I never caught the end and I had to see the same part 6 times in a row. Then of course the next day started of the same with a movie and only seeing the first 45 minutes, but this time I caught the end by watching during lunch. I had to finish it, or it would have killed me.

Tonight we had Christmas at Katie's grandpas and I really like getting together with family. I even got a stocking from her grandpa with out officially being part of the family yet. They all have been so great of excepting me already, which is an awesome thing.

So I guess other then that I've got some nice rides in this week with the beautiful weather we have been having. Basically all it is, is a tease, because soon enough, wham its going to be -30. So I'm bracing myself.

So that's its for now. For those who are traveling over this holiday season be safe.

Thanks for reading
Breeze On

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Here is this weeks "Ride of the Week"

Heard of these mountain bike trails near my appartment, never really checked them out to this week. Are they not only close as in less then a minute to ride across the field, but they are pretty sweet. I thought they would be pretty lame but there are plenty of cool obstacles and ups and downs, and other things that make mountain bike trails cool. Well as cool as they could be in the midwest. Here are some photos from the trail.

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Breeze On

Friday, December 08, 2006

Check out these picks of my new teammate. I think he may have some potential.
He is the one to the right of Petacchi finishing 5th in the last stage of the Giro in 04

how bout this finishing second to zabel in a 1.1 in Germany.

Along with Alejandro Barrajo and the rest of my new teammates should be an exciting year.

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Breeze On

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I was just waiting for the news to hit cyclingnews.

Breeze On!
Two words: Tator Tots. Thats right the benefits of substitute teaching include sweet cafeteria food, such as todays todays Tator tots. Definitely a favorite. They also had Domino's Pizza, which I guess is a special because all of my kids could not believe I didn't get the pizza. I tried to explain to them that I, unlike them, could get dominos any time I wanted because believe it or not I'm a grown up. So the teaching gig is still going real well. No big problems yet.

Well got my car fixed, new headlight, fixed my muffler, its my birthday. (Gieko commercial) I couldn't get it out of my head today as I did all of that, and not to mention it really was my birthday.

Thanks everyone of the wishes and cards. Katie even took me to get Chinese, even though she doesn't like it at all. I love it and dont get it that often since she doesn't like it so much. She also got me a sweet Nintendo DS, so if your ever on-line and are looking for someone to play let me know and im up for throwing down.

So the word is officially out about what I will be doing in the upcoming season racing with the Rite Aid Pro Cycling Team. I am very excited about the upcoming year and the opportunities this provides me with. We have a solid team and watch out for us this upcoming season. I'm very happy they have given me the opportunity to race with them. Check out my schedule page for a tentative schedule. I can't wait to get back at and see all my racing buds. See you all soon.

Thanks for reading,
Breeze On

Rite Aid Pro Cycling for 2007

The Rite Aid Pro Cycling team has strengthened it's team for 2007, signing is Alejandro Barrajo, a rider from the Miche team, who garnered seven top ten finishes in the 2004 Giro d' Italia, including a third place to Alessandro Petacchi in stage 6, and also took second place to Eric Zabel in the 2005 Rund um den Henniger Turm. The Argentinian's most recent result was a win in the 2006 South American Road Championship this past November.

New signings
Sebastian Alexander (Colavita)
Ian Ayers (Colavita)
Jake Rytlewski (Priority Health)
Mike Norton (NERAC/, in stage races and tough one day races. From
Bill Elliston (Target Training)
Stephan Kincaid (Meredith Group)
Clayton Barrows

Brad Viera
Ryan DeWald and
Josh Taylor.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

I can't believe it, I've only been subbing for 6 days now and I'm already being typed casted. I'm about to embark into my 3rd day into a social studies class. It's ok because it isn't that bad, and plus tomorrow is only a half day. So far I haven't had any big issues and I just hope nobody ever gets to crazy.

So lucky for us I think we are going to miss this significant snow storm going around. It appears that it is going to skirt us to the west and north. I just don't think I'm ready to deal with snow, even though the temperatures are going to plummet. It's been in the sixties and doesn't appear that it is going to be getting out of the 30's for a while. So here we go the winter is about to truly begin, and Im not dreaming of a white Christmas.

Well I think its time to start racing again and why not this weekend. I'm going to jump into my first cross race of the season this Saturday down at the Velodrome. It's the annual night cyclocross race. So that means a good ride in the morning/afternoon followed by the festivities in the evening.

Ok I guess that's about it for now. The announcement on my team shall be made shortly so stay tuned.

Thanks for reading
Breeze On

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sorry for the disapperance for a while, but I have some bad news. My Mimi (dads mother) passed away this thanksgiving. It was very sad, but she was able to pass on with the most of the family at her side. I will always remember her. Luckily my mother had a little Thanksgiving dinner a couple of weeks ago and I was able to make it up to see her and the family. She had a very good time and we talked for a while. I'll never forget how she use to say she would stick her cane in other riders bike if they tried to beat me. To bad she couldnt get the other 100 or so riders. I'll miss you mimi.

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Breeze On!

Monday, November 20, 2006

I've officially entered the work force again, short of. Friday was my first day of subsitute teaching. I had to subsitute in a 5th grade class. I have to admit I pretty much had no idea what to do seeing as it was my first day and all, but everything ran rather smoothly and I have a few more days of subsituting already lined up.

Once I wrote my name on the board, the kids instanly asked if they could just call me Mr. R. and of course I agreed that was a good idea. Even when one of the teachers aids came in for a bit and the kids told her I was Mr. R. she looked at the board and agreed. I haven't really been around kids that often and this was the first time in a while and they do and say alot of interesting things. Take this one kid for instance who told me he as getting a hair cut in exactly 5hrs after looking at his new pocket watch, which so happen to be the same kid that was wicked excited about how is pen wrote in pink.

So, so far it seems like a pretty good job with getting out early enough to get some riding in and its not everyday, and no weekends. Its a pretty sweet gig for the offseason. I have my next job tomorrow at the high school filling in for a music teacher. Maybe I should tell them I play the drums, or at least pretend like I know how. I am learning though.

Did some decent riding over the weekend I guess. Sunday wasn't that great actually as it rained early in the day and cleared for a moment and that is when I decided to go out, but at soon after getting out the skyes darkened again and started to sleet. Not the nicest weather. This week is suppose to be pretty nice which is sweet.

Im getting pretty sick of the Lions loosing. I keep saying they should win because they have been playing bad teams, but I think Im finally coming to the realization that maybe that to are not a good team, of course there record shows. I just hope they have a great game on thursday because it has turned out to be my favorite game of the entire year. Its basically their only national televised game and I get pumped for it.

To bad Michigan lost to Ohio State. That sucks, they did keep it close though and kept fighting. I can't believe the big plays they gave up which completely killed them. Cleary Ohio State and Michigan are the best teams in the country. The way I feel about the situtation is that the National Championship game is ment for the best and second best team in the country to compete for the championship and that would be Ohio State and Michigan. Basically the game this past weekend was the national championship that Ohio State got home field advantage for. I would love to see a rematch for the National Championship on a nuetral site, but it seems like nobody will let that happen, even though in theory it should. But it all doesnt matter because in a month and half when the teams will meet it truly wont be the same teams with that much time off.

Ok I better be getting ready for school tomorrow. The high school starts early at 7:20 so I better go to bed in a few minutes. I have to get in the music mind set.

Thanks for reading,
Breeze On

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Look at this two post in the same week. Once again I think Im going to try to keep up with this blogging thing. I am continuing my work on the revamping of and it shall be up in and running in a week or so. I want to make sure everything is going to be working properly.

Yesterday I went for a little spin with Swain to recon the Depauw Road Course. Even though I will not be racing it, and we have raced raced it twice before, it was nice to get out to an old race course. Its a pretty sweet loop around Heritage Lake without any stops or turns, it has some gental rollers, and the pavement is reletively smooth. It's a good place to go out and do intervals, when that time comes. We did happen to see a group of riders heading the other way on our way in who asked us to join them, but seeing as it was almost dark we decided it was safer to just get home before dark. So whoever you are maybe next time.

Apparently Marian is really expecting to develop their cycling program. Check it out here: Indoor Cycling Training Center.

It all seems very cool, and I bet at a place like Lees Mcrae it could be awesome since they already have the foundation of a great cycling program. Marian has two types of riders as I see it right now. Those who are good, but really rather do their own thing, and those who dont even care about training and just like the scholorship. Maybe this new facility, if really ever built will bring in the riders. Its a great place for a cycling school with the velodrome right across the street and all, but the way I see the program right now it is heading for a wall. Maybe things will chance by next year with some new riders that will fit into Marian colleges little moled of a perfect student. No such thing.

I could keep going on this forever, but i will save it for another blog another time. I hardly scratched the surfice on this one. Some may ask why I even care I graduated and am moved on. I care because I think collegiate cycling is a good thing and can be even better, but with the inside info I have on Marian I see a once great school for cycling being one without a team at all. Its a darn shame.

Thanks for reading
Breeze On

Monday, November 13, 2006

The offseason is pretty boring. Not much to write about. Let me see if I can give a quick run down of whats been going on.

I got a powertap the other day to help with my training so I could be like Floyd (without the suspicion). But then while riding it the other day the hub froze and the wheel stopped spinning in the middle of a ride. Not only was the powertap broke, but in the process the axel tore into the dropouts of the bike and ruined the frame. Great! So now I am in the process of taking care of that.

This past weekend I went back up to Michigan to spend sometime with the family. I left Indy at about 3pm and it was 72. When I arrived in Michigan it was 37 and raining and before I knew it, it was sleeting and a thunderstorm. Craptacular. While up there we had a prethanksgiving feast which was made by my mother and was fabulous. I ate so much.

I recieved my substitute teaching certificate in the mail the other day, so now I am ceritified to substitute teach. I have a meeting on thursday to go over the handbook and then they will be free to call me when they need someone. Im pretty excited to get started with this. I will be subbing for grades 5-8.

A few more exciting things have happened in the past few days, but I can not talk about them right now. But let me just say I am very excited about them. As soon as I can let you know I will. So be sure to check back. I am also fixing my website so that will be down for a while. I had to switch many things, but it will be up and running again soon enough. Better then before and with more updates.

Thanks for reading
Breeze On!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Finally I remembered to take a camera on a ride with me. So I have a few photos from it. There really aren't any stories to go along with them, but its a lot better then me just talking about a ride I did.

One of my favorite roads:

No getting caught by a train here:

I've never realized how dangerous it was for us to be out on the roads till I saw this picture someone took of me while I was out:

Well other then that I turned in my paperwork to the local school district to become a substitute teacher. I'm pretty excited about that. I just can't get away from school. Other then that Lucy still stares at the shadows on the walls, and there seems to be end to that phase. It's the silliest thing I have ever seen.

How bout the tigers and lions, both are currently winning, of course the Tigers on a much larger scale. But for the past few years any wins for the Lions seems to be a great feat. At least they don't loose the way the Cardinals do, not that they wouldn't blow a lead like that, but the fact that they don't usually play nationally televised games so everyone could see.

Thanks for reading,
Breeze On

Sunday, October 15, 2006

DOES ANYONE HAVE AN 8 SPEED SHIMANO STI SHIFTER they would like to sell to me?

Well not much going on here, just continuing to ride. Saturday I did my new cool route again with Jeff Carl. Man it is just a sweet ride that really can put the hurt on. Anyone intersted in riding it with me in two weekends? I need to get pictures, I forgot to take my camera this past time, but I will next time. I need to put more pictures up to make this blog more interesting.

I guess thats it for now.

Thanks for reading,
Breeze On

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

All I have to say is that if you are not my dad, Swain, or myself you missed one heck of a ride. The Breezer True Hilly Hundred was one heck of a course and turned out better then I could have ever imagined. And the beautiful weather we had definently didn't hurt.

The route consisted of 13 climbs, of which 4 where dirt, a few other dirt sections, and plenty of single lane country roads. And there even was a starbucks at the start, for those who are into that type of thing. It was a truly epic ride. We had a nice stop in Nashville, which was hopping with thousands of people to see the half way sprint into the gas station. My dad took the win on that one as he was able to squeeze between a person in a wheelchair, and an overweight fella in an amigo.

We had only a few hold ups with flats with Swain getting two and myself with one, which wasn't my fault at all, it was a mix of my dads and Swains fault as I see it. We were going down the coolest road, Slippery Elm Shoot and I got over the climb first and kept it rolling to the paved road just a mile or two down the road. I got all the way to the end and waited a few minutes and after thinking to myself how strong I must be, I figured something must have been up so I went back to see what was the haps. I saw Swain was fixing a flat so I stood there waiting as my dad commented on how he couldn't believe I hadn't flatted yet with the tires I had. So of course as we got rolling, I kid you not, we go not even 100 meters and KABAM! flat tire.

Well it was a great ride and I can't wait to do again. It took us 6 1/2 hours for the 170km's. We didn't kill it by any means, and we did do a bit of waiting for my dad who was like a dead dear carcuss on the side of the road with the bloating stomach, but it wasn't exactly easy with all the climbs. I can't wait to do it some more, and if anyone is interested they need to contact me. I'd love to have some company.

The next day my father and I did the hilly hundred ride, or as I like to call it, the not so hilly 50. As the ride each day is 50 miles and I only counted 4 climbs, but these climbs would be only comparable to the small climbs on my true hilly hundred ride. So for those who plan on riding the hilly hundred weekend next year, maybe you should consider taking the challenge and riding the Breezer True Hilly Hundred.

Thanks for reading,
Breeze On

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

So here is what I came up for the weekend for those who are interested. We will do my hilly hundred route on Saturday. We want to be riding by 10am so we will meeting a bit earlier then that at the shopping center just off of 37 in martinsville, just off of Ohio st. which will be the starting point. Check out the course route and profile here.

Then on Sunday we will be doing the actual hilly hundred ride and will want to be riding at around the same time of 10am. So if anyone is intersted just meet as the rides, and if you have questions email me. Hope to see some of you out there. it will be fun I guarentee.

Course Description (Saturday):

Ok I have never done the course I have mapped out, but from other rides I have ridden many of the roads and this is what I can tell you. The bigger climbs are no longer then 2km, but can be steep. There is one really steep dirt road climb I know of, that has a dirt decent right afters that is a blast. Many of the roads are less traveled roads so there is little traffic, and it is very nice scenery. The whole day will be up and down. It will be 100 miles and just over 10,000 feet of climbing. Are you up to the challenge.

See you there,
Breeze On