Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cross Failure #2 and a side dish of Football Failure

So my favorite Holiday has come and gone. Nothing beats gorging down a ton of food and not feeling bad about it.

Katie and I headed up to Michigan this year for Thanksgiving to be with my family, and also to accept my brother Jamie's Christmas present; of Detroit Lions tickets for the 69th annual Thanksgiving Day game. Some people like my Uncle call Jamie evil for this present, but I don't know about the others, but I was excited non the less. No matter how bad they appear to be, I'm excited every Sunday for their games, so it was a joy for me to go.

The gang. (from left to right: Kaite, Jamie, Jamie, Josh, and Dad)

The game started off just as you would expect a Lions game to start this year,(especially against arguably the best team in football this year), with a fumble on the second play Two plays later a touchdown for the Titans. The lone highlights for the Lions would come in the next series as my favorite player Jason Hanson tied the record for most field goals in a career over 50 yards.

Jason Hanson's record tying kick. Luckily I got in the stadium with my lens to get this fantastic shot. After being kicked out of one line because my camera lens was a 55mm, which happened to be 5mm over the maximum limit.

After that the Titans ran down the field without being touched and scored some points. The Lions did manage one touchdown, however, before the half to bring the score closer at 35 to 10. From there though, the Titans scored a few more points and the Lions scrambled for a few first downs and the final was 47 to 10. Next time they should play they should actually try. After the first few touchdowns Katie called her dad and asked if they looked as bad on tv as they did in person! Thanks for the wonderful gift Jamie! But in all honesty we had a lot of fun.

Eating Thanksgiving dinner out of bucket! How many wives would do this for their husbands? I'm a lucky guy. Although my mother did have a delicious dinner ready for us upon our return home. So it all worked out. Expect for the part of having the Lions play.

We drove back Friday afternoon so Katie could get some sleep before her 15 hour shift at Helzberg and so I could try to do the Hoosier cup cross race this time. I made it out this time and was ready to go with my fixed cross bike. Too bad someone couldn't fix my cross handling skills.

First of all, I started like it was a 100 mile road race so I found myself just about a half lap behind in the first lap. Then I would basically come to almost a complete stop before each barrier as I wasn't sure my feet could keep up with the speed. The first time up the run hill I noticed I still had my saddle bag and two water bottles on my bike making it hard to shoulder my bike. And finally my remounting skills were nonexistent. One time at the top of the run, my bike was on the left and as I went to get it, I ended up on the top tube no feet clipped in starting back down the hill. The guy up there taking photos must have been laughing his butt off at the clown trying to get on his bike. Heck, I was.

Here I am racing.

All and all it was a complete blast and I can't wait for next time. I never had so much fun being horrible. I think I'll do the state championships this weekend and really embarrass myself. I could practice but that might ruin the fun and excitement. To add on to the fun of the day a couple of us went out and rode some trails around the area on the cross bikes. It was a pretty awesome day.

Breeze On


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