Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Best Gift Ever!

Two days after Christmas I received my best Christmas gift ever. I never thought anything would be better then my Lions Matt Stafford Jersey I received a few days earlier, but the surprise entry of Madelyn came 10 days early. It has been a long couple of days and I don't have much time to update, but here are some photos. Katie and I are very blessed and happy, and so is our family.

Breeze On

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A whole lot of nothing

Well as for myself, not much has been going on. Last week we did have a couple of very nice December days with temperatures in or near 40's which was amazing. I got out for some nice rides, the kind you don't get to do when stuck inside riding. Then Saturday came and it's been miserable since. Just wet, snowy, and cold.

This past season I started working with Andy Applegate as my coach and I think it really started to pay off towards the end of the season last year. Now starting off the season with him I think it is going to help tremendously. He has already gotten me my best result at Iceman, and a victory at the Gravel Grovel. Though I must be honest we didn't plan for the Gravel Grovel, as he didn't know I was doing it till the week of. No need to peak for an event in November.

So far the training has been different from what I am use to doing, but I have never felt better about going into a season. Hopefully I will be able to continue to get the training in consistently like I have been over the past two months this offseason. I think that alone will make a big difference. But we will see.

Another good thing this offseason has been riding on the weekends with my teammate Chad. It makes the cold miles go by faster. We also have teammate Rob going to Marian College which is just down the road so we will all be able to get together and train. To bad though for the next two weeks I am on my own as Rob went home, and Chad ducked out and headed to Florida. Now I sit here at my computer staring out the window at the snow wondering if today will be an indoor or outdoor ride. Sweat or freeze? Either way I'm going to get wet. On the bright side though, daylight hours just get longer from here, as yesterday was the first day of winter.

Breeze On


Here is some news from the team.

First an interview with our new director Frankie Andreu.

Next we signed a new rider, Luca Damiani. Luca comes over the Colivita team. He is going to add more speed and aggressive riding to the Kenda team which is always wanted. The final roster has been officially set now. I can't wait to get to camp to meet the new guys and get the season started in Taiwan a couple weeks after.

The Kenda Pro Cycling Team p/b Gear Grinder roster:

Professional Roster: Chad Burdzilauskas (USA), Chad Hartley (USA), Chris Monteleone (USA), Jake Rytlewski (USA), Jim Stemper (USA), Jonny Parrish (USA), Jonny Sundt (USA), Luca Damiani (ITA), Nick Keough (USA), Nick Waite (USA), Phil Gaimon (USA), Rob Bush (USA), Scottie Weiss (USA) and Stefano Barberi (BRA).

Elite Roster: Geoff Godsey, Jim Baldesare, Marco Aledia, Rich Harper, Rob White and Ryan Gamm.

Breeze On

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chad and myself before our Ride

I've seen a couple of these animated videos that people have made themselves and found them quite funny and entertaining. Some sounded so familiar and like things you really would expect to hear. One of the best things about it, is there like a cartoon mostly revolving around cycling which you don't get very often.

Well a couple of days ago I decided I should make my own. The best scene I could think of was the trash talking and jostling Chad and I go through before we ride. The funny thing is the video doesn't embellish or change anything at all. It's exactly like this. Chad agrees.

Breeze On

Monday, December 07, 2009

A Day Off

Nothing really do with cycling, but yesterday I got to go to the Lions vs. Bengals game in Cincinnati because my wife and father in law bought me tickets for my birthday. I was so pumped to go, and my dad made a trip down to go with me. We had an awesome time, even though they didn't win, yet again.

Our seats were in what you would call the 'nose bleed' sections as it was as high up as you could get. I was a bit nervous at first with my little fear of heights. I've been high up in stadiums before, but this was the first outdoor one and I was a bit freaked out. It didn't take long though and I was over it.

My dad and I went to Red Lobster after for a delicious seafood dinner. I rarely get to go to seafood places as Katie doesn't like the look, taste or smell of seafood, and that's putting it lightly. Thanks for dinner dad, and once again thanks for the tickets Katie and Joe.

Breeze On