Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Oh by the way, other than a broken chain (and 110km on a saddle sliding spare bike) on Sat. the races went well. Gatis scored a big win in a half professional field on Sat and David pulled out a solid 4th on Sunday. As for myself, typical race animation and wild antics. Nothing but fun and games for me this weekend. Cool, day before the race, pic-
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
EVALDAS WON!!!!! AGAIN!!!! That's 2 out of 3 for him this season! To put the icing on the cake David Tanner came home w/ third and we won the team competition. Not to bad eh?
High lights of the day:
#1- Getting back to the van and asking, "what happened in the finish?" "oh, Evaldas won again" "!!!!!!!!!"
#2- Stickin' it to some Tinkoff guy out on the road. After getting my ass slapped for the 3rd time to move over by some over anxious Italian I looked over at him and gave him the ol' Alex Howes death stare. Apparently, I didn't do it quite right because a couple of corners later he came buzzing past on the inside, damn near crashed when his front wheel slid a couple of inches, and full on body checked me. Once he had regained composure he again tried an uncalled for pass and I had, had enough. I swear my left elbow reached out half a mile and hooked him like the bottom feeder he his. Stopped him dead in his tracks and almost sent him off the road. Needless to say he had a number of choice words for me. None of which I understood. I on the other hand had no words for him. Just one middle finger placed two inches from his face. He shut up pretty quick. I don't think he got more than 5 feet from me for the rest of the race.
#3- Playing with some random dog at some random person's house after the race. I think we wrestled for a good 15min and I think I cramped at least 15 times but it was fun. I miss my puppy dogs.
#4- Catching the shower gel thief. I had, had a suspicion that someone had been poaching my shower gel because I have gone through a full bottle since arriving. At home a bottle of such size would last for twice as long. That's not to say I don't bathe, although I have been cutting back recently for territorial reasons, but I have always been one to lather sparingly. How did I catch him you wonder? Lets just say that the French set their own trap when they decided that people should always give/receive 2 kisses to the cheeks when greeting. Sent lingers.
Enjoy your Sunday,
Saturday, February 16, 2008
And I know exactly why: I'm actually trying to race well. Not my style. I'm the kind of kid who has one of the best races of his career after playing beach volley ball in the sun for 6hrs and eating half a birthday cake before deciding, "Ya, I should probably race today.... hey, maybe I can make some money!" The night before some of my most memorable rides I was eating hot dogs and pasta cooked over a fire and sleeping in the dirt.* I destroy entire peletons after waking up 2hrs late, running around trying to find my shoes, and shoving 6 slices of bread in my pocket for, "race food." The only way I can really fly in bike races is when I'm flying by the seat of my pants.
So that is just what I am going to do. I'm going old school from now on. I am still going to train like a robot because I firmly believe that tallent don't mean shit unless you work your ass off. But I will be a robot who stops to smell the roses every once and a while and partakes in a little birthday cake munching every once in a blue moon. And as far as racing goes, I am going to stick with what got me here in the first place: Instinct, Ballz, and Wild Flyers off the front.
Oh boy, tomorrow is going to be fun!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Today after washing my bike (I love this bike, especially when it's all pearly white and clean! Now she just needs a name.) I was doing an interval up one of my favorite mountains around here. I was going flat out with my head down when I, almost literally, ran into the Tour of Méditerranéen. I was seriously inches from getting hit head on by a police motor cycle. Bastard never even honked or stopped. It was cool to watch the race on one of the fastest parts of the decent and even cooler because a healthy portion of my good buddies from Slipstream were in the front group. Nice work guys!
On another note, races three and four are this weekend with some pretty challenging and unpredictable terrain. I hear the roads are crappy and the hills never stop coming. Needless to say, I am pretty excited to tear things up.
Keepin' it real,
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Check out the spotlight article for today http://www.wikihow.com/
On another note, I received my first care package today and, let me tell you, it could not have come at a more perfect moment! I was in the process of scraping/licking the last milligrams of peanut butter left in my final jar when the door bell rang. THANKS MOM! LOVE YOU!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
From now on I’m going to pass on the soft French baguettes and stick to good ol’ crispy American toast.
6.5hrs of toast fueled pedal twirling today. I feel worked and I love it.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Anybody else out there got some bad news they want to give me? If so wait a couple of weeks. I've got a 1.2 UCI race on the 23rd.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
On a small side note:
I hate it when good things happen to bad people. Makes me sick.
Monday, February 4, 2008
The best part of my day was, as I awoke from my nap, I had an epiphany. I realized that the love of my life will always be there. My love will never waver and, for at least three months out of the year, including a few times during the season, I will be able to enjoy pure bliss. Once all this bike racing stuff there will be plenty of time to pursue my dream of becoming the worlds greatest racquetball player.
Racquetball, you are my true love. Soon we will reunite.
Perhaps I should open my shudders and look outside next time before I get ready. It's raining like the Noah’s flood is coming.
I refuse to ride the trainer today. I did enough of that crap when I was a kid. Give me a few more minutes, another cup of tea, and a rain jacket and I'll be ready to hit the road.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
-9th Boucles Catalanes (France & Spain)
-10th Circuit Mediterraneen (France & Spain)
-14th GP De Rocheville (France)
-15th GP DE Peymeinade (France)
-23rd Les Boucles Sud Ardeche (France)
Excited and ready to race,