Sunday, July 29, 2007

Wow, I haven't posted anything since i got home...

Well, it's good to be back and all that jazz. Umm, there are lots of pictures, but I really don't feel like uploading them all and finding good ones to post right now, so I'll try to have those up tomorrow or the next day...ish...

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Being in the car ALL DAY is REALLY BORING.

That feels better.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Day After

This morning I still felt really bad about quitting yesterday, but after seeing Wheel win his race, and watching the pro guys, somehow I don't feel quite as guilty. Interesting.
Anywho, I've decided that this training thing I've been attempting for the last month or so is actually worth it, so the plan is for that to keep happening, and hopefully I'll still be able to make it to races after classes start. And do good too. Can't forget about that part of the plan. I've got to train, go to races, and do good. It's been a while since that's really happened, I guess that crap I called a race yesterday would be the cause of this. Otherwise, it sure sounds good.

Like I said, Wheel is the new 13-14 men national champion. The A.J. had a bad race, but still ended up 17th... Not bad, but not anything to wrote home about either. Adam Craig won the pro race, Jeramiah Bishop got 2nd, the Seven Cycles guy finshed 3rd, JHK got 4th, and some other guy got 5th...

Driving home starts en la manana. I'll be home in 3 days. Hopefully.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Mt. Snow (post race)

Quitting a race is always dissapointing, but it's even more dissapointing when you're 2000 miles from home...

I'm thinking I might listen to Andrew and start focusing on road racing now. Yep, that sounds like a good plan.

Hopefully Wheel and The A.J. can do better than me tomorrow.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Mt. Snow (pre race)

I periodically get a working connection to the interweb in my room in Vermont. This is the first time that I've made it to blog-time, so here it is:

Going back to Sunday, the crit went really good - three corners, almost completely flat, and best of all, only one person went down (and not bad either)!! Our race was 31 laps of the mile long-ish loop, and our average speed after the finish was just under 28 mph. I finished 28 out of about 80 or so starters, which is not bad at all.

After about a 6 hour drive, we're now in Vermont, well, have been for a couple days... you know. The course here is pretty nifty cool: climb up a mountain then turn around and go back down! And, it's been raining here the last two days, but the course is pretty good in the mud. Only a coule sections aren't ridable, and they are fairly short. It's good.

My race is tomorrow, Wheel, Snow White, and The A.J. all race Saturday, and then we get to come home!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

So I'm still alive ( :

7 minutes into the 91km race today, there was a nasty wreck. Like, 30-40 people going down at 50ish mph... It was nasty.

Here's an artist rendering of the race, it should help explain a little bit:

Notice the guy flying over the guard rail? That really happened. Yeah.

Luckily I didn't go down, but having to just about stop tends to make you go to the back of the pack... I stayed there for a while, but not being able to move up ended with me off the back ):
After a bit, I got with a group of six or so and worked with them. By the end of the race, that seven was down to me and one other guy. I beat him in an awesome* sprint, which put me finishing in 75th. Which given what happened, really isn't too bad for a 150 person race. I'll take that.

Now that the most important thing is out of the way, the rest of the week:
The drive here was pretty good, until we got 9 miles away and the road was closed. Yeppers, we sat in one place for 2 hours. Like, "turning the car off, getting out, and walking around," sitting in one spot. After we got here (Pennsylvania, for those who don't know) I've just sat around the hotel, riden my bike, riden my bike in the rain, and sat around the hotel some more. Awesomeness.

The crit is tomorrow ( :

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Catching Up

It's been a while. Umm... first would be Palo Duro Canyon:

Good riding, nice to mountain bike some before nationals.

The change of scenery is always nice too. Gotta love driving through a big field, and then just about falling into a big hole in the ground. You know how that goes. Well, maybe not.

And there is more to it than riding too. It's hard to walk up that staircase, but well worth it.

Let's see, after that was the fourth, so let me go find some firework pictures somewhere:

Of course I went to go see a real show, but that's not nearly as cool as the place where you can go set off whatever you buy

It was practically a battlefield

Then a weekend of band at OU (which still sucks, by the way) but I won't hold that against them. Nothing too photoworthy there, but I got a couple on the drive back:

Suddenly I felt safe wearing my UT shirt

Nothing says "welcome to Texas" like DW's Adult Video store (sorry the picture isn't too good...)

But I did get to follow some guy with an uber cute dog in the back of his truck for about 70 miles

Leaving for nationals in the morning!!1