I student teach every day all day long this week. Busy busy I am.
A slim racing weekend it was for EXPO. Brandon and Jordan were the only folk to make it to Sunday's WORS race. Jordan snagged a fourth, at the same time he put himself in a major contention for a WORS Series Overall Podium. His job? Train train train.
Brandon made the not-so-good choice to try a fellow racer's (geared) steed for the first time - On race day. Derailleur issues forced his DNF. His series overall was at a let's-hope-for-a-miracle sate. Now, first of, no one wants to have to rely on other's results. You shouldn't let it get to that point. With that said. A DNF was put in Brandon's lap the same day he DNF'd. Rats. Wasn't meant to be. At least there is one more left in the looong WORS season for some redemption.
Aris "I'm Faster Than You" Peters, once again, steals the EXPO show. He decided to forego WORS Sunday for a Double Dip of CX action, UCI Style. He took Saturday and Sunday's Junior Race (15-18) and had twice top 5 in the Cat 3's! 5th on Sat and 4th on Sun. One of these days I'll get a pic of his RAD CX bike new for this year. Nice build it is(although it's missing a Trek frameset)...Swag was twice $$ and a pair of Oakleys to boot for him. Nice.
This week. School becomes rest until my favorite 10hrs of "I wish it was 12" John Muir this Saturday. Then, cheer the Bro at CX Sunday. I can't wait for this one cause I was forced away from racing last weekend.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I student teach every day all day long this week. Busy busy I am.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
My guilty conscious is chasing me down. I want to skip a class that meets only 6 times this semester so I can ride my bike for twelve hours. Friday will be the day to stew. Today is the day to be busy. I am still optimistic.
Riding has been reduced a bit this week. Partly because of Blue Mound and fractionally because of my addition of Field Work/Student Teaching. Try to settle and set the alarm 2 hours early.
Monday, September 22, 2008
They say they pulled rocks off the course, but I couldn't tell.
My race didn't go as well as I hoped. This is the first race I have EVER had a pounding head ache. This is the first race I have EVER sliced a side wall open. Those two combinations of firsts created a gap (again) that I just didn't feel like gambling on. A first place is really the only result that would have helped(in reguards to series). I pulled the plug while I was a lap up on third. Props to Al Brunner who pushed the hard gear to take over my second. We will see what the rest of WEMS holds for me.
We were out of there by 5pm which gave us plenty of fun time to properly celebrate the Wife's Birthday. Good food with good times.
Congratulations to Brandon and Jordan. They just locked in the WEMS 6hr Duo Series Championship with a second place in the Blue Mound 6hr!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday's ride will be it for me until the 12hrs of Blue Mound. I just did some commuting yesterday and will again today. Friday has to be a few bike shop stops for some assos and some drinking powder.
Blue Mounds is something I'd like to take back from last year. After I dropped back about 5minutes from race leader, I pinched the rear tire...By the time it was fixed, I was too far back cause the leader never slowed down. Can't wait to see how this year goes...Should be fun.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It seems with school hitting me pretty hard so far, I have been able to ride more now than I have been able to all summer. hmmm.
On Monday I get to rest up after the hard weekend. However I still am commuting which means spinning those legs. The ride to school holds a just-keep-spinning state of mind to try to not stink up the classroom too bad. The ride home is hammer time. No matter how sore the legs have been, I always jam to some MC Hammer Time all the way home. It just feels good.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are the looong days. I get up, eat a bowl of cereal and hit it in the AM. These rides have been ranging anywhere from 30-70miles. I could head out mid day, but I have been waiting for these cooler morning all summer. It is just too nice to be able to wear the long sleeve.
Wednesday serves as a commute only day. I just have too short of a turn-around from my Monday class(same class meets M and W) to ignore the readings. Monday and Wednesday school days also start at 12:30 and go till 7pm. Where as Tuesday and Thursday start at 4:30.
Oh, forget it. I just remembered I start student teaching in a few weeks which will end up turning my looong days into my off days, and will force my off/commute days into my even earlier AM new long days.
Anyways, How are your legs feeling?
I need bike for this winter (skinny tires).
Monday, September 8, 2008
Hooked up with Jeff on Sunday who was fresh off a Florida vacation. We took it past 60miles and 3+Hours. We pushed the headwind hard and stayed steady on anything up hill. Great ride it was.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
So I get up this morning with this sudden urge to download Jock Jams off iTunes before my big Saturday ride. You have got to be kidding me! No Jock Jams on iTunes! You don't believe me? Check for yourself.
So today I am on a mission. Find the 1995 Jock Jams Vol. 1 BEFORE I ride. I need to ride, but I need some "Get Ready 4 This" a little more...
Breakfast on the East side of Milwaukee should place me very close to a possible find. A little Tennis with Trixie should get my frustrations out while I go on strike.
Wish me luck.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
With a slightly late start I was given a few extra minutes to stretch. This ride was going to be a little different due to the fact I was only going to be riding for a few hours(family reunion). They said GO, and I was off. I was off like a bat outa hell. Hoping to scare Lee Unwin, I put it on Hi for the whole first lap. My goal was to see how much I could gap him. I would ride very close to an XC pace versus Lee's enduro pace.
Half way into the first lap I couldn't see him. Every chance I had, I would look over my shoulder. No Lee. I had a slight smile on my face...
As I get closer to the end of lap 1, here comes Lee! So much for trying to go off the front. We stopped to get our scans in the timing tent before we were off for lap 2. This time Lee would set the pace(which was my XC). I was able to stay on his wheel for all of lap 2, which was good enough for me. I was done. Lee would win....(I have not seen results yet). I now know what I have to work towards - that pace for 10 more hours.
Family Reunions are nice. Ping-Pong, Bag Toss, Softball, Volleyball, Frolf, Segway, food and family. It was fun.
On the Bike this morning. In class tonight.