On Hold it seems...
UW to the M has done me one right. The full class I needed to get on track as been opened up for yours truly. I repay them by giving up my Saturday Prime Time Ride Time. Saturday class from 9-noon. How do I make it right?
Get on that fixie and get to class. After, hit up the town for a few extra miles on the way home. Should be nice. Really. It should be nice - 35degrees.
Friday, January 30, 2009
On Hold it seems...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
After two days with these babies I am properly pleased. I love the fit of them. The foam padding has like three different densities to make them super comfortable. No more pressure on the bridge of my nose either. On yesterday's morning commute I ran into only one slight problem. The venting is almost too good. Fogging will now be a thing of the past, but with that comes breezy inners. On the single digit days you can really feel the cooler air circulating throughout the goggles.
This has become a "what-can-you-actually-handle" type issue. Me? I can handle it. the air never get as cold as the actual outside, nor do you ever feel the affects of the "wind chill". Add in the fact that most peeps are actually exerting effort when riding, so your body heat counters the cooler breeze giving you a "comfortable" temp without "overheating".
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Got a little treat from the wonderful folks at WEMS. Last year's was almost as nice as this's. Now, looks wise, I'll take last year's(that clean one-color etching). Quality wise, I'll take the below mug(this one has some nice nice mass to it). So I guess you can say it is a tie(Why I love WEMS). Wait a minute. This year's takes the victory for the words actually printed on this here mug.
Their timing is just right. Nothing like a little hardware to get you motivated.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Ahh yes. The single digit commute went as expected. I was perfectly dressed(goggles, lobster, thin wool socks, Shimano w/booties). My toes almost fell off by the end, but that was ok, cause I made it - little detour through town had me to my UWM/Trixie destination in just under 60min. The classes have yet to officially start as of 3pm. I showed up early for the walk-in advising appointments. As it turns out, I need to score up one more extra class to be "officially" on track. The class, however, is full. So I play the show-up-anyways-and-have-the-instructor-hopefully-add-you card. We will see.
Still can't get the upcoming season off my mind. I've known about our 2009 squad for a few months now. Waiting and waiting to spread the word. The little post to introduce them got me all fired up. I don't know about you, but it is going to be really slick watching the EXPO juniors come this spring.
Not a bad junior roster at all.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Today bees the last day of my wonderful winter break. What does this entail you ask? Trixie works on grad work(eh, its gotta be done), while I hit up the trainer with a little run next to Buckwheat afterwards. We will see how long the cold keeps Buckwheat winterable...
School Start Monday.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I can't tell you enough how excited we are to kick of the 2009 season. We are quickly becoming the team to possibly take the cake. Over the off season EXPO Racing was able to sign some of the most talented Juniors residing within the Midwest. These kids got skill. Not to mention, they know how to simply have fun. The parents and powers that be banged their heads together to find a way to get all these good peoples together on the same squad. We did. Who you see below will be sporting the EXPO vibe on the racing scene. Look out.
Just a few notable accomplishments:
2008 WCA CX Junior 18 Series Champion
2008 WCA Series Junior 14 - 3rd
2008 WORS Sport U14 Series - 3rd
2008 WORS Sport U14 Series Champion
2007 WORS Sport U14 Series Champion
2007 WORS Sport U14 Series - 2nd
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Got out for a run and a ride today. Don't ask for how long though. Let us just say Buckwheat still had some gas left in the tank...
Tomorrow you will be introduced to the new faces of EXPO Racing. For those of you that are the actual new faces, get me your mug, or else I'll be using editor's choice. Let's just say I am SUPER excited for these additions. EXPO will be a force to be reckoned with, no joke.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Spent the weekend up in Green Bay for Bbones's Bday. He had a wrestling meet - he is so new to this sport. He got to give two exhibition matches a try. He pinned the other dude in the first round both times, not bad.
Trixie just finished her 5th weekend day today. Tomorrow she gets a relaxed day as well while showing Barack get sworn in to her third graders.
Training has been an on and off affair with the weekends either serving as an increase in activity or the not so fun decrease in training. I get one more week of uninterrupted cycling focus before UWM classes start once again.
EXPO news has built up so much I honestly don't know where to start. A few posts this week are sure to catch you up.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Buckwheat sure puts me to work. We head over to the fire house across the street which has a soccer field behind it. Bring the football for a 40min workout. Chase, be chased, tackle, trick. He makes it super fun.
He wishes he could go every day, however I must do a little every other. The fixie needs to see some time too ya know.?. My legs are starting to like the routine.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I left the house during the tail end of the snow. Started with the Oakleys. Oops. Forehead was slightly exposed and got really cold one mile into the ride. So I stopped and swapped out the eyewear. After that, all the gear worked as advertised.
Skinnies get it done!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I was hot into the soccer scene. One of my best buds Joe W. asked me to tryout for his soccer club(I think it was during 7th grade). I had been tough shit on the local - The Erin Soccer Club had been my home since I was 6. I loved the game cause I always was able to stay a step ahead of everyone. I even got cocky.
My parents said "eh", but Joe's dad offered to drive the 40min jaunt into Milwaukee. So, I was to try out for the Bavarian Soccer Club. Now this was a constant top 5 club in the state, and I was pretty nervous for this was going to be my first ever "try out" of any kind.
Lucky for me it wasn't going to be a one and done type of try. I was able to ease into their style for the week. Long story short I made the team, and I had to start over with the cockyness. One year later we win the State Championship(traveling everywhere in the process). Soccer treated me real real well! I still watch and play the sport as often as I can. I probably would still be playing somewhere semi-pro-like if my ACL hadn't gone out in HS.
No worries on that, I'm thanking my knee for getting me into racing bikes.
Anywho - The "O" put some thought into this year's Xmass gift: (Now the above mini should make a little sense)
Last night was a Bavarian Cap, Endura Strike Waterproof Gloves and Icebug Kicks. Oh, and Buckwheat too.
The shoes are awesome. Sucks for you though cause I don't see them offered on REI anymore. Total waterproofness and perfectly comfortable (when you do what you are supposed to do with them...Hiking-wise they might not keep you as warm.)
I stayed gripped even on pure ice.
Mr. Kerkove wrote exactly what I would have wrote in his Tuesday, January 6 post. My hands get pretty sweaty when the temps reach 40 degrees. Nothing worth complaining about though. Sub 30 and these are the bomb! Two separate snot wipes too. I have to give props to Endura. They really know how to make the best clothing for the most extreme conditions.
The run totaled almost four miles with some Buckwheat chasing mixed in between. It was a good night, the snow was falling and Buckwheat was pushing me hard. Side note, I don't run on pavement.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Xmass treated Trixie and me really well. Sister hooked us up big time. Of course all for the greater good EXPO...These two toys are sure to increase our multi-media output. A new web is already in the works as well. Video's will no longer be edited with Windows Movie Maker!
Canon G10. 14.7 Mega Pixel. Very solid feel. Small enough for Vacay. Big enough for the racing season. We were able to test this baby out in Puerto Rico last week. So far, we are super happy with it.
Master Collection. Need I say more?
Monday, January 5, 2009
Vacation was(is) top notch. Holidays were super.
The 2009 training has begun. Today started with a short little 3 mile morning run to get the legs into shock mode. This afternoon will see some time on the trainer watching 30 Rock.
Sponsors are flying in.
I have lots to catch up on.
The blogging will be up to speed very soon. I don't want to pull my clicking finger muscles by over-blogging too quickly.