Monday, December 11, 2006

not much going on

I know I have internet access all the time which isn't necessarily a good thing. Now I don't have an excuse for not responding to emails and such or for not posting on this enthralling blog.
The main reason I haven't posted is because not much has been going on, but here are the top ten highlights of last week:
1. Mixing diet sprite and gatorade. It is a wonderfully fizzy and refreshing beverage, I highly recommend it.
2. Going to the local cross race and realizing that there was keg of microbrew in the truck next to where I parked...oh yeah it was a good day.
3. Taping Rocky and watching the entire 3 hour movie then realizing that I had stopped the tape 10 minutes early and I missed the entire end.
4. Hearing about everybody having so much fun racing cross and not being able to do it. That makes me real happy.
5. Being able to ride in the freezing cold, but not being able to put a glove over my cast. The inside sweats terribly and drips down to my fingers which then proceed to freeze--literally.
6. Having the power steering go on my car. It is awesome trying to parallel park with one hand and no power steering. I can do it, barely.
7. Walking around work wondering what that terrible odor is and figuring out that it is my cast.
8. Going to the cross race and parking next to that truck; that was really awesome, it was really good beer too.
9. Writing this entire entry once and then having my computer freeze up and having to do it all again.
10. Watching the entire paceline staff race cross. That actually was a ton of fun, they are a motley bunch, but had the most fun out of everybody. I enjoyed watching them--especially because of that truck.

Despite some of the sarcasm things are good. I have been riding again and it feels great and I am more motivated than ever. The weather here has been great for the most part. It was sixty today with no wind. Made for a great ride.

Props have to go out to my good friend NATO on his stellar cross season which he capped off by crashing twice on the last lap of the state champs which put him off the podium by one spot. Oh well, I can hear him giggling about it all the way down here.

GO LANCE!!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Its all over now

I HAVE REJOINED SOCIETY!!!
I now have the internet--high speed internet--oh yaaay.
So I haven't updated since I started my blog because I haven't been CONNECTED!!!
I am quite excited!!
So a bunch of stuff has happened in the last months, let me tell you about it. Oh wait, nothing has happened.
My wrist is still broken and I had a wonderful thanksgiving at home in MI.
I get my cast off on JAN 2 so 5 weeks to go. I guess the bone I broke is THE worst bone to break in your wrist and it takes forever for it to heal. It is healing and it is about 3/4's there, but not yet.
I went home for thanksgiving and had a great time. It was good to get away for a while because I hadn't left WS since august. I came back feeling good about things so I built up a pimped out flat bar road bike especially designed to ridden with a cast. That's right--IM BACK. First ride is tomorrow morning. I'll let you know how it goes. It is supposed to be 72 tomorrow. I love NC!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I have new tenants

So I decided to rent out space in my mobile home aka my 92 camry with 220k on it.
I got the idea when I took the trash out of my garage after it had been there about a week and put it in my trunk. I then drove the garbage to work where there is a dumpster. I removed the trashbag from my trunk and noticed there was a hole in it. I then noticed this mouse running rampantly around my trunk. I then noticed another one and another one. Sweet.
So how do you get mice out of ones car? I am not sure. The first course of action was to leave the trunk and all the doors open for two days. That didn't seem to work. I then drove my car into the garage shut the door and opened the car windows and let the car run for a couple hours. I guess i didn't leave it running long enough because I saw one as I was getting in to turn the car off. So I had to go one the offensive in a major way. I lined the entire car with glue traps, I mean I LINED the entire car. There was no place in that car that didn't have a glue trap on it--LITERALLY!! Yeah I got em all--I think. I haven't seen any and my star crunches are still intact. WHEW
A lot has been going on. I went to vegas for the first time for interbike a few weeks ago. That was fun and I actually had money for gas on the way home--barely.
Last week I went down and crewed for Mark Hendershot at the Solo 24 MTB World Championships. He did AWESOME 4th place baby. That was an experience in itself.
Other than that I get my big cast off in one week and then get a small wrist cast for one more month. I have been jogging lately and it sucks. The best part of it is when I am done the sweat drips out of my cast slowly for the next 4 hours and it smells very pleasant.
Check out the latest ROAD mag. I hear there is a really good looking dude in some ad.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

tour of ohio--check out the new white kits



Tour of Ohio is over. We did great. I got 8th Andy 9th and Abe 10th overall; Marco was 1st in Sprint Comp; A&F pb INFERNO is 1st Team.

More to come

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

chillin in Cbus

The annual tour of ohio is in progress right now and the a&f cycling team is in full throttle. The race is going great and it is awesome to be back in columbus. I am staying with my old roomate-teamate-friend nate z. Nate is a bike messenger in downtown columbus and decided to do the race as well. This is his first race of the year and he is doing great. He has this awesome apartment on the south side and it has been awesome staying here.
The race is good. Yesterday was a super tough circuit race where the field was whittled down to about 40 people (started with 80) The course consisted of continuous rollers followed by super tight turns--it was great. Andy A got in the second group and finished 7th GO ANDY. Abe, myself and apparently Jered all finished in the main group (15th-30ish) The team worked their butts off all day--I mean they worked so hard it was ridiculous and awesome. There are some really fast guys here, so I hope the team can pull out a top ten--that would be great.
Today we did the hardest race I have done all year--by far. 6 huge climbs within 60 miles, actually within 45 because the first 15 miles were flat. Our team had a wonderfully tactical race and EVERYONE contributed--it was great. Abe and Andy both ended up in the top ten and I finished 18th. I realized that i don't go up hill as fast as a lot of people. I was at the front of the race until the last climb, which is only 2 miles from the finish, but I couldn't do that last climb, it was aweful. I thought I might have to walk, but I made it in. Abe and Andy are both in a great position for good overall finishes so our focus is going to shift to them for the remainder of the race. Good stuff. Tommorow is a circuit race, friday is a time trial and saturday is the worlds hardest criterium. I think I have done three of those this year.

Monday, June 12, 2006

big win in louisville

The Abercrombie and Fitch racing team won a regional criterium this weekend. It was awesome. Rich Harper sprinted out of a 8 man breakaway for the win. It was a great race and the team raced awesome together--taking home 1600 in prize money. Thanks Texas Roadhouse (race sponsor) for the money.



I am in MI right now for a day and then off to the Nature Valley Grand Prix. I am super stoked to race because they have an overall amateur category--although there will be a lot of good amateurs there. So stay tuned and we will see how it goes.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Training camp #327

So trainging camp #327 starting on sunday and was supposed to continue until thursday came to a close on monday night. We (ryan gamm and I) did our weekly hour goal in two days--so we are done training for the week. On sunday afternoon we did the infamous triple hump which took 6 hours and then we ate, went straight to bed, got up and rode 8 hours and 45 minutes. Training camp is over, ryan went home and I am going to work. Actually Ryan found out last night that he had to work last night and tonight, so he left this morning--I am so sad now.
We did RIDE for 8 1/2 hours yesterday we were gone for 9 1/4. I was the most epic ride of my stay here in nc yet. We rode north to the blue ridge parkway (60 miles away) and then rode on the parkway north for 25 miles before turning right and heading home (another 60 miles) the ride totaled 240k with massive amount of climbing. We followed the ride up with grande burritos, grande dos equis, grande milkshakes, and a bunch of sleep. It was AWESOME. At the time, yesterday around the 6 hour marker when we stil have 60 miles to go I was questioning my intelligence and continued to question it until I was sleeping last night. This morning however LIFE IS GOOD. Mainly because I did that ride and I never have to do it again.

Friday, June 02, 2006

I'm bAaack

I am back at the library, back to this booger covered keyboard. The keyboard is black so you can't see all the dirty snot on it--what you don't know can't hurt you.

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have been racing my bike all over the place and I don't have a laptop or internet acess when I am on the road--at least that is my excuse. So I will pick things up from where I left off which was in Louisiana.

I left Louisiana and went the the Tri-Peaks stage race which was back in Arkansas. It was a 3 day stage race with an opening day crit and two hilly road races. The crit was awesome, it started real fast and the field split in half, luckily I made the front half. I ended up sprinting and getting second in the field sprint, but at the time, I didn't realize there was a breakaway up the road, so I really thought I got second. Good thing I didn't win because I would have done a victory salute and that would have been a bit embarrissing.
The road races were fine, the last day ended on a 3 mile climb at 22% and I gave up within 100 meteres of starting the climb. I can't hang with those skinny little boys. So as a result, my overall placing wasn't too high--oh well.

After getting back from arkansas I was home for a few days and then left for a four day criterium bender. The first stop was raleigh nc which is an NRC crit and was at night. It started raining shortly into the race and then it started pouring. At one point there was at least 1 foot of standing water in a corner--no exageration. The field splintered and I was at the front of the race with only 21 people left in the field. With two laps to go two guys in front of me crashed and I hit the pavement ripping my bottle cage right off my bike and taking some very nice dedachi tubing with it. :( That bike was awesome and now it has a hole in it and there aren't anymore in that size. I am devastated, never has my bike fit me so well felt so good underneath me. Those days are over, I am afaid. I am not giving up, I have a tube of jb weld just waiting to solve the problem.
Anyway I got back on my bike and got 21st place. Still in the money, but had the potential to be a good result. Mad props to my teamate rich who got gapped off in a corner and rode 15 laps (miles) solo and didn't get lapped--now that is an accomplishment. He ended up 25th.

The next morning Rich Harper and myself left early and drove up to batlimore MD for stop #2, another crit called the BikeJam. We met Todd Shaker and Jeremy Grimm (both teamates) up there. I broke my cleat in half on the second lap. Luckily I wasn't pulling up hard on it so I didn't crash. There was neutral support at the race so I got a toeclip put on and took a free lap and ended up finishing in the field. We do get the team of the day award because I jammed on my brakes and took a bad line through a corner which resulted in me taking out my teamate Jeremy Grimm. SORRY GRIMM--Hope your ribs feel better soon. JK he is ok...I think.

After the race we drove to round #3 which was in Bound Brook NJ. This was the only stop that was Not NRC. I ended up getting a break and rich blocked like no one has blocked before--I am surprised he didn't get punched, but he took it for the team. I ended up getting pimped in the sprint so I got second. It is funny, you can race so perftectly all day, but if you screw up the last 10 seconds, you don't win. I'll take the second place.

Round #4 was the Tour of Sommerville which is a very big race. All the hitters were there. Rich got two primes, which is no small feat and all of us stayed in the field. I attacked on the last lap and got about 10 meters on the field, maybe it was feet, but ended up 28th, Rich also got in the money with 32nd. I love big money crits because the prize money for 28th place is still $240. Not bad for an hour of being packfill.
Mad props to Todd Shaker for finishing sommerville on his first try. That is no easy feat, especially when you can count on one hand the number of crits you have done in the last decade. Good job Todd.

I am home now for some much needed recovery time and then off to the Nature Valley Grand Prix in minnesota on June 15. Now that I am home, I should be able to update more regularly from this wonderful high tech library.

Congrats to Danielle Musto and Mark Hendershot for coming down to North Carolina and showing the rednecks how yankees race ultras. SWEET!!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Yes I got spanked in Arkansas

So I was really excited to do the Joe Martin Stage Race in AR last week--especially coming off a week of super fast crit racing, but unfortunately I got sick--real sick--and yes I did race which was stupid. I am finally starting to feel better, so hopefully Tripeaks this weekend will go better than last weekend. Oh yeah, even if I wasn't sick my chain still would have broken on the second stage and I still would have had to ride Sean's (teamate) 53cm bike 50 miles solo to the finish. That was not fun, but I wish someone had a picture of it because it must have looked hilarious. Anyway we will do better this next week. Hopefully Ryan Gamm won't break another fork and 2 more wheels which he managed to do on the first stage--he also had to borrow a bike and ride solo all the way to the finish. Hopefully Andy won't break his cleat on the last stage and have to pull out and not get a finishing time and therefore having to dnf the whole week. AHH the joy of stage racing.
I am in Lousiana right now which is very enjoyable. I am going out to get some VOODOO BARBECUE tonite...yum.
I leave on thursday to go back to AR for another stage race, this one will go better I hope.
Congrats to Danielle Musto and Mark Hendershot for winning their 12 hour races this past weekend. Maybe soon Mark will learn how to spell my last name properly because I have only known him for ten years now.

Monday, May 08, 2006

I like big bikes and I cannot lie

The World Series of Criterium Racing has officially come to a close. I escaped without a single scratch on me--I definately left a bunch of rubber on the pavement--but no skin. There were 6 races total with 10,000 in prizes each day. As a result there were 150 guys there every night. Oh yeah, the races were all 50 miles each...ouch. I held my own, I finished 19th, 23rd, 19th, 27th, 18th, and 15th which put me in 28th for the omnium and officially the highest ranked amateur. Holla.
Every single one of these races came down to a field sprint which means there is incredible amount of movement and swarming and elbow throwing while we would jockey for positions. It is probably the scariest thing in the world...it is usually scary at 28mph, but we were going close to 40 at the end of a lot of these stages. Someone ripped their shorts on my sti shifters--no joke--I didn't go down, I almost did. My bike is so stable, I think it would take a linebacker to tackle me to get me down--KNOCK ON WOOD. Seriously though, I got caught up, pushed over, chopped in corners, hit pedals, cornered off road in to a yard, and hopped curbs all at about 30mph and the bike just did what I wanted it to every time. Pretty Cool.
So I am now home for a couple days and then I take off to Arkansas for 2 seperate stage races and hopefully a trip to Louisiana in between.
The library is closing now, but I have some good stories coming up that I have to share. I should write a book about traveling with rich harper. it would be entertaining to say the least.

Monday, May 01, 2006

athens and roswell

The first two races of the 6 race "USA CRIT SERIES" were this weekend. Saturday was the infamous Athens Twilight Crit and Sunday was the historic Roswell Crit.

Athens is the craziest race in the world. It is awesome, 180 racers and about 5000 drunken fans surrounding the course. Intense would be an understatment, it is really an experience that can only be understood by watching the race and racing it is even more insane. The Abercrombie and Fitch team had 9 racers showing up to race. 8 of us hit the pavement (somehow I managed to avoid the crashes) We broke one bike, one wheel, and one wrist. Chad, the director extroidinare, broke his wrist and reid broke his frame and wheel.
The crashes were crazy I saw two of them right in front of me and both times I was first or second through them. The first one looked like someone caught their handlebars in the metal barriers at 40 mph and just flipped over. That one took out a good 30 or so people. I managed to sneak through barely and get back on the back of the pack. The second on was similar and again I was able to catch back on, that time I was the last person on and I was at the very back for the next couple laps.
Besides all the crashes the race was a typical NRC crit for me. I started at the back, tried my best to stay in the middle and out of trouble and then move up with about 5 laps to go. It worked all right and I snuck in for 19th place. It seems that I am always in the 15th to 25th positions in all the crits, no better and no worse. Athens is a great city and this event is the coolest on out there by far. There are so many people out watching and cheering it really makes you feel like a rock star.

Sundays race was the roswell crit which had at least two crashes as well. Reid got tore up again badly and broke his carbon handlebar, bennett crashed badly and someone told me he broke a rib and his arm but still finished....thats crazy.
Our team did well today and most of us ended up finishing towards the front. I tried to move up as best as I could, but started a bit late and managed a 23rd place. I would say that the whole weekend was a great success. These were the first national events for me and I was a bit apprehensive going in because sometimes these races can seem impossible to finish, but I felt good and it was a great confidence booster.

I have two days off to mend my aching legs before the series starts again on wednesday which kicks off the final four days in a row. Reid P and myself will be at all of them so hopefully things will go well. I hope reid doesn't run out of equipment.

I have new sunglasses and shoes--they are hot--thanks chad.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Athens Here We Come

I just got back from VA last night. The Tour of Shenandoah is awesome. The roads up there are probably nicer than Ashevilles I bet. The event is running very smoothly this year and the racers all seem in good spirits. The A&F team is doing great, Jered and Andy are in 31 and 32 which is weird because each day they have finished like 10 minutes apart.
Athens Twilight is this weekend and some Abercrombie boys are heading down here and tonight and then we will continue on tommorow to GA. Should be a good time. Twilight crits are the best if you can get fired up for them, and they are terrible if you don't feel like doing them. Luckily I am getting quite pumped up so hopefully it will be a good race. It will be a good race if I dont crash--that is always the first and most important goal. We shall see. Athens is followed by another NRC crit in Roswell GA on sunday. Stay tuned for a complete report on monday.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I know

I know I haven't been posting lately and this is quickly turning into one of those blogs that exist for a short time and then peter out. Anyhoo the reason I haven't been posting is because I have been having too much fun not dealing with the internet. Mark Hendershot was in town and we were busy making fun of each other for about three weeks. It was a great visit and he stopped by a race on the way home and won by a 1/2 hour.

I am on my way up to the tour of shenandoah to drive a support car for two of my teamates for a couple days and then it is off to Athens Twilight which kicks off the USA Crit series which I am doing as well. 6 crits at $10,000 a piece. Should be fun. I put a 55 tooth chainring on to help me out.

Happy Birthday to my bro Rich. He is now officially a master...well kind of--his is the big 30. Congrats.

Hopefully I can start posting on a regular basis, I just haven't had a chance to get to my wonderful library lately, but I should be able to get to it soon.
Enjoy the weather and daylight.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

spring time

It is so nice down here right now, the leaves are all blooming and it is very green and colorful. I think spring is probably my favorite time of year, especially when the time changes.

My brother rich and his wife rachel came down for a few days last week. It was awesome. We rode bikes ate food and drank beer. Life is good down at the farm. I have been enjoying seeing my family and I appreciate them driving so far to come see me. I should have some pictures from their trip soon so stay tuned.

Mark Hendershot is here right now--hence the lack of updates--enough said about that. His wife roberta cooked us so much wonderful food it is awesome. We have been eating like kings, at least I have...I actually haven't seen mark eat yet...which is probably for the better because his full-figured behind keeps on getting dropped on the climbs.

Tonight is the first time trial at the lowes motor speedway. I guess it is a southern tradition because there are like 300 people registered. I am going to do it on a tandem with my teamate. Not any tandem though, this is a medium/small which means it is tiny. Moreover I am going to be in THE BACK!!!! So basically I am going to be spooning andy while I ride this time trial. It should be fun and I hope I get a picture with us because we have matching aero helmets and skinsuits...it should be a riot. We are going to try and set the course record so stay tuned.

Enjoy the spring!!!

Monday, April 03, 2006

race recap

Good stuff is going on down here in the SE. The A&F team was in full effect at the rock hill omnium. There were three events, the street sprints on fri night, crit on sat night, and rr on sunday morning.

calm before the storm
The street sprints were a riot. 7 people in each heat, the winner would move on to the final and 2nd and 3rd place in each heat would go on to a last chance qualifyer. I got second in my heat and rich harper (rockstar teamate) won his. Jeremy (teamate) also got second so the two of us went on to the last chance qualifyer where jeremy gave me the leadouts of all leadouts. I ended up winning that heat and moving on to the final. In the final I led out rich and worked great but we got pimped by some guy who obviously trained specifically for this event--he was moving. So as a result rich was 2nd in the ominium and I was 4th.

yea that's right!
The crit was intense. 120 starters and I as usual ended up lining up at the very back. It was a technical course, but a good course for a bigger guy, lot of high speed turns. I ended up getting in a break about 10 minutes in with Jed Schneider and Scottie Weiss and we rolled. We took turns and just kept on cranking, we didn't sprint for primes or try to mess with each other. We worked really hard together and at one point we were basically caught, but we kept on cranking never giving up. The teams that missed the break were driving the field and just blowing people out the back left and right. We kept on cranking and cranking and eventually we were out of sight again. On the last lap we started looking at each other. Scottie attacked and I waited for the others to chase, jed did for a little bit, then sat up. I jumped across to scottie and then attacked before the second to last corner and held on for the finish. It was by far the biggest win of my life. I was sooo happy afterwards. I even signed an autograph. Photos courtesy of Rock Hill Bicycle Club

The road race was a death march. To win the omnium, I just had to make sure that scottie and jed didn't win. I sat in most of the day and my teamates worked like dogs. They were awesome...they just buried themselves to keep things together. They rock. I ended up sprinting way too early and just finished with the field, but I still won the omnium. GOOD STUFF.

It sure is fun racing on my team, they are a bunch of characters and I couldn't ask for cooler people to race with.

So the b&b is open again this week. My brother and his wife are here as is the notorious mark hendershot so I am sure I will have a bunch of crazy stories in the next couple days.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I went motorpacing...southern style

My new bike is awesome, I built it up this morning without to much cussing and took it out on a ride. It handles awesome and it just seems to fit perfectly under me. It is so stable that I rode down pilot mt no handed eating a powerbar and talking on my cell phone. I wish I had a camera to take pictures of it--it is so hot!!

So I took it out on a ride, it is awesome here today; 70 and sunny with no wind. I went way north on rt 8 and then looped around through hanging rock and saurtown. I was about an hour and a half away from home going down this hill when this crusty old southerner passed me on a moped--not a scooter--but a moped--with no helmet on and drinking a 40. NO JOKE. A moped is a mini motorized bike that has the bike pedals on it. Anyway he passed me on the downhill and I was thinking it would be cool to pace off of him, but he was quite a bit ahead at this point. Well on the uphill, the thing got so bogged down that I was able to catch up, and at the top we were hauling. I must have drafted him for 30 minutes, it was awesome--it was a great workout, because I would have to kill it to keep up with him on the downhills, but the pace uphill was pretty cool. The only downside was that he was smoking the entire time--I mean the entire time. I guess you have to chain smoke because it is hard to light them while you are going 30 mph. I ended up sweeping from side to side and trying to anticipate the exhales so I would avoid them. I would have loved to get a picture of that. This old guy with no teeth drinking a 40, smoking, and driving this old piece of a moped, while I pace off him in my abercrombie kit. I'm not enitrely sure he even knew i was behind him. I was worried that he would look back and freak out, but he didn't. It was priceless.

My brother and sister-in law are coming down on sunday for a few days--that should be a ton of fun. They have this cool dog named oscar--he is a weimeriner (sp?) Anyway I am looking forward to the company. I have realized that I enjoy things more when there are people around. Mark Hendershot will be joining us as well so its going to be like spring break north carolina style....if only I had a hot tub.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Things are going great down at the farm. I had a great visit with the parental units over the weekend. We had a great time, we rode bikes and went out to eat--the perfect lifestyle. Anyway it was awesome to see them--my mom even cleaned my kitchen for me--I should have them down more often.

I managed to rack up about 25 hours on the bike last week--I am feeling good and I think this weekend should be fun, a bit hectic, but fun.

I got a new bike in mail today it is the same as what i had before but a size bigger--apparently I am taller than I think I am, so now I have a 58cm frame for sale.....(JUST KIDDING CHAD...AND TIM). My 58 is going to become my time trial machine.

The Rock Hill Omnium is this weekend. It is going to be a good ol southern throw down. There will be 5 big regional teams there, each with at least 10 people. So that will be 50 people which is half the field. It is going to be awesome...time to start the smack talking. Our whole team is making the trek down so it will be super cool to race with everone. Even if we don't win, it will still be fun to have people to spoof on and to banter with. The race itself is ok. There are street sprints on friday night, crit on saturday and a flat open road race on sunday.

The Books are playing tommorow night, so I might go see them with my friend. I have no idea who they are, but I picture them as an annoying indie-rock stereotypical white belt hair parted to the side way too cool for everyone type band. I love those bands. Now I might be wrong about them so I am sorry just in case they are reading this :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

It is getting warmer again but slowly. It was only 50 today which feels much colder because it was like 80 the other day. I can't figure out who marksroomate is. I think it is somebody who likes to heckle, but I will get to the bottom of it. This elusive person may or may not live in columbus and may or may not live in washington dc...hmm.

check out this link...yes I know that it is a pain to copy and paste but just do it. This guy is very cool and my single speed hero: http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtb.php?id=photos/2006/features/ultra-endurance_series/michigan100_danjanson
all the MI boys are getting mad props, check out this tatooed mama who is going to be staying with me all of april: http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtb.php?id=photos/2006/features/ultra-endurance_series/wilderness101_markhendershot

I rode for 5 hours today. I rode with the yocals this morning for 2.5 hours and then went out again in the afternoon for about the same. I did sprints in the second ride--10 of them. I probably should have worked on cornering because I seem to crash more than other people. The problem is that I get so excited and try to win so badly that I usually just take out myself. I need to chill more, but that isn't much fun.

The parentals are enroute to the compound and yes we are going to mellow mushroom tommorow night. There is a new one in winston-salem and rumour has it that there aren't any dancing bears or bloodshot eyes...it is a "mod" mushroom. We shall see.

I came home yesterday and found a box of rudy project helmets at my door...so if anyone wants one let me know (JUST KIDDING CHADWICK) Apparently my house is now the headquarters for the team--I can't wait for them to send more tt helmets--those things are PIMP.

I am still trying to post pictures because there are some great ones from the race this past weekend. I don't think the library is equiped with such software. I spend about an hour each time trying to upload them, but it just doesn't seem to work. I'll keep trying though.

I might do a mtb race on sunday...if i can borrow a bike. It might be fun to change things up. Till next time

Monday, March 20, 2006

Back in town

This library is crazy. Today I am sitting next to a person who couldn't breath louder through his mouth if he tried...never a dull moment in rural hall.

So the race went well. First and foremost, I would like to say sorry for plugging the cervelo--the thing rode like crap and the entire time trial I was dreaming about a masi tt bike--i sure would love to ride one...I wonder where you can get them. :)

Andy and Rich (my teamates) got 3 and 4th respectively and I got 6th in the time trial. It was a moderately rolling 7 mile course. We were all within 6 seconds of each other--right at or just under the 15 minute marker. That was cool.
The road race was good. Three 26 mile laps. I rode moderately aggresively at the front until I made it into a big breakaway and proceded to blow my legs up. One guy--chris harkey--got away and stayed away for the win. I tried to help Rich in the sprint--but didn't have much. He did awesome and won the field sprint for second place.
The criterium was cold and wet. We rode great and were always in the moves, but I crashed on the last lap and took out pretty much the entire field. I don't think I made to many friends by doing this--but I think everyone was ok. I was second wheel on the last lap and just was way too hot going into a corner. I slid out. Amazingly, none of my teamates crashed--just everyone else. Anyway Reid Peacock got 4th place.
Overall Rich Harper got 2nd which was a good result. He won the race last year and he is a monster on the bike--and off. Never a dull moment with Rich...good stuff.

It is cold and wet in the southeast. I rode my cross bike on the singletrack by my house for 15 minutes and then blew out a tire and had to walk home--good thing it is close.

My parents are coming to visit me this weekend. That will be fun. I think my dad and I are going to do the assault on the carolinas, it is a big ride out of asheville--should be fun.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Pattys Day

Happy St. Patricks Day and Happy Birthday to my sister Deb, I think she is ** years old this year. I hope she is having a wonderful day.

I am off to Atlanta by way of asheville. I managed to snag a ride down to Atlanta with the BMW womens cycling team. Yes they all have new beamers so I get to ride in an X5. Good Stuff. Actually it is with my teamate and his wife--so it isn't as glorious as I am making it sound. But it will be fun. My teamates are tons of fun.

I managed to snag a TT bike. It is a cervelo p2sl--it is SWEET. I am borrowing it from the shop and I am going to try and sell it at the race. It is a 58cm and if anyone wants it--it is brand new with DA 10 and carbon cranks and the whole enchilada. It goes for 2500 but I will sell it for 2000--shipping AND tax included. Just let me know.

Well I hope everyone drinks green beer for me because this will be the first st. pattys day in a while that I won't be celebrating--so drink some for me.
Well off to Hotlanta--will give a full update when I get back on monday.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

i am wearing latex gloves to type this

I am at the library again and you have to wait in line to use the computer and the little kid in front of me literally picked his nose and wiped it on the keyboard. NO JOKE. I went to my car and got my long fingered cycling gloves to type this. Does that make me a germ-a-phobe or just smart--not sure.
I worked this morning--again. That makes two days in a row that i got up at 7am. Life is rough. Rumor has it that a lot of people do that, but I don't believe it.
I worked until 3 and then went out and did some intervals--yes I actually am training, and not just riding this year. I hope it pays off, but actually following a program will probably make me slower--we'll see.
I have started practicing again (my bassoon) and it feels good. I just need to make some reeds--which is kind of tedius. It is so much fun just to play and not have to worry about auditions. It reminds me why I play.
Is it me or are these entries getting a bit sappy? On to better subjects: HOWARD STERN and BUBBA THE LOVE SPONGE. As a subscriber of sirius radio, I have the priveledge of listening to howard on the way to work and if that doesn't fill my head up with enough poop and garbarge i get Bubba the Love Sponge--who makes howard look like a saint--on the way home from work. I feel horrible listening to these programs, but they are HILARIOUS--they are just train wrecks. I don't really approve of either of them, but I do listen. It is kind of like watching COPS or WILDEST POLICE VIDEOS--only you can't see them, just listen.
My favorite part of working at this fine library is the old security guard who always walks behind me and reads what I am typing. He doesn't seem to think that is weird.
I love Rural Hall.

Monday, March 13, 2006

I am back at the library, and I didn't wash my hands. Things have been awesome here in winston-salem. The weather was in the 70's and 80's all last week and I had some peeps staying with me so we ended up doing some HUGE rides. Last week thursday we went on a good old fashioned secret training camp death march. We rode from my house and headed out. We were going to go NW and catch the parkway about 45 miles from my house and then ride it north into virginia and then go back south to home. It was cool--we got lost right off the bat and ended up who knows where. We managed to find our way and we did get to the parkway--but we hit it ridiculously north in virginia. Virginia is not flat--AT ALL. Once we got there it was 330 and it gets dark at 615. So we loaded up on hostess cupcakes and redbulls and time trialed all the way home. We made it...7 1/2 hours and 200k. Words cannot describe how hungry I was when we got home. We ate as much food as we could and basically passed out within an hour. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!
It reminded me of the real STC we used to have in western NC. There was a group of us that did it 4 years in a row. Those will always be my fondest memories of cycling . We would do crazy rides like that everyday.
I remember once we bit off way more than we could chew and I had to ride home and get the car and pick up everyone--in the dark....I think thats how it happened. We will now see if any of those people I picked up are reading this. I remember scotty c ate all these donuts in my car on the way home and bernie and mark hendershot were walking their bikes up the smallest incline. Those were great times.
I have been thinking about those trips alot lately because this is the time of year that we would do them. We would have SO much fun--the dynamic between all of us was just perfect. I will miss those trips. Chin (hendershot) will be coming down soon and so we will have to make the dstc (diesel secret training camp).
I have just tried to post a picture of us from stc, but I can't figure it out. Computers are a pain. Oh well.
I am racing an omnium this weekend. RR on sat, tt on sunday morning and crit on sunday afternoon. Should be fun--I have this new TT helmet that is really cool, and i am excited to wear it.

Actually I should fess up now--it was me who bonked so hard on that ride--i wanted to take a nap 4000 ft in the air in the dark. I was so tired and hungry I couldn't handle it. IT WAS AWESOME. And yes it was me that ate all the donuts in scotts car. But for the record NOONE made it home. Chin will say that he did--but technically he got picked up to. GOOD STUFF

Thursday, March 09, 2006

posting

Posting is much easier when you have internet access at your home. I am hoping to get that program going shortly, but I guess you need a computer first.

I have two friends staying with me right now keiran and jon royal. They are friends from my collegiate days--it is good to see them We did a 6 hour bike ride yesterday. it was awesome, the weather here is really turning around, it was 60 yesterday with absolutely no wind and now it is 70 and will be for the rest of the week. Life is good here at the farm. No racing for me this weekend, though, i am going to take it easy for a while. I am thinking about taking up golfing again. This is a pretty boring post so I am going to shut up now.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Back in NC

Well I didn't race--i figured that since it was one loop of 100 miles that if I started and then felt like crap 50 miles into it, that it would be a long ride home. I made the right decision, so I am ok with it.

The best thing about being sick is getting better. I feel so good now and I appreciate it so much, it almost makes getting sick worth while. I do feel good, and it is good to be back in North Carlonina.

The drive home wasn't too bad. 13 hours in the car with only two stops, I almost did it with only one, but I was about 20 miles short on gas. The satellite radio is the best, it makes time go by so fast, especially when howard is on for 5 hours straight.

The "Hekman Bed and Breakfast presented by the Haberkern Family" is open again this week. My good friend Keiran from Ohio State is coming over tommorow for a couple of days of training. I am back to 100% so I am excited. I enjoy people coming over because it forces me to ride and not just to do easy rides, I like to break people in when they come--I find the hardest rides possible and causually act like it is an easy ride--and then end it by going up pilot mountain. The rides are always easier when you know whats coming, so it is fun to catch them off gaurd and inform them that there is still a 2 hour ride home.

I watched the movie Road Trip yesterday. It is a HILARIOUS movie, it takes place at my Alma Mater, Ithaca College, although it wasn't filmed there. There are some good scenes in that movie. It made me think back to my undergrad days there, I had a riot and actually learned quite a bit, more about people than anything else, but it was a good time. I wish I had pictures of me back then--I had long hair and a beard--wait--that is what I look like now, except I did shave my beard for some pictures.

My teamate Tim Swain broke his fork on his bike already--way to go Timmah--I accidentally got his hopes up and said that they have free crash replacement--whoops just kidding tim--soorry. He put a nice baby blue fork on it so I'm sure his bike looks as tight as ever.

I have told a few teamates about this blog, but I haven't told them how to find it, and they haven't found it yet...I am dissapointed in their hacking abilities. Come on guys, I want to start talking smack to ya'lls faces.

Now that I am back in NC I won't be able to update this as much, seeing as I have to go to the Public Library and use this disease infested keyboard..I hope I remember to wash my hands before I eat. Actually I should leave a sign and let the people after know that They should wash their hands.

I am back on the bike now that I am feeling better. I going easy for a few days, but I will go on a few death marches once keiran gets here.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I Wanna Race

The more I read about this race this weekend, the more I want to do it. Check it out at http://www.batonrougecycling.com/
It sounds like a riot and moreover, this will be the last year I can do it bc kerry is graduating--and no offense to the city of baton rouge, but there isn't really any other point to coming here other than kerry. I woke up feeling better, but not 100% and I would like to think that I could just do the race as a group ride and not go hard, but we all know how that ends up. I would probably end up attacking in the first mile and stay away for about 70 miles and get caught and be so hungry and tired that i would take a nap in the ditch and tell bernie to go get the car and pick me up while I slept. I should probably just go home (nc) and take it easy for a couple of days. It is a long season and there are always cool bike races.
I haven't told my team yet about this--i am getting sick of waiting for it to hit, maybe I'll leak it out.

mark

Friday, March 03, 2006

Check out this link


http://www.savagehillcycling.com/hecksquatch.htm

The joke is on them--they think they found THE SECRET TRAINING CAMP--BUT THEY DIDN'T!!!! And I have other pictures to prove it.

Coolest bikes




I ripped these pictures off of our bike sponsors blog--pretty cool eh? They were taken at our training camp last week in winston. It is fun being on a well organized team, and they don't even care if I moon them--yes i did and then turned around. That behavior is totally out of character though.

"BLAH" That is exactly how I feel. My disease has moved out of my lungs and totally into my sinuses, maybe it is floating away slowly but surely. It is horrible being down here and not being able to ride. Yesterday's high was 88--yes eighty-eight degrees. It was awesome--i went out in shorts and jersey for exactly 40 minutes, but I was so dizzy I couldn't do it any longer. I am just glad that this week is a rest week anyway.
It has been nice seeing kerry down here, she has a nice apartment for sleeping, and that is pretty much all I have done since I got down here. I just hope that I don't get her sick.

I can't believe how nice it is down here. People are mowing the grass and everything is green--it feels great. I am not going to race this weekend, but i am going to go get my t-shirt because I did spend $30 on an entry. Maybe I will just treat it like a big group ride and sit at the back and banter with people. I was looking forward the race because no one knows me down here and i could have played the role of spoiler--oh well.

My friend Brad Flikkema has a new job, good for him--he restrains naughty teenagers in a group home. I can't picture a more perfect job for him.

I have started this blog, but I haven't told any of my teamates about it yet, I am seeing how long it takes them to find it--I have never seen as many people so addicted to the dang internet, it is quite comical. you should have seen their faces when they got to camp and found out that I didn't have wifi. What the heck is WIFI anyway. Typical roadies--although I am starting to fit that mold more and more everyday. Good thing Mark Hendershot is coming to stay with me, he'll set me straight--well actually probably not straight.

peace
Moppy

Thursday, March 02, 2006

sick in louisiana

So I just got done with a 6 day training camp at home is NC. 18 people stayed at my house--wow, many of us were either sick at the start or sick right now, like I am. I drove down to LA on tuesday and started to feel a bronchitis type cough, I figured it was just from the efforts in the cold, but it has moved into my head and the cough has gotten worse. I feel horrible because Kerry (my wonderful girlfriend) has a ginormous audition in NYC on sunday....I hope she doesn't get it--the sickness that is. I figured that her immune system is stronger than mine because she didn't ride in the cold for 20 hours in three days like we did and then go out partying. Camp was awesome though, we had a riot. The Abercrombie and Fitch team is the coolest team I have ever been on in my entire life.

I did my first race on sunday in WS. It was a small crit at the legendary DIXIE FAIRGROUNDS. It was really windy so I figured that the race would blow to pieces. It did. JH took off like the cops were after him on his motorcycle, I followed and unfortunately some kid did also. This kid decided that he didn't have to pull so we tried to drop him, but somehow he could chase down our attacks. Now I would like to know how you are strong enough to chase us down attack after attack, but you couldn't pull for one single lap?!!! Anyway i ended up winning and JH got second. Our team did awesome, we had the WELFARE SQUAD (reid peacock, jered gruber, and myself--we are HIGH ROLLERS) there today. Our main goal as always was to win gas money and money to eat on that week. We managed and we all got in the money--reid got 10th and jered got 8th---THATS HOW WE ROLL!!!
It was cool racing with the team, especially since we have matching bikes and jerseys. I do love my new bike.

So sunday is the ROUGE ROUBAIX. It is a 100 mile dirt road race north of Baton Rouge. I hope I feel better by then, but either way it will be fun just to ride the course, it is definately an old school race because you get T-SHIRT when you register--awesome.

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog. I would like to thank tim jackson the "MASI GUY" for inspiring me to create this. I am going to use this as a tool for my friends and family to keep track of me while I am either on the road or at home. This will also be a place where people can find out how my racing and bassooning are going.