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.