Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Yes I Love Technology"

I've had some new technological developments in my life recently. As some of you know, I used to have an iphone. I bought the iphone because I thought it would make me friends, it didn't. I just had lots of problems and finally I had to sit at the Apple store and wait for an appointment to get it looked at. Long story short, I got the phone replaced, but with another lemon. My new one died about 24 hours after I got it. I was pretty pissed and didn't want to go through the same hell again at the Apple store, so I decided to cut my loses and ditched the iphone and my crappy AT&T service. Now I'm back on good ol' Verizon and my new phone doesn't work like a pager, tight. In case you were doubting my lameness, thinking I may have gotten cooler and ditched the trendy phone thing, nope... still lame. I got a Blackberry, you wanna be friends now?

Oh Sam's Club, how I love you. I got my new computer at Sam's Club, basically free. Seriously, it was the last one and I got a smokin' deal since it was the display model. I don't care where it spent the first few months of it's life. In a box or on display, it's still new to me!

Don't worry, I haven't given up bike racing to work at Sam's Club. I do still race and did a couple bike derby's this weekend. I've been a bit apothetic in some of my races recently, and frankly, I'm pissing myself off. I think it's a combination of things, Superweek being kind of hard, my brain attempting to check out on road racing and get in CX mode, and me generally being an L7 weeener. I've got it under control now though and am excited to go out and race with my team and throw down some results in these coming weekends.

I've got to leave you with this nice link.

Super Euro Full Length Cross Vids

Now this link may not be for everyone, but for those who do fancy an hour + of Lars Boom (I know I do), enjoy.

Wednesday Worlds is on tap for tomorrow. I'm excited to be back after a few weeks away from Worlds. See you tomorrow bro's.

EDIT: Almost forgot, New Team Site Not quite all of the content is there, but it's a start.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Not So Superweek

I've been doing a bit more racing than my blog would lead you to believe. I made the trip up to Chicago and Milwaukee and surrounding burbs to do some critting. Each year, Superweek marks the beginning og critting season. The time of year where you say goodbye to the gentle roll off of the startline for a nice gentle roadrace, and hello to the fighting for a decent spot behind the good riders at the starting line. The racing has been faster than I remembered last year's superweek races... maybe I'm just getting slower. I have gotten no real results to speak of at Doperweek, but I have mamaged to "2 Fast 2 Furious Tokyo Drift" my bike around 5 superweek races with only one real crash. I didn't mind the crashing part too much though, first of all because it wasn't my fault and I didnt get yelled at, and second because I got to wear the oh-so-pro fish net/ tube gauze stuff.

Ryan White was nice enough to let me crash at his place for the Wisconsin races, as well as eat all his food, bleed on his sheats, and steal his bar tape after I wrecked mine. Don't worry bro, I've got a case of Guiness with your name on it.

Once back in Chicago for the Evanston GP Mike's family let me crash there for a few nights at their condo, which happend to be located on the course for Sundays crit. All and all, this was probably one of the most convienient bike racing trips I've been on.

As far as the lack of results... I'm a bit down, but I don't think I have terrible form, I just need to play my cards a little better. I'll be heading back up for round two of Superweek this Thursday through Saturday, with the Chicago Criterium in downtown Chi-town on Sunday. It sounds like the chicago crit is going to be a serious spectacle. If you're gonna be in the area, you should come down and check it out.

I'll leave you with a couple pictures from last weekends NRC crit in Louisville.

By the way... Recent developments on the cyclocross front. It looks like thanks to a certain connection at a certain very large name wheel manufacturer in Indianapolis, I'll be getting some sets of wheels to race cross on and test for the company. So awesome!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Insert Witty Title Here

Hey all, Since my last post I've enjoyed a nice little break and am back to all things cycling, full on for the next month or so. In my last post I told of my 4th of July plans. All I want to say about that is that I didn't lose any hair. I'm feeling pretty good mentally and physically after that little break, and am chomping at the bit to do some road racing. I say road racing, because I was trying to take all of last week off from bike racing, but I accidentally raced mountain bikes on Sunday. I normally find one weekend or so a year to break out the mtb (or borrow one) and punish myself. I really just wanted to get a good effort in, and after going out waaay too hard and face planting a time or two, I packed it in. It was nice to get out and see the mtb crowd, but it sure made me miss the road scene too.

So did you see that Manuel Beltran got busted and booted from the tour? Hil-arious. What an idiot. Just another one of Lance's boys to get popped. But hey, I'm sure Lance was clean...

Aside from the lame dopers, I think this tour has had one of the most exciting first weeks I can remember. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the no time bonuses, but the racing has been awesome, and the Amurican teams have been holding it down in the team competition. I'm still hoping to see the Garmin-Chipotle boys pick up a stage win (Frishkorn was sooo close!), but there's lots of racing to come.

I've got a fair bit of racing on tap as well. I'll be in Louisville this weekend, then a week or so of Superveeek. After that a bunch more crits in August and it's almost cyclocross time. I'm pretty excited to get a whack at another NRC crit tomorrow, because the few NRC crits I've done this year have been after a week of stage racing... should be painful.

Alright, off to do some race prep and start hydrating for tomorrow. Word is it's supposed to be like a hundred degrees or some bull.