Friday, November 30, 2007
Almost all the neighbors had put up their lights so Amber was on me to get ours up. I got them out & plugged them in in the garage to look for blown bulbs. How about blown strands? I ended up throwing away 4 strands & buying new. We went with the multi color lights this season.
We did have 2 strands from the old group that worked. They fade from blue to white so I put them up around the door. This way Mia can see the "pretty lights", her words, from the living room.
How did I get those lights up there you ask? With a big long pole thats how. My neighbor was so impressed he rushed off to Target to get the same set up.
Mia has been very fascinated with pictures lately. She carries them around & will tell you who is in the picture. These happen to be all of her. She carries around 4 of me boating saying "daddie, daddie" very cute.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
All athletes will be staged based on when they registered for the event.
Registration and Day of Staging Protocol:
Age Category National Championships
**Residence in the KC metro area Somehow they deleted this bit of trivia.
1. Top 10 in order of 2006 National championships
2. Recent former National Cross Champions
3. Medalist from younger category 2006
4. By order of registration
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Lappers were supposed to be pulled but they weren't. I had one crash me & take me out of contention for 2nd. I regrouped & grabbed on to 3rd place. Couldn't come around at the finish. Rolled across the line in 4th or so I thought. A snafu with the results showed me as DNF. After talking to a lot of officials & the race director I got placed back in the results. They hand scored the results. I was placed by 3 of the 4 officials. They made the results off the list I wasn't on, DOH! I may not get payed out though since they started handing out the money before I got my situation taken care off. Supposedly tomorrow they are going to "make things right" & pay me out.
Well's won by a ton. Enough so he was jumping a burm & doing cross ups. I have it on video & will post them when I get back to Missouri. Horner 2nd, Bjorn Selander out sprinted Schoutan for 3rd(last to 3rd). Butthead finally got some UCI points with a massive charge from the very back of the grid to place 9th.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
U.C.I WORLD MASTERS
CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008
SATURDAY 19th JANUARY 2008
ZILVERMEER MOL - BELGIUM
CATEGORIE DISTANCE START
Men (1943 and older) 30’ 10.03hr
Women (1958 and older) 20’ 10.02hr
Women (1959-1968) 25’ 10.01hr
Women (1969-1978) 30’ 10.00hr
Men (1944-1948) 30’ 11.02hr
Men (1949-1953) 30’ 11.01hr
Men (1954-1958) 30’ 11.00hr
Men (1959-1963) 40’ 12.00hr
Men (1964-1968) 40’ 13.00hr
Men (1969-1973) 40’ 14.00hr
Men (1974-1978) 40’ 15.00hr
That's homemade by my talented wife. Oreo cookie crust cheesecake with a caramel nut topping. I gained a pound taking the picture. Oh well thanks to the sickness I'm down to a svelte 150, a pound or two probably won't kill me. I'll have to run extra hard at the Turkey Trot to burn some extra calories. I might be burning them to stay warm. Forecast is for COLD, luckily they took the rain out.
Iowa is a go by the way. (EDIT Found this link) Hotel room booked, race entered. Amber & I leave out Friday afternoon for a quick 7 hour drive. Mia is staying home with her Nana & Poppa Top. I don't expect much on Saturday but pain. It will take a few laps to blow the cob webs out of the legs after a 2 week lay off. Hopefully I can get a good start & hang in till my legs come around. Race pays 10 deep so that's all I shooting for on day 1. Day 2 I hope my legs will have found me & I can go for a top 5. I'll try & post a few updates while at the hotel. The forecast for Iowa doesn't look too bad, mid 40's. I was hoping for a little mud or even some snow. I guess dry is good since it will keep Amber out of the pits. She didn't seem too excited about washing bikes in 40 degree weather.
Happy Feast to everyone & happy Black Friday. Which starts at 4 am this year. When is enough enough? Poor cashiers.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Need a trailer? I hear they are great for parties.
Hope Green Beans is alright. He attacked a car & lost.
This is my recovery week, thank God! Not been on the bike or my feet for that matter since Saturday. I suppose I'll get out today for an easy spin on the SS'er. I've been riding it at least once a week. This winter I plan on getting in quite a few Kilometers on it. I even have a Fixie conversion planned for it. It will be Uber Ghetto so I'll share it when done.
Next Thursday is the 13Th Annual Turkey Trot 5k. This year will be my 6Th year in a row. It's become quite the outing for my family. My whole family including in-laws do it now. I was going to try & break my personnel best Turkey Trot(17:29 in 2003). But Jingle Cross is 2 days later so I'll just float it & try & break 20 min. I'm less than 30 days from Nationals so need to focus on the bike not the run.
Monday, November 12, 2007
On the way up it dawned on us that Mizzou was having a home game @ the same time as the race. We wondered about how good an idea this was but later we'd find out first hand. Not so great it turns out. Traffic SUCKED!!!!!! to put it lightly. We probably could have parked in Springfield & rode up faster than traffic was moving on Stadium. It almost caused a bladder emergency. After finding the race. Let me tell you this was no small feat since they hid the course. Sneaky. If you can't beat the SPR Armada hide the course from them. After a few phone calls & some cryptic directions we find it.
A1 Course without a doubt. Thumbs Up. Though in my opinion it would have been better run in the other direction. But still a fine course. The start was a cluster & I got pushed off in the first corner so I had to do some quick thinking to make up places to get over the barrier. Most of that involved taking a sketchy line & jamming my peddle into my calf. But it worked & I was in the front group. For about twenty minute I was in a front group of 4 waiting for Butthead to get off the ground & chase back on. Just as I was ready to throw down the most viscous attack the BOCOMO had ever saw BAM my F'ing chain broke. Ah the luck. Columbia wouldn't have known what hit them. Plus it would have been embarrassing for them if an outsider rode off & made them look bad. Oh well I got to do some spectating. Cale rode well to hold up our honor coming in 4th, TM got 8thish, though if he'd been on tubbies could have gotten 7th. If your not racing Tubulurs your not racing cross.
The scene in Colombia is probably the best in the Big MO. Two Thumbs up. After the race & a quick fix on my useless chain we headed out for a spin of the local trails with Fish. Now we got to see the brilliance behind having a race the same day as a D1 Football game. Beer. It was every where. These kids no how to tail gate & have no problem sharing it with you. Fish also took us by a tailgate party to get us a little grub & a beer. Damn nice of him.
After the spin & a 40 min sit in gridlock we made it to the Mr. Mean's Bed & Breakfast. 6 Thumbs up accommodation's. I've crashed @ a lot of peoples houses for races but have never been emailed a menu before. The food. Where do I start?
Ronald himself couldn't have done better. McThumbs up! The first course started when we walked in the door. Then each course afterwards came in 2 hour waves mixed in with more beer. That man knows how to host. In fact I think he should write a book on proper bike racer hosting. The world would be a better place for it. I mean the man jumped on his bike @ 9pm to ride to the store to get Ice Cream & Cool Whip for the Cobbler he had just whipped up. I'm truly scared to weigh myself.
Mr. Means provides more than just a couch & a place to shower after a race. Its a full service hostel as well as a full service late night bike shop.
Cale says when I'm in town to kill Columbian's I always stay @ Mr. Means Bed & Breakfast.
3 more thumbs up for breakfast & coffee. Because what would a B&B be (3b's) without its breakfast. In this case Belgian waffles & a bottomless pot of coffee. Not no instant either the real deal. Unfortunately because of a freak accident @ home we had to bail on more coffee & the drive to Lawrence to race again. In worked out since I deep down wanted to start my recovery week a day early anyway. TM I hope all is well & if I can do anything let me know. Maybe a half pipe @ your house as a welcome home gift?
Friday, November 09, 2007
The Fall issue had interviews (in depth) with Katie Compton & Jonathan Page. They share some training & set up secrets. That's info we weekend warriors are looking for. I spend a lot of time looking at World Cup pics trying to figure out what the Pros are running. Getting it straight from the horses mouth is nice.
My favorite section is the Bike Hacker. Being one I can appreciate this info. They tell you how to run Campy Ergo levers with a Shimano Dérailleur. Supposedly it works great & is crazy light. Look for it on a bike of mine in the near future. I could read a whole magazine on nothing but bike hacks & set up ideas.
They have good coverage of Interbike from a cross perspective. All the new cross goodies coming to a LBS near you.
The mag could use more color but I understand it being a start up & cash is probably tight. All in all I think its worth a read & a look at all the great photos it has. If you can find it get it. I'm guessing though ordering a subscription is the best route. Ask nice & I might even share my copy.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Mud & Cowbells Posts on these Wednesday outings. I wish we could get 5 guys to show up to a weekly session.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Here you go Mike a run down of my "garage bike shop". I have just about every thing do do what a bike shop can. Eventually I plan on adding frame tools & facing tools to my arsenal. The one thing I would add more of is outlets. My garage lacks them in a big way but I'm working on them.
One day I'm going to add a drill press & a mini lathe/mill combo.If I had one of these I'd never need to buy small parts again, I'd just make them. I haven't bought a headset spacer in awhile. For that matter I made my own SS conversion kits. The possibilities are endless.
To save space I made a slide show with captions to show how I have everything set up. I can work on just about anything here.
Right now I'm in day 2 of my two day rest program. I figured I'd better rest up a little so I could get in two quality practices instead of 3 or 4 really crappy ones. Besides I'm pretty sore from my warm up crash on Sunday. I guess I hit the deck harder than I thought because I'm really sore on my right side. Oh well News Flash Cross leaves you Bruised & tired.
I should be ready to get back on the horse tomorrow to get ready to start taking my man sized beatings this weekend. Double dose Columbia & Lawrence. Another Butthead beating oh boy! At least Tilford is in New Zealand so I won't suffer that humiliation.
Cyclo-cross Cat 2 That's right its official. Damn, that sucks.
I'm bringing back "Tough". I raced with this bad boy this weekend, that was my key to success. I intimidated everyone into submission. Unfortunately I have a job interview this week & I don't think they'll appreciate "Tough" as much as I do so it must go. Shame too I really like it, though Amber hates it.
It's November & I mowed my yard yesterday. Crazy weather. My rose bush is so heavy with roses I had to stake it up to keep it from falling over. Sounds like fall is finally here though with a dip in temps. Although it's supposed to be warm again this weekend. Glad I got that long sleeve skin suit.
Mia has a double ear infection. Poor kid. She's a trooper, you would never know she's sick except for the coughing. That and the loss of sleep lately. Every night around 3am she's waking up. Last two night's I haven't been able to go back to sleep. Hopefully the antibiotics will cure her & keep Amber & me from getting sick.
Mike stay tuned post on my work bench/bike room is coming just for you. Its a doozy too. 30+ pics all for you.