Monday, October 29, 2007

a wedding and a running race??

Friday: Class till 1 then immediately left for MN for the rehearsal dinner. We made about 2 hours of mistakes (thanks to no map) and finally got there just before they cleaned up the food. I barely had enough time to say hi Scott and was handed a bag with a black watch in it. Cool, I think I'm going to like this weekend?

Saturday: First the wedding, then took a bus/limo to the party. Plenty o alcohol on board. Party was fun, DJ sucked tho. We got back and it was time to inhale water to be ready for the 10K.

Sunday: I felt pretty good in the morning, drank some more water and got McD's breakfast for pre race fuel. You laugh, I say it works. Anyways the race went surprisingly well. I got around 47 minutes, I just remember it was a 7:35 pace. Garrett and I were together until 4.5 miles where he slowly put time on me then at the 5 mile mark he picked it up and did most of his damage. I wasnt racing him as much as myself and I couldnt be happier considering my condition right now. I had never run that far before so that was cool. The girls are wayyyy hotter in running I may seriously take that up as a 2nd sport, can I do that?

cool costumes

see what i mean

And on the ride home we hit a deer, it was knocked over and managed to get off the highway before the oncoming semi hit it.

Ok time to think Genetics and CycloCross...

Thursday, October 25, 2007


they say a picture tells a thousand words...the story behind this one must be longer than that.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

cx at tourist park

I raced, took 8th. I'll upload pics when I get them. Felt pretty good for the amount of training, need to get faster for the championship in 2 weeks tho. Scott's wedding is saturday so I'll be in minnesota all weekend without a bike. But...I will be running a 10k sunday after the wedding, that should be a disaster, more to come...

oh and I start shadowing Dr. Stang on thursday which is exciting!

sTumpy and I at tourist park

Friday, October 19, 2007


Eric and I went for a 30 miler today. It was nice out when we started, then it began to rain, then it rained hard (we didnt see any rainbows but that would have been cool), then eric flatted on rt 480. So the ride didn't go quite as planned but it still felt great to be back out on the road bike. I wish I could find a race in a month to give me a little motivation and direction with my training. I still have yet to make my off season training plan. I probably need to do some more reading before I do this, got any suggestions? I've read "training and racing with a powermeter" and "the cyclists training bible" so far.

The Zipps... ahhh the zipps, well they didnt quite make it to the reserve, so they're relisted. I'll take anything at this point, the powermeter im getting is 770 so if I can break even its all good.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

kick in the butt

Sunday I did the kmk cyclocross race at the fit strip, conclusion = I am out of shape. (thats all you get toph)

I think that was a good kick in the butt for me though because it was so bad that I went for a ride this morning at 7am. When I woke up I realized it was still dark and I didn't have a light. I roughed it and nearly hit a guy on the bike path on the way out so I wont be doing that again anytime soon. Delilah (my roadie) hasn't seen pavement in well over a month. I felt like i was riding someone else's bike, the geometry felt so strange, the handlebars were too far away, its been way too long. Anyways I'm getting back in the groove and I want to have a big year next year so the name of the game right now is maintenance so theres no lost fitness. With the weather as nice as its been lately I plan on getting out often... while its light out!

Friday, October 12, 2007

So long Zipps... Hello Powertap

I'm selling my zipps that I bought last fall so I can afford a powertap. I love new toys. I only got to use the zipps a couple of times tho because I took forever to mount them.

Here's the ebay ad:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

entry 2

A little about me... I'm a 22 year old college student, prepping for optometry school. I will apply next fall and in the mean time am finishing up all my prereqs. I have to take organic chemistry in the summer but Northern doesnt offer it. So heres the million dollar question: what do I do? Options #1: take classes at tech and race for the new cat 3 Ace hardware team here in marquette. This is tempting since they will probably pay for a lot of things including kits, race fees, and travel... we'll see. Or, #2 take my classes at colorado state and live with my bro ryan. I could ride like crazy out in the mountains every day, cool! My dad has a house in Fort Collins so I can probably live for free. After writing it down, option 2 just seems so cool. Who knows maybe there are race teams out there?

Monday, October 8, 2007

Bloggin it up

I am transfering a Blog I recently started at wordpress. Here was my most recent post:

Saturday was an 18 mile xc mountain bike race in Houghton, Mi. It poured like you couldnt imagine. No ones bike worked right by the end. We rode thru some puddles that our feet were underwater for, these were more like mini ponds. Anyways with barely working brakes and only 2 gears for the second lap, I still finished. I raced B’s and probably got 7th or 8th place. Of the other guys on the team one other finished (Matt) and he took 5th.

matt and I washing off

Sunday was a 9 lap cyclocross race. I raced A’s finally made it through a race with no problems. Roughly 25 showed up for A’s. I felt good at the beginning staying with the front few guys but tired out and rode with position 4,5,6 for a while. With 3 laps to go I was doing everything I could to maintain. It was really sandy, but ultimately, my fitness was the only thing holding me back today, I came in 6th overall. Not extremely happy with the result but I’m gonna be on the cross bike for the next few weeks and see if I can climb the standings a bit

Racin some cyclocross