Day 6 is also when the excitement happens.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Day 6 is also when the excitement happens.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thanks to B. Fisk, you can see how good my barrier jumping form is. She was there cheering us all on (why not racing B Fisk?).Thanks to Josh, I had an official "heckling section", and I got to race on a single speed cross bike (his). It was dang fun.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
-Get to said meeting spot with Jr. and no one was there.
-A few guys show up
-Get free samples of SUPER yummy scones from Spruce Confections.
-Become annoyed because it is too easy and I am coasting too much.
-My pee break lasts longer than theirs
-Chase back on
-Get really tired
-Tom D and Chris B pick up the pace as does the wind
-Start to get dropped, but with encouragement am able to stay on and last untill the gas station stop.
-Be jealous of the chocolate chip cookies they are eating (I'm too cheap to buy one).
-Limp home while they go up Flagstaff.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
On Saturday, I went with Megan
Sunday was a road ride with new DS Jack, and "the girls". No pictures because the camera is too big to fit in the jersey pocket.
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Sunday, November 18, 2007
We wanted to go support Jason Donald. His parents and my parents have been friends since before Jason and I were born (1979-80). He and I grew up skiing and schooling together. We then went our separate ways; me ski racing, Jason college going and steeplechase running. Now we have come full circle and are both racing our bikes. He's making a living doing it. I'm just doing it (ie. not really making anything but new experiences).
It was great to see him and I wish him the VERY best for the upcoming race season. How exciting!!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
A break I had, and it was great. Four weeks of nothing-ness. Except for 3 hikes, I did no exercise whatsoever. Instead, I caught up with friends, family, work and rest. Now I feel MUCH better.
Now, riding bikes is FUN! I've been on all kinds of bikes doing all sorts of riding; road, cross and even a mountain bike (and it was fun!).
It's easy to forget how fun riding a bike is. It's easy to become attached to the SRM becoming a robot on the bike. It's also easy to be so concerned with training that you forget to enjoy yourself and remember why you ride a bike: because it's FUN!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Team USA camp; time trial day
Bring on the TT
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Except now, everything hurts. Ouch. I guess that's when you know you gave 100% of yourself to the race. I experienced a whole new level to the pain cave during my race today. The last 2km was brutal (why is it again we like to do this?).
I am so satisfied with myself and my effort in the time trial today. I could have started out a little slower, but other than that, I did well. The only thing that's rubbing me the wrong way is my 20th place. I was hoping for better, but now I have a stepping stone that can be massively improved upon.
After some of my pain and tiredness pass, I will post some pictures and more interesting info.
Team USA did pretty dang well today. Kristin was 2nd, Amber 4th and Christine 5th. Not bad at all.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
-Had "official" training on the TT course (closed to cars, except team cars, all the barriors were up. It was pretty dang fun. Not every day you can haul on an open road with all the best riders in the world.)
-Took a picture with The Devil
-Hung out at the team truck (in a chair), laughing at Dave Z, with other team USA people.
-Drove back to the hotel
-Noticed how "thick" the air was/is. It's starting to get a little tense around camp.
-Lunch (best sandwich in the world AND corn with the salad. This is a good day.)
-Received a call, and it was my Mom! She and Dad were in the lobby.
-Hung out with M & D.
-Drank a cappuccino
-Dinner (spaetlze AND corn with the salad! This is, again, a good day)
-Met George Hincapie
-Received new Team USA kits and clothing (all the little people have nothing to wear as I fit into smalls. They look like they are wearing parachutes; I look good)
-Team meeting -receive start times (I go at 2:29pm), numbers, talk about schedule and things for tomorrow.
-Loose Internet (son of a...)
Bring on tomorrow!! I'm SO excited.
Monday, September 24, 2007
That's a lot of stuff and only half the team is here.
CHAIRS! In the USA garage!! It's a miracle. Yes, I sat and enjoyed after my ride.
-Tried to sleep in (not as successful as yesterday)-Leisurely breakfast (how breakfast should always be) complete with a cappuccino.
-Rode the TT course with Ted, Christine's husband. The course is great! I can't wait to race it.
-Sat in a chair to take off my shoes, helmet, gloves, etc. and to drink some water. It felt like magic. We don't get chairs when racing here in Europe. People (Jim) think we will sit in them for too long. I don't know what he's talking about.
-Lunch, complete with the best sandwich ever (I'm going to eat that sandwich every single day).
-Internet, skype, waste time.
-Attempted to have a cappuccino, then learned it would cost 3 euro. WHAT? That's more than Amante. So, no go.
-Get a "rub" (aka 30 min massage on my legs)
-Dinner (again pasta) which included continuing to be entertained by our "swanie" Laura. She makes me laugh, hard, in an elementary school kind of way. I also attempted to learn who everyone is. Staff, U23 guys, and Elite Men. I think I was successful. We'll see tomorrow.
-Watch the guys pass around a banana split with dinner (they're allowed to eat that? I thought they had to be all serious and stuff).
One more "waiting game" day left...
Sunday, September 23, 2007
-Had a very leisurely breakfast
-Spent most of the morning in bed
-Drove the TT course (it looks great!)
-Ate the BEST sandwich I have ever had (German brown roll, egg, jam, cream cheese)
-Met Dave Zabriskie (another “real” pro)
-Surfed the Internet
-Drank a cappuccino (not bad tasting for being in Germany)
-More Internet wasting time (shouldn’t I be doing homework?)
-Dinner (pasta of course)
-Learned about time trial bikes from the current World TT Champion, Kristin Armstrong (that WAS interesting).
One down, three days to go…
Friday, September 21, 2007
The roller coaster started after a crash in Ardeche. This crash lead to having to pull out of the stage race due calf pain, being off the bike for 4 days and later still having pain. I was starting to panic. World's were a week and a half away. I was hurting and unable to ride longer than an hour.
Then I received 2 excellent things; Chocolate chip cookies from Josh, and a reminder that there is such a thing as IB Profen. Open mouth, take bite of cookie and swallow little white pill. My calf was instantly better.
I stared a stage race on Tuesday (Tuscana) and have gotten better and better each day (phew!).
I ended today with a great ride and the most aggressive rider jersey.
Bring on World's!!!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Chrissy Ruiter and Kat Carroll. Waiting, waiting, waiting.
While racing in France, we stayed at a four star campground in cabins. Not a bad view while eating dinner.
Day 5 brought a good luck charm; Kitty. For some reason she really liked us (not that we fed her or anything...).
Katheryn cuddled with Kitty for some extra luck.
Then Kat went solo on the last stage...70km worth of solo-ness.
Not bad for Team USA's "B" team. Two stage wins (Brooke, Kat), the sprinters jersey (Kat) and third overall (Katheryn).
Now we are back Lucca. Home sweet home away from home.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Katheryn and I post race.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
2:00pm- Plouay World Cup race sign-in/warm-up
2:30 pm- start Plouay World Cup
5:30ish pm- finish race- in the second group as has been par for the course all season long.Post race picture of Cat Carroll and AP. Cat is quickly changed while I like to wallow in my dirty-ness and log more chamois time.
Friday, August 31, 2007
I am constantly being reminded as to what makes France so special:
-small hotel rooms
-rude, smoking people
Actually the breakfast at our hotel is surprisingly good so not all is bad.
Tomorrow is a circuit race that looks like it will be tough for sure. We're all excited. Though walking to breakfast this morning I got a weird cramp in my quad that's still hurting (dang stairs), so I am hoping tomorrow it will be feeling better (think healing vibes!).
Here are some great quotes from the airplane yesterday:
-"if you are caught smoking in the toilet..." (interesting visual)
-"please retain to your seat"
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I searched my "route bible" and came up with a route that would take care of everything. It was a new road I had never ridden, it ended up in Nederland so I could finally buy one of the famous Co-op muffins and would provide me with some tough climbing.
Although Coach Frank was putting me in the pain cave and I was suffering like a dog, it was a memorable ride and it helped me remember what the beauty of cycling is all about. Below are some of the highlights:
-The beauty of the open road and going new places (Colorado 72)
-Meeting great people (the super nice couple in Pinecliffe who filled my water bottles)
-Seeing new things (a motorcycle high siding and crashing into the guard rail right in front of me. They were ok but mine and I'm sure their adrenaline was pumping pretty hard afterward)
-Experiencing new things (a famous Ned Co-op muffin; strawberry/chocolate chip. YUMMY!)
-The wind at your back and feeling like superman (I felt like that today??)
-The feeling at the end of ride of being completely exhausted and cooked yet knowing how much you accomplished and the feeling of self pride that follows (then rewarding yourself with ice cream and cookies)
Cycling is wonderful!!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It was a successful weekend for team Colavita/Sutter Home celebrated with lattes and pizza (we're crazy hugh?).