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?).
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The first day there was interesting. I needed a 4 hour ride. Auntie and Cousin discussed my ride for 4 hours ("FOUR HOURS! How many miles is that? 40??") then came up with the best route. Highway 52.
Dispite all good advice and positive recommendations, I avoided the 4 lane highway and headed into the corn and soybean fields. It was absolutely wonderful. Endless roads through farmland, and endless opportunities to get lost. It was one of the best rides I have had in a long time.
I arrived home happy and ready to continue The Visit. Auntie and Cousin couldn't believe I rode through the corn. "But, there's no cars there!"
Here are other conversation highlights from The Visit.
-"We have to cook the corn in the microwave because using the stove heats up the house too much."
-"Oh you're putting your bike together. You need a hammer or screw driver? We have a hammer."
-"We should go to Pizza Hut for their salad bar".
-"You still hungry? We could go to Mc Donalds." -No "OH! Then we could take you to Arby's. They have good sandwiches there." -Please no "Well then, you can order the chicken fried steak and get extra gravy." -Oh disgusting
-"Those bikers. They just do not stay in their bike lane. One of them was riding outside the bike lane and it took me a while but I was finally able to get him to scoot over. You know you hit one of them and they'll take your car away for a long time. Just like that. When the hammer thing goes bam in the court room you are done for. It's never those bikers fault. What a hazard."
-"No don't open the window. The outside air might come in."
-"Recycle?? We don't recycle!"
Mom and I were glad to leave.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Then they ditched me. Actually the best idea was for them to keep riding and I would (hopefully) catch a ride to Copper and meet them there. I caught a ride with a very nice lady and her two kids. The bike shop in Copper couldn't help me with my wheel (to be expected), but he could rent me a 9 speed Giant. Deal. I said good bye to Blue and took off on my new Giant. The three of us continued and finished the ride together. And, no. Once again, I was unable to finish my intervals. They just so happened to be the same intervals I was supposed to do while I was climbing Mt. Evans (see previous blog entry).
Stay tuned for the entry "weird family and corn fields".
Friday, August 10, 2007
Such was the case with me today while riding up Mt. Evans. So, instead of being an out of breath-no watt pushing-bad attitude having bike racer, I decided to become a bike RIDER, and enjoy the scenery, the company (though they were a little behind me), and the overall experience of riding to the top of a "14er" while ignoring the numbers being displayed on the SRM.
I was hoping to have some pictures but between the four of us, we had two cameras and six dead batteries. So, no luck.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
After Toona, we went to North Carolina for some crit racing. On Saturday, The ALL Speedy Tina Pic won. It was an honor riding for her and I am VERY proud of how the team rode and especially how I rode. I was smart for once and saved energy for when it was needed; at the end for the lead out.
Here we are cheering on Tina while she was on the podium. A random racer on the left, AP, Iona and Mack.
I had a great ride with Amy D. today. She is nice and has a good blog, so I am going to add hers to the blog list, http://www.amydombroski.blogspot.com/, and take off Mini T's, because Mini hasn't been updating hers and permission for deletion was granted.