Monday, July 27, 2009

Bad Blogger

Hi, my name is Alison Powers and I am a bad blogger. I do not update my blog enough. I get in trouble from The Mom and from Sean Weide.

I have not posted an update in more than a week. I have been in Bend for the past 7 days and have had stuff to blog about (good stuff!). But, alas, nothing has been posted. I am sorry for my delinquency however, I can not promise to get better.

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The other morning, I had a great ride with pretty views. We are staying outside of Bend in Sun River.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mountain Bike Nationals-race day

Wow, what an interesting experience! Just because someone has good road riding fitness doesn't mean they have good mtn bike fitness. I have not suffered in a road race like I did yesterday in the mtn bike race ever. That's right, I said (or wrote rather), EVER. I wanted to quit several times.

However, due to many amazing people cheering for me and wishing me on, I was pushed and challenged outside my comfort zone. I surprised myself several times and I suffered to the finish. I did not get a good result, but I had a great training day both mentally and physically, and got a new appreciation for mountain bikers. It's a dang tough sport and it almost killed me yesterday.
THE decent

With less than 5 minutes to go of the race, I face planted. I'm still cleaning dirt out of my pores.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mountain Bike Nationals

Getting ready for a one day, 2 hour race, will end up being a three day affair.
Day 1 was the drive to Sol Vista to pre ride the course and to register for the race (I am #90).
The base of Sol Vista has turned from a quiet summer ski resort, into a full on mountain bike show/expo. It's pretty neat.

The course pre ride lead to some needed bike work from the nice Titus Guy. Heidi G and little Amy D (who, by the way, won the U23 race today!) watch.

Day 2, today, was a mellow day. I avoided the "dirt scene" at Sol Vista and stayed home. I got my "roadie" on and rode my time trial bike (heaven forbid I get my mtn bike dirty after cleaning it yesterday).

Then, after inspiration from newly crowned U23 champ, Amy D, I sat in the stream and iced my legs.
Day 3 is race day. TBD as to what it will bring, but I'm sure it will be filled with nerves, exercise, eating, drinking, and a FUN TIME!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mixin' it up

As a bike racer, you've got to mix it up. Keep it interesting. It's easy to get board riding your road bike day in and day out.

Six months ago, the challenge had been set. July 2009, Mountain Bike Nationals in Sol Vista Colorado. 10 minutes from Fraser, where I grew up. Same place where in 1996 I had a small problem and ended up in the hospital while racing a NORBA Cross Country. It was time for revenge.

There were a few hurdles to overcome.
1- Find and start riding a decent mtn bike.
2- get good at riding said mtn bike.
3- find a way to race a mountain bike race to get my upgrade to the Pro racing category.
4-hope and pray I don't have to race Altoona. That's a nice race, but it would conflict with Nationals.
5-survive mountain bike nationals (hopefully with a decent result) and continue on to Cascade.

Thanks to MANY people's help and support, hurdles 1-4 have been overcome. Hurdle 5 is Saturday. Cross your fingers...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Russell Tower

Dorm life; such is the case here at Fitchburg. We brought our own pillows and blankets and have tried to make it seem less and less like a prison cell.

Jackie and I have pretty much just made a big mess to make it less cell like (actually it is mostly my mess).
Vero and Sam have done a nice job of making their cell feel feminine. They have a cleaning lady that comes twice a day to pick up after them and clean their cell. Maybe she can come next door to help out Jackie and me (well, me mostly).Our bikes like the hallway.
Aww, no matter where you are, the pre race drink is always coffee. In this case, Moka Pot by Jen.
With coffee and fun people, prison isn't that bad.