Summit Challenge Half Century to benefit The National Ability Center.
No, this is not a post about welfare reform.
Yes, tomorrow is the state TT chumps. Sandy has challenged me to diversify my portfolio and add the tt win to my chumpionship palmares. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, but I don’t think it’ll happen this year. I can’t blame it on the bike though as Sleevie is letting me ride his sweet sweet machine once again. In any case, I’ve never bothered riding the TT, but I am looking to put some points into Sam for the UCA Overall. I have 8 points on him right now, but that ain’t much of a buffer with all the climbing/stage races over the summer! Do you get the idea I like my teammates?
Speaking of Sleeveland, we went by his new pad last night. It is pretty sweet and he is closer than close now.
Anyway, that’s all I have for this morn, rock on with your bad self.
EDIT: Oh yeah, and I am going to pre-celebrate my 3rd 29th birthday by riding Alpine Loop after the TT. Anyone interested??
So I did the big commute yesterday. For those not of the valley(s), it is pretty much a straight shot north-south, so if the wind is blowing the wrong way, which it always is, I am pretty much hosed for two hours straight. And so it was yesterday, I was hammering along trying to make it home at a decent hour. I got caught at a light, feeling pretty dorky track standing with my backpack on and everything. That’s when it started…
I take a look under my shoulder and see a car full of young ladies full of encouragement for me. It’s a pretty long light, so I am balancing there (please don’t fall over, please don’t fall over, please don’t fall over) all the while these girls are going crazy with cat calls, etc. The light finally changes and they continue to heap “praise” upon me as they go past ending with:
“You can ride ME”
This in the uber-conservative hotbed of Utah County. Nice.
Please don’t take this the wrong way. I realize that I am not so exceptionally good looking that girls just can’t help but scream out at the sight of me, and that this is just one of those things that happens when it gets warm enough to drive with the windows down, and young ladies get together. Still, it is nice to know that one still has “it”- to the degree that one ever had “it”.
So, what am I getting at? I don’t really know. I will say, ladies-if you want to brighten a guy’s day- this is an excellent way to do so. You don’t have to be so crass as these particular young ladies (though it doesn’t hurt), but a little encouragement goes a long way.
New poll at the team blog. This should be of the utmost importance to all cyclist in Utah, (and the world), so go vote.
Super commuter again today.
…To not be a bike racer.
Skipping Garden Creek Gap road race worked out splendidly as it apparently rained/snowed on the 108 mile affair. Big ups to Luis for getting it done.
As for me, I spent the weekend hanging out with mom, Ken, and the girls. If you thought I was joking a couple weeks back when I said everyone I know has a blog; it is closer and closer to true as noted by the link to mommy dearest. Ken is her husband and I give him a week or two tops before he is also on the bandwagon. Haley and Morgan still don’t have them, but as soon as they can type I’m pretty sure, they’ll be all over it.
Anyway, it was pretty much the most relaxing weekend ever. The weather sucked, but other than that it was perfect. 4 days off bike practice makes a nice breaker breaker. Pictures when Kelly gets them to me!
EDIT- Kelly does a much better job than I of telling the stories, and she already has the pics, so just click above.
I’ll probably steal them later or tomorrow or something because even though you’re making fun of me, it still pumps my ego up.
Thanks to Dave Iltis for the pics
Managed to haul my carcass out of bed this morning and ride in. I’ve been talking about this for two months now, and finally managed to get it done. Better late than never. Hopefully, now I am set and will keep it up once/week, and get back on the ghetto interval program.
It’s supposed to be a hot and windy ride home, so wish me luck.
I don’t have too much to say about the road race. 104 miles, pretty flat. I felt awesome, but I got the feeling another team did not want me to race. We left the finale in the hands of teammates Ben and Marc and they stuffed it pretty bad. I can say that kind of stuff because they know it’s true; and we’ve all been there/done that!
The field went into MS 150 mode once the break was gone, so I rolled away with the guy from Taxi Driver:
Tommy Nelson of American RADD Idol
We caught another group that had done the same thing and I ended up something like 8th. We had 4 guys in the top 10, but you know, that doesn’t make me feel all giddy like winning does.
Mike Sohm (Porculized) was the big winner. Awesome job to a tough cookie.
Sunday was the TTT. 52 miles on a TT bike belonging to someone 4 inches smaller than you sure makes your bum sore. I think I know where Soft Cell came up with that song “Tainted Love” now. In any case, our “B Team” took our “A Team” to school by 3 seconds. Unfortunately, both teams got whomped by American RADDDDD and wound up 2nd and 3rd. I felt good again, which is nice.
Between all that biking, I had a great time. Tried the Raspberry Shake at LaBeau’s as per J_E’s advice, and yeah, that was some good stuff. As he has noted, my kids pretty well terrorized the otherwise idyllic Bear Lake area.
In other news, I received word that the Sundance side of Alpine Loop is open:
Along with this note:
>Top of the loop bee-atch<
Nice. Too bad I don’t have time to haul myself up there.