The End.

As discussed, I skipped the hc.  As it was an omnium, and not a stage race, you can do that.

Sorry, but trying to fit a 75 minute crit, a hillclimb TT, and a 85 mi RR into a 24 hour period is cruel and unusual.

Anyway, I was up a good chunk of the night coughing and blowing snot rockets.  I thought about bailing on the RR too, but wanted to be there for the team.  And I’ve felt worse and done well, so you never know.

We were up for 7 laps of a 12 mile course, that was pretty much gradually up for half and then back down. It was windy, but at least the sun came out.  I got dropped the 2nd time on the climb, but then I started feeling pretty good when I chasing back on.  Like I opened my lungs up or something.  Then at the end of the 3rd lap, I flatted.  Through my arm up in the air, and started pulling the wheel off.  The pick-up truck following, which I had assumed was the wheel car, was kind enough to hit the gas and blow black smoke at me as he drove past, so I put my wheel back on and rode the flat back to the start/finish.  Apparently, the wheel car had followed the break of 2 guys rather than the field.  So it goes.

Because I’d driven with Sleevie, I got to watch the rest of the race.  The wind kept picking up and I was freezing the rest of the day.  I was lucky enough to borrow a masculine pink baby blanket for the remainder of the race, which I hid under.  Good company…  Thanks, friends.

Couple notes- Sam “Blitz” Krieg is flying.  He won the TT and the RR.  World’s fastest Cat. 2?  I think so.  I am pretty sure he has doubled the mandatory upgrade points for the past 3 years or so. Canyon also has 3 on absoute crush form.  Hardwood won the overall, Sohmy won the crit solo the last 20 min+, and Josh was alone for 90% of the RR before being caught and still hanging for 3rd.  My guys gave it everything- it was evident in the faces rolling into the finish- and wound up 4th, 5th, and 6th overall.  Sometimes you just get beat!  I am confident we will turn some of these close results to wins soon.

If you want the details, see the team report on FB, or send me your email and I’ll include you on the sponsor email list.

One other thing and I hate to complain (yes, I am going to anyway) because I am glad there was a race, but the crit and road race courses both had less than 100 meters from the last corner to the finish.  The rule is a minimum 200 meters.  And it’s for a reason.  This will come up at the state crit again, as it does every year.  The crit course was also a good chunk just cones making bends in a parking lot.  Hmm.  Anyway, like I said I’m glad there was a race, so if anyone reads it that was involved… A sincere thank you! 

I left Kelly home alone on Saturday with two kids and 9 months preg-o, and she was super sweet on me when I came home.  Grateful.

Up a good chunk of the night again.  This is rare for me.  I generally sleep like a baby (I have a feeling I will regret that analogy very soon!!) so I hope this trend does not continue.  There is a lot of good TV on between 3-4:30 am.  Or not.

Flail!!

Bike race #1 for 2010 done and dusted.  Bikes For Kids Omnium St. 1 Crit at Thanksgiving Point…

If you want the team report, you can see it on Facebook.  This one is all about me.  Imagine that.

So, team meeting here’s me: “okay, guys, it’s gonna split fast with the wind.  Stay in the front and close the gaps as soon as you see them start to open”.

Should’ve probably listened to myself. 

It was cold and windy, and snowed for a few minutes.  Big group got away early, more like a field split than a breakaway.  Nearly all the hitters present.  Kicking myself.  I wasn’t particularly good anyway, but it’s just… I’ve been doing this long enough not to be stoopid.

I am going to guess I ended up something like 12th.  Pretty much was out of it after the move went, just going through the motions and waiting for it to be over.

Yes, I am hard on myself, but everyone in our family sacrifices for me to do it, and if I am going to continue, I am going to continue sucessfully.

I am going to skip the hillclimb since that is not my cup of pee anyway.  Dustin did a good ride and should be good at the climb, so we’ll throw our support behind him for the overall.  Most likely.

Real post coming… I mean it this time.

I think Twitter/FB are draining my ability to write more than 140 characters.

I wish I knew how to twit you.

What a weird day.

So… I am all reg’d up for this weekend’s big bike meet.  I am excited to get back to it, but can’t fight the feeling that Kelly is going to pop before the race.  I’m probably wrong.  I’m so paranoid about that. 

When Haley was still in the oven, I did this one race out in the sticks with a beeper (not just for doctors and drug dealers anymore) in pocket ’cause I knew I’d get no cell signal out in the wild, wild west.

Anyway, I better shut up before this becomes a real post.  Now I’ve built that up.  Have to come up with something good…

Update

I guess I confused some people on FB, same status as the post below.

Kelly is not in labor! Yet.  Just an update from her regular appointment.  Still sounds like it should be pretty soon though.

In other doctor/hospital related news, Morgan and Kelly are back at the doctor tonight.  After almost a day off, her fever returned.  That is a full week with a fever.  I hope they have some answers when they return. Morg is a trooper, but it would nice to have everyone healthy to welcome the new edition (not the band “new edition”) or even for Kelly to get a decent nights’ sleep before the birth.  Cause she ain’t gettin’ one after!  Same for me, sadly.

Real post to come.  No, I mean it this time.

The State of Morgan and San Dimas Memories

Followers of Kelly’s weblog are pretty much up-to-date on this, but Morgan has been sick for six days now.  Fever everyday- up to 103.  The doctors, or nurses as it turns out, are pretty much just saying “wait it out”, which I’m not very good at.  And Kelly is worse.  And 9 months pregnant.

I’m not real good at just hanging around… but I’m trying not to be that guy that is gone all week at work and then abandons the family for his own selfish endeavors. And I think we all know what that means.

San Dimas road race is today.  One of my favorites, and yeah, I am probably a bit nostalgic.  I always am, but moreso with the current situation.  So many memories.  I think the first three times I did the race I was in the early move (I know, not that surprising), and ended up off the front for 100k+ each time.  Of course, it (the race) wasn’t such a big deal back then.  They used to run the race in June and it was always like 100 degrees.  Celsius.  Okay, that may be an exagerration, but it felt like it.  Anyway, you couldn’t really skip a feed without dying.  So one year, Kelly’s in the feedzone for me and I am stuck on the wrong side of the group as we enter the feedzone.  Luckily, I applied my Go-Go-Gadget arms and reached over two guys to grab the bottle away from her.  She was amazed and I actually had a couple people comment on it.  What can I say, I NEEDED it.  Now that I’m thinking about it, Andrew worked the feed zone for me there too, after riding the junior race.  That had to make a long day.  Anyway, like I said, lots of memories.

Spring has brought me such a nice surprise…

Yeah, absolutely loving the weather at the moment.  Definitely would have been a good day to leave on the lunch ride and just never come back!  To go from riding in the wind and snow over the weekend to mid-60’s is fair enough.  It’s the going back I dread!  It is so hard to pull out all the cold weather crap again once you are used to the fair weather. 

In other news, Haley and Morgan are both sick.  Actually, Haley seems to be coming around, but Morg had a fever of almost 103 earlier.  It blows me away ’cause she’s just a bit more whiny and cranky than average, whereas I know if I had that temp, I’d be down for the count.

Of course, that does make me wonder when/if it’s going to hit me.  Hopefully Kelly’s immunities are up with the pregnancy and she can avoid it.

Oh yeah, how could I forget this gem?  On my drive home today, right around the Utah County line there was one of those big info signs that usually tells you “Fatality Ahead. Expect Delays” or whatever…Anyway, today it says “Drunk Driving Laws Enforced”.  That may not be spot on, but pretty close.  Like “What-what?  I figgered with it being St. Paddy’s day and all, we had a free pass”.  Maybe you don’t find that as funny as I do.  Or maybe you do.

So, no one has commented… What do you think of the new lay-out?

(Yes, I realize the pic is blurry)