Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Ummmm....I work in a bike shop. I kind of feel like his rant is along the same lines as going into an animal shelter and ranting about all the kittens and how next time you see one you're gonna kick it. Not a great venue if you're looking for sympathy.
I get that people don't ride responsibly and do stupid things that endanger themselves and others, but I still don't get how people think it's ok to threaten other people with their cars.
And I ride road bikes. On that road. Sometimes with other people. You'll get no sympathy from me.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Yucky: I'm poor. It sucks. I spend all my money on racing. I could get a second job, but it would cut into my training time, which would negatively influence my racing, which would be no fun.
Silver lining: I have an unofficial sponsor. Said sponsor is comprised of a good friend/customer of mine and his athletically gifted girlfriend who I call Mom. She supplied me with a huge bag of tampons and shaving cream. He delivered it. I found it really amusing. While this "sponsorship" doesn't make me any less poor, it does ensure I am hygenic and have smooth, silky, raspberry scented legs.
Yucky: I think I had a run-in with one of the not-cool people from my previous post last night. I say I think because I'm not sure if he actually is one, but I'm willing to bet he is.
Silver lining: I ran into him at Hellyer where I was doing another beginner session. Vanessa and my new friend Julie were there. The three of us got to be a group and Michael said we were pro. I'm a sucker for sport-related compliments. We did a scratch race (except it was the beginner session, so not really a race) and I won. I like winning non-races. Michael called me competitive. Apparently I don't hide it well. He made me do another one right afterward and it hurt a lot but was still fun. I got a massage later that night. My massage girl invited me to her birthday party and called me Gumby. Those two things are no way related.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
My old friend Andy. He's small. He eats chips in helmet boxes.
The view along the bike path on one of my road rides. Saw marmots and chipmunks.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Some highlights so far:
- I pretty much have the best temporary job ever: handing 2009 bikes out to dealers from around the world. This week has been all international dealers, the domestic dealers start arriving today. Lycra-ogling opportunities are endless.
-Because of the international group, I've had plenty of opportunities to butcher other languages (French, Spanish, and a little Portuguese so far). I enjoy that. If I'm here next year I'm going to study up!
-I got to see my South African semi-stalker again. I met him at this event last year. He came through my work a couple times about six months ago when he was in town. He tracked me down again this year. Weird.
-I met someone from Ogden this morning and got myself a FREE place to stay for my race! Score! Bike people rock!
-Lot's of drinking. And dancing. I'm sore.
-I started getting a little competitive with one of my friends who used to swim, and somehow it blew up into a swim meet. Right now it looks like about 10 people. Five events (100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free, 100 IM), omnium style, lowest score is dropped. Tuesday at 6 pm. I'm going to get my ass kicked.
-On Thursday someone threw a water bottle and it hit me in the face. Later that night in a bar someone's shoe flew off and hit me in the face. Not a good day for my face.
Today I'm hoping to log some time in the dirt, maybe run or swim, and I think I have a road ride in the evening. Somehow my days off get busy quickly!
I'll get some pictures posted when I get them uploaded/from other people.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
It was good.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
My roommate is watching Cops on tv....makes me feel smart.
Have fun in the heat!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I went to Hellyer again yesterday and it was fun again. I got a bike that fit me a little better (and matched my kit REALLY well...freaky). I was the only girl so I won all the women's categories...but I was the only one advocating a women's category. I yelled at some guy for messing up the paceline and another guy thanked me for it. Another guy decided he should be my boss and tell me what to do so I promptly ignored him. We practiced bumping, which doesn't work that well when I'm 5'4"-ish and my partner is 6' tall AND he is uptrack on the steep part of the banking....pretty much puts my shoulder on his ankle. Luckily I have some bumping skills since my friend Alicia and I used to practice on rides. We did an Australian Pursuit (I think that's what it was) and I got some kid out before I got passed and was out. Good times.
I'm going again on Monday so I can start racing when I get back from CO (my super secret altitude training camp).
I wrote a race report on another blog thing for my last XTerra, so I'll post it here to look like I posted something.
Yesterday I competed in the XTerra Tahoe City Triathlon. This was my third XTerra Race, and my first since a race-ending crash in May. I drove up to Truckee on Friday night where I stayed at a rep's house since he was out of town (thanks John!). The most notable thing: the smoke was horrendous. Recent wildfires have covered much of Northern CA with smoke, and it appears it's all collecting against the mountains. The last hour of my drive smelled like a campfire, and I was a little worried about race conditions the next morning.
After a crappy night of sleep, I drove down to the race site to set up and get registered. Note to self: bringing one big bag because you are too lazy to pack a small transition bag is dumb, and having to carry it all over the place sucks. The line for packet pick-up took forever, and most people were freaking out they were going to be late. Not a great way to keep calm before the race. After getting checked in, body marked, and set up, I headed down to the water with two of my customer/friends.
The swim course was originally to be two 600 yard laps with a shot beach run in between laps, but the water level was lower than expected so the run was cancelled. I had two concerns going into the swim: the water was cold and I didn't have a neoprene cap, and the water was really clear and I tend to freak out when I can see things in the water (over-active imagination). Turns out the water wasn't that cold, my wetsuit was just fine. As for the clarity, it was awesome! The loops we did kept us in relatively shallow water, and there was nothing creepy to look at/freak out about. The swim back to the beach was interesting - the water was about knee deep for a couple hundred feet before we got to dry land but the lake bed was rocky and slippery, so the fastest way to get to the beach was to swim along in VERY shallow water (think goggles inches from the ground). Weird.
This race had the longest run to transition EVER: up the beach, along a bike path circling the lake, up some stairs, up a hill, across the highway, past some buildings, and around to the backside of transition.
The bike leg of the race was 22 miles, and was pretty fun. There were a couple hard climbs, the whole course was loose enough to make you pay attention, and the singletrack through meadows filled with wildflowers was a nice distraction. I managed not to crash, and only had to get off the bike for a minor adjustment and to retrieve a Gu I had lost (it was my last one of course). I felt like I pushed hard, but didn't think I was in bad shape.
The run was a 6 mile loop that started out with a steep mile-ish long climb. Enter crappy feeling legs: both legs were cramping from the knees down, and I had the strange sensation that my right leg was shorter than the other (it's not). I walked and stretched up the first climb, and by the time I got to the flatter sections at the top I was feeling better. The course followed some flat-ish single track for a while and then went down the first climb, so I ran the rest of the way in and picked a couple runners off along the way. When i stopped running at the finish my legs were shaking, so I'm pretty confidant that I didn't hold back too much.
The race featured free beer and BBQ (yay!) before the awards so everyone hung around telling stories and enjoying the miraculously smoke-free weather before the awards. I was the only one in my age group so I won by default (it happens a lot), but that does get me 75 points in the US point standings which puts me in good shape for Nationals. It was a good day!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
-I've been racing XTerra and somehow ended up first in my age group and second nationally in the points race for nationals. I think it's pretty awesome, and am working on getting my place at Nats (and if I'm really lucky, Worlds). Not looking forward to aging up next year!
-I rode at the velodrome for the first time about a week ago! It was fun. I really don't need another bike.
-I got a skinsuit. I'm afraid to wear it. Maybe once I get the track racing thing figured out.
-I signed up for Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2009. It will be shot #2 at the IM distance (shot #1 ended with my being hugged in an ambulance by a paramedic...really could have been a lot worse!)
Keeping myself busy!
-I live in the most boring town ever and it's something to do
-Some of my favorite people have moved away and it's an easy way to keep people up to date
-Aaand, I have developed a blog-stalking habit over the last year that started with my reading the blog of a person I know and has turned into my meeting people whose blogs I read and having the creepy "I know things about you but you don't know me" conversation. Most of the time the conversation is internal though, because I don't really want to be that creepy in person. I'm kind of curious if that will happen here (hence "The experiment").
Sorry if it's boring.