Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving . . . Let the craziness begin!

First off, congratulations to Tom and Colleen for completing Ironman Florida (and a PR for Tom)! Can't believe Thanksgiving is upon us already. Should be a fun few days off. I'm home with the kids today, Autumn has school and Joshua is challenging me with potty training. Tomorrow we're just hanging out here, Robbie is coming up to visit. Friday, Lauren is working half day and we're headed down to my Dad's to see Cody who hasn't seen the kids since he left for school in August. Saturday, Lauren and the family (A. Nan and U. Tom are coming in) are headed out to Lancaster to see a Christmas show. Jer and I are racing a cyclocross in the morning and I'm staying home with Joshua. Sunday will be day two of a cyclocross double header...then off to the tree farm to get the Christmas tree. Wait, did I just say that, tree already? Better get shopping!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving tomorrow and takes some time to reflect on ALL that we have to be thankful for. We are truly blessed as individuals, families and friends.

Got a cool offer from a triathlon team for next year, it's a company that is planning to release a product that will track athletes via GPS in real time on the internet as they train or race. It's a great safety tool as well as a great device for friends and family that are at home or even on site of a long race. No more guessing when your favorite athlete will be coming by, you'll have it online! Check out http://www.trakkersgps.com/. They haven't finalized the website yet but they're hoping to get it going by the fall.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Double Header Weekend Day 2 - and 5th Street

Day 2 of the double header was the Spring Mount Cyclocross. It was a beautiful day, temps probably in the low 50's when we started at 10pm. It was Jer and George's (my brother and a former motocross friend) first cross race, so we preroad the course. Not having rain in a little while, we were thinking we'd have a nice dry course....we were wrong. The course was cool, a lot of variations of terrain including a nice sand pit (picture below), off camber grass turns, a gravel section, a set of barriers, two water crossings and MUD! There were 60 people entered, so I knew getting a good starting spot was going to be key. I lucked out and did get a good spot on the outside. The first few turns were crazy, bikes flying everywhere. I would guess I was in about 10th spot or so. By the time we came to the mud / water crossing / barrier section I have moved up a couple of spots and decided to run the whole section, maybe 300 meters or so. I passed a few people that way and as I mounted my bike I saw I was in 2nd...and the leader was having trouble clipping in...so I round the first lap LEADING! I just tried to ride smart and not fall like I did the day before and I just hoped I could hold on for the entire 45 minutes. The race was awesome, Lauren and the kids were cheering so loud I couldn't wait to go by them every lap. Last lap came and the second place guy was keeping me honest so I tried to just stay consistent...ended up coming across the line in 1st. Three more races this season so now I've got some motivation to train on the cold dark mornings!
Sand Pit

MUD


Last night I did 5th street again, what a blast. Here's a picture of me coming up the run up area (well the pro's actually RIDE up this). The late season cycling will certainly help me carry my base into next year.

Hope all is well with everyone.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cyclocross Doubleheader Weekend Part 1

Last weekend I did my first "double header" cyclocross weekend. Day 1 was a COLD Saturday which had a temperature of 23 at 6:30 before I left for my 9:00 race. Got to the race at about 7:45 or so and it was low 30's and FROSTY! Got signed up, dressed up and headed out to check out the course. Couple of muddy sections, but as the sun came up it melted the frost and made for some slick conditions. There were about 55 people so I knew if I wanted to do well (my best finish in my first 4 races was a 7th place) I had to get a good start. I didn't get a call up, but managed to sneak in on the far left of the front row and after the uphill gravel start I found myself in the top 10. Cyclocross keeps your heart rate up so high it's important not to really kill yourself the first lap so you can keep a more even effort through the finish. Well after a couple of good passes I found myself in 2nd place challenging for the lead. I tapped the leaders rear wheel and fell down. Quickly picked myself up in third and by the end of the first lap I was leading! I had never been in that position before so I tried to stay calm....coming into a sharp turn I lost my front wheel and went down. Got up in 2nd and fell down a couple corners later from all the mud caught up in my tires. Picked myself up in 5th and had an awesome back and forth battle with 4th place never really losing site of the top 3. I just didn't have enough fight to get up to them, but did manage an awesome outside sprint up the finish line straight to grab 4th, my first podium! It was called the Horseshoe Scramble, so among other things I got a cool horseshoe! The course was really fun and I had a great time. Headed over to Carolyns to pick up the kids so Autumn could go to her friend Ashley's birthday party. Got cleaned up and ready for day 2, Spring Mountain Cyclocross near Lansdale.

Here are some shots.....






Friday, November 6, 2009

Halloween



Typical of 2009, Halloween was greeted by RAIN! It was fun though, on Friday Autumn's school had a parade which was fun. We brought Joshua in costume and they had a blast. Saturday night we had dinner at Mom-Mom's and got some trick or treating in before the heavy rain came. The kids had a blast and got loaded up with candy. Here are some pictures from Autumn's parade....
Lauren and I get a date night tonight (thank you Carolyn) and we're headed out to High Road Multisport Club's annual social outside of Philly. Should be fun. Lauren's cousin and he husband are doing Ironman Florida tomorrow so we'll be following them on the computer tomorrow. Good Luck!