Saturday, December 29, 2012

RACE WITHDRAWL....I can't take it.

Let the countdown begin. It feels like forever since I last raced my bike.  9 More days until cx Natz and only 1 more week until I get to race my fat bike for the first time ever at Hillside Park.  I've learned that ever since I started focusing soley on cycling I'm obsessed with racing.  These past 4 weeks without racing have nearly killed me.

Since I've not been racing I get to smash myself multiple times per week in the confines of my own living room.  Yeh!  Living room riding = lame.  I have been doing all kinds of horrible power intervals that have me wishing I didn't race short stuff anymore :)  But I'm sure they will pay off come Natz and even probably help me on the mtb this spring.   I am feeling pretty fit and my legs are starting to feel like biker legs...yikes, Lisa might have been right about buying stretch pants!

Since I've not been racing much... I get to to do a lot of this!

I've been taking out the Greaser as much as possible, finding out that winter trail riding is a blast!  I also set a new personal low of 9 degrees on Christmas Day!   I've got a winter full of fat bike racing ahead of me and can't wait for the new experience.  Here are some of the Fat bike races on the schedge:
  • Cold Bear Challenge Races
  • Artic Fat Fever Excelsior
  • Noquemegon Fat Bike World Champs
  • Frozen 40 at Elm Creek Park
  • Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout

We also just pulled the trigger and bought a couple plane tickets to LAX and a scored a cheap hotwire hotel for March in San Dimas, CA.  I'm gonna race the Bonelli Triple Crown Pro XCT race in mid March!  Spring Break!  Also will be my first chance to race Short Track and The Super D!  My summer mtb race schedule is starting to take shape and I am more than stoked!  Mountain biking is gonna take me to a lot of new places!

On the non cycling front, Christmas was a blast and we had a ton of fun at all 4 Christmases, Aren played Santa this year on Xmas Eve handing out presents and he totally rocked!  Finally after 29 years I got to pass the torch!  Praise God!   Addie was cute as ever and definitely a big time Chiller! 

We spent Christmas eve, eve at Aunt Patty's and Christmas day at Michelle's and had a blast with Tom's family.  The kiddos are so mature now and its just been a blast to see them grow up!  Can't wait to watch them play hoops this winter!  Papa Dave is notorious for using big random words around Christmas time such as gridlock and Cheshire Cat.  This years word was "pandemonium."  You see vocab is not one of my strengths.  So of course I had to look this up. says the following:


[pan-duh-moh-nee-uh m] Show IPA
1. wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos.
2. a place or scene of riotous uproar or utter chaos.
3. ( often initial capital letter  ) the abode of all the demons.
4. hell.

I'm gonna guess Dave was not referring to # 3 or #4 and rather to the uproar of kids running around and family members trying to talk over one another in full on Christmas spirit. Randomly...this word I am not sure I've ever heard before was also used by my coach in an email this week referencing the start of a cyclocross race.  I feel so much smarter. Now to find a way to use this word in my own conversations in the near future.

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