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.  Dictionary.com says the following:

pan·de·mo·ni·um

[pan-duh-moh-nee-uh m] Show IPA
noun
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.


Friday, December 14, 2012

SNOW!!! and a Birthday!

December 7th is a new birthday...apparently.


 
What they really should have said was "Whiting Clinic would like to congratulate you for surviving 60 seconds of brutality."   Okay so the Lasik surgery was brief and perhaps I was just slightly uniformed (and suffering some kind of nasty stomach bug), but for all those people who said Lasik was pain free...they lied!
 
But yes...it was worth it.  And honestly I'd probably pay 5 times as much. because my new reborn eyes rock!  Throwing away all the contact chaos was mighty liberating!

As was tromping around in the snow last weekend on the Greaser!! I woke up Saturday to a facebook post from a buddy that said "I hope you're taking the fat bikes out today." It seriously felt like Christmas morning...I was stoked. 


Lisa and I ripped around for a couple hours exploring a nearby trail and enjoying the MPLS lakes.  We each only fell once...not bad for riding in 6 inches of snow!


 
On the "training" front I've already been in the pain cave twice this week and am already seeing some power improvement since early November.  1 month til Natz. A month without racing just might kill me. Thank God I have a winter of fat bike racing to look forward to! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

State CX Championships

Last weekend was the much anticipated State CX Championships!  I was super pumped for the 2 day event....I had a fresh new Foundry race kit and was stoked to be able to race the Foundry Auger again!  In fact I was so excited on Saturday that I FORGOT TO CHECK IN!! You're kidding right?  After doing what feels like 100s of races, for some reason checking in and getting my race # didn't occur to me until 1:26 PM (race start was 1:30 PM) when the announcer stated "make sure your numbers are properly pinned on your left side."  

SHIT!! Seriously?  I had warmed up for an hour in freezing temps, my friends had braved the cold to come out and watch me and now I was screwed and probably not going to be able to race.  I freaked out and ran into the warming house where check in was and in crazy Hurricane April style pleaded with them to help me hurry and get my #!  They told me they got it and for me to run out to the start line and they would bring my #!  The nice gentleman even ran out and pinned the # on my back as I was standing at the start line.  Lisa ran back into the warming house to grab my bike gloves I had ripped off in the middle of my freakish frenzy!   I looked down at my watch and it was1:29 and then the whistle blew.
Getting pinned up and pointing Lisa in the direction of my bike gloves.
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My coach Matt told me to go for the hole shot and so I ripped out of the start gate and I GOT IT! Tom said the race announcer had no idea who I was!  I couldn't believe it myself! In fact I hardly even knew where I was supposed to turn!! I was quickly passed and tried my best to hang onto the front group but lost them after a super sketchy dismount in the sand pit.  Then as I was starting the 3rd lap and trying to gap the gal behind me I took a turn too wide and got my handlebar tangled in the course tape.  Oh "F"...what happens now I wondered? I figured the tape would probably just snap and so I held on tight and then WHAM!  I went down hard!!  guess not :)  I got up quickly and was stoked to have kept my place in the race however the next time I went to shift..CLANK, CLANK, SMASH.  I knew instantly I had broken the derailleur! RACE OVER!!! Not again...Boo. 

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I figured the Foundry Boys weren't gonna let me ride me ride their bikes anymore (I wouldn't blame them), however far the opposite! They helped me get a new derailleur installed that day so I could race again on Sunday! They Rock!  Sunday was the Age Group state races and things went much better.  I got the hole shot again was able to stay with the top girls until the middle of the 2nd lap.  Finally I didnt' break my bike!!! 

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I was able to race well enough to win the 25-34 age group race.  It was fun to climb to the top step as I haven't done that in awhile! And since this was state they give out State Champion jerseys! All in all though I just love racing CX and the culture and the atmosphere and all the girls have been so welcoming and it's just been such a blast getting to know a lot of cool new people!  Thanks to all my friends that came to support me this weekend and to my parents for braving the cold. My mom definitely thinks I'm going to kill myself but I love her cuz she still supports the hell out of me!  Big thanks to the guys at Foundry and to Carlos for capturing Saturday's story.



Now its time for some serious power intervals and VO2 max training to get ready for Nationals in January.  Bring on the pain.