Sunday, October 22, 2006

cold and rainy in the fall

all though it was just totally depressing all day i kept thinking about yesterday and whats ahead this coming weekend at vets park. i have a busy week but i know i'll make time for a ride wed or thurs. i would like to ride vets on thurs and get some barrier practice. it will be important. i hope some people show up so i'm not alone. i'm really thinking long term too, i am excited to race in north carolina and especially nationals. registration opens monday so i'm not going to waste any time.

yesterday i tried out my new single chainring rather than the double i had been using. i have to give a huge thanks to my personal tech and cyclo-cross motivator rachel steele . i wasn't sure if i should use the 42 or the 39. well, the elite level female convinced me to use the 39 since just about everyone else on the planet is using the 39. since i'm the slowest out of everyone i'm racing with i figured it must be plenty of gear for me. it was perfect. thanks rachel.

Don Galligher (team Chiropower) was the rider i spent the entire race with. great guy and a great cyclo-cross racer.

i think i obsess about bike racing more than the average person. if i'm not racing i'm reading about it in my favorite book store or making sure my equipment is working properly. i think thats why its so important that i have other interests and hobbies to keep my mind occupied in between riding and racing. i know i'll never be what i want but having other things around helps me to stay motivated to ride.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be a crowd on Thursday. From one of the course designers for the upcoming Vets Park:

"...met Robert Linden and Joe Brown yesterday at Vets and we came up with a pretty tough (duh) course. It is pretty different from previous years, and comes mostly from Joe Brown's vision. Briefly, there are going to be two barrier sections, one about 100 yds from the finish, and a fairly long run up on the hill beneath the tennis courts (no barriers though). Bike handling is going to be important. I plan on being at the cross practice on Thursday and help set up a practice course that incorporates some of the key elements.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cross still sucks!!!!!

1:05 PM  
Blogger the michigan scene said...

how about some pics and details of your bike for the michigancene blog?
you can email them to me at thanks K

1:36 PM  
Blogger Echelon said...

thank you for the awesome vets park update. i will for sure be there warming up. talking with a few people today, we are planning a early local loop/technical warm up prior to vets if anyone wants to join. we'll likely park at olsen then drive to vets after the warm up.
-adam still loves cross.

7:29 PM  
Blogger rachel said...

p.s. I just found out andy wants to ride the city loop/Vet's in the a.m. Since I'm supposed to be making a beer run with jamie in the evening, we better ride early. Are you in? Maybe lunch afterwards? I'll e-mail you.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

beer run! rachel, we're shooping!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Youre a shotgun - bang! whats up with that thang?

10:30 PM  
Blogger Echelon said...

beer run, yea nice cover up.

10:52 PM  
Blogger rachel said...

We're shooping or shopping?
Were you under the influence of something when you posted?

1:49 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I was high on saltn'pepa! What ever happened to Spinderella?

2:44 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Ok, after looking up shoop I believe we are SHOPPING tomorrow.

2:51 PM  
Blogger rachel said...

Is John coming 'shopping' w/ us tomorrow? Where shall we go?

3:40 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, he's coming. Where we go depends on how much I get done by 6:30 :)

Btw, I think we should keep a conversation going here until Jay makes a new entry.

9:15 PM  

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