Monday, September 29, 2008
Because we have roughly 700 sq ft to deal with, Jeff designed and constructed a loft for our new flat. The platform doubles as a stage for Shakespearean plays and various forms of interpretive dance. Luckily it made it from Harrisonburg to Frederick without incident.
Here we see Jeff performing a piece from Taming of the Shrew.
Kelley Acres Cross Race
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Register >>>> HERE
See live footage >>>> HERE
For those of you who are allergic to bees, make sure to pack along your epi pin as this CRAZY, FAST, EPIC, SICK course weaves between two of the most VICIOUS bee hives in Frederick County (make sure to sign your liability waiver!). And for the superstitious, don't forget to hold your breath as you pass through the haunted pet cemetery. See you there!!! (photo: podium girls preview)
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
But I have learned that it is emotionally and environmentally unsustainable for me to live any great distance from proper mtb trails. There is, in fact, an inverse relationship between my sanity and number of miles to singletrack as can be seen in table 1.
And so, I look with hopeful eyes to the hills of Maryland where Jeff and I are soon to move. I think I am better suited to small town living ...and no longer will I have to drive to ride ...I can think of nothing more depressing. Oh, and in addition to living near the watershed, Jeff and I will be living directly above THE BEST BAGEL SHOP IN TOWN ....I can think of nothing more fantastic.
Please be sure to stop by and say hello on your way to the shed! ...unless you don't know us ...that would just be weird.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Women’s road racing is growing at an exponential rate, especially in the mid-Atlantic region (I do not have any data to support this statement, this is purely based on perception). The big NRC races are pulling in larger women’s fields than ever before (this really is true) and, as a result, the Cat 3s are no longer included …which has resulted in herds of career Cat 3 women (myself included) finally deciding that now is the time to step it up.
Yay! This is good news! The more we push each other the more we all grow. This is exactly why humans are social creatures. We need each other to push us to limits we previously thought were impossible. My only gripe about the current system is with respect to the stingy allocation of upgrade points.
The problem can easily be summed up in the following way:
There are a number of Cat 3 women in the mid-Atlantic eagerly looking to upgrade; however, there are currently not enough Cat 3 and/or Cat3/4 races to reflect this demand. Furthermore, the policy for upgrade points is the same for both men and women; however, there are many more Cat 3 men’s races then there are Cat 3 women’s races. While we don’t necessarily have control over how race promoters choose to organize their events (i.e. ING Capital Crit), the policy for points allocation could be altered to more accurately reflect the current supply and demand unique to each gender. In other words, more points should be available in a women's open race than in a men's Cat 3 race ...or something like that. Anybody else have any ideas???
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Bonneville Salt Flats: Home of the land speed record
Although it is no substitute for Sheetz, Love's gas stations make for exciting rest stops ....good snack selections, clean bathrooms, and a fantastic collection of Native American dolls.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that Jeff won the NUE series!!!! He went down pretty hard at the final race in Tahoe, but already had enough wins under his belt to claim the title. Still recovering from his crash in Tahoe, Jeff opted not to race Teaberry ...and instead tend to my janky ass bike that is always on the verge of complete meltdown. What a trooper
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Although there were long sections of sketchy slick rocks, it was a fabulous day to race in Michaux. (photo - overripe bananas are so foul) I rode fairly conservative through the rocks on account of my derailleur; however, I did find myself racing with a lot more confidence than in years past. I didn’t hold back. I wasn’t as intimidated by the length and I was more willing to dig a bit deeper on the climbs. All in all, I think I have a lot more matches to burn than I believe (both on and off the bike). I think doing the Fools Gold and the SM100 helped me to get more comfortable with finding my limits in the shorter races(I opted for the 25miler). I was also in a hurry to get back to the finish line as Jeff and I were to begin our drive across country immediately following the race. (photo: teaberry - Gaultheria procumbens )
Yay! So I won! Sadly, I wasn’t able to hang out and enjoy the podium and the social scene …nor did I take many photos ….sorry folks …looks like we’ll have to rely on more random photo filler.
Jeff and I are now on our road trip to California. Last night we stayed in Lincoln, Nebraska and today we will push forward into Utah. I’m not too humble to admit that I’m the best road tripper ever and we all know that Jeff is good at the distance ….we make a pretty good team. (photo - we got food in Iowa)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
(click map to enlarge)
Link to race website >>>HERE
Also, I recently wrote an e-mail to the sports writer of the Washington Post concerning gender discrimination and the Direct Capital Criterium. Not sure if there is room for such an article during football season ...but it's worth a try. Here is his contact info should you wish to do the same:
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Hmmm …what is missing from this registration list …..Something's not quite right ….I'll give you three guesses ...
Further race info >>>>HERE
Which reminds me ...CycleLife ... supporter of the fool proof rhythm method. What the hell?! Why not make a necklace for teen fashion as well??!!! This could be another blog post altogether.
Learn more about CycleLife's Cycle Beads >>>HERE
(No offense CycleLife ladies! I really do like you! It's just the beads that I think are suspect to unintended pregnancy and leave women wide open to the ENTIRE gamut of STDs)
This is an official call to action! Unfortunately, I will not be in town during this event; however, I offer a prize to the most creative (and legal) display of civil disobedience!
Prize: 1996 Toyota Tacoma (230,000+miles)
Maybe GreenPeace would like to help us organize a sign drop? ….really though, are we going to stand by and do nothing??? At least bang on some pickle buckets and make some noise!
"Well behaved women never made history!"
I think my truck might be dying. Evidence to support this conclusion includes the following:
1) Forbidding roaring sounds from under the hood
2) The smell of burning engine oil pouring in through the air vents
3) Delay in going into reverse ...making for sketchy parking on hills
4) The threatening glow of the check engine light
...And now I have car envy. Anybody have experience with buying cars on ebay? I have fallen under the spell of the celebrated AMC Eagle station wagon. I can't imagine it gets good gas mileage ...but what an amazing piece of machinery ...what a rich history in all terrain vehicles ...what fabulous upholstery! I'm smitten!
Anybody wanna take a road trip to Amityville, New York?
See ebay post >>>>HERE
Friday, September 5, 2008
Looks like our next birthday gathering will be for Lesley!