Monday, August 25, 2008

Training hard

Last week I rode my bike a lot. I haven't done any real training since june so I figured that I had better do lots of long rides to get my self in good shape so that i can hopefully do well at the priority health classic and for collegiate mountain bike season. I did a race in Warsaw IN with Greg on saturday that went pretty well. Greg made the winning break of 6 (4 of which were from Bissell) and they lapped the field. I got a $100 prim with 1 lap to go and held on for 15th in the race. Greg didn't have a great field sprint and ended up 4th but overall a pretty good race for us and at least we got some money. I plan to keep up doing long rides this week and then next week I am gonna rest and hopefully score a top 10 or 2 at the priority health races. Today is the first day of school too!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Washington DC trip

I went to Washington DC with my girlfriend to visit my grandma for a week. It was actually pretty sweet. DC is really cool and a pretty nice place for biking. there is basically non stop climbing or descending and even a few climbs over 2 miles long!!! The drivers there are really courteous too. I did some really nice rides. we also went swimming in the chesapeake bay and saw a jelly fish! We went and saw pandas and gorillas and lions and tigers and a huge tortoise at the zoo. We took my grandma to see a bunch of cool stuff too. Then we drove back and I raced downers grove. It kind of sucked since saturday night I had the worst asthma of the whole year and got dropped because of it. then Sunday went OK but not great. i was happy I could breathe though. Dr. Shawn our team chiropractor worked on me sunday morning which I think helped me out a bunch. I decided I should train really hard over the next 2 weeks so I have been doing lots of long rides and am racing just one day this weekend and maybe not at all next weekend. I am hoping to do well at the priority health classic. school starts monday too which should be OK. It will be fun to see everyone that was gone for the summer at least

Monday, August 4, 2008

Elk grove report

Elk grove went OK but still not great. The first day sucked mainly because we didn't move up early enough at the end and there was basically no way to get to the front because the pack was spread across the whole road. I think the first days course is probably my least favorite course of all time actually. I just didn't like how the long narrow straighaways allowed the pack to bunch up so much. Day 2 was better CC (my team director) told us to get seen so I did a few attacks including a big one on the last lap. I went out of the first hairpin turn and just buried myself but I still dont' have great legs so I blew up and then got caught and passed by everyone. It was cool and I got seen but I really should have had scholzen pull through before I was totally blown because then I might have been able to stay away to the finish with him. He had incredible legs yesterday though. Good luck to everyone racing nationals (especially Greg!!!). I am gonna do 2 criteriums in Marian IN Friday night and Saturday which should be pretty fun.