Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Vacation O-vah!

Time to get back to this racin business. Nature Valley starts today and it sounds like I will have a strong family and friend contingency at the races, being so close to my roots. I have some requests for my family & friends making the trip to MN to watch: no streaking. no throwing objects at or in front of my opponents. and no pushing me...unless there is a really steep hill that I don't know about and it looks like I need it.
Speaking of pushes, I could have used a little help in my "warmup" race that I did on Sunday. I'm not sure why I did it b/c in no way did it resemble the racing at Nature Valley, but it was still fun to get out there. The race took about 70min. and about 60 min. of that was climbing - some of which was upwards of 15% gradient. Ouch. I lost count of how many times I called myself fat under my breath during that one. I finished 4th on the day which was about as good as I could have done considering how I was climbing. Shortly after, I jumped in the car with mi madre and headed for the homeland of Iowa where I've been the last 2 days. Kinda reminds me of swamp land around here. This rain and flooding has hit this area pretty hard.
Okay, let's hope this rain forecast fizzles out and we can race our bikes this weekend and the midwest can dry out a little.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tom, I hear you borrowed mi madre's Schwinn for the Time Trial. Should be a lock to win.

-JW from the .357

Thor said...

yeah man, that thing is sweet! Put a disc wheel on the back and I be rollin!
See ya soon, eh?!?

iamTedKing said...

what was the race? I heard the Teva Mtn Games are tough and that its fairly hilly in Vail. Was that it?

North Iowa SPIN said...

Great Time Trial at NV! Great to see you photo's on Cycling News again!!!!

T-

Anonymous said...

It was great being at the Nature Valley race and actually be able to watch you race. Thanks for the great tickets man, Right down front, it was beautiful, man. Thanks for the card and the hat too. I know Doreen will be wearing it to the next race you send us tickets for.

Uncle Don

Courtenay said...

that's pretty funny about calling yourself fat...

but you know, "thor" just wouldn't sound as good if you were 6'4" and 155!

k2 said...

time for a post race update pal...

and you've got tons of glamour shots to post too!
(yep, i'm still up)

Joe said...

Great to hear you are back to racing, NV was one of the races were a group of ameratures were sponsored to ride with Saris Power taps to see how much power was required of an average rider to keep pace with the pros. Did you guys know this? If you did was there a conspiracy to drop them like hot rocks?

the team was ISCorp Cycling

blurb : http://www.saris.com/athletes/PermaLink,guid,68bedf0b-d290-46d9-855e-2bfd41a57d91.aspx