Thursday, January 29, 2009
On the way back up the hill from one of my more technical runs...I met Hank. Though it was the first time we had officially met, Hank and I had seen each other dozens of times. Even exchanging a wave or a nod now and then. Until today, Hank was always on his front porch watching as I rolled by at high speed. I never knew whether he was shy, scared, or just unsociable. Today though, as I walked by his house, he rolled out to greet me.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Finally, the most consistent source of my disdain...the weekend warrior on a pro level ride. These guys come out once a week, usually in groups of three or four, wearing their corporate kits, not riding very fast, and talking like they're on a recovery ride from a double century the day before.
This brings me to my point...
There are virtually limitless "zones" in which one can be training, and the excuses for bad performance are endless. You can actually say things like, "I'm not supposed to exceed 300 watts today." Then you get to go home and keep track of it all using fun, colorful, graphs.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Was I the runt of the litter or the alpha male?
You spread your love equally with no distinctions made
Why couldn't you understand my special needs and fears?
You captivated me with fantasy while I manufactured my reality
Where were you when I started hiding in my mind?
You raised me with crisis and instability as playmates
What was the life you intended for me?”
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Posted Jan. 13, 2009
"Rumors of Rock Racing’s untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated. The team is proceeding with a full racing schedule of domestic racing in 2009 and is actively pursuing any and all opportunities related to racing outside the United States. I am committed to my team and my riders are committed to making Rock Racing one of the most exciting teams in the pro peloton. Our key riders will all be returning and will be ready to compete against the world’s best. We thank our fans for their continued support of Rock Racing."
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The bigger news though, is that today, Mongo is announcing which team and GC rider he will be supporting throughout the Grand Tours. This is a very difficult decision for many reasons. Mongo's favorite cyclist, AK47(Andreas Kloden), rides for what, on paper, seems to be an unbeatable team. The problem is that he'll never win anything substantial as the fourth wheel behind El Pistolero, Mellow Johnny, and Li'l Bronze Medalist. Unless, of course, he goes Bandit..."Reynolds Style!" Though I will continue to support AK47's individual achievements...I 'aint supporting Astana.
So where does this leave me? There are many cyclists that I respect, but they are spread around among many different teams. When you look at the list and lineup of Pro Tour teams, there are actually very few that have the makeup to win the Giro, Tour, or Vuelta. My decision finally came down to which rider I really liked and thought had a legitimate chance to win with the team assembled around him. And he couldn't ride for either of the "Chemical Brothers".
Before I announce my selections, let me just say that an official shout-out from Mongo has more juice than a nod from Oprah's Book Club...It's that powerful. So I hope the newly anointed take this power and run with it. It would be a shame to waste.
I didn't have to go to the far corners of unshaven Europe to find my guys. The best candidate was right here at home. With a powerhouse lineup(Yeah, TTT !), a GC contender in his prime, and the dorkiest Team Director around, Mongo is proud to announce his full support of Team Garmin-Chipotle and the man himself, Christian VandeVelde. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Anyone who calls themselves a skateboarder has a built-in hatred for any kind of offshoot or hybrid of what would be considered a traditional skateboard. "If you can't skate a pool on it, it 'aint no skateboard."(Styles Powerslide)
With that being said, check this out...It's called the SoulArc...and you can skate a pool on it.