Tuesday, March 31, 2009

US PRO XCT #1: Fontana: The pain and suffering is over!

The inevitable has begun. My third mtb season as a 'pro'. It came too soon, as I knew it would, but it was great to be on the fat tires. My skills definitely need some work. As does my climbing. As does my endurance. As does my... you get the picture! But I suffered through it with a smile, finishing in a miserable 18th. At least for Super D the day prior I managed a podium finish. And the greatest part of it all was my youngest fan was there cheering me on. I got to spend some more time with my little buddy Calvin and his parents, Gina and Hal. And then on to training camp... To work on those things that needed work.

Super D podium

Calvin & I post race.

And then on to team training camp...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Training, skiing, birthdays (other people's), visitors & fun...

Cramming it all in before the race season starts again. Oh, it starts this weekend!?! I guess the cramming is all over. What have I been doing? Well, not blogging, that is for sure. I had to start training again, so trying to whip myself back into shape after a non restful break. Moving is not the best way to 'rest', that is for sure, but among all the chaos, my parents left, Tim had a birthday and he did his first bike race of the season to celebrate. Wendy turned 40 and we threw a little party, I attempted to ski at meadows for the first time this year and got shut down due to wind. We XC skied for O'Malleys birthday instead. I did my first road race of the year, house stuff continues, Gina and Hal came to visit, I did my first (and only) mtb ride of the year (so far) and we had my brother and his kids out for a ski week. But I left them in Oregon and now I am in California awaiting the inevitable pain of the first mountain bike race of the season! Stay tuned...

Thanks for your help mom and dad!

Tim's post race birthday celebration.

Wendy actually blew out all 40 candles.

O'Malleys birthday xc ski. Would have rather been riding the lift making turns in fresh pow!

My new buddy Calvin. Gina & Hal's latest addition.

Abi and Alec, my two little snow buddies!

A quick visit to Portland to see Uncle Timmy.

The gorge in all its lovliness! I love riding my mtb.
I hope the rainbow is a sign of good things to come!