Wednesday, December 17
I depart Thursday at noon, fly to Atlanta Georgia where I will hop onto a plane to Santiago Chile. I am not sure how long the flight is, but i get there the next day. I am presently downloading some movies to my iPhone, i hope my battery will last!!
I really do want to see if they serve the Sea Bass though, delic!!
Why am i going?!?! That is a really good question...i am joining my parents and the company they work for, Maranatha International, to build a church in the south of the country. In two weeks i will tell you all about it. I have visions of snow peaked mountains, steaming volcanos, hot springs, early morning runs, and lots and lots and lots.....of.....work. I asked for cynder block duty. what ever is the MOST physically taxing job, give it to me!!
This is the first trip I CAN REMEMBER packing for WITHOUT any bike gear. None. Without any OPTIONS to ride bikes until January 3rd at 2pm. If it is raining that day, the rollers will be set up or i will brave it and ride in the rain in the dark!!!
We do get to go for a trek on this mountain and spending some time in the Chilean Lake District!
What i ask of you...RIDE YOUR BIKES AND LOVE IT!!! Spend time with the people you care about and care about you too. Enjoy good food, and well, give some pretty cool gifts this Christmas.
Friday, December 12
One guy even got upset with me, stating, "if you dont really want this package, don't waste my time." hold on, your the one wasting MY TIME!! He even ventured to ask my WHY I didn't have the $199.99 to secure a room for 4 days in Sedona for two adults and two children. Um, because it's just me and i probably dont want to take a friend plus their kids with me on a trip to Sedona.
I said well thank you for asking about my finances. Just today, i dropped $153.67 on a Garmin on the net. it should arrive within 2-3 business days. I spent all my money on racing, and i only go places to race, otherwise, you will find me within 77 miles of my front door.
Whoever put my number up for auction, i loath you.
Thursday, December 11
Friday, November 28
Young Griffyn learning to surf, digging deep for his long-lost NorCal roots.
I feel as if brother Jeremy spent the majority of our younger years, with that exact same pose, but he had TWO sisters, not just one...
Thursday, November 27
I rode, leisurly, by Christie's house to bid Matt, Christie, and Sarah farewell. They looked pretty stoked about it. Way to keep up the faith guys.
Then i completed my teacherly duties. I went to a convention in Long Beach. With a bunch of teachers. This is what happens at the Hyatt when the keynote speaker rolls the ball out to a gaggle of PE teachers. Classic.
I also had a run in with my razor and had Nancy call room service for a bandaid.
Tricia and i hit the pavement yesterday on our road bikes, it was her first ride since her crash before Labor Day and she did fantastic!!! we were dodging the clouds and rain storm the whole time. Somehow we managed 2 hours with out a drop, although once i closed the garage, the sky opened a can.
Thank you Stell Coffee for the Coffee!!
Monday, November 17
Although Willie Stewart and his family just moved to Montana, he and some of the other athletes from Challenged Athletes Foundation stopped by school for a little show and tell.Sending my girl to the gallows
Thursday, November 13
Today at 10 am, my work is participating in The Great Southern California Shake Out - an earthquake drill for the record books, so they say. At the precise strike of 10, millions will "Drop, Cover, and Hold on" simulating the inevitable 7.8 earthquake that will last over a minute. The drill will take place from San Diego to Ventura!
Now the Northridge earthquake lasted 11 seconds at 6.7 on the Richter scale in 1994. It was quite devastating. Imagine a 7.8....
i always hope that i will be teaching on the field when the Big One comes. there is nothing to duck under or hide from, but with our luck, the fault will open right beneath us and swallow us up.
When i lived in the mountains i couldn't get renters insurance and one of the 5 reasons was that the Yucaipa Ridge Fault ran through my back yard, and is part of the San Andreas Fault system. Awesome.
Friday, October 31
Monday, October 27
Sunday, October 19
With such an event over, the only thing left to do is recover from a long and almost exhausting season.
I kept myself off the bike for 6 days, an ALL TIME RECORD...
Saturday morning, i spun over to the coffee shop (please note the 32 minutes...a bit different than the usual 3+ hours...i had to force myself into the driveway)
to meet up with these work gals and Robert, for Carrie's birthday...(i don't stick out at all...)
Friday found me a bit agro, so i laced up the sneaks and went for a 45 minute trail run. The last time i ran was in.....December. It made my skin itch all over (what's up with that!!!) and i scratched my belly so bad it looks like a Liger got me. Buy me new shoes. My thigh kept bugging me when i was running. And my hip and my knee. Maybe its because they all look like this. Thanks to the non-profit yardsale on the rockiest switchy in the woods last week. Good work...
Back to Saturday. Christie and I went for coffee...my third of the day...
And a Pedicure...
I was even able to go play games with other friends and end up at Thai food with even another group of friends!!
Sunday, i fought the urge to race Cross, and simply watched others race cross. I haven't been that tired in a long time. it's a lot of work to cheer for everyone, and when you lack the adreneline surge, you end up a little flat.
Now, i am at work. About to actually work. This is a new Sunday tradition. I am not sure how i feel about it, but so far i have blogged, checked blogs, made my elbow bleed and drank an entire cup of coffee. It is almost 5pm...time to go home.
Saturday, October 18
Not my usual 3-5 hour Saturday ride, it lasted 45 minutes. MTB on the road, which will be discussed in a later post. But one thing stood out that i just had to yack about.
I was heading home, down Fern, to the spot i fell off my road bike - not to be confused with crashing, (only Matt and Shelli know where that is...) when i saw three road cyclists convened on the side of the road. i always slow when i see this, because in rare occasions i can actually lend a hand.
There was one girl in the mix and she was getting CHEWED OUT by one of the guys. She looked like she was going to cry, I was close enough to see her lip quivering. He was yammering about pedal now, pedal then, hold that line...whatev. It was very apparent that she was not a seasoned cyclist, and i just felt so bad. As i slowly rode by i said "just ride your bike girl" and gave the guy one of my nasty looks (8th grade PE is thinks this is my every day face) and hoped my message would stick.
Who knows if it will. But i wanted to go back and ride with the guys and send out attack after attack and make them suffer. BE NICE!!!! If you want your lady friends to support your habit, at least show them a fun time on the bike. If you want them to join you again, BE NICE!!!!
Friday, October 10
I got a Demo bike from Steve M. Hooked it up! the second time i had ever SEEN a barrier, let alone go over one, was on lap one. No face plants! but i did decide that if there was an option between RUNNING or RIDING...i will ride till the death!!!!!
Friday, October 3
How many times (if ever), have you made a list? When its done, do you look at it with some sort of epiphany? Probably not. The whole reason you make the list in the first place is because you want to buck the system, go against your intuition. You think that lining out stupid reasons to do something will convince you that the other option sucks.
Example. I want to eat a donut. But i should eat oat bran cereal. You may put on your Pro Donut list that it has pretty colors. This in fact is not a pro. it is stupid fact.
I need to be told which things actually will count on my pro/con list. If i have my mind already set to do one thing, i will add a bunch of mundane things, subconsciously mind you, to the pro list to make it outweigh the cons. Like if it is a jelly donut it has "fruit." it may smell nice, it may be free in the teacher work room. Done, pro list longer, although pointless.
now i have to wonder when in fact is a pro/con list useable?
What bike to buy perhaps.
Where to go to dinner? that depends on whose buying.
what pair of plaid short to wear to work? no, just make sure not to wear a tie-dye shirt.
to race a bike on a specific day or not. legit.
to race a certain bike on a certain day where nothing will really be affected one way or the other, no sleep will be lost, nobody will cry. Perfect.
But i am in a complete deadlock. this system sucks.
Wednesday, October 1
Carrie and I walked ourselves into Canada yesterday, September 21st at 11:45 am. It was bittersweet and incredibly surreal to have an end to such a grand adventure. My parents and our dear friend Pete met us on the trail, a few miles before the very end and walked the last few moments of the trail with us.
146 days after leaving the Mexican border we are stronger, leaner and hopefully wiser. It was a summer that we will never forget.Thank you to each and every one of you for following along and being our cheerleaders. We would never have made it without all the support, phone calls, emails, care packages and family/friend stops along the way. We don't really have a clue what's next but hopefully that comes together in the next few weeks. We'll keep you posted. You should know that we'll probably be laying around for at least the next few days."
Monday, September 22
- Sunday was the Cal State Championships (a very odd name for an event if you ask me). At this race, it is usually all the same local chicks that show up at Rim Nordics or Fontana races. Nothing too resemblant of the cyclists that this vast state actually holds.
- But, yesterday, we had a few wild cards. Now i am not sure if there is any rule that you actually have to LIVE in California or even be an American citizen to do this race, but if there is, i will be the champion. Although i got worked. Maybe we should show a current electrical bill or something? wait, no. because i don't have one of those either. but you see what i am saying here...could i go to Kansas and race in their state Championship? Not that i would win, but i don't know any MTB racer chicks from Kansas, so i could have a shot.
- Top Block: Adventure racer chick who has done La Ruta (5th overall) - Angela Parra Sierra, from the Country of COLUMBIA
- Second Block: Xterra racer from one of the Scottland - Lesley Paterson, she went running post XC.
- These chicks started FASTER than any cal state i have raced. I wasn't sure who they were and if it was logical idea to stick on their wheels. well, it probably wasn't. But i did for around 15 miles where i got attacked repeatedly. I have never been attacked this much in an XC race and had to play the cat and mouse game. But eventually, the descents would take their toll and the high efforts would take even a greater toll on my body, and i would settle, way....back....into third. I even started getting leg cramps. that is sooooo 2006!! what's the deal!
These girls were a ton of fun! We had a long chat post awards and it seems like one, if not both, will be around this area for even more racing!!
Friday, September 19
Griffyn, my 3 year old nephew has more hair than me!!! They are not going to cut it until he is 5!!!
Julene with the offspring. I want Griffyn's socks!!
They seem to be getting along. Now....
I think he is looking for Aunty Joy-Joy...
Tuesday, September 16
Here is your answer.
That's right. I went to home school. Brenda, my mom, was also my first teacher. I went to traditional school in 5th grade, but before then i spent three years doing the following:
(This is Mom with Mary Whipple - that's right, mom kicks it with Olympian Gold Medalists!)
- Planting gardens (one year 30 tomato plants, 18 hills of zucchini)
- baking bread from scratch
- Raising kittens and puppies
- Making dinner
- Building forts
- Building play houses
- Working in the yard
- Not watching TV
- Not playing video games
- Helping out on a fellow homeschoolers ranch
- Hiking through the woods
- And doing an occasional math worksheet
- Riding my bike to the community swimming pool
Now, most of you probably almost deleted me from your blogroll. These facts do not make me weird, at all. Promise.
I just wanted you to know that not everyone who goes to homeschool turns out odd. My brother and sister both went, and from what i know they seem pretty normal. We are all quite socially adempt too (i have almost 300 friends on Facebook...its way better than myspace...).
So, give a homeschooler a chance!
Monday, September 15
That's a Goat Head Thorn.
Monday, September 8
and Matt wrote all about it.
I did however get myself a new bike for my birthday. Well tra-la-la. Don't hate because I am queen of Matchy-matchy.
Wednesday, September 3
Monday, September 1
- Racing my bike at 9,000-11,000 ft isn't that bad. Until you try to walk up three flights of strairs to the condo.
- Warming up for a race wearing base layer, jersey, vest, arm-warmers, and a zip up pink sweat shirt is over-kill. If i had been in the IE.
- 80 with a chance of a snow storm is just your average day in Southern Utah.
- 4 girls, 4 bikes, 4 loads of junk can in fact fit in my car
- 9 people in one condo makes a pretty cheap "vacation": $44 each for three nights
- 9 people in one condo makes for no hot water.
WEEKEND HIGHS and LOWS
- UP wearing arm warmers - i can't remember the last time i was cold
- UP watching Matt, Maureen and Joey race Super D. (although Shelli and Jason and i sat on a cold picnic table for 45 minutes staring at the mountain side waiting for the "show"). Too bad Jamie wasn't there (down..)
- UP working my mad Tuesday-night skills on the 28 minute road and dirt climb. At 13% with Krista and Amanda.
- DOWN coming across Chloe Forsman, U23 National Champion , who had gotten caught in a rut and had a nasty crash. She is super cool, and super fast. I stopped and got her bike off the trail and went into first-aid mode to asses the situation. She had a NASTY gash under her right knee and would end up getting 25 stitches!! I stayed with her for probably 20 minutes or so. I tied one of her super-fancy Luna arm warmers around her knee, put her chain back on as we started to walk/ride down the trail in search of help. A fisherman was walking up the trail calling for us, since Maureen had given him the heads up. I hope Chloe is ok!
- UP/DOWN from then on, i was in ride, not race mode. I stopped and talked to a guy suffering severely from the altitude, you know, the talk it out. I talked to another pro female who was "done" and had a flat and in no way wanted to fix it, just wanted OUT. i stopped to talk to the water station people to tell them what i had found on my reconnaissance mission. I was completely last, but i had an awesome ride, on fantastic trails in beautiful weather. That's all i need.
- Things I Tried to Give away: 1 ) Pink polka-dot PJ tank. I tried to get Chloe to let me wrap it around her knee. i was wearing it because i was FREEZING and had no base layer! 2 ) My tube 3 ) my arm warmers 4) my bike - a guy had a bad mechanical and said he was SO tired of walking out. We were about 1.5 miles from the finish, but he wouldn't take mine. hmph.
I was cooked by the time i got out. I had missed my feeds and had no food on me. it was cold and extremely windy. i re-layered and went into the lodge where they were having awards. Larry Longo caught my eye and what ensued was the WORST, but the BEST 20 minutes of my year.
I became the PODIUM GIRL. Picture this. Helmet head. Check. Sweaty. Check. All chamied-out with layers and miss-matched sweatshirt. Check. I had leg warmers on, so they were battling with my shorts for territory, creating that "lump" that encircles even the sveltest of thighs. It was horrible. and i was in front of everyone.
It gets worse. I a giving awards to RACE WINNERS for pro men and women. OLYMPIANS!!! National champions, World-cup podium finishers. I was flabbergasted. Women i race against, or at least line up behind. There was paparazzi, cheering, and yelling. And each athlete was headed straight for me.
I didn't know if i should smile, look them in the eye, give them some coy word of congratulations. I began to sweat. It was horrible.
My defining moment came when it was time for the men's top 5 for the race. They all wear hats and sunglasses and about 5 feet out from me, began to bend their heads ever so slightly, assume i would smoothly lasso them as they slowed only slightly on their way to the blocks.
I got caught up on Ross Schnell. Now some people know i have an "affinity" towards him, and they were laughing in the crowd. I think i turned beet red as he approached, i fumbled, and caught the bill of his hat. Which then caught his hand, and we were momentarily intertwined. I stuttered, and all he said to me was "ROOKIE MOVE." i will remember it forever.
- I also got to put a medal around over-all series winner and Canadian Olympian Geoff Kabush. I saw him race the Redlands Classic one year. I cheered very loudly during the crit. He wears fancy skinsuits, that look real nice.
Saturday, August 23
Carrie and Malora are STILL hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. They were in Idyllwild over Cinco de Mayo, and now they have reached Oregon. By foot.
This will have to be short and sweet because I only have 5 minutes on the computer.
Malora and I successfully made it to Oregon about a week and a half ago. It was an amazing feeling to cross that border. But of course in true Oregon style about 3 days after the border we had 3 days of rain and thunderstorms.
Enough cold and wet weather to make us realize how truly miserable it can be when the sun is gone. Wet socks, shoes, pants, sleeping bags. And with all of this wind and rain the mosquitos were still thriving.
Currently we are in Bend, OR. Just off Santiam Pass where we reached mile 2000.9. We will stay at Big Lake Youth Camp tonight and hit the trail in the morning. Nice and early. We are doing 25 miles with ease now. And 30 if we don't have too many hot drinks in the morning. We still love our food, thanks Sandy. But honestly it is a chore to eat 4000-5000 calories a day. We love the food but are sick of eating.
We should hit Washington this week in about 6 days or so. Then finish in Canada hopefully in the 3rd week of september. After this weeks rain the idea of slacking until the autumn chill arrives doesn't sound that appealing. There is already a bite in the air. It keeps us moving. With all this beautiful scenery around we are thankful to be out of smoke filled skies that gave us the blues through Northern Cali. Off to a burger joint in Sisters, OR to down some calories and then a hitch to camp and off to bed.
Tuesday, August 19
(i am really not that huge)
Watching the coworkers do karaoke:
Or racing my bike?:
Monday night 25 of my coworkers and i loaded the school bus and headed to Chino (i don't even know where that is) to play Laser Tag. we were all bugged to go, but once we got there, it was like we were in 8th grade again. I haven't laughed that hard in a very long time. Those girls are brutal, and had no qualms about tag-teaming me and killing me repeatedly. Maybe it was because my code name was Miffy.
But i would probably have to say racing my bike was more fun. Things fell into place for me and i had a good day with only two crashes and one small mechanical. It was awesome to have Christie and Carolyn back at a venue. I have been lonely without them!! It was cool to share the podium with them.
In other news, and this is very sad, i had to put Shelli on probation after sundays race for breaking Team Protocol. She flatted on lap 2 right near the feed zone and decided to abandon the race. To her credit, she has fixed approximately 25 flats in the last 2 weeks because her tires are so horrible. But still, we made a pact years ago that the only way we would quit a race was if there was severe blood loss or bone protruding from the skin. Nothing else. Don't worry Shelli, new tires are on the way. (Which they have been for 5 weeks...)
Actually, i take it all back. The funniest thing was people trash talking in the feed zone. Do they not know that like half of us either car-pooled there or had lunch together the next day? what goes down in the feeds usually never stays there. Rumor has it that i am as fast as i will ever be and I am done. Pfff. Its just begun.
that's all i got. Word has it school will be filled with children tomorrow. i gotta go put my game face on.