Friday, January 29

Just to keep you in the loop....

The Skies have parted and the rains have stopped! However, the 5 day deluge didn't hold me back too much. Although multiple trainer rides had me wanting to, well, do mean things. Friday I got Cabin Fever and headed out in the rain to do some intervals in the rutted out Loma Linda Hills. Solid.

Saturday, Desira and Andrea and I hit up Crafton Hills and Zanja Peak. So what the snow line was like 87 feet! We were going!

SUPER squeaky brakes make for lots of laughs! That's a good g 6" of snow right there. That doesn't happen every day around here. My brother from Boulder asked if I put studs on. HA! Please. Im still running my tires from LAST year that have dried up STANS and 1/3 the tread the started with. No biggy. Whats some running in snow with bikes?!
Cruisin up to the saddle!

The result of these two days of fun were extremely cold appendagages and too much laughing.
Sunday I felt bipolar in 75 degree weather flogging myself in some crit action. The Gnome had an awesome race and got second to some young-gun Canadian U23 champ and I just burned some calories in the womens 1/2/3 race and the men's 3's. Now that's some fun for ya, I could talk a lot about the men's 3 field, but I will just say they are nice. It is really fun to have team members in a race though, that is fun!
That's photo proof of a HOT day, but I don't want to snake it from DMunson, its his job to take pictures! ; )
Now, the weekend is here! As are the races!
Ride On!

Monday, January 18

The World Outside

It seems quite simple to become engrossed in the riggors of our stressful lives. I have lost my debit card, gained 1.37 pounds, missed 1 hour of training time, not slept enough, not found my umbrella in time, and the mundane list goes on and on. However, we are coexisting here in some quite placid times. The weather is blustery and the friendships fantastic. Not much to whine about.
This weekend I got the opportunity to do a solid Team Training camp with up to 20 or our team. The coolest part was completing the Stage Coach 100 century ride with two juniors, the Wright Brothers. However simple it may be, opening the world of cycling fun to these kids was a total blast! We even did skills training on Sunday which only resulted in 5 crashes, three of which were Ian, alone.
Training took a whole new turn at K1 karts in Ontario! What a blast!!
Some of my students think Pink and I are twins. One of them posted this pic on my Facebook account to try and prove the point. Maybe I should donate her one of my helmets...

Sister Julene has made it through 4/6 Chemo treatments with great success! Each treatment has gone better than the last, so now instead of spending many days vomiting and otherwise feeling horrible, she just feels sick. Neither of which i would enjoy. However, the chemo and illness have taken its toll on her hair and she has gone short! Stellar choice sister! Looking awesome as usual! And she is feeling so much better, and getting back to more of a normal life!

Speaking of hair, Nephew Griffyn just went through his ceremonial hair cutting! Its a traditional Cook Island Rite of Passage, at 5, he's now the MAN!! Here are is AWESOME locks pre ceremony! He has NEVER cut his hair in any way!! When I was visiting I got a kick out of french braiding his hair!

Here is the little man and his first of MANY Hawks! Rock it!

And of course, no post of Griffyn would be complete without a picture of Gwen!

Of course there are dozens of current events that are flooding Yahoo and some of them are extremely graffic. A few come to mind that have attachements to me or us. The devestation in Haiti is overwhelming. I have a few contacts that are either there of working on aid that is going there. Here, Andrew Haglund arrived in Haiti yesterday I believe. YOu can check the blog link below which describes what he and the surgical team are doing. He has uploaded satelite images of where they are working and some stories. Amazing. He is doing an awesome job of keeping the blog updated. Cool to see positive things taking place in such horrible circumstances.
Loma Linda University in Haiti!

Yoshio Garcia, a local newly-turned-pro Mountain Bike racer suffered a catastrophic accident while riding his bike to work last week. He is still in critical condition with a semi-induced coma at Arrowhead Regional with severe head trauma. The mountain biking community has banned together in a large way to inform everyone of his condition and needs of his family. An account for donations has been set up through Coates Cyclery, who he rides for, because he has no health Insurance. Fight on Yoshio!!

And this photo just in! Brian's brother, SSgt Nicholas McCulloch, USMC in Afghanistan on an Osprey. He says it is freezing over there!!Sent him a box the other day, I wonder how long it will take to get there! We miss him a bunch! But he is staying busy and taking care of business!

Friday, January 15


I have received some complaints and otherwise unsatisfactory comments on my lack of blogging. So here you go!

Last night I had the honor of joining the High School kids on a Charter Bus ride to Big Bear for our Winter Formal. Although I did wear a dress, my tan lines aren't as bad as those above, but pretty close. We got to learn the Waltz up there at high elevation, which at least helped to burn off the Tirimasu I consumed.

Gnome rides for a quarter? This has got to be cooler than Jamie's idea of putting massage chairs in car washes.

And yes, much to my dismay, I rode a trainer. At least it was with 5 other gals and Andrea was nice enough to host it at her house and tell us what to do, like pedal faster. Solid. This in fact was my 2nd trainer workout in 10 months. I attempted another trainer ride Wednesday night, to only FALL OUT of the trainer, like the quickrelease kept slipping, 2 times! This erked me so bad, I headed back outside, at 8pm, to do my training ride.

Favorite ride: Oak Glen in the dark for Intervals. Open roads, clear sky, crisp air.

Quotable quote: "So are we fitting your primary bike?" (Eileen the best bike fit ever asks me) ME: "Yes. My road bike is my primary bike."

This season is going to be interesting!!