Monday, December 31, 2007
I have some hefty goals for 2008: first, I'd like to win the C race at the Spring Training Series (STS). At the Willow TT, I want to beat Taylor Birmann's time of 34:34 that he put up when his racing age was fourteen. Beating his time would be huge and definitively would build confidence. I want to survive rollout at the Tour of Kensington Valley (which will only be a road race this year) and drop everyone on the epic Snot Hill. I'd like to race Cat 4 at the Tour of Frankenmuth road race. Allen Park will be my first peak. In the junior race, I might help out my younger teammates, keeping my legs for the Cat 4 race, where I want to attack. I'll go easy at the Dexter Criterium, preparing to storm the state time trial championship on the next day. On the 21st of July, I look to finally compete for the win in the brutal Maillot Jaune road race.
I had to make the Ada Criterium a "B" race in order to peak for the second week of August. On the week is Nationals, and if I don't go to Nationals I can't race the Hines Park TT. I'll just try to not get dropped by the 15-18 juniors at Rockford. And of course we'll make a trip up to Ontario to take on the Canadians at the Tour de Ciocaro, and hopefully there will be much orange on the podium. By then I'll be in my third peak for Debaets/Devos, and the Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic, which will be an NRC(!) race this year.
I know that my readers will make me race 'cross, so maybe I will.
2007 is almost over, people, let's be ready for 2008!
Friday, December 28, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Look at what Grandma and Grandpa Scicluna got me! I'm sure Dad was at work there!
Of course these are not the only things Grandma and Grandpa Scicluna gave me, but the Voler base layer and Kool Kover cleat covers really surprised me!
And how about those lions! They've got seven wins now, and I'm content with that.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
It was sweet! We came out flying right from the gun. #13 started off on the bench and we took advantage of his absence. Before long an opponent defender found herself with the ball, and a charging James Anderson headed right toward her. I blocked her pass, made a breakaway and scored.
We contained #13 and he only got two or three goals. The end score was 5-4...Hurricanes! As I looked at the scoreboard, I thought one thought: sweet victory!
Stay tuned for results.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
So my sisters guilted me into going outside with them. I felt obligated because I felt bad about sitting at the computer while my siblings played.
I have to finish this post now, because I need to make a trip to the bathroom. I haven't journeyed there since probably this morning.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
But I know two riders who should of had
A place on the podium, possibly first
But after their mishaps they probably cursed
Drew dropped his chain and rolled his tire
While Tony lost his balance and crashed in the mire
They were both upset
But the situation was not dire
With 'Cross Nationals over
We've finally found out
That Juniors' Nationals will be in California
And that made me shout
Because I wasn't happy
2008 USA Cycling National Championships
July 4: Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships
July 17-20: Mountain Bike National Championships
Mount Snow Resort
West Dover, Vermont
August 2-3: 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships
9-Mile County Forest
August 7-11: Elite, U23 and Junior Road National Championships
Orange County, California
August 14-17: Junior Track National Championships ADT Event Center
August 16-17: Professional and Elite Criterium National Championships
Downers Grove, Illinois
August 30-31: USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships
Greenville, South Carolina
September 2-7: USA Cycling Master Track National Championships
Hellyer Park Velodrome
San Jose, California
September 11-13: USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 1-5: USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
ADT Event Center
October 24-26: USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships
Banner Elk, North Carolina
December 11-14: USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Wyandotte County Park
Kansas City, Kansas
USA Cycling BMX National Championships
USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships
USA Cycling Master Road National Championships
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
We're the "B" team. To sum it up, my team is full of players that didn't make the "A" team.
If we lose this game, we'll guaranteed have a losing season. We need a win. We need to drag a colossal performance out of ourselves. We want the victory more then the Xtreme. So let's go out there and take it.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
If it hadn't of been for the other team's #13, we would have massacred them. #13 was speedy, movy, and good enough to evade our whole defense. He never passed the ball. He didn't have to! He's on another team and he must be doing this league for fun (if you can call fun mercilessly beating the living pizza out an innocent indoor soccer league).
Eight of his goals later he was made goalie. When he was on offense, my coach had to put me on defense, because I was the only defender physically able to keep up with #13's speed. I did okay on defense.
Our offense wasn't shut down, we scored seven goals! I got one near the end. Without #13, the "Sweet Stuff" was[were] [a group of]sitting ducks.
Oh well, we lost, and I have no regrets.
Besides not winning.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Here was an interesting race.
It was the first crit that I did when they split the juniors up into 10-12, 13-14, etc. Tony and Taylor animated the 15-16 race, while Alexey and I broke away from Canadian racer Erik Lalonde.
We eventually caught 15-16 racer Myles Davis. In the 10-12 race, Rem Vermeulen strongly held the wheel of a flying Rudy Peterson.
Dad has a very good Cat 3 team. They nearly tripled their amount, and they have very good depth. He's got Zack, Dmo, Chris (by midseason), Scott, Eric, Tony, Craig Rice, John Burrows, Dominic Zaccone, Joe Lekovish and himself, of course.
Taylor Birmann has been recruited by Priority Health, leaving Tony as SLC's only junior.
And now for the biggie: I'm keeping the Look 555...for free! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you James (Knight)!
I'm nervous. Tomorrow the Hurricanes will play a girls' team. In a real game, mind you. If my team has any dignity left, it had better win this game.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Perhaps you have heard of this. Perhaps you haven't.
I certainly have.
It was a race, titled "The BTR Criterium". The year was 2006, and I was a tiny little eleven-year old (racing age twelve).
Rudy Peterson and I were very evenly matched, making our races very fun to watch. This race was fun to watch. Not for me. Because Rudy has a sister, who is also pretty fast.
They had a great strategy going into the race: Rudy attacked and Jaclin sat on my wheel.
Rudy had a great race. I didn't.
On that day I learned that the morning of a race is not the time to carbo-load on Red Bull and doughnuts. I found out too late.
It was an epic race.
Show all of those other Americans how hard we Michigan/Ohio racers race.
Drop them, attack them, make them suffer! You guys could both win your categories.
Make them fear your names, make them fear you!
(All of this is metaphorical)
Kick them to the curb, make them cry, and win! Teach them the meaning of pain.
And then send me a race report.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
So we got a fake Christmas Tree.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
It was also the last connecting for the semester. My debate class went very well. I'm fairly extroverted in that class but still could be more. I had prepared all week for my team debate: Resolved: Sugar is not bad for you. I was for sugar. Everyone continually doubted that my team could pull out a victory, and they were wrong.
Then came my next debate: Organic Pest Control vs. Pesticides. I was for pesticides. And my team won.
This debate class won't be happening next semester, so I'll be taking other classes.
That made my day!
Lunch came next. I ate pizza, which is usually always normally probable to probably be always normally delicious, usually sometimes always.
After lunch I gathered my four fellow car-mates and we got in my dad's expedition (driven by my dad, of course) and drove to Wide World Sports Arena.
The team I was on was relatively balanced, with only one scary good player. I played goal for the first half and surrendered only one goal, while our scary good player netted a breakaway goal. In the second half I took to offense and was pleased to see that one of my fellow offenders (or forwards) was Barak Howell, another eighth grader at my youth group. From the start of the half to its end, Barak and I carved up the unfortunate defense that stood helplessly in our determined way. I got the game-winning goal, and moments later, Barak got the next.
Our next game wasn't so easy. I played goal again for the first half, and again I surrendered one goal, while our scary good player netted another goal. I switched up to offense. This time, Barak and I had difficulty. The other team's freakishly good player scored on our scary good player, who was now a scary good goaltender. But in the last minute, I found myself with the ball in the offensive end. I made a move and got separation, and then sent the ball into the box, yelling "Barak, that's you!"
It was. We tied the game 3-3 after a terrifying, catastrophical, desensitizing breakaway by the other team's freakishly good player, that fortunately did not result in a goal.
Soccer was over for the semester, and I was going home.
Part II: Flu Shots
In a vague way, I like to suffer. I sort of like to show my disdain for pain, because it's fun. I hope that wasn't the reason for having to get Flu Shots. Maria was hysterical about it but survived. Abby was shocked when the needle was injected into her shoulder, and her face of un-expectancy and betrayed-ness communicated her feelings. I was next.
It seemed like my sisters were hoping that I'd cry. I looked at the wall as the needle went in. I looked at the wall as the needle went out. Everyone laughed.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Doug, I need you commenting on my blog. You're definitely one of my top readers. I know that I confused a lot of people, so this is my apology.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I had my picture taken at sears on Thursday (after Home School Central) and it went well.
And now for the important news. On Thursday night, James Knight (or Mr. Knight), dropped off a Look 555 Road Bike, for ME! It's sickly cool. It's black, the same color as Alexey's, and the same frame as his! Only his is a Scott. There's a good chance that we might keep it. It's a little big, but I'll be grown into it by the time that I've grown out of my Blue. I'm excited.