Friday, February 29, 2008


It's good to know that at least some people have a race in their state in early March. Tomorrow, Drew "Junior Bike Racer" Bercaw and Rob "Factory Rider" Sroka will compete in the Arnold Cycling Challenge, in Michigan. I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform. These guys are a fraction Michigan Scene. Maybe 1/5, because they compete against some Toledo riders who race in Michigan. There's also a rumor that Drew and Rob might possibly do the Tour of Kensington Valley Road Race. It's just a rumor though...
While they're racing tomorrow, I'll be at home...doing homework. I got an insane amount of papers to write, exercises and quizzes to take and a one-hundred and fifty page handout on point of view to read! All this homework is for my girl-infested grammar class.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Getting Desperately Close

It's almost March and I'm dying for it to come around almost as much as I'm dying for the month of April to come. On Saturday we will be only twenty-nine days away from the first Flying Rhino Spring Fling Race. I will train diligently until the races start, and even though I'll still have to train in the middle of racing season, I'll be rewarded with races. I can't wait to race cat 4. I think I might be able to compete for a top twenty placing in the Michigan Challenge Points Series.
I wonder when when the AAVC junior team is going to start doing outdoor rides. In fact, I wonder when I'm going to start doing outdoor rides. Well, enough of my rambling on, I'm probably taking up all your time when you should be riding.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I feel Doug's pain

Last night I broke my stem. I had to wait for like forty minutes until Dad was off the phone. Then I learned how to put a new tube on, for what seems like the fourth time. I just keep forgetting how to do it though.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sponsor me!

Please consider donating to my ride in the MS bike tour.
I need at least $25o of donations for me to ride in support of my mom, who has MS. Basically, if you don't donate, I can't ride!

Making Amends

I do feel bad that I haven't posted in a while. The best attribute of my blog is the fact that I post so often. Well, now I've posted and I'll be trying to keep posting at a more consistent pace. I was going to post last night but other people got on the computer. So I didn't get to post, but I got all night to think about my post.
There's also one other issue that I want to address: reader participation. I'm disappointed that this blog that topped forty-one visits on Saturday is only getting a few comments from my most faithful readers. Keep posting like crazy on Zack's blog, but try stay active on mine.

There wasn't anything interesting on Monday. It was a little bit boring but it wasn't too boring though. In soccer I played goalie a lot. I didn't let in any goals but I stunk when I payed offense.

I think I'm almost cured of my abdominal pain, which was caused by a condition that I won't mention on this blog.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


What did James do to his face last night? The first person to correctly answer will receive a virtual(non-existent) pizza.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Not feeling so good

My gut hasn't been feeling so good lately. The pain is kind of hard to pin-point, but it invlolves gas at times and also hurts whenever I'm sitting (or standing) in a bad position. That being said, I don't know if I'm going to be able to ride intervals tonight, well actually I know that I can't, because we'll be having company.

Girl-Infested Grammar Class(again)

I've changed it a little bit, because we had to change the name of our band to "The Rock Band". I'm not happy about it, because I know there are other bands out there that are called "The Rock Band".
Oh well, I've washed my hands of it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

An oppossum

I just saw an oppossum (pronounced "possum" and not to be confused with "posse") in my very own backyard!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I feel like a lab rat

Dad tried out his lactate measurer on me tonight. It kind of hurt, but it was more of an anticipating pain.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Decent Day

It went decent. I'll spare you the gruesome details, except for the interesting ones. In middle school drama our teacher was absent, so it looked like we were going to have a student run class, but alas, it was not to be. The high school drama teacher critiqued our play, and it needed a lot of critiquing.
In soccer I played goalie, did well, and then played offense and scored a hat trick (hockey lingo for three goals).
My GCBC went fine.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Yummy Yummy Cliff Bars

They're yummy, organic and for kids! That's not preventing us from eating them though.
After I finished watching the Red wings lose their sixth consecutive game I watched the prologue of the Tour of California. It's good to see that the non-dopers placed well.
I rode for an hour after the race finished, watching a nature program on PBS and America's Funniest Videos. The videos of blindfolded kids swinging baseball bats at pinatas were especially funny.

Harder Trivia

Whoever can name the most riders in this picture will receive a virtual(non-existent) pizza. You may guess until nine PM. Let me stress how virtual the pizza will be. Very.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Name all the riders in the picture, in order, and if you're from Michigan you have to name the race. The first person to guess will receive a virtual (non-existent) pizza.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Football in the snow

It's quite fun, and not wet or as cold as you'd think. At least I wasn't wet or cold. I played with three of my neighbors/friends and yes I wore a coat.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Losing Streak

Are you guys aware that the Red Wings are on a FOUR game losing streak??? I guess it doesn't matter though, because we're way ahead of everyone else in the NHL.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Monday Report

Monday went pretty well, much better than usual. I'm starting to feel more adjusted to Homeschool Connection and I'm not a shy kid there anymore. Logic was quiet, as usual, but it gave us all a chance to wake up. It prepared me for Destination Imagination where we were making stuff with food! And when we were done making the stuff we ate the food. Then we did some activities that were very similar to my Mime&Improv class.
For the first forty minutes in (Middle School) Drama, we kept on trying to perfect the fight scene. For a while it seemed that we weren't getting anywhere but we eventually did. My character (Edmund) first kills the character that will be played by my sister (Maria) and then attacks the White Witch, destroys her wand, fights her a little bit and then gets stabbed.
Our soccer class has gotten much better because several good players have signed up for it. I know two of those guys. So the game was good. Barak brought his "A" game. I was against him. I started on offense and we just couldn't score and the other team could. So at the end of the first half the score was 3-0, bad guys. I switched positions with our goalie, because he's too good to be kept in goal. I did pretty good in goal, considered that I hadn't played in a while. Our offense was getting good chances. The bad guys came charging into our zone. The ball came to me and I scooped it up. I should have punted it but instead I threw it. I threw it right to the other team's really good player. He was just outside the box, to my left. He hammered one. I dove to the right and snagged it, and quickly ran to the front of the box and punted the ball. It set up a break and we scored. 3-1. Unfortunately the bad guys got another chance, and when the really good player centered the ball to Barak, I just wasn't quick enough to dive in front of him and block his shot. They scored. 4-1. We got one more goal but it wasn't enough. We'll get them next time.
Study Hall went much better this time. They split it into quiet and social. I took quiet and got some of my logic homework done. Then my grammar class (which is infested by girls, did you know that?) piled into our teacher's car. I have to give it to them that even if their loud, talkative and loud, they are nice and they let me sit in the front seat. We drove to the Pittsfield library, where we'll be going every other week to work on short stories. That, in my opinion, is better than sitting at a table and listening.
So it was a good day.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sweaty underwear

That's what happens when you ride without any biking clothes. It's also what happens when you ride with two other riders and only one fan.
As you guys know, I'm a kid, and biking shorts are expensive. I currently have a pair of AAVC shorts, a pair of bib shorts and and a pair of Louis Garneau shorts. I have plenty of jerseys though.
On Saturday I had forgotten to do the bike laundry. I paid for that. Let's just say that riding in your gym shorts isn't as efficient as riding in your biking shorts.
Out of Alexey, Dad and I, Dad got the fan. Alexey and I were doing intervals. AKA, we sweated like...(I'm thinking, pigs? Horses? Not dogs, dogs can't sweat so they use their tongues. Okay, I've got it)sweaty people!
We also watched the video of the 2007 Tour de France. We might have determined a few riders that were clean because of their interviews; Jens Voigt, Bradley Wiggins and not Rasmussen. Voigt and Rasmussen attacked dopers(metaphorically), saying that dopers should be punished severely.
My dad has a pretty good theory on how to tell if they dope. The ones who dope usually sympathize with those who have been caught doping. Alex Rodriguez has done that and thus he is highly suspect.
With nothing else further to say,
James (AKA Bike Boy)

Saturday, February 9, 2008

I survived!

I survived Saline High School! I am glad that I will never have to go to that school because it is so big. I was surprised that I wasn't the youngest student in the nineteen person class. I did pretty good in English which is my specialty. For math I did better than I had done in my practice tests. I knew probably 35% of the questions, and out of the 65% that I didn't know I probably guessed 20% correct, so I got around 50-ish percent for math, which I am content with. I did okay for reading and I just did terrible for science. We were supposed to answer forty questions in thirty-five minutes and the test had several passages in it which we had to read. In other words I was running out of time and I had to guess the last ten questions without really looking at them.
But the main thing is that I survived. Alexey had to do an ACT test too, and I bet other junior bike riders also had to. Alexey is coming over soon. That's all I've got to say.
Eat Pizza,

Thursday, February 7, 2008

What can I say

Nothing much is going on. I did a tempo ride for an hour, and was just finishing up a bowl of ice cream.
On Saturday I'm going to Saline High School to do an ACT test. I'm a bit nervous. In my practice ACT test I scored better than 98% of everyone else on english. That was my only bright spot. In math I scored better than like 15% of everyone else, mostly because I haven't learned any of those math concepts. In reading I was better than about 66% of everyone else, and in science I scored better than around 25% of the people. I shouldn't be that competitive, because not many middle-schoolers take the ACT. What I'm worried about is not going fast enough during the test. I want to be able to answer all of the questions without skimming. We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Funny Play

Yesterday I went to see Les Miserables with Homeschool Connection. It was a musical. It wasn't just a musical where they talked for most of the time and occasionally burst into song. No, they sang everything. The music made it more epic, if you know what I mean. In scene where everyone gets killed in the battle, there was so much smoke from the smoke machines, that the fire alarms went off. We had to leave the building. When we came back in they had to restart the play at where it had been maybe five minutes before the alarms went off. We got to see the same guy get shot three times again, and it was just as dramatic.
I was going to have another CP test but I didn't have any biking clothes, and by the time the laundry was done, my dad had left with laptop. Instead I did three fifteen minute intervals. I listened to my MP3 player and felt great.
I'll do my testing on my next rest week.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Connecting has begun again

Yes my friends, the thing that I have come to sometimes enjoy and sometimes live in mortal fear of has returned. (The) Homeschool Connection.
As soon as I got there, my buddy John Henri came up to me and started talking about the music video. He liked it. I now have a first hour class, so I had to leave my house at 8:30(A.M.). My logic class was very quiet (as to be expected from a bunch of homeschooled teenagers who were woken up before eight in the morning). I had been warned that this class was boring and it kinda is. My next class was Destination Imagination (what an uncool name, huh?). Our teacher was sick so we played Apples to Apples. The next class for me was (Middle-School)Drama. We were working on choreographing the fight scene. There's a pretty good chance that Maria will be an extra in the play, most likely playing a guy in the White Witch's army. My character, Edmund, will probably end up killing her in the fight.
Because all the classes were shortened by ten minutes today, the soccer class wasn't able to go to Wide World. So we played in the gym, which is also the location of lunch. The whole soccer class was assigned lunch setup and cleanup and I was on setup so I had to leave class ten minutes early. By the time I had reached the gym, all of the tables were set up and all we had to do was put chairs around the tables. And of course, get our pizza before everyone else came! Barak came after all the setup had ended, so he had basically gotten out of his class ten minutes early just to get in the line for pizza, before anyone else. I was number two in line though.
Now you're thinking: How are thirty kids supposed to play soccer on half of the gym? We played crab soccer.
Next was study hall. It appears that I now have another girl-infested class; My study hall. Jeez oh pizza, you'd think that they'd have some respect for the other students who are, guess what, STUDYING! Acknowledging my existence would be nice, because they didn't. Or it didn't look like it. I would be embarrassed if I blurted out everything about my personally life, with someone that you don't know listening. It was creepy. Barak's sister was doing the talking too. I won't go into detail what she said...
And last but...well actually maybe it is my least favorite class. GCBC. The very acronym strikes fear into my heart. The pink-ish colored folders, the loudness, the laughing just for the sake of laughing! If you don't know why I don't like GCBC, it's because of the girl's. There's nothing wrong with grammar, but there's something sick about that many females surrounding me, talking , talking, talking!!! I already had a headache and I knew it was going away soon.
I survived the class. And now I'm in the comfort of my home. The peace, the serenity, the computer chair...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Yet another nice ride

So Alexey, I, Eric, Craig, Scott and Dad(who was taking the pictures) rode. We watched "A Sunday in Hell", a great cycling movie. Alexey was really really sore, because in the past few days he's broken his school's mile record (5:14-ish) and then broke the record for most pushups in a minute(70), so he was pretty sore. I was sore too; I slept wrong and my neck was sore for the rest of the day.
Go to my other blog, to read about my opinion on the Super Bowl.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Results

I made 260, but then couldn't get 280. Oh well, I improved forty watts from last year.
Alexey's coming over soon, to be followed by a horde of SLC Cat 3 riders.