Sunday, November 30, 2008

Without Further Ado/Adieu/Delay

Here's the 2008 Michigan Road Racing Season Review:

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Awful

A horrible thing happened to Bike Boy yesterday. I tried to open up "Bike Boy; My life as a 14 Year Old Cyclist" on my computer, and it wouldn't open. Apparently...it's messed up or something. It's on a pretty old computer so I should have expected it. I can't believe that I didn't back it up. The weird thing is that my computer would let me open other word processor projects, but of course it decided to not let me open the most important one.
Dad and I tried opening it on our other computers, but that didn't work either.
Doug, I think I might need some advice.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm thankful for...

Averaging just under 200 watts for two fifteen minute intervals! Yippee!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Contentment

As Michigan ended it's 3-9 season with an embarrassing loss against Ohio State, I was shocked. I was not shocked at how bad Michigan has become, but shocked at the high standard Michigan fans have set. EVERY year, we expect to see Michigan competing to win the Big Ten Conference. For DECADES, Michigan has satisfied us by going to a bowl game every year.
That tradition came to a close this year. Think about that. Michigan is not going to a bowl game this year. That is one of the oddest, abnormal thoughts to think.
Michigan fans have never taken for granted how lucky we were. Many teams have never ever gone to a bowl game.
Michigan has always been a good team, but we are never content with that and are always trying to raise the bar of standard.

Yes, as you could guess, this DOES pertain to cycling. I learned that I should have been content with what I was given. You can never really appreciate any thing until it's taken away.
Remember the first race you won. You were probably happy about your victory for the rest of week, but eventually, you realize that you need to win ANOTHER race to keep yourself happy. Let's say the next cycling season goes poorly for you. Don't you wish that you could go back to the time you won. You now know what it truly knows to lose, but by knowing what it truly means to lose, you learn what it truly means to win.

Be content.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Soccer Party

I never told you about the soccer party, which happened on the 15th. The WCA soccer party is hosted by the Dulings, and there we play Rock Band, Halo, Fifa, and other popular video games. At nine o'clock we went to the school. The reason was that we were going to play the Varsity Girls' Volleyball team in volleyball. We warmed up for about 45 minutes and then got in our places for the game. For the 10 of us not starting, it was the bench. We started the game off awfully, not taking it seriously, although no one really was. Maybe twenty serves into the game, Coach Ross sent me in (he has a huge sense of humor). I didn't disappoint, and I actually made a good play that set us up for a score. Then I messed up and got taken out.
Overall we had a lot of fun even though we lost.
When the girls all left, the socccer players played soccer in the gym. It was pretty neat to see all of our "bad" players (like the freshmen and the short guys who hadn't played soccer before until this season) compete with the "good" players (like Mason, Jesse, and Colin). We definitely have a lot to look forward to. Kevin and Justin are really good players, and they're only sophomores. Nathan Kichner is a good, tall, all-around player who also does goalie.
Man, it's going to be a lot of fun.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm Still Here...

I'm working on one big video project for the blog right now, so be patient.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wow

Since I had a lot of free time today, I opened up all my GCBC (Girl-Infested Grammar Class) folders. It brought back so many memories, some good, some bad. The more I think abou it, the more happy I become about WCA. The people at WCA are just so accepting, so kind, not that I'm dissing Homeschool Connection. I really feel like I'm a "part" of WCA, whereas at Homeschool Connection I was always kind of on the outside.
It's pretty obviously how God has worked in my life. Firstly, he got me involved with my youth group in eighth grade. This helped me get to know Mason, who of course is a legend at WCA soccer.
Mason got me connected into the soccer team, helping me to get to know a lot of guys before school even started.
Wow, I'm very fortunate.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

not much going on

The first quarter of school ended. Although I've currently got a 3.4 GPA, all of my grades are slowly increasing. I've gone from a C- to a B in Biology (which is a HORRIBLE class), I've improved my Algebra 2 grade from a B- to a B, and I'm hoping to raise my U.S. History grade to an A!
All in all, school is finally slowing down and getting easier, academically speaking, and socially, I'm doing pretty well. It's a nice school that I hope to graduate from.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Great Night

Last night was the Fall Sports Banquet. All the sports teams were required to present their team and honor their players. The Varsity Soccer team's presentation thingee started with an eight minute video put on by coach Ross. The highlight reel included all the important moments we had this this year, like Mason's game winners against Plymouth Christian and Lutheran Westland, the first goal of the season, Tanner's stop on a penalty kick, several of our player's first goals ever (including mine), and a various assortment of Jesse heading the ball into the goal. It was a pretty sweet video, and it made us look pretty good. So then we went up on the stage, and Ross introduced all the players and gave awards. Since we were going by age order, I was first. The things he said about me were really nice and made me sound much better at soccer than I really am. He talked about how Mason recruited me, and my first indoor game with WCA. He made me feel more important than I really am. He said that WCA soccer has a great future.
I do believe that WCA soccer is going to be back where it was last year. We lost five really talented seniors this year, but we'll still have Mason for one more year, we'll have Matthais Donat (8th grader), and hopefully three seventh graders that are amazing at soccer. I'm going to try hard to recruit the freshmen, because although a bunch of them pretty decent at soccer, they're all to embarrassed to play because they think that soccer is "gay" and basketball is the way to go (I roll my eyes).
I'm sure that sophomore year is going to be awesome, but I really have to realize that I can't be the goofy little freshman any more. With my physical growth that is greatly needed for soccer, I need to expand my spiritual growth. Mason's pointed out on several occasions that I have a very sarcastic sense of humor that is not very helpful at times, and I agree with him, so I'm going to have to work on it.
Coach Ross then showed another video. This one was about the seniors. It was well made and almost made tears run down my cheeks, but I held it in. I'm going to miss these seniors terribly.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I rode last night

Now I feel so much better about myself.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

B-Day

Today was a fun day. School was pretty easy, mostly because we had no school. During the morning, the middle schoolers and high schoolers were doing the "rake and run", a community service where we raked leaves for random people. Well, Maria informed Mason that today was my 14 birthday and insisted that he find some way to embarrass me. Well, Mason never lets you down.
So once everyone had gathered in the gym, the first announcement was that the day was my birthday. Then I had to stand up and listen to everyone sing the happy birthday song. It wasn't too bad. Rake and Run was fun.
This is the weird thing. I actually feel a year older, unlike most people who only feel a day older.

I just realized that in the time I spent blogging, I should have spent it riding. Dang it!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vet's Park

The 'Cross race was awesome. Joe, Zack, Dad, and I were the best fans there. We wailed on our drum all day long, our beats soaring throughout the whole park. We ran side by side the racers, carrying the "Lion of Flanders" flag. I'm making a video of it right now.