Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Season starts Tuesday!!!

Yeah, that's right, the mighty Gilbert Christian Knights get the party rolling very soon. Things seem to be falling in place as well as they could. We managed to impress Trey Gass into the position of goaltender, a spot we desperately needed to fill. He's coming along splendidly.
We've got 6 or 7 starting spots locked up, so if you do the math (11 minus 6 or 7), that leaves us with 5 or 4 spots still up for grabs. There's at least seven of us going tooth and nail for it. The person who hustles the most will probably get it (I like that because what I lack in technical skill, I can always make up for in working my butt off).
I honestly don't expect to start, and to me it doesn't really matter. What matters is that we can turn this soccer program around.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What's a bike?

Yeah, it's been a while. I'm still riding once or twice a week, but it's slowing down exponentially. Racing isn't going to happen (all the races are on Sunday), and regardless, soccer is in full swing.
Like I always say, the offseason is never good, but it's something you just have to endure. It's just that it's hard when you barely even had a racing season.
We'll take what we get though...contentment is key.

Monday, August 24, 2009

They did it again!

My WCA brethren knocked off Milan in a scrimmage today! It seems like a miracle because Milan is Division 2 or 3, while WCA is Division 4. I am very proud of my boys!!!

What is the point?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Photographic Update

Heavy D

The chaos that surrounds our lives
Bike Boy

School uniform/polo

The light shimmering on the water
JP's goodbye present to me.

How do you like him now????????

Chris Aten, another ex-Michigan rider trying to hit it big, just scored a second place in the New Mexico State Road Race!!! Clubbing apart the pro 1/2 race in the uphill sprint!
Congratulations Chris!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Soccer Team's Looking Good

We've been really stressing possession of the ball lately. We're in good shape as a far as practice goes (though we're still lacking the fear/pain/suffering/lack of oxygen factor).
I'm pretty stoked for our first game on September 1.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Insane Training Ride

Since I was the only one of us with a light, I was designated to ride behind my dad during the one hour training ride. The downside of it is that my dad will smack me around with insane power (though to this day I can't remember being dropped except on descents). Today, Dad was hauling the whole way.
My normative power was 181 for 1:06:50. 181 is right at the bottom of Zone 4 for me!!! In other words, I went at my hour pace...for an hour.
It was tough but I made it without getting dropped. I got home and then went to school, where I was tired.

Monday, August 17, 2009

When do we get to suffer????

I don't mind soccer practice being all about control, possession, juggling, and moves, but I really want the team to start getting into shape.
My first impression is that this team is never gonna be as tough as WCA was. My first day with Coach Ross was a torturous routine of holding our arms out wide for five minutes, twenty push-ups, five more minutes holding our arms out wide, throw in some more push-ups (while Coach Ross gives a speech). At some point, he'd give us a ten second break and then say "Everyone on the line". Time for some lovely end-and-back sprints. Pain. Real pain. The sissies got separated from the men on that team. Coach Ross was the best.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mark Your Calendars

Because if you are going on vacation for Christmas break, I am going to cry.
It looks like the Andersons are getting plane tickets to head out to Michigan!!!
Tentatively, the dates seem to be from December 22 to January 1.

Be there or be square. Please.

Friday, August 14, 2009


I was on Fox 10 News today. My school was sort of spotlighted for its outreach and stuff. I'll try to find the video. My friend, Shane got interviewed and there was a clip of my gym class. Cool stuff!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My Day

4:45 AM- Good morning, world. Time to ride my bicicleta. I crawled out of bed and tried to wake up. I did just that, and was on the bike at about 5:20. I rode 20 miles, finishing up with Usery Pass. For the most part, it was an E2 (easier) ride, but when you have to go up steep hills, you find yourself pushing Zone 6 just to get up. I probably averaged 195~ for 16 minutes up Usery Pass. There isn't much else to speak of ridingwise.
6:50- Back home. I showered and ate quickly (and got dressed of course). I lugged my belongings into the car for the drive to Gilbert.
7:45- Arrival at Gilbert Christian. I immediately headed to Mrs. Gregory's room to turn in my pre-calc homework and get some help on it.
8:00- Bell rings. I was still in Mrs. Gregory's room though, but she wrote me an admit slip, so it was all good. I work through economics.
Let me describe how this school works. At a normal school, it would probably go like this: the teacher gets up, teaches a lesson while students take notes, maybe ask us a few questions, and then probably assign us homework. Gilbert Christian isn't a normal school. We have these things called checklists, which are...lists...that the teacher has check off to affirm that you have done your classwork. You spend most of your time working away at the assignments on your checklists. When you have finished that assignment, you get in the line to see the teacher. Once you get to the teacher, he/she will quiz you on what you just learned. For the most part, that's all the teacher does.
I don't like that system, because we have to go at our own pace. When I see kids finishing up their assignments when I'm still working, I freak out and start panicking. I ask myself if there's something they're doing that I'm not doing. It's more or less homeschooling in a school setting...which is a really bad combination for me.
After econ, I went to Drama class. I'm really happy that it doesn't have any checklists involved.
Today involved various excercises. Whatever.
(I don't really care to elaborate on all my classes, so please forgive the lazy conciseness.)
I went to Pre-Calculus after that. There's nothing to report.
I went to Bible class. When there's 35 sophomores all talking at the same time, the class turns into chaos.
Gym next. It featured my greatest sport ever (not). Basketball. Nothing more needs to be said.
Lunch was good. At the beginning of the school year, that's what I feared the most. I'm happy that I have friends to sit with and I feel that I belong. It's all good.
Spanish is always fun, because I sit next to my friend Josh (it's funny how I have 5 friends named Josh).
I work hard through Chemistry, and then wrap it all up in English/Literature.

3:50 PM- Home from school. I immediately get started on my math homework. Soccer practice is usually at 7:15, though we had no school today.

That's my school day in a nutshell for you. I thought you might want to know.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

What is the point?

I am very sorry for this. Everything on this blog seems to be a complain. I am going to have to get over it, but this blog seems to be a way to express how I feel.
Sorry to all my cyclist readers. There'll be more cycling posts in the future. To keep you happy, I present two videos about Jens Voigt. Jens is the man, one of the greatest cyclists ever (plus he looks like Joe Lekovish). I must forewarn that Jens likes to use the "A" word sometimes.

Now that I have posted something productive, may I continue on with my rant.
I miss WCA. I miss the acceptance, and the feeling of belonging. There were about 120 secondary students at Washtenaw Christian. Only 23 kids in my class. Gilbert Christian has 35 sophomores, which is enough of a difference to make things...different. It seems more like a public school. There are tons and tons of different groups. It's not like WCA. At WCA, we were pretty much all friends. Sure there was a bit of a group for each grade, but not much. I was friends with mostly everyone there. I would sit at lunch with all the guys, twelve of us crammed in at a table. We all got along. We were all friends. It was beautiful.

Now I have no idea where my place is. I don't know what to do.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Grammatical Advice

Here is a big pet peeve for me. When people misuse the placement of apostrophes when showing possession.

Incorrect: "James' bike is a Look 555"
Correct: "James's bike is a Look 555"
When the subject ends with an "s", add an apostrophe and then another "s". It is just that simple.
Here's the point: apostrophe and then an "s"!!!! It really shouldn't be that difficult.
Correct Examples:
Your mom's"

This probably rubs off as meaningless to you, but I thought that you might get a kick out of what goes on inside my mind. Pretty deep, huh?

p.s. I rode with Team Strada today. They were all pretty nice, but we for sure still haven't figured out on a team. There are a lot of positives and negatives that we will have to consider.
They're really old school. One of their biggest goals is to develop a cadence of 200 rpm. I ended up riding with Nick Thorpe (15 years old), Jeff Biever, Lisa Kolin (Mike Kolin's wife), and a couple other people (including Dad).
Nick Thorpe has a wicked acceleration. Jeff sort of launched an acceleration up a climb that really got us going. Nick exploded his way into the lead, but I crawled my way back (because I can't spin as fast as they can, I'm like Jan Ullrich). Then I punched it home to lead Nick to the top of the climb. Pretty fun, though I was spinning out of control and my chain was screaming at me.
The only other hard riding was on a flatter section coming back into town. Sometimes they will just randomly jump, prompting a rapid succession of accelerations. The first one caught me out, but we regrouped quickly. I got in the drops and the right gear. I followed all the moves, feeling very good. Near the end, my dad kicked it into overdrive and left everyone behind except for Jeff. I bridged up just before the end.

So it was fun. But we have much to decide.

Friday, August 7, 2009

People Are People

Every once in a while, I tell myself that I will never get used to it. That these people just aren't my kind of people. It seems like they're all like "cool kids". Not many clowns, if you know what I mean. I haven't found anyone really awesome and crazy like Josh Workman or JP. It's a whole new breed.
Then when I consider that, I realize this.

It's not the greatest video ever, but it gets my point across. People are people. So why should it be? That you and I should get along so awfully.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

First Day

It was alright. I can't really complain. If I were an only child, I'd be really happy about it, but I'm not an only child. My sisters might take a while to get used to it. The girls in Arizona are different than in Michigan. Maybe it's just my comparison to WCA, but it seems like they're just...not like any people Maria has known at WCA. Maria has spent all her life at the top of the food chain (2 years as class VP) and now she has to start at the bottom. Poor Abi (she prefers Abi over Abby now) has never gone to school before. It's just tough. Sometimes girls can just be so unfriendly to other girls.
I feel really bad about it all. I refuse to leave Maria alone at lunch when guys invite me to sit with them. I just couldn't bear it. I would never be able to shake off the guilt.
I am not scared or nervous anymore. I am just mad.
And oh yeah, if I say a single word of English during Spanish II, I get a detention.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

This is not enjoyable

If you wouldn't mind, could you pray for me tomorrow? Or if you're not Christian, just keep me and my sisters in your thoughts. This is my third consecutive year going to a new school, but I have never gotten used to it. Discussing it over dinner, I kind of wanted to throw up. It's never fun, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had to do this.

The Best Summer of My Life

Ends tomorrow.
Let's recap. June was spent moving out of our house, hiding in my room as the movers packed away all our possessions. We said a lot of goodbyes, and then we spent the last two weeks of June at my grandparent's house. It wasn't miserable, but we were still isolated. As Kyle put it, it was kind of a purgatory. We arrived in Arizona on June 30. We spent July getting unpacked, getting used to the heat, riding every day, and trying to get connected into our new church. Maria's friend Clarissa came over for a week, and that was a fun time. We've hung out with Chris and his posse numerous times. Many random Michigan people have visited for a day. No one really close to me though, if you know what I mean.
I really wish this soccer camp went a little bit longer, then I could actually have friends by the time school started. I will just have to make due.

Monday, August 3, 2009


I think this Arizona heat is getting to me, because I must be seeing mirages!! I went to day 1 of soccer camp today. My new teammates look like copies of my old teammates!
I met a kid that came from Michigan 2 years ago. Then, in walked this player who looked like the clone of Tanner Goss. Tanner Goss was our star goalie last year, and official team clown. I just can't get over it!
I saw many familiar (yet completely unfamiliar) faces. One of our best players looks like Austin Roundy. Another one is a blonde version of Chris Taylor. I saw Mike Valka as well.
Gilbert Christian is not a soccer school. Bottomline. We have enough guys to not have to forfeit, but by Michigan standards, we're like one of those teams that WCA always beat up on (Agape, Calvary Christian, Lutheran South, Huron Valley). It's too early to make assumptions. Regardless, I think I am going to like this team.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Photographic Update

This is what we have instead of grass. But I don't care because I don't have to mow it.
I spend a lot of time doing this...
What lies behind the wall...we might never know.
That's poetic.
Toilet. Very useful.

This is where dad and I sprint it out to end our rides.Mountain Bridge: a master planned community.
A fine line.

TT Bike/Abby's(and Maria's) bike

Abby's old bike/My bike/Dad's bikeThe friend I made the other night.