Saturday, October 31, 2009

10 Reasons Why I Hate Halloween

Just kidding. Happy All-Saint's Day!

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Play

So, I got recruited into the school play. Nothing big, just an extra (still not a tree though, Doug). It's going to be fun.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Paradox

I was standing in the school parking lot, talking to Avery. The sun was up, and the wind was blowing. It was 60 degrees Fahrenheit...and I was cold. This is what Arizona does to you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Try this

Riding out of the saddle for 20 minutes straight.

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Over

The season is done.

We gave our all, going up against a team that beat us 5-1 last time. The first time we played them was the worst game of the season. We plain gave up. Today, I knew that the tide had turned. We would play with heart, with no regrets, with no excuses.
We did.
It was an intense game, a see-saw of aggression and opportunities that went from one end of the field to another. Our opponents started off REALLY aggressive. One of their big guys tried to literally man-handle me away from the ball (by picking me up) whereupon I stole the ball from him. It was here where I realized that I was none too fond of these players. We played hard in the first half. We were in their zone more often than they were. We had several opportunities on corner kicks, with Travis and I both challenging their goalie with headers. He was a very good goalie, a very, very good goalie. We went into halftime tied at zero. The adrenaline was going like crazy at that point. We continued cramming the ball down their throats until a fluke goal put them in the lead. With 20 minutes to go, we were desperate.
The rest of the game was spent on the attack. Every possession brought us closer and closer to that one opportunity we needed. Then it came when Paul launched a long shot from outside the box. It beat the goalie top left corner. Game tied 1-1 with six minutes left. We pressed more. A diving reach by their goalie prevented us from taking the lead.

We went into overtime. Not sudden death, but two ten minute periods. I've never seen a high school soccer game go to overtime. Ever.

Bad luck struck again. Another fluke opportunity found the bad guys in a breakaway. The ball went into the goal.
We had 13 minutes to score a goal, tie the game, and go into shootouts.

We fought so hard. We held nothing back. But we didn't score.

I don't know what else I could ask for. I mean, I gave everything I had. WE ALL gave everything we had.

It's really sad, I must say. I wonder if this was my last chance at playing soccer for this school. rumor has it that the Football season (Fall) will move the soccer season into the winter. I can do soccer in the winter, because I'm doing cycling. If soccer is in the fall next year, it will be epic.
We will only have one senior next year, but a good core of 2012 players. It will be fun.

This is big

Contador has the ability to leave Astana now. He obviously is itching to fly the coop, probably to Caisse 'd Epargne. That will be a sick team because they've loaded up on climbers.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One game left

We fought hard today, losing to St. Gregory's 4-1. St. Gregory's is a pretty good team though. Friday concludes our season with a showdown against Greenfields. We have to beat them 17-0 if we want to go to the playoffs...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

College

We went up to Flagstaff to check out Northern Arizona University. I think Maria is going to do photography or some other fine arts major, but I doubt she's going to NAU.
I can't believe that I'll be a senior in two years. Time just flies by. Earlier on today, I honestly had no idea what I was going to do when I grew up. Pro bike racing is really hard to achieve, and so is soccer, especially cause I'm not good at soccer. So then shall I have to have a job??
As I talked to Mr. Alexey Vermeulen, the truth was revealed to me.

Writer for Velonews.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

"You'd forget your head if it wasn't attached."
~My mother

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just to give you a visual

Here's a pic of the soccer team in green.


And here's the class of 2012.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Now that the awards are over...

Time for an update. School's good and the family is doing well. A very interesting thing happened on Tuesday. At lunchtime, disco music was blaring, and Mr. Foughnie was dressed as a lunch lady (nothing more needs to be said). I knew that something epic had to be done, and I knew that I had to do it. I have always dreamed of standing on the lunch table and dancing in front of the whole school. Well I did it, and it was liberating. Kind of funny because I'm not a good dancer.
The soccer team is in an awful slump as of late, but I feel more confident each game, securing myself a starting spot. We have a major heart problem. We have two games left and we have a dismal 2-10 record.
Today is a good day because I have no homework and fall break starts soon!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2009 Man of the Year

Joe Lekovish
The Man behind the magic. The orchestrator of the racing season, if you will. Lekovish was the newly appointed president of the MBRA, and he did not disappoint preconceived expectations. Always active in the Michigan racing community, whether organizing a 'cross race (Mad Anthony), or shamelessly promoting racing across the internet, Joe is always there! I doubt that enough people give him credit for making our enjoyment possible.
May I also note that that he nosed his way into 15th place in the Michigan Points challenge Series, one of his most notable results being a SIXTH PLACE AT MILFORD!!!
Did I also mention that he looks like Jens Voigt???

Monday, October 5, 2009

2009 Michigan Rider of the Year

Alan Antonuk
None can deny that the strides the Essex Brass rider were freakishly unnatural for a rider who started last season as a Cat 4. Indeed, the former Trails-Edge member is now in striking distance of a Category 1 upgrade. He went toe-to-toe with some of the best, ruffling the feathers of pro teams such as Bissell and Panther RGF at Kensington, Maillot Jaune, and most notably West Branch. With all the power that I have, I humbly submit Alan Antonuk as Bike Boy's pick for the rider of year.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Rob Pulcipher Award

In the fall of 2007, Rob Pulcipher fell prey to a heart attack. At 51 years, he was expected to stop such a physically exhausting sport like cycling. He stuck with it though, thus inspiring the Rob Pulcipher Award given to the rider that exemplifies humility, honor, and courage through adversity.

The inaugural recipient is Chris Aten.
I think the adjective that best describes Chris is "ignored". Aten started off the season with Essex Brass, but no long after he started, he learned that he would be moving to Arizona in the summer. That put an end to his racing season. He never got the chance to prove himself in Michigan, and it was certain that it would take some time for him to become acclimated to Arizona. Such notions seemed to be affirmed when he entered his first race. The 115 degree heat took its toll, causing Aten to be dropped in a humiliating fashion.
But did Chris give up on the season then?
No, in fact, he went on to take 2nd at the New Mexico RR Championships, 9th at the Southern California Crit Championships, 3rd at the Everest Cycling Challenge, 2nd at the Mount Charleston Hill Climb, and FIRST at the Arizona State Hill Climbing Championships. No one, in my opinion, could be more deserving.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling

Alexey Vermeulen
Who else has been where Alexey's been this year? Snake Alley, Fitchburg, Superweek, Green Mountain Stage Race? And who else was more up to the challenge going up against the best racers in the country?
To present the statistics would be pointless. You guys all know.
Vermeulen is also on his way to tying or breaking a record of his own: youngest rider to upgrade to Cat 2.
Congrats, dude.