Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolutions (Goals for 2010)

Don't you hate it when you spend an hour typing up a post only to lose all of it because it didn't actually save when you clicked the "save" button?
Oh well. That's life.
I had been writing about 2009 and how well everything went despite my complaining. You'll just have to imagine you read it.

So I'll keep the post short. Here are my season goals:


-Become a consistently competetive Category 3 racer. I think I have the power/weight ratio required to be good in the mountains, but no road race is all uphill. I have to get the courage to descend and to corner (not to mention cornering on descents).

-Place on the podium at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race.
Basically, this race is the closest I'll come to Nationals, with all the juniors coming to it. It's going to be a smackdown. Highlighting the competition are Kyle Torres and Erik Volotzky, Californians who raced in Europe last year.

-I want to break the State TT record of 27:55. That's as long as Max Cronyn doesn't beat me to it.


-Remember that in all of this, cycling is not my first priority. God is first, and I don't want to turn cycling into an idol. If you can't learn to enjoy cycling the right way, it will make you absolutely miserable.

The fact is this; God gave me legs to pedal a bicycle. It all came from God. He is the creator, and I'm living to give him honor for everything he is. Who knows, maybe if I can ride a bicycle really fast, I can do that more easily.

A prosperous new year to all.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Enough with all that "Happy Holidays" garbage. Hope you have a good one regardless!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Words cannot describe...

The pain I felt in my legs today. Only the data on my Powertap.
Normative Power of 174 for 4:12:00.
67 miles.
293 watts for 3 minutes.
250 watts for 7 minutes.

I can't just summarize this ride; I have to analyze every gory detail of it. This was one of those rides that you tell your grand kids about (maybe not).
The Reason: It was another group ride with Team DNA. But it was different this time; there was a rider I hadn't met before. Stephen Marcucci.
I told you all about this junior in a previous post, but I had never met him...or rode with him.
I had been itching to ride with my new teammate.
So today, I did. I was looking forward to it, but also dreading it.
As my dad explained to my mom, when two junior riders become teammates, they have to test how strong the other is. It's a bit like a wolfpack mentality, sorting out who is the strongest. In other words, the idea was to bash each other to pieces and see who came out retaining their legs. It's all in fun though.

After riding an 1.5 hours, Dad and I arrived at the shop. The whole group got rolling soon enough.
The first interesting thing happened the four of us juniors (me, Stephen, Jake, Garrett) starting working a quick paceline. Garrett took a pretty vicious pull, and then Stephen took it from there. Stephen and I hammered away from the whole pack. It was pretty quick.
A cross wind suddenly hit the pack. We started working an echelon. For 13 minutes, the pack slowly whittled down. It was just me, Stephen, Darren, Stephen's dad, and one other guy. Dad had gone back to help people who had been shed off the back. Everyone seemed to be wearing down quite quickly. Sitting on Stephen's wheel, I was in zone 2 (really easy). I knew that on the next hill, everyone would sprint. I gambled that I had enough power to kick it up a notch and drop some people. With the hill in view, I was leading the pack. I heard a voice behind me.
"You've got to ask yourself one question: Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"
It was Dad reciting a Dirty Harry quote. He and Stephen sprinted to the top of the hill. Dad won.

The real battle started on Apache Trail. Marcucci gunned it. The climb lasted 7 minutes, with the just the three of us, Dad included. I could tell that Marcucci was getting more tired and tired trying to drop me. So I put in an acceleration. He neutralized it, but I think it cooked his turkey. Dad was also done. One minute later, Marcucci told me he was done. We soft-pedaled until Dad came up to us and yelled "COUNTERATTACK!!!" doing likewise. It turned into a ferocious down hill chase on a very technical descent with frightening drop-offs.

When we got to the bottom, we agreed to stop ripping each other's limbs off. Good decision.

I've got a really fast teammate.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Real Day

I just have a couple midterms today. Also, we're running the mile in gym. Friday is basically a party day, and my cousins are coming in from Ohio tonight!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday

I haven't said much about school lately...so here's a Friday report.
-Uneventful economics class.
-In Drama class, we are doing dialogue presentations next week. My friend Jay and I are performing a scene from "The Princess Bride". It's gonna be good.
-Math is always a fun class. Since our obligation is to get our lesson's homework done by the next day at 8 AM, we're allowed to talk a lot in class. A lot. It's awesome.
-Bible class had a guest speaker; this christian lawyer talked to us about responding to conflicts.
-We did 80 plyometric jumps in gym today. That made me happy. Later, we got to play Ultimate Frisbee, the third best sport in the world (to play, of course).
-We had a big competition in Spanish. Verb-Conjugation-Jeopardy. The teams got picked so that it was basically guys vs. girls. The girls won because they studied. Back at WCA, the guys DOMINATED! Everyone week or so, we'd challenge the girls to a Spanish-off. We always won. It defied physics.
-I got an 86% on my Chemistry test. It was a hard test on Lewis Dot Structures and stuff like that. Stupid Ozone.
-English class featured a grammar day! Peer reviewing our answers is fun. It's the one day we're actually able to talk in class...so I treasure it.

I rode for a small time today. Tomorrow will feature a 4 hour group ride. Let it begin!

And sorry if this post is boring.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Numb Toe Syndrom

A condition caused by cold weather that makes your toes feel really, really...numb.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Feelin' Better

I've missed my last two rides because of sickness. That's okay though, because I'm just finishing up a rest week.

Tomorrow marks 15 days left!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I have little to say

School is uneventful. I'm on a rest week, cycling-wise. 20 minute power test on Friday. I'm also going to start planning what I do when I get back to Michigan.