Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Resolutions (Goals for 2011)

Happy New Year's Eve! I don't know about you guys, but I had a fantastic 2010. Let's see how I did on my goals:

Become a consistent Cat 3 racer- Not so much. Although I did feel incredibly competitive at the Focus Crit. I need to do more Cat 3 races.

Place on the Podium at VOS- Well, I was painfully close to being on the podium- four stinking seconds.

Break the State Time Trial record of 27:55- That definitely didn't happen, but the course was definitely slower than Hines Park. This was an unrealistic goal.

So here are my goals for 2011.

Become competitive in the Cat 3 field- I'm going to have Stephen, Brian, and Matt as backup, so it will be very fun.

Reach the top quartile at Camp- This is the main objective. Camp will open up many opportunities if I perform well. The most obvious opportunity is Abitibi (If I finish in the top 5).

Podium at Mount Graham- In the Cat 3s, of course. It would probably take a time in the mid 1:30s, but it's very doable.

Those are my racing goals (I'll keep the training goals top secret). There are going to be lots of highs and lows this year. So once again, I'll make that promise to not overly obsess about the bike, and to keep God first.

For Arizona riders, the Avondale Crit is in 23 days. Game on.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Incomprehensible to me

I always chuckle when I see Arizona riders sporting their deep dish race wheels on training rides. No offense meant; I just think it's funny seeing guys with Zipp 808s riding down Usery Pass. I'll stick with my "training" wheels.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gag Gift

For Christmas, I especially wanted to buy my dad a kitchen knife in the spirit of Christmas.

So we bought a kitchen knife at Target and used a labeler to label the knife "Jackhawk 9000". This is of course a reference to "Talledega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Showtime


Two weeks of Championship action. Let's go, Uncle Jim.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Practice Race

So DNA had a team handicapped race yesterday. The goal was to simulate a breakaway.
We had 3 groups:
Me, Jake, Brian M, Peer, Bill, and Jay
Don, David, Darin, and Phil 4 minutes later
Brad, Brian A, and Marc 1 minute later.

The course was 2 laps around the mountain, about 37 miles. The key features were Usery Pass, Hawes Hill, and a relatively downhill run-in to a flat finish. A constant drizzle kept the course nice and slick.

My group rode the first flat section together. Brian led us up Usery at a large amount of watts. He couldn't hold that pace for the whole climb, so I took over the pace. My Zone 4 pace was killing the group, so I went to the back. Our goal was to keep the group together as long as possible. Our group of five kept working well together on the flat. After lap 1, the gap between us and group 2 was less than 2 minutes. We reached Usery with about 10 miles left in the race. Brian gave a monster pull and told me to go for it on the climb. I upped the pace with Jake in tow. I felt surprisingly fresh. I pulled Jake to the top of the climb, and he pulled me down the descent, allowing me to take a breather. Looking back, I couldn't see group 2. We spent 3 miles trading pulls on the flat. We dodged an unleashed dog that went on to attack Darin and Phil. At that point, group 2 was closing in on us, and we were pretty spent. We hit the base of the short but steep Hawes hill with a lead of less than 3o seconds. This was do or die, and I gambled. My legs screamed as I pushed up the climb as hard as I could. Jake and I were both toast at the top, but we seemed to have broken the spirits of our chasers. We reached the finishing straight with a 20 second lead. We decided to sprint a little early, because we didn't know exactly where the finish line was. It was super close; I was leading by a bike length, but Jake brought the gap back, and the sprint ended in a photo finish. I couldn't tell who won. Immediately following, Phil and Darin finished. I believe the order after that went: Jay, David, Brian M, Peer, Don, Brad E, Brian A, Bill, and Marc.

It was very epic.

Priority

Before I talk about yesterday's team race, I must first talk about the monumental event that occurred today:





The Lions won a road game.


Do you know what that means? For the first time since 2007, the Lions won a game on the road. Last week, they won their first divisional game since 2007. Either we continue on with wins, or we start a new streak. I am hoping we do the former.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Preparation

Something feels very pro about this winter's "off-season". Everyone is secluded in their personal training plans. In Michigan, it was like hibernation. Here in Arizona, it's more like a constant range of training camps. Regardless, I got the taste of a classic trainer ride last night.
My heart rate was about 10 beats higher than it was outside. There's a horrifyingly painful aspect to it that is hard to recount. There are more dimensions of pain when you don't have the wind blowing against you or the adrenaline of being in motion. You must constantly persuade yourself to not stop.

It teaches mental toughness.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Battle Begins



Week 1 of the semi-finals went well. My opponent, Cousin Matt, had an uncharacteristic bad day, and I had a good day. Let's hope my luck holds out for week two and I can go for gold in the finals.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

That Dang ACT

It was pretty rough compared to the SAT. That science section is absolute chaos.
Nevertheless, it was productive, and I might have scored well.
Either way, I'll get to do a team ride next saturday.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pav

Check out this article on the best Russian players in the NHL...and then check out all the comments. Pavel Datsyuk is the best!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Good Test

I enjoyed a 20 minute Critical Power test yesterday and did pretty well. My power is 23 watts higher than it was a year ago, and about the same as it was during the peak of the racing season. All in all, I feel like I'm in good shape.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

SAT

I took that monster today. I definitely like it more than the ACT because it has a lot more English/Writing/Word stuff and it doesn't have a science portion. I took a stopwatch with me, and it proved to be very effective.
Next Saturday, I'll be doing the ACT. I'm getting burned out pretty fast on this standardized testing stuff.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Riding Update

I am easy back into the flow of riding. I started up at the beginning of this month, and things are about to get really painful. I have a rest week this week, but my first Base/Build week is up next. We enjoyed some good team rides on Thanksgiving break. Thursday was Usery Repeats; we did four at really high power. Friday was a grueling 60 mile EOP ride (most TSS points ever). It turned into a bonk eventually.

Our first race is in within 60 days.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Encore

The Lions did it again, only this time I was completely prepared.
My dad and I collaboratively predicted the Lions to lose 41-28. We predicted them to dominate early on, enter the 4th quarter leading 28-24, and collapse in the 4th.
The Lions dominated the first half. They physically abused Tom Brady and went into half time 17-10. They entered the 4th quarter tied at 24. They proceeded to give up 21 straight points, lose 45-24, and torturously strangle my heart with icy cold hands. Only the Lions.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This breaks my heart

I know Bike Boy doesn't usually talk about this things, but I beg you to consider going to this website and vote "give birth."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Of Course



Joey Harrington

Detroit Lions starting quarterback from 2002-2005. He was drafted to be the future of the Lions, to save them. He was placed behind one of the worst offensive lines of all time. He went out there every game and took sack after sack. They called him Joey Sunshine. He was always looking up, after every depressing loss. But the fans were sick of him. I believe m
y remember myself being tired of him. But he was merely the target, the product of the Lions' formula. The Lions killed Joey Harrington's football career. They took the bright hope he was and destroyed it.
But the story didn't end there. The Miami Dolphins faced the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, 2006. Harrington led the Dolphins to a 27-10 win, passing for 3 touchdowns.

Jon Kitna

Detroit Lions quarterback from 2006-2008. He through for 4,000 in his first two seasons. He led the Lions to a 7-9 season in 2007, the greatest Lions season I had ever seen. His faith gave him great leadership with the Lions. Kitna was exposed by the awful offensive line. He took a vicious pounding every game and sacrificed his body for the team. The fans, including myself, were discontent, and demanded that he leave. We traded him to the Dolphins.
But the story did not end there. November 21, 2010, the Dallas Cowboys faced the Detroit Lions, with Kitna leading the Cowboys. Who didn't know that the Cowboys would win. We knew from the get-go that Detroit had absolutely no chance. Kitna ran for a 29 yard touchdown to seal a 35-19 win. Who didn't see this coming?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Kicks

For my birthday, my parents gave me some cool dude cycling shoes. The Specialized S-Works. Thanks!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tragic Irony

This week's Fantasy Football matchup. My team vs. Dad's team. The sad part is that my dad relinquished control of his roster to me many weeks ago. The sad part is that his team is quite good, and I haven't the cruelty to put some of his players in my team. Because of this, I get handed my fourth straight loss.
Looks like my string of good luck is over.

Friday, November 12, 2010

DNA Racing Juniors

Yes, this is a plug. The World Wide Web is a great way to get information out. I'm looking for junior cyclists in Arizona, ages 10-18. Experienced racers, new riders, and kids that haven't ridden a bike yet.
DNA Cycles Racing has laid the foundations for a junior team. We have no more than 5 juniors on the team rounding up. However, we are officially creating a junior team this year. We will have at least 3 certified coaches. There are a lot of other details that I'm not exactly sure about. Check out our new website that should be way more updated near the end of the month: www.dnacyclesracing.com
I hope to see you on the road!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Great Times


I spent Friday night at a cast party with my drama people. It was a very memorable time celebrating many memorable moments. Thank you, cast and crew of "The Importance of Being Earnest".

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Me


Satisfaction is an attainable thing for me. I don't need my football team to win the Super Bowl. I don't expect them to go to the playoffs. Heck, I don't expect them to win a third of their games. But I love my football team still, and I don't need them to be good in order to achieve my loyalty. I am not fairweather about sports. I am not fairweather about the Detroit Lions.
Today I got my reward: Redskins 25, Lions 37

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thanks, Soccer

Watch out, here comes another nostalgic post.
Our high school soccer season was shifted from Fall to the Winter this year. Because the cycling season is in the winter, I decided to quite soccer. Cycling obviously is my priority sport, but I fondly look back on what soccer has given me:

Oh Soccer, I've played you for years. You were a great pastime. I spent so many saturdays playing you. I vividly remember games I played in the recreational league. I remember when I actually scored a ton of goals when I was in my tweens. High school soccer was a brutal but beautiful thing. It didn't not so much enjoy the soccer itself, but the camaraderie it brought. I bonded with my teammates.

So I will pedal on, knowing what I've given up, knowing my goal of taking cycling beyond college. I will pedal faster, inspired by those I left behind.
So thanks, soccer.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fantasy Football

I am doing Fantasy Football on Espn.com. I'm in an 8 team league with family. It's pretty intense.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Awards are over

Thanks for reading. That was the last Michigan awards I will ever do, because I live in Arizona.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2010 Man of the Year

I realized now that Lucas Wall has always been deserving of this award since he came to the Michigan Scene in 2008. His selfless efforts in managing the AAVC Junior team show his passion for the sport of cycling. This year, Lucas suffered a blood clots in both lungs. It was a very serious event, confining him to the hospital for several days.
Though he has been forced to take a leave of absence from racing, Lucas Wall remains a vital force in Michigan bicycle racing. You're a good man, Lucas.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Correction

In the "Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling" award, I said that Zoe Reeves was the first Michigan junior to win a national championship in decades. I was wrong. Daniel Mullis won a National Championship last year.

2010 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.


Richard Rainville
Richard's promising season was stopped mid-way through. A crash at track nationals broke his collarbone.. Rainville had to spend the rest of July without racing. However, this only gave the AAVC rider extra motivation. When the Hines TT came around, Rainville was ready to rock, posting a 29:12. As far as my knowledge goes, this is a record for a Michigan 13-14 year old on a 20km course. This has earned him the title "Rocket Rainville".

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2010 Best Ambassador of Michigan Cycling

Zoe Reeves
The 2009 junior of the year travelled much this year. Notably, she raced at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race (Arizona), Tour of the Battenkill (New York), Road Nationals (Oregon), and Track Nationals (Pennsylvania). Reeves racked up 5 National Championship podiums, not to mention a rare stars and stripes jersey for Michigan. National Championships are hard to come by! You done us proud, Zoe!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

4th Annual Bike Boy Awards: Part 2

Best Breakaway: Alexey Vermeulen and Rudy Peterson made an unforgettable move at the West Branch Crit. The two juniors contumaciously attacked from the gun. It was tough work just to get separation, but they managed to slot into a nice gap. Rudy faded 3/4s into the race, while Alexey kept on going. The peleton chased hard but couldn’t close the distance, and Alexey Vermeulen took a very memorable win.

The David and Goliath Award: The AAVC Juniors Eddie Kelly, Richard Rainville, and Rem Vermeulen owned the STS 1 C Race. They took the top 4 spots, with Eddie snagging a long-deserved victory.

Most Disastrous Team Tactics: We’ll give this one to Priority Health at the Cat 3 Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Road Race. They deserve huge credit for Alex Vanias’s amazing solo victory the day prior. Sadly, day 2 just didn’t work out. A failure to communicate led Vanias to chasing down his teammates, Rudy and Alexey. Obviously, it was a learning experience.

Best Website: www.Scottkroske.com. Kroske took on a very important responsibility this year. Every cyclist wants race pictures, and Kroske has race pictures. A match made in heaven.

The Uber-Fannage Award (awarded to the best public display of being a fan) is awarded to Matt George for his unabashed performance at the Milford Criterium. Shirtless and shoeless,and holding a colorful flag. Matt really knocked it out of the park.

The Super Field Fodder Award is given to Jon Card for hanging on to the Pro 1 peleton at the Grand Cycling Classic. He was the best placed amateur member of the Michigan Scene (even though he’s from Toledo), finishing 18th and taking home $205.

Friday, October 15, 2010

4th Annual Bike Boy Awards: Part 1

Juniors

Most Improved: J.J. Paquette. Paquette came into the season virtually unknown, but made a large splash on the scene with several high placings in Cat 5 races.

Most Consistent: Spencer Virtue. The 13 year old WSC member was steady all year long. He took eight podium finishes in a recklessly competitive Boys 13-14 category.

Best Team: Priority Health really seems to have gotten its act together and developed an elite program. Many of their riders are getting national recognition now.

Hope for Juniors Racing: The entrance of the Rapid Wheelmen Junior team into Michigan cycling. Thanks to Dennis Hamel, Dr. David Durkee, and Nick Christiansen for coaching the team and developing junior cycling in Michigan.

Women

Best Junior Girl: Danielle Mullis did not get a great deal of recognition this year, but she certainly deserved it. She podiumed at Track Nationals and scored a victory in the Womens Cat 4 at Debaets Devos.


Best Cat 4: Kimberly Thomas ran away with the points series. She was consistent with seven podiums and a win at Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Crit.

Best Cat 1-3: Amy Stauffer was lethal. She won the last 6 races she entered this year, which is inconceivable.

Most Consistent: Sarah Demerly could always be seen in the race pictures. She had six podiums and won the Hines Park and Willow Time Trials. She motored her way to fourth in the Womens’ 1-2 MPCS. Well done.

Hope for Women's Racing: Ann Arbor Velo Club developed several junior ladies this year. It really shows that our sport is growing in every way possible. Bravo.

Men Cat 4

Best:
Sascha Berger raced 10 times this year and in 8 of those races he finished top ten. The Road Race Specialist placed 3rd at West Branch and Maillot Jaune, two of the most grueling road races on the calendar. He always won Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Road Race and won the MPCS by 56 points.

Best Time Trialer: Tim Best. After years of watching him dominating Michigan TTs, I have to give him credit. The Triathlete time trialed very fast, winning Willow and taking second at the State Championships.

Best Sprinter: Kevin Dittmer. Dittmer was lethal in crits this year. Seven of his eight top tens were top fives , and those seven were all criteriums. The highlight of his season was nabbing a win at the prestigious Grand Cycling Classic.

Most Consistent: Ben Cox quietly moved himself into third place in the points series. In a vast majority of his races the rider from Team Giant placed in the top 15. He just edged out Dennis Hamel to receive this award.


Best Team: The Rapid Wheelmen score another award. They won the team challenge quite handily and had two riders in the top 4.


Men Cat 3

Best:
Martin Vecchio was the man to beat all year long. He won the points series by over 100 points and took 5 wins in dominating fashion.

Best Sprinter: Randy Rodd. For the early parts of the season we had all thought the Male Model had left the sport of cycling. He returned to racing in July, and owned the sprints.

The Dark Horse: Peter Beels was always there. Five podiums. Second in the series.


Best Team: MCG-Trails Edge. I realize that SC Racing won the Team Series, but having riders that place top 15 a lot of times does not necessarily make you the best team. The reason I picked MCG is because they built themselves around a team leader (Martin) and worked as a cohesive unit. That’s what that’s all about.

Men Cat 1/2
Best Racer:
Nathan Williams broke the Hines TT record with a time of 24:56. He subsequently won the points series. This one’s going somewhere.


Best Sprinter: Ryan Cross showed his prowess at Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Criterium, taking the V and earning a lot of respect.

Most Consistent: Dan Lam did a smashing job. He had eight top fives. In the Pro 1-2 that’s hard to do.

Best Team: Bissell takes it. For goodness sake, when you’ve got Derek Graham, Derek Witte, Ben Whitehead, Jason Swiatslowski, and the Williams brothers working together, what do you expect?