Thursday, 15 October 2009

Resting, hardly!

Well it's been a while eh? how are you? i like your new shoes, and what you've done with your hair, very cool.


 

In all seriousness sorry for the delay in posts. Despite not riding my bike stuff has been insane but i thought people (mostly those who are related to me) might be wondering how i was getting on. My activity in the last four weeks falls into three basic categories; team stuff, fun stuff and work stuff.


 


I won't bore you with the work stuff other than to say that i may have wangled it so i can do my next diss (yep I'm slangin' the word dissertation) chapter on chocolate. I told someone this today, and they laughed in my face. Apparently I can't throw down with the bio engineering possee just yet. I'm still working on seeming cool AND credible with the geeks, maybe if I got some of those buddy holly spectacles? or a cardagin?


The team stuff however is more exciting. I went to interbike to meet sponsors and to have fun in Vegas (which im going to gloss over for the benefit of anyone who doesn't want to be permanently traumatised).Luckily, the sponsors bit went somewhat better than the partying bit and i managed to get some coooooool hookup for UCSD. Fast forward a month and we have more people on the team than ever - 14 beginners bikes sold last night (that's 14 people getting into cycling who might not have done so if the good people at Orbea had not stepped in with their support). My car is packed full of people every Tuesday to come and watch me race (im going to persist in using the word race, even when there are more appropriate ones, like self flagellate) at the ghettodrome (San Diego's answer to the world's velodrome problem). And our Sunday rides are great, full of beginners, all eager tolearn (and possibly to have me buy them a muffin). The only issue the team is facing is a cash defecit, our main sponsor pulled out late in the day leaving us high and dry but we're going to sort something out. There's too much momentum to stop now.

Now for the fun stuff, it seems to be a weekly occurrence that I find myself in the sea, in my underwear, rapidly sobering up. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, it's pretty fun, but it gets pretty damn chilly riding a beach cruiser home afterwards! A word of advice would be to avoid the white boxers, honestly, nobody wants to see that. Aside from the midnight dips I have become highly proficient in the art of beach cruiser Madison (it's pretty hard with those big bars) and been running a bit (it's only fun when you find stuff to jump over, or animals to run away from). I have also purchased a car, I still don't like driving it on my own and I'm still trying to work out how to convert it to biofuel. So far my only drives have been to get the car registered, put fuel in the car, get a buddy to help me work out how to turn the wipers off on the car and to go to a bike race


 


Anyway – I need to start pretending to work again, I have to find a justification for this chocolate malarkey in a big dusty book, then everyone will think I'm clever again, little do they know……

Thursday, 1 October 2009

oaf season

right now i'm in the middle of my off season, i have been dabbling in the velodrome scene (more on that later) and visiting interbike (the less said about that the better) and perfecting my peanut butter apple bread (it's not perfect yet). It's really important for anyone who exercises a stupid amount to take a complete rest sometimes, it helps your head get back into normal person headspace and helps your body recover ( stress hormones get too high with overtraining). As a rule of thumb i say you should take your rest as seriously as you take your training, if you're a casual rider, then you dont need to worry. If you're killing it 11 months of the year, take a rest before it kills you!

as for the velodrome well, it's safe to say i have only been distinguishing myself by wearing ridiculous outfits. Frankly though when you cross the line and the commentator refers to you as "the dude dressed like a neon ronald mc Donald" and then someone in the crowd shouts "he looks like dr seuss threw up on him", in my mind you may as well have won.

i just bought a new track bike, purple frame pink anodised bars and a pink hub, im putting my old cosmic carbone on the fornt but i need a rear rim - i was htinking pink/purple plaid but it's hard to find. any suggestions for stems, cranks and chainrings are greatfully accepted.

I have been dabbling in cross training, i went for an mtb ride int he pitch black in my flip flops with only a knog light just now - i was bored. Lucky thing i didn't like my shins anyway. Aside form blatant massochism i have been searching for somehting fun to do that's not riding. i don't swim very fast and don't like running. I am 110% burnt out with rowing after school and Oxford. today i did parcours, like running but more fun there's lots of balancing and jumping and stuff. I can see this being prett cool, until i stack it. Ia lso threw in a few forward rolls, i don't think they're conventional parcours but i like to push it to the ragged edge - 'cos i'm gnarly!

Oh yeah - work's hotting up as well so anyone with any desire to know about practices of flagellation and body oiling in olympia - i'm your man.

also - if you haven't tried the new cocoa orange nakd bar yet - get one, right now - it's better than a Terry's 'cos youdon't have a;; that ta[[ing and unwrapping malarkey (oh and it's good for you). My dad ate half of mine, i have to say i was happy that he wasn't eating chocolate but sad that he raided mys tash of nakd goodies.

ciao for now
peace
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