Monday, May 28, 2007

weekend in paradise

I am at home this weekend having the house to just Max and I. It's sweetened by being the only weekend at home for me untill July 5th. I find that there is often an adjustment phase from travelling to home life and that hit me on Saturday, when faced with the entire day at my disposal I just didn't know how to get myself going. After floating around for a while, I drove to Crested Butte to ride but really couldn't get into the groove. My friend Cathie saved the day by inviting me to the wine bar for Sushi, after which I came home and watched 3 episodes of Greys Anatomy on the computer (live streamed from ABC - I tell you its a girls best friend!)

With all that unproductivity out of my system yesterday was a gift, and I took the dog and drove to Brush creek road by Crested Butte to do my MTB workout and run. So great and amazing views.

Max was in hog heaven with a mixed bag of a short ride, some free time - where he used it to steal a loaf of bread out of the back of the van of a camper I was talking with (honestly), some time on the lead by the car, a run and a swim = happy muddy dog.

I want to give a huge shout out to Trek/VW rider Sue Haywood for her 11th place in the Offenburg World cup. She had an amazing start to get herself from 38th on the grid up to 10th in the singletrack. Check these pictures out. Sue is about fourth row on the right.

to Tenth!
Photo ©: Frank Bodenmuller/PhotoSport International/

The mens event looked gnarly - Holy cow - would you have ridden this??

Photo: Rob Jones, Canadian cyclist.



Saturday, May 26, 2007

Temecula XT pics

Its 2.30 in the afternoon and I've been really procrastinating, so over a cup of joe I found these pics from Rich Cruse of last weekends XT event.
Here's me on the right coming out of the swim. (am surprised a photographer was still around!)
Right- 0. Time to get out the door. cheers

Thursday, May 24, 2007

a month condensed

A month has flown by just like that. We are back in Gunni now and its GREAT.

Rather than recapping on a full month of events here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the SO CALI trip.

Performance wise. My 5th in the NMBS #2 shorttrack, my 5th in the Opening Xterra. Brians 5th in the opening XTERRA.

Food of the day was definately Sushi, where early on Lea and I ate Sushi for four meals in 6 days that pace mellowed but Brian and I did go back to Robins Dono ( an independant, surprisingly cheap, surprisingly good japanese resturant amid the mall sprawl of Ontario. Robins dono is in a strip mall on hte corner of millikien and 4th st - about 2 miles from the airport) when he flew to Ontario. Closely following was shop of the Month - Trader Joes.

Mike and Pam Lee our West coast regional team managers put me up in Mission Veijo for a week and that was super fun. Did you know Mike lee was a child actor.
My Low point was contracting an on contact rash from swimming in a lake that had me looking like a chicken pox ridden itchy scratchy creature from the deep. Sadly racing my bike that weekend only spread it and there was nothing I could do to help matters but wait it out.

The Idyllwild race, riding and camping tops the best of list. Its so fun there, 80% single track and good prize money to boot. I won the XC race.

Riding in Fontana after the fact. I drove to Ontario early in the day to beat traffic and pick up Brian. So I parked in the fontana carpark and rode at the XC venue. Seemend rougher around the edges in the cold light of day. But do beleive I got the start dialed as I rode my intervals around the short track course. Too sketchy to ride by myself on the whole xc course. the things we do eh?

Being back in gunnison is the best and we even have a race tonight.