Friday, November 30, 2007

A grin or 5 for Friday

Lifted from CTodd:

What is cyclocross?

and if that doesn't make u laugh, try this:
Cycling Sweatshirts

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Oh, and BTW......

Don't remember the date, but I recall it was this week, no?

Cold weather commute

Cold weather commute
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Yep, its that time again. Several layers will keep u right for getting to work, training over lunch and returning home.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Public Transportation Day a Success

I took off yesterday and pulled the two younger boys out of school for a public transportation day. See, Lincoln is not only bike friendly by and large, but also has a fairly decent bus system for a city of its size, not that I've really researched other cities, but I have made a point to always live on a route. Not only does it ensure prompt snow removal in the winter, but should I ever opt not to ride my bike, I could easily grab the bus. Up until recently, I couldn't understand why the boys didn't take the bus to go see movies and whatnot. They'd complain of 'nothing to do' but make no effort to go do anything. Weird. Finally, it occurred to me that the process might seem a little intimidating and that perhaps I needed to ride with them once to get 'em going, so "Public Transit Day" was planned and executed. We started with a taxi ride, the cost of which quickly made it obvious why people opt for their own cars, and why one would want to be especially careful NOT to miss one's bus. So, good initial lesson.

We made it to Kyle's eye appointment on time and after verifying the last two downtown departures of our bus, we walked across campus to make use of the basketball courts and climbing wall. A couple hours later, we headed for the main bus stop. Finding ourselves early, we dropped into a nearby coffee shop for mochas and pastries, then grabbed the bus on home. I think the boys enjoyed it and one of them is going to try it by himself today.

See, I don't really care if the boys ever race bikes, but I do want them to understand first and foremost I AM NOT A CHAUFFEUR and that a car is rarely something you absolutely NEED -- that it's more of a want or a convenience. Even for me. I've often wondered if it might be less expensive to simply rent a car to go to bike races, but I don't make that change, b/c I also like my car for zipping out to my folks with the boys. Is it worth the payment and the insurance??? I guess so. Also, if I rented a car... probably get bike grease all over it and that would be a problem, I'm sure.


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Erik on the wall

Monday, November 26, 2007

Jingle Cross Race Report 2007

Jingle Cross was worth going to once again. Ferocious run ups both days and for that I was thankful because I count such horrors in my strengths department. (A big thank you to my local Ace hardware store for the M5 .8 pitch bolts I used Saturday instead of Sidi brand spikes. They worked like a charm and not a single time did I slip on that muddy climb.) Another huge thank you to everyone who hollered and helped me push on. It's pavlovian (sp?) the way the cheers and bells help me find just a little more juice. It was also a pleasure to get my butt whooped by Sue Butler and Wendy Williams of River City Cycles.

Talk about inspiration - I had been suffering a case of wussitis and a side of blah, but after losing the wheels of these two I have an entirely rejuvenated spirit. Gonna work on my weaknesses and use my strengths and maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to hold your wheel a little longer next time. Three weeks to nationals and I'm feelin' good.

Here's a good vid of Saturday's run-up. I believe these are the 3/4 men on their first lap.
Punk Rock Cycling chix were great to meet and get to hang with. Here be their pix. More pix as they get posted. I didn't take any. :( Just plain forgot in my focus on racing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


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Yep. You're readin' right. I'm gonna give this transiowa thing a go. There's a coupla other women already on the list, so I guess it'll be a race stead of a group ride. :)

Sydney Brown - sent from a mobile device

Monday, November 19, 2007

whaddahoot: The Man In The Tree

If you're a parent, or ever plannin' on being one, you should read this:
whaddahoot: The Man In The Tree: "The Man In The Tree"

No Fear/Sobe X Weekend in Lincoln

Hooligan Hill was great. The course was great. The weather couldn't have been better. I don't care how "not real cross" fair skies and firm turf is, I still dig it.

Saturday I signed up for the masters men so that I could leave early and take care of some stuff. Unfortunately, I caught the tip of my toe on the UCI regulation height barriers by the main tent and absolutely buried my head and left shoulder into the ground. After impact, checking for teeth, and broken bones, I withdrew to clear the stars my vision and later raced with the 1/2/3 men at the end of the day. I ended up 15th out of 21 starters and wasn't disappointed with that all things considered. The coolest thing was using the lap timer dealies that made it possible to see all our lap times and even compare our racing with the others in the field. Here's a link to mine. My first and last laps were my fastest and the ability to compare my times with the rest of the field confirmed what I've been suspecting lately, which is that I'm too conservative in the first laps. In viewing the top 10 men, I noticed all their laps got progressively slower and that I need to be more aggressive and not allow gaps during the first couple of laps. Period. Of course, I don't think I can do that in the men's 1/2/3, but I do think I could move up a few placings there and definitely improve my performance in the men's 3/4 and women's fields. So, consider the lesson learned. :)

Sunday, I was so sore from Saturday's fall that I just rode the women's race and took it about as easy as is allowable and despite doing that still rolled a tire. Sheesh. I have to improve my glue technique.

My mom, Nancy Brown, finished her first complete 'cross race and did so with good speed. Now, it's back to work, prepping for Jingle Cross this next weekend, and on to nationals!

(thx to lincoln-roadies for the pics)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Man vs Wild

Man vs Wild
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
After cake and ice cream, we digest our delicious dinner while watching a dude eat desert bugs and raw goat testicals. There was also a couple of good fights tween erik and nick. To erik's surprise his big bro can still whup up on him. All the kids got measured too and there was much comparision. Erik will outgrow nick in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Happy 14th, Erik!

Friday, November 16, 2007

I know who I'm gonna be cheering for...SLIPSTREAM

<< Learning To Accept
Jonathan Vaughters revealed the secret weapon in Slipstream’s approach to ensure clean riding on their team - changing the context of the sport from “win at all costs” to accepting defeat and embracing humanity, then racing and winning as much as possible. And from what was presented, everyone from the Sponsors, to the riders, to the staff and management have aligned to his vision - we all have to accept the limits of what human beings can do, which will often result in defeat, in order to savor the victories with integrity and rid the sport of doping. >> Read the whole thing.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

No way.... do people really buy this?

Mechanical Mustang Riding Horse No way. My friend June over at No Free Laps tipped me off on this, uh....., doohicky.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Silent auction to benefit local cyclist hit by a car - John Andrews

All, remember to be careful out there. I got my first car thump yesterday on 19th and R streets. Fortunately, despite the speed of the driver, I and my bike were easily mended. John Andrews was not so lucky and suffered severe injuries. If you have some items you're willing to donate to a silent auction being held later this month, please get a hold of one of the folks listed at the bottom of this post.


Originally posted on Folks From Lincoln by CVO
here's the deal- there is going to be a benefit silent auction for the family on the 20th of this month. I know it's short notice but PLEASE mark your calendars for this. We all have to do holiday shopping anyway, and there is no better way to give thanks for all we have than to help a friend who is truly in need. Here are the details:

PLACE: 3701 O St. Suite. 202 Lower Level of Sandquist Construction Group's Offices Parking around back. Scott and Amy, you are awesome.

DATE: Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

TIME: 5 to 9 PM. Auction ends at 8PM. Need not be present to win.

Good things to eat, good things to drink, some music, a little comedy, cool things to bid on, and a really good cause.

We already have many very cool things that people have donated, but we need more. If you have anything to donate, it will help. Let one of these people know what you have:
Eric Pavey
Cheryl Pavey 402-429-9294
Amy Sandquist 402-499-9706
Ross and Barb Brockley

Monday, November 12, 2007

Gotta stick to more conventional ways of meeting people

Met a young woman today. She's nice, says she's very competitive and interested in racing her bike. I'd say she could probably do NASCAR being as I met her because she hit me with her car snaking round a corner at high speed. It was rather alarming for both of us, but fortunately my number wasn't up today. Instead of hood ornamentation, I t-boned the side. (Also very glad I was being attentive to my recovery day and not zipping down R street at my usual pace.) Have a sore wrist and the Badger is in for evaluation, but hopefully Brandi will come out and race her bike, then start riding it instead of driving. :)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Afternoon adrenaline pump

Just watching a race and thinking about these racers coming to KC in December gets my heart to pumping. Gotta knock out the work and get on my bike. After a short promo, you'll see the video highlights from the women's Grand Prix race in Kentucky.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Why ride for Team Revolution?

It's a no brainer. Capt'n Carrie Cash is about the coolest person I know. Check these out.

This is so funny.....

Bike Snob NYC: 'Cross My Heart and Hope to Die: A BSNYC Cyclocross Primer: "I’ve learned some tips for dealing with that nasty in-between part, which I present to you herewith. I won’t say they’ll make you a better racer--the way I race puts the “can’t” back in “cantis”--but I guarantee they’ll make you a better loser:"

Big thanks to June for popping me this link. Laughed till the tears ran.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

R-E-S-P-E-C-T the chill

Boy o boy, did I pull a dumb one last nite. I went to do my intervals and didn't put on shoe covers or grab my winter grade gloves. Don't know what I was thinking, but it was a big MISTAKE cuz by the time I was heading back towards town it was nearing 30 degrees F. I was switching hands on and off the bars and blowing into them to warm them enough to keep them from going completely numb. My feet were stinging. When I got home and they began to thaw every single nerve ending started pulsating. It was an exquisite level of pain nearly sufficient to have me vomiting. So, let my lesson be sufficient for you. Break out your cold weather gear. The time has come.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


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Erik did a lot of climbing. Hard to watch but he's pretty skillful.


Friday, November 02, 2007

Tired of changing flats? How about a horse instead?

If you're in the market for a mighty fine quarter horse with a little hot thoroughbred running through him, my dad's got a couple more he's putting on the market.

Chipper, a sorrel, handles like a sports car with an engine to match.

Prefer something in true black? Lil' Joe is coming right along. Not as finished as his half bro just yet, but it won't be long.

Yeppers.... Helped Dad with his colts last night. He's been selling them on As much as I wanted to lope circles and ride more, I couldn't help remember the last time I did that and how sore I was. It's amazing. You wouldn't think the muscles used would be that different, but they are and if you ride a horse hard, with your legs like you should, your bike peddling is gonna suffer for a while. With the Riverside weekend on the horizon, I played it safe and stuck with just enough riding to do the job. Check out the Riverside flyer for more info.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Testing picture upload

Testing picture upload
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
I hope this goes thru