Sunday, September 28, 2008

flat = DFL

couldn't get further from the pits and flatted. turned into a long
hike for 18th place. i was so disappointed, but that's bike racin.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Planet Bike Cross Day 1 - Syd's season opener

Well, in short, there's plenty of horsepower, the bike's great and if the rider gets a better throttle on her aggression, it's gonna be a good season.

The race started on a dirt track. My start wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I wanted and I had to really drop the hammer to move up to the front 5. Last year at Jingle Cross I got schooled with regards to letting anyone get a gap from the gun and I wasn't about to let it happen again.

Nonetheless, the leader created a gap and the women in front of me weren't shutting it down. Concerned, I jumped and went from 5th to 3rd, then moved to 2nd, where if I'd been thinking instead of just letting cross madness consume me, I would have settled for a bit, rested and just rode. But no, all revv'd up, I launched an attack and biffed it on an off-camber turn on the top of a steep incline. I hit the dirt, the bike rapidly sliding away, but I manage to give an extra long reach and snatch the rear wheel. Pulling it back to me, I mounted and began powering again to regain position.

Lots of energy expended but I'm just about back to where I want to be and go into a corner way too hot. Down again. This time, I'm mad and sulk for just a bit before remounting and getting back to business. This puts me way back and I have to remind myself someone with a solid character would make her best effort to finish the race. I also recall Catherine's saying something along the lines of if the race goes awry, use it to practice form. So I settled in, adjusted my attitude and began to recover ground and rode my way back to 7th by the conclusion.

Slow down and be fast. Don't know why I have to learn that the hard way at least once a year. I just get all aggressive and it interferes with my thinking. That being said, it is my first race of the season and maybe this is what it takes to bring it all back, because I'm sure amp'd up now. Game on for tomorrow, girls.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

America - We deserve it dividend

Here is your answer to the AIG crisis. Sounds good to me.
A friend of mine sent me this email and I don't know how you feel about the bailout plans, but I'm kinda down on it. I know lots of people stand to lose and all that, but they're just going to do it again, so why don't we bail us out? Laugh or cry.

================================='s Jack's plan:.

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S.
Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.. So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.

So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.

That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.

A husband and wife team has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.

Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads

Put away money for college - it'll be there

Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

Buy a new car - create jobs

Invest in the market - capital drives growth

Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And, of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ("vote buy") economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work." But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than do the geniuses at AIG or in WashingtonDC.

And remember, my plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!

Team Revolution interview

After the last race at Gateway Cup, Carrie and some of the crew got to give a short interview.

Made me laugh

Made me laugh
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Stopped at the grocery this morning and saw this. Laughed aloud.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

42 Minutes

Remember The Hitchhiker's Guide? Check this....

This, that and the other

Very cool.... Amber Neben wins TT Worlds (If you don't recall, Neben is a University of Nebraska Alumnus. She ran cross-country until a stress fracture put her into a coaching position. Read Neben's Wikipedia entry.)

Exciting for me.... I'll be riding for Midwest Trek/SRAM this cyclocross season and my bikes arrived yesterday. Have one put together and the other will be ready next week. They're Trek XO2s equipped with SRAM Force. On last nights little test ride, I was pretty happy with the feel and look forward to opening the season in Wisconsin this weekend at Jonathon Page's Planet Bike Cross Cup where the competition is looking to be right fierce. I better get out and work on those dismounts and barriers a bit more.

A different set of two wheels.... I did venture onto another set of two wheels during a Rider's Edge course offered through the local Harley-Davidson dealership. Now, I just need to make time to jet down to the DMV and get the endorsement stamp on my license.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Just in case you forgot Cyclocross Nationals 2007

Thanks to Zeke's blog, I've got this gem to share. If you don't recall last year, you should check this out. Psycho'Crossers are bad ass.

Ready for take two????

Trek's Project One

It's about time a bicycle company put together a 'build your bike' online system similar to those of auto manufactures.

On the 16th, Trek launched its "Project One" consumer site where those desirous of a personalized Madone can build their bike online, then order it through a local retailer. I say "personalized" instead of "custom" because in my mind, a custom bike, is one built for your measurements. From what I understand of Project One, you can choose your color and build options, but the frame size is set and your local dealer will help you choose the correct size.

I played with the tool, just to see how ugly of a design I could create. Why? Well, honestly, there's some hideous looking quality bikes out there and I wonder if they help or hinder frame sales.

Do you buy a Vanilla because you can't get that quality of frame elsewhere, or do you get one because they're simply gorgeous. Would Sacha White build you a bike and then let you paint it with an american flag fading to purple flames with lime green stripes on the seat tube? Maybe, just because he could make that look good, but call me a skeptic.

Pez got the first bike. Check out its review.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Favorite nutrition tracker goes mobile is my favorite nutrition tracker. It's a pay-for, but the ad-free easy entry more than makes up for the cost. They've also come out with a great mobile version usable on any phone with a web browser, yes, even the little openwave one.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Which Rev'er is this?

Competition gets stiffer

Gonna kick of the cross season with a bang. Check out the latest editions to the Planet Bike Cross Cup entry list.

Cross Crazed

Like SDA, I'm cross crazy right now and he's got a good "What is 'cross" video posted, so I'm going to duplicate it here and emphasize what a great way it is to start your racing. Although challenging, the most hurt you're going to get in cross amounts to grass or mud stains, maybe a bruise. There sure isn't much in the way of road rash or anything like that. Plus, the environment is so focused on fun.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Locals race to register

Here is a good summary of the complaints regarding the late night registration race. I have to agree. If USA Cycling can keep track of points for mountain biking and the road scene, it ought to do it for 'cross as well, and we ought to line up by our accrued points, just like we do in the Elites with UCI points.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pure inspiration

So Marc sent me a link to the women's 2007 world cup cross championship race. I guess he knew I needed some inspiration to get in the saddle and do the seasonal start threshold test. Must have done the trick, because I was short on time, so I spent the hour in the garage on the trainer. Really, I had to, if I wanted to be anywhere close to on time for the initial Farm Cross and Cowboy Cup course planning session.

Yep, you heard right. We're getting cross crazy out at Bennet and we're gonna have a couple of weekends. There'll be two categories: Joy and Glory. The Glory racers put out some cash and it gets paid back in percentages. E.g. 40, 30, 20, 10. The Joy Division races for fun and PCL-style schwag. For spectators there will be a little calcutta to make the event more interesting. If don't know what I'm talking about... you pick a racer you think will win and if that racer wins, you might make a little cash without going anearobic. Now that sounds like fun, no?

Oh, and don't forget to sign up for Cross Nationals at 12:01 AM. Sheesh. Got to stay up late on a Sunday night.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Universal Sports for U.S. Cycling

Marc showed me this site. The video is live and better quality than you'll see on Cycling.TV and you'll get to watch some stuff happening right here in the USA.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Flashing back to Gateway Cup 2008 -- OH OUCH!

My teammate, Jamie, alerted me that I'd made the Fick's featured photo. I clicked the link and immediately recalled just how bad I was hurting in that pic. In fact, even after slowly pedaling two more laps, I was so dizzy and hot that I felt I might get really sick and pass out if I didn't get the body temp dropped, so I took a dunk in a fountain near our tent.
That was the final day of Gateway Cup on the University loop race. It was my last chance to get into a break and I rode aggressively in order to be in every break that a teamie wasn't. Moreover, I threw down counter-attacks at every opportunity. Finally it paid off. I jumped for a prime early (thanks Michelle J. for those lessons) and after coming across the line, looked back to see a big gap. Instead of pulling up and sucking air, I just kept going. Eventually I was joined by Colavita's Nichole, San Jose's Whitney and my sprinting teamie, Carrie.
When I saw Carrie was there, I figured my job was to make sure the break survived and that she arrived at the line ready to sprint, so I pulled and pulled hard. Whitney relieved me about once a lap. On the final lap, Nichole jumped hard and Carrie wasn't able to shut her down, so she and I ended up 2nd and 3rd. I gave everything I had left for I didn't want another 4th place finish like last year when I pulled the most and lost the sprint to my 3 breakaway companions. 
Looking back, perhaps Carrie and I should have started tag-teaming Nichole, since she was the strongest threat, but neither of us thought of that. Watch out next time though, that would have been so fun.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

money well spent

money well spent
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
The navman was the best $100 spent this year, but in the under $20 zone the 'as seen on tv' handyswitch rules. Control an outlet from up to 60 ft with a battery operated remote switch. Yeah. Way
convenient. Gonna go get me a few more. No more stubbed toes and mood lighting, well l'll just flip a switch from the sofa.

Tour of Missouri Women's Criterium

Did a short write-up on the Team Rev site. Really like to thank everyone who hollered and made the time to come down. What a great event and how shocking it was to have the course lined with spectators on a Monday afternoon, let alone hearing the cheers when we came around for the cool down lap. A HUGE thank you to the women and men who made the event possible. I dearly hope they do it again next year. This was a fun race with a blistering pace. A big thanks to Roger Harrison for the pix.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Nebraska State Road Race & Tour of Missouri Women's Crit

Tomorrow is the Nebraska State Road Race championship. Unfortunately, I am the only entry in the women's open despite the $400/5 deep payout, which is really quite good considering the difficulties the sponsoring team was dealt. Oh well, it will be a good weekend ride and money will help get me to the pro-saturated field of the Women's Tour of Missouri Criterium to be held in Kansas City Monday. Now that's going to be a humdinger of a race with Aaron's, Cheerwine, Colavita, Tibco and Advil rolling out squads. Check out the registration list.

After that, it's cyclocross time and I'm looking forward to trying out this season's ride....

It's getting on my nerves

I realize there are important things out there to talk about, but I've got to get this out in the open.

It's the "Congratulations!" trend. I swear, if one more site or software package CONGRATULATES me as part of a registration, purchase or successful install, I'm going to get twitchy. 

The first time I encountered it, I figured it was just non-native english speakerism soon to be cured by a vigilant marketing department. Alas, this was not to be and the "congratulations" proliferate.

"Congratulations!"  You've registered/purchased/etc.... the screen reads.

"Uh, thanks, I guess. It really wasn't that hard. Do people have trouble with this?" What the heck?!

I suppose I should do like young Kyle recommends on occasion, despite the risk to his well-being, and "Take a chill pill."  Site designers and marketers may may simply intend help us feel special the way we do when someone congratulates us on our birthday, a new baby or a new home.  But, it's just not working for me.  Instead, I've started making a list of offending sites and whatnot so I'll remember to avoid them whenever possible.