Somehow in the last post I left out our transportation, which is only worth mentioning because she goes by "golden goose!"

This morning we had another photo worthy situation. Yesterday Gazza and T-bird made a run to the pharmacy or "chemist" if you prefer ausi lingo. In any case Jess asked them to get a "big bowl" for cereal and such. The bowls at our hotel are a bit on the small side. I believe Jess's exact words were something along the lines of the bowls we have aren't cutting it because her muscles demand more! Well Gazza being Gazza meant business when he went bowl hunting so this morning Jess had plenty of room for all the cereal she wanted!...hahaha

I think she had plenty of muscle power after that breakfast!

We eventually made our way to the track for training...this track is so amazing...I wish I had one in my back yard!

And after eating a bit of recovery we stopped by the beach after finding the bike shop closed.

Gary and Theresa...a.k.a...Gazza and T-bird

Jess enjoying the beach

Me with Gary and T

And a few views....

Tomorrow we are slated to do a beach ride and coffee shop stop! Should be quite the day!


In Cali..

Before I took off for California I got to go do a little visiting with my good friend Nick and some other friends. Nick is soon to be headed of to Antarctica for some work their and some good adventure! Have fun Nick! I love you!

This is Nick, myself and Alex...both boys I went to school with back in the day at UHS...where we built never-ending friendships!

And this will be one of Nick's little projects when he returns home! And hopefully I will make it home this summer for a ride!

Then it was pack up and on to the next adventure for me. Gary, Theresa, Jessie and I are currently in California where we will be living for the next few weeks before Track Nationals. My team mate Liz and our sponsor Phil will be joining us soon as well! We are here in California for another few days, then we travel to Las Vegas for Interbike and the Vegas crit, then back to Cali until Nationals the first week of October and then I return to my parents before figuring out where to next...

It is always an adventure to go to the grocery market when you are living someplace temporarily...you would be amazed the number of things you take for granted at home. Simple things such as olive oil, butter and spices.

Don't worry we got the essentials...

Jess unloading into our tiny kitchen!

Randomness in the fridge

Oh...and I found these HUGE mangoes at the market! It was only appropriate that we do something ridiculous with them...which resulted in...

Lots of laughter!

and of course mango cleavage...haha

And for the rooom

I'll try to start taking more pictures and get some interesting updates on here!

Hope all is well with everyone and be in touch....


Few tidbits...

So in my frenzies lately I have neglected to update much and I've missed a few things worth mentioning I suppose...so here are a few steps backwards...

Awhile back we swung by the Chris Theter race in NY on our way to MI from PA. We raced alright and although a break of 2 got away I got in the chase group and won the sprint for 3rd, while Theresa won the field sprint for 8th.

After the race we packed ourselves back into the cars with the rest of our lives and headed for Niagra Falls...for a tourist stop before MI. Gary and Jessie had never seen the falls. We told Jess she could rent a barrel and go over the falls...haha!...she caught on eventually...

Great day for a view

It was nice to get back home and I did a few local races upon my return! So great to see everyone!

One day I took my dad to the bike shop and we got him a bike! It was pretty fun. He test road the MTB and I picked out a cool cruiser and that is when I decided I HAD to have one! Ironically on our way home I spotted an old school cruiser on the side of the road at a market...for sale! I stopped and my dad and I checked it out. It was super cool but I couldn't quite justify it at the time. My plan was to go back the next day and bargain to see if I could pull it off. As it turned out when I went to get on my road bike for my spin the following day I found the cruiser bike in my garage!!! Graduation present...how right on is that!!??!!...my parents rock!

So here are a few pictures...not great pictures and I need to clean it up a bit more but it works and it rocks. I took Moca out a few times and raced her down the private drive...what fun!

I'm a lucky lady!~




Weather Forecast = rain all day, which actually meant continuous mist and spitting precipitation with scattered "rain" and intermittent downpours!

Training plan reads: road ride of 5 hours!

No worries...pull on the big rain boots, put on a big poncho and get out the umbrella right?...hardly! Although with the weather as it was I wasn't exactly super motivated to get out the door, it is really key to just get going. So after breakfast and wishing I could just cuddle up on the couch and watch movies all day, I finally managed to get myself together. Lucky for me although the forecast was rain it was relatively warm out (low 70's) and stickily humid. I drove down the street to avoid riding on the wet dirt roads from the house, as if maybe I would stay clean enough for this to make sense!

I rolled out of the lot wearing an undershirt, bibs, knee warmers, a jersey, a vest, some wool arm warmers (highly recommended, those things are awesome!), socks and my cycling shoes. At first I felt slightly suffocated by all the layers and warmth on my upper body but I knew it was wise to keep it all with me and just unzip layers, because I would most likely need/want them later.

The first hour was just a nice mist that barely stuck to the lenses of my glasses and I thought "oh this is kinda nice, this weather isn't soo bad"...I think the weather
God's heard me and thought "ahahhh, we'll show her!" Knowing it would be a long day I had been in super hydration mode all morning...and for those of you that know me you know how I'm usually obsessive about drinking water so to be in super mode is most certainly overkill. As was to be expected it didn't take long before I was looking for a bathroom break. I had found a nice road along a lake and was enjoying my ride when I saw a local lake front party store...one of those places you can tell is a local hang out in the winter months but would be swamped with all the cottage goes in the summer and most likely makes most of it's sales off of pizza and beer. I stopped in to use the bathroom and bought a Gatorade so I could continue to foster my need to go to the bathroom for the remaining 4 hours of the ride. As I left the party store the rain Gods were thundering with laughter as they opened their arms and let the ocean above pour down! I was stoked as I threw my leg over my saddle and pedaled away, spraying through every puddle I could find, like a puppy on a walk has to walk through every one! You have to understand once you are wet and dirty it really doesn't matter any more and it is like the more the merrier, at least when it is a bearable temperature that is the case! The rain Gods seemed appalled that I was enjoying myself in this and they tried harder to phase me but it didn't work, it just fueled my adrenaline and made it more fun! It is always kinda fun to be around the lakes when this sort of weather comes because generally they will have overflow onto the low sections of road and there is no feeling quite like riding your bike through a huge puddle where the water seems to engulf your legs up to the knee...or mid calf I suppose for the average person. In any case throughout the ride I was blessed with a few periods of complete downpour and other than that just some scattered showers, lots of mistiness, and some "dry air" if you can call it that, considering the humidity. The roads never dried and I could feel the grit from the roads spraying from my saddle to my neck. I road through one of the local park paths which has recently been repaved. The 7-8foot wide path of new blacktop was glossed over with glistening water and I could see the reflection of the over reaching trees as I road through the quite woods! It was one of the most enjoyable portions of my ride.

It was quite the day, with numerous bathroom stops (I was certainly staying hydrated!) and wondering around on roads I didn't know existed I could only think of how lucky I truly was to be out getting drenched in the wonderful rain. As I returned home my feet were still swimming in water and I no longer had any clean locations on my body to wipe my wet hands on. I road right past my car and onto the dirt road, as getting dirt had this point no longer mattered and I wasn't about to get in my car at my present state. I road my bike right to the side of the house with the hose and spent a good half hour or so spraying off my bike, washing my shoes, and stripping layers one by one, washing each on the paver patio and spraying the sandy grim from my hair to my toes, finally clean enough to warrant walking into the house. My feet were wrinkled like a dried up prune and I just had to smile at the experience of the whole day!

There is something special about riding in a rain like that! Be sure to try it sometime...you might be surprised by what great fun it can be!