Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year...

I saw on "old" cycling friend at a Christmas Party in December and thought I would publicly answer her question, "where have you been?"

2010 was a busy year for me. Mostly, my time has been consumed with my job change in May. Gone were the days of having time to sit and blog. Along the way, I've discovered new things, new enjoyments and certainly new things about myself.

I won't continue to blog regularly about cycling, because frankly, I don't have the time or energy. I'm immersed in my job and enjoying every minute of ridding Greenville of crime. You can thank me later.

I also tired of the way my life was becoming one dimensional. I'm a multi-tasking girl. I love to dabble in my wide and varied interests. Simply put, I cannot devote ALL my time to riding a bike. Not to say, I don't love riding a bike, but life is full of children and sporting events and cooking at home and dinners out and coffee dates and music concerts in the living room and music concerts at many other venues and camping in the high country and dancing and building and tearing down and bathing my dog and making beeswax products and organic gardening and target shooting and savoring a good glass of wine and ballet classes and guitar lessons, I could go on and on, but MOST of these, I enjoy every bit as a good bike ride.

There is also the bum hip. One race, one high side, one crash, all in about 2 minutes and here I sit hundreds of dollars and months after physical therapy and massages and DIFFERENT running shoes in high hopes of "fixing" the torqued hip and excruciating pain and no cigar.

So--- putting it all in perspective, I'm back to well-rounded me and that means missing some rides, seeing some of you less and not updating this blog for months on end. Never fear -- just because YOU haven't seen me, doesn't mean I'm homebound... it means maybe you aren't traveling in all of my circles ; ) Best of luck to all in the New Year!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So you think you have endurance...

Thought I would post a link to Go Tri Sports "12 Hours of Greenville". Quite simply, ride your bike for 6 hours and run for 6 hours and see how fit you are. The event is free and will showcase our local crazy talent on August 21, 2010.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Latest happenings...

So, I'm thinking the general consensus is that we've disappeared from the face of the earth... we haven't been seen much in the cycling scene or out and about, etc. Not true -- so to prove it here are some of the latest pics of our "happenings". Camped a few weekends back with about 30 other kids, mostly 5th graders and some syblings... that was an adventure, for sure. Who says parenthood can't be a blast?! Enjoy!

What? You didn't realize "poker" is an outdoor sport?!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Encouraging thought....

This morning, while driving back through the park after dropping off the oldest man child.... I had a very encouraging thought. In nine years, my youngest will be out of high school and in nine years I will still be younger than multitudes of people in Greenville, who can currently kick my ass on the bike. No, don't nine years...I'll still be younger than they are now.

Granted, many riders are close to my age.... but many riders are also... closer to Rob's age...heh heh heh. So, as long as I maintain what little fitness I do have...hopefully, when the youngest has left the nest, I'll have many years and many miles left in my tootsies.

For some reason, that was a very sweet thought on a early Monday morning.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy New Year...

It’s February and frankly, I’ve spent more time lately planning my family vacation in July than my cycling season. I’ve had an awakening, so to speak, during my winter hibernation. My grandmother died on my youngest son’s birthday in January…and with that event, came a great deal of pondering, soul searching and focus on what really matters on this earth.

I have a full life. I’m blessed with a husband that I adore, that knows me, that shares my passion for all things athletic, hand-crafted, musical and joins me in my disdain for football, hypocrites, laziness, entitlement, pandering, large SUV’s, dishonest business dealings, etc. I have 5 children each pulling at me for their own time, their own events, their own dreams. Of my five children, I have good athletes, a few good students, at least one artistic child, a dancer, a musician, several that love the water and at least two that I think would be excellent cyclists.

I’m too busy with life to ever be an excellent cyclist. Yeah, I said it. I keep meeting people that seem very one dimensional….perhaps fast, but one dimensional. For starters, I have a job…during the day time, when the sun is out and the roads are begging to be ridden. My day is divided into 6 minute segments, of which, I day in and day out must “bill”. If you talk to me on the phone for 3 minutes, I’m charging you for 6. If I type a letter for 7 minutes, I’m charging you for 12 and on and on and freaking on it goes. Whilst doing this, I mentally plan my menus for the week, think about training, budget, reconcile my bank account, think about my training, field phone calls from kids who want everything from an afternoon snack to a physical for their track team, think about training, calculate when I need to plant the spring grass, pay the water bill, and spend countless other minutes wondering which kid is where, doing what.

AHHHHHH…. All this “thinking about training” makes me tired and actually makes me think I devote too much of my energy, physical and mental often to training. SO – this year, Rob and I agree, we ride for “us”. We ride when we want, where we want and as fast as we want or in my case as slow as we want, much to the chagrin of animated Christmas dinner party guests that get dropped on the mountains. Yes, I actually spent a Christmas party being reprimanded for my husband’s transgressions of “attacking” on a hill and not staying with the group. I clearly remember thinking, really???? REALLY? In light of economic hardship, poverty, starvation, the lack of world peace, countless other topics of interest, and even the other people at the table that would love to get a word in edge wise, we are going to waste two hours of a festive evening, with a wonderful meal, at the home of our lovely, gracious hostess, hearing that Rob should not attack on hills??? I’m just a bit disenchanted with petty, one dimensional thought processes.

SO – this year, we intend to have fun. If we want to race, we will. If we want to ride, alone, we will. If we want to do some triathlons, we will. If Rob wants to kill it on the first ride he can finally take in the week after all the daily, family duties are done…he probably will. Hopefully, we’ll add in to this mix more time with our baby cyclists, swimmers, and runners. Nothing would thrill me more than to see them excel at a young age in sports that I still enjoy.

Fortunately, if and when we race, we race for a team that is multi-faceted comprised of people with lives and loves and children and hobbies and jobs…whose focus is always fun oriented.

Overall, this year, I’m desperately seeking balance. Balance in activities that I enjoy, with people that I enjoy and if that brings improvement in my legs – I’ll take it…and if not, I’ll at least have a few drinks and many laughs along the way.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our "off" season...

The warm glow of christmas lights, smell of pumpkin bread, the sounds of guitar strummin' and drilling and hammering can only mean one's the off season! I'm not sure what the off season means for you but for us, we're never really "off". Rob's playing and singing always gets really good this time of year, the house gets a bit closer to being finished and my kids get a few more baked goods in their gullets.
This season we're concentrating on the attic/bedroom for the boys, which includes completing the staircase to their room (Rob's learning a lot!). We love our house, though it's really too small for seven, we won't give it up. We can't beat the convenience, close proximity to downtown, the park, our jobs, our kids' schools, etc. So -- we make it work, this time building "up".
The boys will be moved from downstairs to their own little cave upstairs and I will reclaim our den. Air soft pellets, dirty socks, lizards, x-box games, football trophies, dirty sweatshirts, fish aquariums, candy wrappers, weight benches, stereos, pocket knives, cleats, football pads, will all be up, up and away.... and I will momentarily lift my voice to the heavens and like Nina Simone sing...

"It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me...and I'm Feelin' Good" and yes, for all of you who think that's a Michael Buble' song..... puh leeze....
So, when "race season" starts back and I'm a bit "fluffy" and out of shape and not very fast (as if I ever was!).... so be it. I'll have new stairs, a cleaner house, well fed monkeys, one very pampered pooch and the living room will actually have been lived in. I can't ask for more...

Our off season in pics...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Finally have some pics. We went into the week of our wedding with lots of rain and anxiety about our outdoor ceremony. In the end, it turned out gray, dreary, and raining off and on. It was very cold that weekend, the same day as the Paris Mtn. Downhill Race and in the same park. It was crowded, hectic but what can I say... guests were good sports as they weathered the rain and cold, bridesmaids were creative as the donned denim jackets over their taffeta and I suffered like a good girl and went with no sleeves (though, I did consider matching arm warmers).
My daughter, Clara, was my maid of honor, my sisters Lorri and Gina and my friend Doris were my attendants. Rob's best man was his father, John, and he had my 3 sons, Charlton, Jackson and Noah as his midget groomsmen (hey, at least all his groomsmen were sober!) My niece, Caroline was the flower girl and my youngest Gabriel was the ring bearer. We were fortunate to have our good friend, Al Olivetti, officiate the ceremony.

We were joined by family, good friends, dancing and great music provided by Russ and Russ. Some pics...