2013

Introducing Mini me...

Introducing Mini me…

It turns out I’m not the best at blogging regularly. I’ve decided for the 2013 season to do my best to change that. But it’s going to be a bit different this time around. A picture says a thousand words.

But first, I will use a few words to close the door on 2012. Man that was a hard year. For the most part I spent the year racing back from hip surgery. I learned a lot about myself. I met some amazing people. I grew closer to those special people in my life. I learned some new skills, and dusted off some others. I traveled, and raced the hell out of my bike. I laughed, and shared many good times with teammates. I had some good cries. I punched myself in the face a few times putting on arm warmers. I drank a lot of coffee. I thought about updating this blog… I did some other awesome stuff, oh, and survived an apocalypse. No big deal.

On to 2013. The year started off with a bang! No really, fire works were going off in Portland, as Mr. Gino Z. and I were sitting in a small local pub in SE Portland  having a beverage and a plate of fries. We were determined not to sleep through this new year turnover as we had done in years past. Cheers all around, and here we are in 2013.

I spent the remainder of the first week freezing my butt off, riding in snow flurries with my coach Adnan Kadir , drinking coffee, eating gelato, and talking goals. Since then I’ve been back in CA freezing my butt off.  I got my new bike and turned in my old one. It always amazes me how I can get a bit emotional about an object. I got a choked up having to part with her. Yes, my bike is a her. I spent more time with her then any human being last year, so it was hard to say good bye. I hope she goes to a good home. To ease the pain of saying good bye, I got to say, “Hello” to my new 2013 team issue Wilier Triestina Zero.9. We have spent the last week getting to know each other, and it’s going well so far. Beyond that, I am working to book more fit clients, finishing up some freelance design projects, fundraising, and plotting the 2013 season. Thats all.

On to the new Blog Theme. I am going to do my best to post every week. The posts will consist of lots of pretty pictures taken during my training rides, and anywhere else that applies. I will not be taking pictures of my food, unless its juice and a recipe follows. I will take pictures of me drinking coffee, as that is part of training. I will take pictures of my bike and other equipment as it comes. I will take pictures of new teammates as I meat them. Not the second that I meet them – that would be weird, but some short time after. I will post pictures that other people take, and give them credit. I think you get the picture. There will be a lot of pictures. Oh and not to forget Mini me, if you follow my blog you will find out.

So on with the blog. This one will cover the last few weeks of training, Portland, OR and Marin county. Be jealous.

Christmas day ride, it cant all be rode
Christmas day ride. It can’t all be road.
Adnan Kadir of Aeolus Endurance Sport
Adnan Kadir of Aeolus Endurance Sport
It's snowing and we are eating Gilato
It’s snowing and we are eating Gelato
Beautiful last ride for me and the Focus
Beautiful last ride for me and the Focus
Last ride with my old friend the Focus. It was a beautiful relationship.
Last ride with my old friend the Focus. It was a beautiful relationship.
This view never gets old
This view never gets old

Pleased to introduce my little friend Wilier Zero.9. We will be bringing the BOOM together in 2013.

The new Wilier Zero.9
The new Wilier Zero.9
Maiden Voyage ride on the new Wilier Zero.9
Maiden voyage ride on the new Wilier Zero.9

We had some great conversations on this ride. Well not so much conversations – I did most of the talking, but we came to the conclusion that we are going to win some bike races together.

2nd day out better aquatinted
2nd day out. Better acquainted.
I wanted to go up the bike wanted to go down, we did a bit of both
I wanted to go up the bike wanted to go down, we did a bit of both

That is all for now but we did just enter another week of training and my Coach is in town, so until next time. Get used to the new format. Leave feedback. Ask questions, and I will answer them.

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