Sunday, June 07, 2009

Check Your Head

Ever since I watched this video a few months back, I've been into Band of Horses. Their music isn't my typical flavor but something about their mix of styles and Ben Bridwell's vocals make them hard to resist. They're playing Ram's Head Live this Friday so maybe Gina and I can sneak out for a date night.

In other news, we decided to get Maddy a playmate so sometime around the end of November it should arrive. Not sure if it will be a boy or girl and apparently we're not going to find out, again. That was ok the first time, but I think I would like to be a bit more prepared although, Gina it pretty sure it's a boy.

Yesterday I decided to make the trip to Lancaster for the Race Ave. crit. I'm glad I did, word from last year was that the Ride Sally Ride course was pretty lame, a 3 corner industrial park crit, wow how creative. Race Ave. is apparently a resurrected course once used for the National Crit championships. A classic 4 corner crit run in a neighborhood next to F&M college. Nice wide streets, fast corners and a slightly uphill finish. Short story, raced aggressive and at the front the entire race. Race pretty much stayed together except for 1 guy who appreantly slipped off the front on the last lap. Not looking to mix it up in a field sprint, I attacked into the final two turns. Got a gap and gave everything I had. With about 100m to go a guy comes up on my right and with about 50m to go I was completely swarmed, ended up 15th.

Long story. Not too much different, just still wondering why two teams (Spinner's Cycling and Mason/Dixon) with at least 6 guys each did nothing but attack over and over all race but with no desire to drive a split or create a break. At one point a group of 5 or 6 of us had a nice gap going into the fast backside stretch so I said to one of the Spinner's guys let's work and he said no way. Nice to see Spinner's only had one guy in the top 20 and Mason Dixon only had two. Most of the race I found myself on the front and burning a lot of matches chasing attacks hoping something would stick. At one point bridging up to a group though the uphill S/F some guy sucking my wheel almost takes me down when he overlaps my rear wheel. Rest of race pretty much the same but hoping the field was tired of chasing I made my suicide move a few meters before the 2nd to last turn. A slight lull in the field made it east to ride right off the front, unfortunately I only had about a 350m sprint in my legs for a 400m finish. Still happy with my effort seeing that crits haven't been going so great for me lately.
One of the many laps leading the pack up the hill through the start/finish. Greg Faber from NCVC on my wheel. He did make it into a two man break that stayed away for a few laps. Just before he went, I wanted to see if he was interested in a break but when he rode by I didn't notice until it was too late. Seems he was also thinking it was time to try to make something stick.
Getting swarmed in the last few meters. Guy in blue won on a solo effort somewhere at the start of the last lap.

2 comments:

Cheryl Mayhew said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic news!

fabsroman said...

Congrats on the new addition to the family!!! If it ends up being a boy, you and I will pretty much be in the same boat. Arianna turned 2 in April and Luca was born last month. We can compare notes as time goes along.