It's 5 a.m. and I am trying to tie up last minute things before we load up the van and head over to Wisconsin for the first race in the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series. To tell you the truth I've been so busy that I haven't had much time to think about the race. I started a new gig at my favorite bike shop(s) in the world and it's been nothing but awesome. I love everyone that I work with AND I get to spend time riding my bike with really great people. I love it!
One of the things that I'm most excited about is that I'm going to be starting (and coaching) a GRBC striders and Devo team. I ABSOLUTELY can't wait for this. It's going to be so much fun to get more kids out on bikes and working with them on a weekly basis. Plus we are going to be at some of the local races in town and have a pro set-up for them, complete with shop tent, mechanic on hand and juice boxes :-)
|Strider bikes are so freaking cute!|
Besides being super excited about the GRBC kids team I've been having a really great time riding with friends! Last Saturday the GRBC ladies (and friends) invaded Sietsema Orchards. We had over 20 women show up which is pretty awesome. Especially in December on a Saturday morning. After our ride we hung out, ate fresh doughnuts and had flights of Cider. Yum! More pictures are up on the GRBC blog!
On Sunday I did a 5 hour ride on my fat bike and finished the ride by rolling down to the Midwest Regional Cyclocross Championships with Scott to cheer on our friends. It looked painful :-)
The only un-fun part of the week was having to rush sweet little Jeannie to the vet. On Tuesday I came home from work to find a bunch of plastic containers that were on the counter on the floor, along with a bunch of grapes. It didn't take me much to figure out which dog did it since Jeannie immediately ran to the corner when I got home (plus Ben and Naomi were still sleeping on the bed in the same positions that they were when I left them).
Here's what you should know about Jeannie. She is the nicest, sweetest dog and when she does something wrong she becomes mortified. When I walked into the kitchen and saw the mess she put herself into the corner. I "googled" dog and grapes and immediately had a panic attack. After a quick call to the vet we rushed over so that they could induced Jeannie to vomit.
As it turns out she hadn't eaten any grapes after all. PHEW! I was very, very happy on the drive home and Jeannie was like, "why did we just drive to the vet so that I could puke?" I felt like a really, really bad dog mom. Lesson learned...I will never, ever leave grapes on the counter again.
They warned me the shot they gave her to puke might make her "loopy." She seemed OK on the way home but the moment we got into the house she headed to the couch and stayed in this position for a few hours :-)
Well time to finish packing. Since Worlds I haven't done much speed work and I have a feeling that this race might be really ugly my friends. Eek! That being said I'm still really excited to see my 45NRTH teammates and do a mini road trip with Scott, Steve and Jill. Naturally this road trip will involve stops for coffee and chipotle.
Let the winter race season begin :-)