Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Portland and Seward Park

Quick recap.

Saturday was the Alpenrose Qualifier for Elite Track Nationals. Through their interesting system to try to get as many people qualified as possible, I managed to qualify in the scratch race. So I'm headed to LA in October for a beating with Liz and Jen! I can't wait - I think it's going to be an amazing experience, no matter how I perform.

Sunday I raced the end-of-season Seward Park crit. It was my second race as a Cat 3, and a hill-repeat crit to boot. Even though I got dropped, I managed to put out some crazy power numbers, so I'm pretty happy with my performance in the end. Hopefully I can use that power and some good prep to get ready for nats!

Tonight: a field test. Thursday: motorpacing. Friday: racing. Sunday: final road race of the season.

Then it's time to focus, and head into the homestretch of the track season. (:

Photos from Manzanita

Well, first we had to get there. On I-5 around Kent we saw this awful sight:

Then closer:

And the gutted double-bus:

But we finally made it to the Oregon coast, and Jamie, Claire, and Tai cozied up on the couch to watch some Olympics:

Then Jamie and I did some riding - Saturday it was north to Canon Beach, and Sunday it was south to Tillamook:

What a great break from everything!

(Photos courtesy of my new iPhone!)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Manzanita Adventure

This weekend Jamie, Claire, and I drove the scenic route to Manzanita, Oregon. It was gorgeous, and Jamie and I did some great riding. But there was a bit of traffic on the way out, and now we're stuck in a really frustrating traffic jam between Olympia and Tacoma. Teh sux0r! Pics to come.