Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Commute by Bike

I started the morning by reading this terrible article in the Oregonian about gas hitting $4 per gallon this spring. That's nice. Well, it's time to get back on the bike again.

Why I commute by bike (I only do it 2-3 times per week in the summer, but better than not at all).
  • Day Light Savings time is near.
  • Great way to get in a workout!!!! - This is my #1 reason.
  • Looks like Earl is working on a tax break
  • Save some gas money.

So, give it a try if you haven't already.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cherry Pie Race Report - 2/17/08

This was my first road race with a team. Actually, my first road race in about 5 years. Weather was great and no crashes - that I consider a good success.

We had 7 guys in Cat 5 men, only UoO men had a similar size group. Everyone was alittle nervous on the neutral roll out to the start. However, things settled down once we started going. I was actually surprized how mellow the pace was in the pack.

My plan was to gain experience and lead a couple attacks for the team. That plan worked out great. The point of my attacks were to cause confusion in the pack and make some other teams work. I figured that was working when guys were getting annoyed when I'd start to soft pedal after awhile.

Before the final hill at the finish, I started a lead off of our group. I was dead before the hill so I lost quite a few spots there, but it help to start off my teammates that got 1st, 2nd, and 5th. We also made the local Corvallis paper (I'm the third from the right).