Well, as they say time flies when you’re having fun.
So: since I last posted I’m down to 207 pounds (28 pounds lost since last April),
I’ve ridden almost 2500 miles since last June,
Sharks hockey has been gone (lockout) but is now back (limited 24 game season),
I’m in the process of getting bike #N+1 (its a biker thing) – I’ve put a deposit down with John Caletti (Caletti Cycles) – a builder of custom steel framed bicycles for my dream bike.
I’ve signed up for one Century ride (the Davis LiveStrong Challenge) and I’m in the process of signing up for another (the Sea Otter Classic Gran Fondo, in April in the Monterrey area).
I’ve learned a *lot* about riding and biking fitness. In the coming weeks I’ll try to post some details here.
I’m guessing that nobody in the entire world saw this coming.
The Quakes are 7-1-1, have the best record in MLS (well, KC is 7-1…), have the scoring leader (Wando, of course, lead the league in goals scored, but most importantly have transmogrified from a really boring team into an exciting team.
They run around like crazy, really move the ball with pizzazz, and just generally seem to have a lot more energy and enthusiasm than they did for all of last year.
Perhaps most importantly, they’re getting contributions from throughout the lineup. Marvin Chavez, Tressor Moreno, Steven Beitashour, Justin Morrow, Shea Salinas, Khari Stephenson, Victor Bernardez, Steven Lenhart, Alan Gordon, and of course Wando have all had key contributions (goals / assists / great defense) – and that’s just in the games I’ve seen.
Aside from the clearly evident boost in overall team speed from last year, the other big difference so far this year has been the Quakes absolute domination of stoppage time, with 2 decisive wins recently. Last year, it was often the opposite, as the Quakes would run out of gas and give up a late goal to spoil an otherwise reasonable effort.
Keep it up!
Well, that was just thoroughly enjoyable… for a while there it looked like nobody wanted to win, but then through the Alp stages, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador both challanged the field. Meanwhile, Cadel Evans was answering each challange, taking the lead of the peloton when he needed to, and while not leading, positioning himself perfectly for the time trial.
It might have been a different tour if Contador had been in better form at the start, as he seems to be the only other rider other than Evans who’s both strong in the mountains and able to ride a winning time trial.
Other impressions: I was surprised that Garmin-Cervelo won the team competition – With Andy and Frank Schleck finishing 2nd and 3rd, I’d have thought that Leopard-Trek would have had an inside track, but that doesn’t seem to be as much of a factor as I thought.
I thought it was cool that Rolland won the best new rider competition after working to keep Voeckler in the running for so long, and of course who couldn’t be impressed by the great showing of heart from Voeckler. How many times did he predict his own demise, only to carry the yellow jersey all the way to the final day in the Alps.
Well, here we are… season over, although it sure ended up better than I thought it would in mid-January. I wonder what the off-season will bring.