Sunday, May 24, 2009

wif moah intensity, prease

So here we are, it's May 24th and the velodrome is still closed under lock and key, in legal limbo. This has been frustrating beyond words. I've missed a month of track training and can't afford to miss another. My short term and long term goals both mean lots of track time and lots of racing. And I'm here trying to make up for it with fixed gear/road bike motorpacing. Better than nothing, but nothing like racing.


The plan.

Fly to stumptown on Monday June 8th and pray for good weather.
Gym work with brian in the early mornings, track workouts every afternoon and road or track racing every evening for 7 days, including the crit on Mississippi and the Heartbreaker at the track.
Fly home an exhausted shell of a track sprinter, ready for a few days off and some more road training.
Fly into a rage in the middle of a board meeting at the USOC if the track doesn't open in July.
Fly back to Portland to do another marathon session of heavy track work and two AVC's.

Tickets are paid for (sort of. credit cards are scary), dates are set.

By then my season will officially begin. Trying not to blow myself apart before the carnivals in Australia come December, so it's a late start and fingers crossed that the skinny roadies don't spend all the team's cash on donuts and Land Rover parts. If all goes well it's an autumn of sixdays and a winter of UCI points. London 2012. Onward and upward, with or without the usoc.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

judo CHOP!

So this one is definitely interesting.
Mike lost his room at the OTC last fall (for purely administrative reasons, which are still pretty murky). So after a long, drawn out battle, he's now living in California, trying to figure out what to do next, and now USOC is publishing a video he made with another athlete about "resident life."

The Mike and Myles Show

It's pretty funny actually. I would never wish Mike ill, but it's pretty funny to see a track cyclist get thrown around by an elite Judo guy twice his size.

Monday, May 04, 2009

spring is here.

it's may.

the sun is out.

i have the first track workout of the year scheduled for tomorrow.

the track is sitting there, waiting. locked up tight.

the shorttrack speedskaters are using the banked warm-up track, but I cannot go do a workout tomorrow on the track itself.

USACyling has done everything they were told to.

the Colorado Velodrome Association has done everything they were told to.

the US Olympic Committee keeps saying NO.




From the USOC website: "The vision of the USOC is to enable America's athletes to realize their Olympic and Paralympic dreams."

Not much enabling going on around these parts when the USA Cycling can't get into it's own "premier training facility."


Saturday, May 02, 2009

f#ckin A!

Notch one up in the Victory column.