Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Eat at Black Cat!

If you're ever in Boone, NC you HAVE to eat at

It's where my new favorite socks came from

This is Megan, owner of Black Cat who hooked me up with the socks. She's pretty much famous and may end up as Mayor of Boone!

Eric and Megan visting from Boone at Kelley Acres Cross~the woman can drive a Mule
Beth (also from Boone) and Megan on a stop over headed to NJ for a cross race

Next update...the latest challenge....thanks to Ms. Black Cat!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Kelley Acres Ride Gone Wild!

A nice stiff wind, cloudy skies, and wet roads greeted the riders for the last Kelley Acres Ride of 2008!

This was the start of an interesting finish. Lumpy got the first flat of the day. Not sure how his hands and knees ended up like this.

Christine decided to take advantage of the pause in action for a nature break and a HOT pose on the eve of her category changing birthday! This is right before she stepped in poop and had to clean her cleats with Steve's water. Not so hot but funny.
While the guys operated on Lumpy's flat tire the three 40+ ladies decided to roll back the last 10 miles slowly and let the boyz try to catch up. It was so so sad for Lumpy, Jimbo, Franklin, Scotty and Steve to see the ladies rolling in ahead of them on the home stretch to KA. They muttered something about 3 more flats, etc. Hmmm~5 of them boyz, 3 of us 40+ ladies...yeah I know, very sad to be blogging about this....whatever, it was good fun.
AND the chase kept Lumpy from posing for a picture inside the manger scene at the church in Wolfsville. We spent the rest of the ride thinking of how to explain why we would have been taking pictures of a grown man in lyca inside a manger.

Next up...Kelley Acres New Year's Day Ride...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I Rode It...

Well actually I "Rowed" it....200,420m in 16hrs. and 8min. to complete the Concept2 Holiday Rowing Challenge... These are the weekly stats

Concept 2 donated $.02 to a selection of charities. I contributed $6.02 to The Nature Conservancy.

Off to enjoy a Fast Freddie's Fab Christmas Eve dinner with good friends.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Season's Greetings

With the challenging weather lately is seems like weeks ago that we were able to sneak in another Kelley Acres ride. Check out the blue skies and no wind. That didn't last long.

Not to be outdone by Judy, Ray Train broke out the elf gear to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

This is what most of us saw the whole day

A special appearance by Janet ~Happy 40th Birthday!
Check back for a Concept 2 Holiday Challenge Rowing update......

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Judy, Judy,Judy

Local Frederick strongman Ray Train loves to ride his bike. A few of us wondered what his better half, Judy has been up to while he has been hanging out at the "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop

Judy is holding up the family toughness being the "Caboose Elf"

Judy and her buddies recently took on the local Jingle Bell 5k.
Looks like Santa is getting the full program.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Only rowing no riding...

It's always hard not send out the "Kelley Acres" Ride email. Once this (above) happened it was a no brainer. The roads were a mess with tons of accidents and our driveway was a sheet of crunchy frozen snow.
With the unfortunate weather cancelling the KA ride the last two weeks, I was able to log in meters towards the Concept2 Holiday Rowing Challenge. The goal was to average 10k a day for the first 10 days. I am happy to report I have rowed 116,298meters in 9:22:52 in 11 days. The hardest part of this challenge (not counting the external factors like having a life) is getting through the 80-120k. Fortunately the C2 webside offers up a nice selection of intervals for cyclists that are using the rower for cross training. It certainly has helped with this unseasonably early winter!
Let's hope the holiday schedule let's me finish this off. I want that "C2 Holiday Challenge" pin damn it! Wish me luck....

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Anna gets Press!

Neil Sandler of Spokes Magazine dropped by Kelley Acres today to drop off a few copies of the magazine. He did a nice story on "Kelley Acres" Speed Shop.
On the front cover is our very own Anna with her big ol' smile doing what she loves to do! This girl knows how to get some here and here and here
Anna~ it's always nice to see your smiling face...when's your next gig?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kelley Acres Row

No riding at Kelley Acres this weekend

The weather wasn't very cooperative. A steady cold rain all day.

Alot of my friends are racing cross for fun and fitness. I've been doing some of my own cross training. For the past eight years I have participated in the Concept 2 Holiday Rowing Challenge. The objective is to row 200k between Thanksgiving Day until Christmas Eve. The big challenge isn't the rowing it's trying to fit in the seat time with family, work, holiday shopping, and party schedules. Oh yeah, and riding my bike. My goal each year is to try to knock out 100k the first 10days and then I can relax and take a day off as the holidays approach.

The above pictures show all the muscles in my body that have been either twitching or sore for the first two days. Amazingly, the body has settled in to the routine and is much better now.
Concept 2 has a great website that offers helpful training information on technique as well as intervals specific for cross training for different sports.

After four days, I've complete 51,027m of rowing. Hopefully this time next week I will have surpassed my goal of 100k in the 1st ten days and can settle in for the holidays.
The best part of the challenge is Concept 2 sends everyone that completes 200K receives a lovely "Holiday Challenge" pin! Totally worth it!

Anyone else doing this?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Random Stuff...

Fast Freddie making a repair on the A4 after the ball joint came apart. This is why the wheel fell off the car. After a long day on the road I was counting my blessings this Thanksgiving week that it happened in the driveway.

Great Thanksgiving Day with the family
Alex and Alison Yum!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ready for the Holidays...

Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rolling from Kelley Acres....

The Kelley Acres Ride is rollin' on Sundays this winter and this one was a bit chilly

Bright sunshine and no wind made everyone a little more comfortable

New guy in town -Skinny T-man!

Anna in front of the War Coorespondence Memorial

Anna like the way my hair was going. David and Jen in the background

Uncle Lumpy gave Shelby the best belly rub.
Things we learned:
Anna is a Cat. 1 person
I'm a Cat. 1 ride leader only when it includes a bakery
T-man has no idea what to do on his pending island cruise
Jen scored some sweet new components
There are full length mirrors in the porta johns on Canal Road!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Know Your Competition

The local racer guys have brought Tuesday Night Worlds inside at Kelley Acres Speed Shop

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Winter Training begins at Kelley Acres

Calm winds and lots of sunshine for the start of winter training from Kelley Acres

Bill with donut

We stopped at an amazing Mennonite bakery in Sharpsburg

You must double click on this photo and know Anna restrained herself!

"Somebody's Honey" looked like a kid in a candy store when he found these gingerbread men
It should be noted the ride was done on his full suspention TREK mt. bike!

Ms. Washington Co. and Ms. Frederick Co. in a fist fight
And last but not least....
This is Randy on the left. And that is John on the right...They are not "together"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Arrival of Ben's Baby...

Fast Freddy wondering "Where could it be?"
Here she comes...

Ready for delivery.....

Head first....

Now sideways...

Onto the dolly

Into the barn...

And to her temporary quarters...a Daytona Coupe..ready to be built