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"