Saturday, April 28, 2007

the marathon, the weather, my training and fundraising

Two weeks ago we hosted a couple of friends from Puerto Rico (not those guys, two others) who were up to run the Boston Marathon. The weather was terrible, especially for warm climate Puerto Ricans running their first full marathon, but they both finished in pretty good shape and hopefully had a good visit.

It seems as though Europe has been getting our spring and we got theirs. The weather for Paris Roubaix was hot and dry while we were wet and cold. This past week was a bit better, but here we are again looking at 3-4 days with possible showers in teh forecast. Got to ride through it though, no time to sit on the sidelines and wait for dry roads.

The PMC effort is in full gallop: the donations are still coming in, the training is going great, and the event planning is well underway. There will be a golf outing on July 23rd at the Montaup Country Club in Portsmouth, RI. Entry will most likely be $100. As for the PMC ride itself, I'll be starting my PMC weekend a day early on Friday August 3rd in West SPringfield at the Azadan's house. I'll ride that day to Sturbridge and crash at a friends house there, then get up early and ride over to the offical PMC start. I figured that starting in West Springfield and finishing in P-Town would be more meaningful with respect to my Aunt Judy's memory.

More again soon.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

c'est manifique! Comfortable! Very mooch like, how you say, un lay-zee-boi?

Jimmy Caspar's Gent-Wevelgem ended with a spectacular face plant. He's taking a quick breather in the photo above, probably wondering if the Unibet dental plan covers lip and tounge repair. The French Sprinter was kind enough to give a quick interview just before the medics strapped him to the board:

AP: Jimmy, tell me how this happened!
JC: Well, I wuz juust riding along and out of nowhere dis watair bottel come flying out and made the ground wet, you know, and I um sort of slipped on the tires, you know and make sort of smoochy face with these orrible pebbles.

AP: Jimmy, you look to be severely injured. Do you think that the race organizers purpously made the field travel this treacherous road in hopes that one or more Unibet riders would crash and the team would ultimately have to withdraw from the Pro Tour series, ending the season long feud between the UCI & the grand tour promoters?
JC: I do not know of such things, I would hope that they wood consider paving dis road before next year's race. Now I know why Oscar (Friere) prefers to watch from home during Paris-Roubaix, he is smarter than I thought.

AP: Thanks Jimmy, and speedy recovery.
JC: Merci! Please watch where you stand, I ah lost a contact in de fall.

Three great classics in a weeks time: Tour of Flanders, Gent=Wevelgem & Paris Roubaix. Thank heaven for! Something like 4 hours of uninterupted coverage for each one. The cobblestones define these races, and the PR trophy says it all...

More on the marathon, the weather, my training and fundraising in another post coming soon.

Monday, April 2, 2007

day at home

Today I'm home with the kids while Ali works at Fairlawn. I had a great ride yesterday with Mike Z., Karen P. & Jeff. Jeff volunteers for the PMC as rider support so we talked about how much fun that weekend is going to be over a burrito after the ride. I'll look to hook up with him somewhere on the route, I'm suree we'll ride again, yesterday's sixty miles was great. The weather and the company was perfect.

I've got less than $300 to go to reach my fundraising minimum, my sponsors have been great. CJ is doing a hop a thon for MD next monday: he seems genuinly excited about the possibility of doing something within his powers to help others. That's a good feeling for a parent.

Thanks again sponsors!