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Age, Cowbells and Honesty

Posted in Flow, Pedal with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2010 by Pip

I can’t begin to explain how truly out of shape I am. I somehow forgot that 3 years of my life have passed and I kinda forgot to..ride, run, or just keep in shape in general. I am not saying I am throwing in the towel give me the sweatpants and a bag of chips while I watch you ride kinda out of shape. I am more at the it was ok to joke about being out of shape but damn maybe I should put in some effort.

As a yoga teacher I often talk about judging..don’t compare, keep your eyes on your own mat..blahblahblah..But, I also give my students 1-3 minutes of competing (usually girls against guys)..before anyone freaks, it is not very yogic but, yes it is very human. The competition: jump switches (mt climbers)..we go by hang time and ninja like silence…it is not really about who in the classroom is the biggest is more about “trying easy”…something that a student assumes they can’t do..realizes the following 1) I might as well try it…2) Let me try it again 3) this is kinda fun 4) I can do it..not perfect but I don’t mind practicing

The competition becomes a noncompetitive become a group of folks trying and enjoying the community which develops around it. By the end of our jump switches everyone is usually laughing ..not because we are judging more because..honestly, I don’t me it seems like there is an earned respect between all the students..You tried..You are a badass!

Back to my honesty of being not what I always type. I think I have become a person who used to be really athletic and started riding a lot..over the years that amount of riding has dwindled (in a big way)..but, in my mind it is still 3 years ago and it is ok to take a few days off..only problem a few days becomes a few months. So I am still talking about my 2 wheels of freedom..but the tires are flat and my saddle once again hurts.

So…(you knew I was getting to takes me awhile) I need to step up to the ol’ honesty plate..I need to practice what I preach and I need to let ya’ll know where I am…I need to “try easy” instead setting up 8 million excuses and road blocks as too why I can’t do it or why I am out of shape..excuses and road blocks make things hard and is a lot to keep up withJ

Trying just that…do this cx season in small bites. Don’t expect amazing results if I have been too lazy to earn them…

I signed up with Training Peaks…This was the first step in my road of “holy crap I am getting old and damn I am out of shape”..I have changed the start date three times (made excuses)..last night I was supposed to ride 1.5 hrs and I could only ride 30 min. I am supposed to do “rows” and I swear my bike has gained 20 lbs.

Today I am supposed to run and do hills for 30 min…So, my blog is my new coach…I will be dead honest with what I do everyday for training..I will be dead honest how I race and I will be dead honest when it is not going well..but, gotta keep plugging away… Feel free to leave me pointers or if you want to meet up and ride….

And now the debate of posting this or not….I am truly embarrassed as to where I am in my fitness. But, like my yoga students I gotta just keep doing might not be pretty, it might make folks uncomfortable to watch…but at least I am going to ride CX this season…


I mean..I gotta represent Black Sheep Cartel….My KC teammates need a little CLT love.



***grammar and spelling …sorry, if I reread I won’t post***


Speed Week -Black Sheep Cartel Rocks the Pink

Posted in Pedal with tags , , , on May 8, 2008 by Pip

Speed week has come to an end. I can not tell ya’ll how much one week changed my life. The first road race I ever saw was the Tour DuPont in Blowing Rock NC. I was working at a bike shop and we were neutral support..basically I took photos and watched. It was the first year Lance was back..I will not forget how awesome it felt and sounded as the riders passed. Since then I had decided it must have been bc I was young and Lance was pretty damn cool. Until, the past week I went to the Spartanburg race too take pix and I arrived early to attempt my first crit. The only person I told was Ethan and he was sworn to secrecy. If you have read my last blog I am slowly getting back in shape. I personally need total humiliation to get my ass in gear. I was strong at the start and up the hill. I was attempting to stay strong as I watched every rider pass me. I did a lap and a half and I stopped. The usual thoughts of what do I tell people ran through my head ( tire blew, tire rolled,I fell, I cramped..I died)..I decided to try another approach..when people asked I said,” I gave up..I quit”. But, that one lap changed my life..I freakin loved it. The same night the guys raced and we had to introduce our two new riders to the other teams. Aldo and Vladimir are both from Slavinia and are bad ass riders. The entire race I was so stoked to watch Spencer ( my adopted little brother) race in his first Pro race..each lap I screamed for the guys like a loud soccer Mom ( with rebel yells). At the end of the race Aldo won..and everyone finished. It was crowded and I couldn’t even get to the barriers ( thank God for Yoga)..I slid under and around jumped the fence and tackled the guys. All while other teams are being professional and I am crying..I will write more in a bit. Gotta drop flyers off at bike shops…IF YOU ARE IN CHARLOTTE AND READING THIS: we are trying to collect old or new bike clothing,shoes and gear to be sent to a Serbian bike club who is in need. Email me with questions or drop them of at the shop.