Sunday, October 31, 2010

Introducing SLMBA

SLMBA (Pronounced Slim-Ba),n, An organization to promote the sport of mountain biking to people of all ages with a special focus on youth. Also known as the St. Lawrence Mountain Biking Association.

Well, now that you know what SLMBA is I want to invite you to their first official event. On November 6th and 7th SLMBA will be heading down to the Stone Valley Trails from 9-5pm to do trail work on the mountain biking trails. Several projects are lined up and the group can always use some extra help.

Feel free to meet us at Stone Valley or at Mark Simon's house (225 Lenny Rd, Colton, NY). For more information please email or visit our facebook page.

SLMBA has many other great events planned for the rest of the year to get the trails in shape for the 2011 season. Several great events will also be held out on the trails in St Lawrence County so check back to see when Team Wear On Earth will be helping out this great organization.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Core Body

I came to some very important realizations today as I was sitting in Whole Foods over what might possibly be the worst cup of tomato basil soup I have ever had.  1) I am fat, 2) I am out of shape, 3) this soup really does suck, and lastly 4)  I have the weakest core body known to man kind.

Today, for me at least, the training has started up again.  As the above facts mentioned it will be starting with nutrition, gym work/core body, and once I get home lots of time on the trainer/rollers/skiing.  My nutrition plan is easy, dont eat foods with words on the ingredients list that 4 or more syllables long.  Workout wise I took a page out of Lance Armstrong's book and tweeted that I was going to workout...and needed core body routines.  To my surprise a response came with two routines.

I will share one with you now.  It is from beginner I dont know much, but I know this kicked my butt so give it a try.  I did 15 reps of each.  Here they are...
  1. Standard Crunches
  2. Half Up Crunches
  3. Leg Lifts
  4. Side Crunches (left side)
  5. Side Planks with dips (left side)
  6. Leg extensions (left side)
  7. supermans
  8. Planks with leg extensions
  9. Push ups
  10. Side Crunches (right side)
  11. Side Plans with dips (right side)
  12. Leg extensions (right side)
  13. Heel touches
  14. Bicyles (fitting no?)
  15. Half ups with a twist
Well there it is.  With 15 each it is 325 various twisty turny crunch things.  I know this much, I wont be able to get out of bed in the morning.  As I said...weak core.  This will help.  Give it a try.  Have other good routines?  Share.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Little Birdy said WHAT?!!!!!

It truly is amazing how fast an action can cause a reaction. In this case the action was a simple 126 character tweet:

"Hey Vermont - let's ride!! 4pm in Waterbury. Corner of Main St & Warren Ct at what looks like a park to me (on Google Earth)."

The reaction, cycling enthusiast dropping anything and everything to pack their gear bags and get the bikes on the car ASAP. Any tri-athlete would have stood in awe to see the transition time it took Bruce, Ashton, and myself (Jeff), to unload two car and compile everything to one. Pretty sure I had to run after Bruce and Ashton with the rest of my stuff so we could catch the 1:30pm ferry.

*taking a moment to take a picture and come back to reality.*

Thinking of how well we know Waterbury, VT and all the times we've been there, we should have been able to find the meeting location pretty easily. But no. People saw three cycling hooligans wondering around parks, with their printed out Google maps, and pointing in all different directions. But we were also not expecting to be the first ones there either.

*After finally finding the correct intersection it's time to get ready*

I don't know if its because we were in kits, had bicycles, or looked like we were a big deal, but news reporters flocked to us. Immediately chaos ensued and only by a third part could this mayhem be caught on tape:

Okay, so pretty much the news reporters got along okay and started joking around with each other and the team. Bruce was interviewed by Fox 44 and a little later Channel 3 News interviewed Ashton.

We were hoping to be the only three to show up, but people soon started to roll in. Even a locale day care brought out a bunch of kids and riders from all over were showing up. Saw a couple riders from Dartmouth. Soon the crowed had to be near 200, from kids all the way up to cat-1 racers. As 4pm rolled Lance....4:15pm no lance. I think this was the time a kid thought it was a good idea to yell out "THERE HE IS!!!!" And like a pack of alpaca, heads turned and eyes widened, to nothing but passing cars. lance.....

*the anticipation of lance's arrival is nail biting*

4:40pm LANCE!!!!!!!!! okay so he was 40 minutes late, but come on the guy was in NYC at 2pm. Like any popular figure, he was swarmed by media and adoring fans. Within minutes of his arrival we were off, and on the GMSR stage 2 course, except going backwards on it. The group was shaky seeing there were riders of all abilities and people were just to eager to see lance, crossing the yellow lines when there was oncoming traffic. I think about 1/2 way into the ride there was a crash and other times people were riding in ditches because they were pushed off the road. But even with all the distractions in the world, WOE riders found themselves around lance.

*Bruce and myself riding next to lance, while Ashton shows off his photography skills*

It seemed like as soon as the ride started it was over. Lance had a commitment at a cancer fundraiser at 7pm. So all in all we only got to ride 8 miles with him. Nevertheless a once in a life time opportunity. That's right can you say you have ridden next to a 7 time Tour de France winner. I can!

After the ride it was off to our favorite watering hole in Waterbury. And as always, we were on our best behavior. Our waiters again must have thought we were crazy, especially with Bruce stabbed me with his fork as i was going for a nacho. To our amazement the staff also didn't know who lance armstrong was! To say the least they soon found out.

*Thanks for coming Lance!"

"Thanks to the 100's of Vermonters (that's correct, right??) who came out for the #twitterride. What a beautiful part of the world!" ~Lance armstrong via twitter