Friday, 25 July 2008

Whats up, Bradford, whats up?

I really want to just be getting into my car and heading down that 4 hour drive to Burnham but instead im stuck on the rock with my stupid shoulder injury. Had physio again yesterday with another load of ultrasound, Hannah said that I could give up with the rubber band and start doing some strength and conditioning work in the gym instead which rocks, but pressing 30k on each arm I can only hit 16 before it starts to hurt, this is gonna be a long road to recoveryville. But when im fit i can get back to Radford and ride there, this pic is a couple of weeks old but things look to be in good shape, the north is where its at, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, Preston, Preston, Coppull, thats 6 tracks that could happily hold a national, even Crewe, wooooop.

Not only is it national time weekend but its the Red Bull Empire of Dirt comp down in Cider country, check the Video Gallery, it just takes smooth to another level. Anyhow I'm not where its happening, I'm on the rock, was out in town last night for dinner with a friend before she goes off to Turkey, it was the end of term at my old secondary school and the teachers where out in force, had a catch up with some of them after dinner, its so much easier to get on with them when their not telling you their right all the time and you know they're not. 52 states Darren, 52 states! Philli and the girls are back from euro-tripping so caught up with them which was cool too. Anyhow my aunty has split with her boyf an is moving into our spare room so im off to do some heavy lifting and general man stuff. Scotts back tommorrow so i assume beer is on the cards.

Freestylers - Push Up Word Up - Freestylers

Oh and go out and buy Ultimate Streetdance its been blasting the speakers in my car for a week or so and im not even slightly bored.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Back on track, kind of

Im gonna ride my bike this weekend, I've decided! So i was riding up to the hospital on Monday for my physio thinking to myself, "hmmmm, as long as this isnt a complete write off I may sneak on the boat on Thursday and make it down to Burnham" no chance, after gettin poked and proded for half an hour, Hannah, the lovely red head appointed to make me better had talked down any hopes of racing for 3 weeks. So i've got a 3 week course of physio that entails playing with an elastic band and getting ultra-sound, but im not pregnant?! I never really noticed how much you need full body fitness to ride, you know? legs to pedal and hands to grip, you can ride whatever else just not as good, not so true, last week i could just about make it to the shops.

Was Jenny's 21st BBQ on Saturday, was a really good afternoon/night. The sun was out and I "borrowed" the PA from the BMX club so we had some serious base. Jen seemed to have a really good night which is all that matters i guess. Rumour has it Joe (right) didn't make it home, but i'll discuss that with him at the gym tonight. I dont remember much past bar logo which is never good, I'm gonna go easy on the boose now for a while, its not big or clever, and the phone call i made at 3 in the mornin for a booty call did not need to be made, no-one should ever be that drunk. Especially as I had my gym induction at 10 the following morning, I headed over to the track after that to be call up boy and finish line girl for the days racing, some of the littluns are looking really strong this year with some krazy last straight sprint. Then back to bed for the rest of Sunday afternoon before my top gear fix.

After physio on Monday i headed up to MSR office in douglas as their re-introducing a "cycle skills" coaching session for the summer holidays and wanted to talk things over with me as i'll be lead coach. Spent an hour talking to Gianni about what we could do and how to get more numbers involved, as well as being part of MSR Gee is also the Cycling Associations Developement Officer so we get on quite well. Anyhow, i spent this morning putting together a lesson plan for these 2 hour sessions so there is some sort of lay out if i get sick. Who'd have thunk that I'd be advising the Sports Developement Unit on how to plan sessions, that should look great on my CV.

I'm gutted that i'll not make it back to Burnham this year, it's a great venue and always gets some good racing, plus there's always a pretty girl or two to be found. To all the guys going to Burnham have a great time and good luck, to all those not going - sorry the blog updates wont be bringing you the news as it happens.