Sunday, September 08, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Mike Evans and Wes break cornbread on Church.
I had to laugh as Wes quoted (I think) George Carlin, something like, the problem with kids today is they don't play in the dirt, and they end out allergic to peanut butter.
Dirt there was. Church Street still lived up to its reputation despite recent gentrification. . .
But any street has its dirt if you look hard enough I guess.
Posted by Liz Schleeper at 1/26/2013 08:17:00 PM
Monday, January 14, 2013
Back to blogging. I need to start somewhere, so I'll start with the last 24 hours.
I commuted to work for the first time in the two years I have been working at TCC. Thanks to the new massive Jordan Bridge, getting to Portsmouth from Norfolk is much easier. It also requires going over the Berkely Bridge. One story idea that Wes Cheney gave me a long time ago was themed "Gentrification of the Berkely Bridge." I still have that story on the burner, along with a new idea "Jordan Bridge: The Innovation of using feet to travel." The bridge has brought out critics who are horrified that a bridge should be built that allows people to walk and ride bikes over. "People will get robbed at the top," and "People are going to be jumping off" are some of the comments I have read on line. My commute is 13.5 miles one way and difficult to make in under an hour since there are so many lights. Glad to have my own office for drying the laundry.
Yesterday was a huge day in terms of mileage and boosting confidence for me. It started out with plans to do the annual Teeuwen memorial ride (24 miles). An additional 55 were added when Keith sent word that his group would leave from Hilltop to meet the ride. And then Mike Carhart thought it would be a good idea to add 19 by riding from Norfolk to Hilltop. I never got word about the additional 15 that were added to "complete the loop" as shown here. I did 98 with Mike and Mike Park completing 114.
Posted by Liz Schleeper at 1/14/2013 11:57:00 PM
Monday, March 05, 2012
The late great JB Blaszczak documented the 2006 Conte's Cycling Classic in Downtown Norfolk where a guy name Matt who was new to cycling broke away from the cat 4 men's field. That person was none other than Olympic hopeful Matt Chrabot, whose story I tell in altdaily's magazine at this link.
Posted by Liz Schleeper at 3/05/2012 12:46:00 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The course is smokin' fast, with Williamsburg-type climbs that last no more than 30-45 seconds a piece. 95% is on double track with only a fraction of that being gravel. The rest is nice packed dirt. There is one stream crossing (x2 since there are 2 laps), a couple of road crossings, and a road portion near the end of the loop. Cross bike is by far better than mt bike for this course in my view, but I am reserving the option to use mountain bike if there is ice on the ground.
There are a couple of very short sections with some embedded fist-sized rocks that could puncture cross tires Ironcross style. There were no flats in my group, but in the lead group there were at least 3. No need at all for tires that are geared toward doing well in grass.
Posted by Liz Schleeper at 1/10/2012 09:30:00 PM
Sunday, October 02, 2011
I did my first race since the spring today, Frogs on the Farm cross race in Chesapeake. Nice that there is a 40+ Women's category this year which was very competitive but not crazy blow your doors off pro fast either. I got 5th out of 10 which was actually my goal going in.
I guess it will always be hard to explain how much fun competing can be. It's a excercise in preparation, discipline, focus, persistence and that rush of hunting and being hunted. I hope there are photos available of Mary Ann Snavely and me racing because she became my nemisis du jour--everyone has one nearly every race. She passed me late in the race and ended up 3rd, me 5th. I got a few shots of the mens 35+ and 45+ races:
Posted by Liz Schleeper at 10/02/2011 08:00:00 PM