Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Nate and I get there early any how and get 30 to 40 minutes of gate practice before the gang gets there and that is the biggest help. Nate is just tearing it up out of the gates. He has got the timing and power perfect. He also has the skills down and Jacob one of the other experts that he races and beats now won't get in the gates with him. It is kind of funny as this past weekend Jacob raced cruiser only just not race against Nate. Well Nate wants to race cruiser as he likes his Kuwahara cruiser now that he has a few weeks on it. He also is sick of getting crashed in the age class races. He is a totally different rider then a few weeks ago. Moving up has just made him faster and way better. It is fun to watch Nate just get in the gate and these other kids that their parents are paying a former pro to train them get dropped by him. Hopefully it all transfers to the other bikes as well. Later..
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Lance Armstrong is keeping plenty busy in his retirement. On Tuesday, March 4, the seven-time former Tour de France winner will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, to advocate for a ban on smoking. The trip supports his foundation's cancer advocacy effort, including highlighting the causal link between smoking and lung cancer.
"He's a great advocate, obviously a fabulous athlete, and we're honored to have him come speaking about this bill," said Allison Miller, on behalf of the American Cancer Society to the Badger Herald.
A cancer survivor himself, Armstrong is scheduled to meet with Wisconsin's Governor Jim Doyle in order to express support for legislation to ban smoking in all work settings, including eateries and bars.
I hope that with Lance coming here we some day get a smoking ban in all public places. I think a lot of people respect him and just maybe this will work in getting the butts and butt heads out of the bars and restaurants. I hope this works. Later..
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I still haven't heard from Mike Froh about the trip to Nebraska so if it is a go I will let Nate make the choice if he wants to go. I really don't care what happens and if he wants to go I will let him. Nothing like getting the chances to race against the best, so if he wants to go then I will let him go. Just hoping to hear from him today at he latest so I can get everything ready for him. Matter of fact Nate is doing his roller workout right now and Maddie just got done. Ah I'll just get Nate's race gear and bikes ready for the weekend just in case. Later..
Monday, February 25, 2008
Yesterday I was walking along the garage and with all the snow melting the sidewalk had a nice sheet of ice and of course I fell carrying my bmx bike in. Good thing is nothing happened to the bike and nothing to me either. I spent the next 30 minutes chopping the ice away and cleaning up the sidewalk. I have to say that I'm sick of falling this year with all the ice and snow. Man I wish I had 2 good legs when walking on ice and snow.
Nate said he felt good this morning after the crash yesterday at the races. I have to say the one of the first things Nate said on the way home after the race was "man I'm glad that I wear the chest protector when I race". He took a face first spill over the handle bars and landed on his chest and nothing happened. Well there are a few more holes in his jersey but he was OK so that was good. I have to say I hope Alan is OK as he went down in the cruiser class and it appeared that he broke his collarbone. Hope he heals fast and is back on his bike soon. Time to get the kids in bed. Later..
Sunday, February 24, 2008
These shoes are killing me.
I can't go to bed looking like this? I want to keep the make up on all day tomorrow.
Ok you win I will clean up before I go to bed.
Jessica was dressed up by her sister Maddie last night. We thought it was kind of quiet upstairs last night. Then the 2 of them came down stairs laughing. Now we know why. I can't wait as I think Maddie will be trying to do this to herself everyday soon. I hope she just wants to be a clean cut girl not some grunge freaky thing.
Today at the bmx races I took a 6th. In turn one I was moving up to try to take 3rd and the 2 guys in front of me tangled up a little and hit the brakes and I had to also. I lost all my momentum and had to settle for 6th. Nate took a 2nd in the open and was crashed out in the class main as he was running 3rd again. That is the last 3 out of 4 races that he has been right in the front and some WT just takes him out. He just needs to get that little better manual skill and I think he will have no problem keeping them all behind him. Mike is going to call me tonight about getting Nate to Nebraska or not. I hate just sitting here waiting as I always try to plan as much ahead as I can. Oh well. Later..
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Here are a bunch of pictures from John's 40th Birthday. I'm to lazy to type so fill in your own captions for the pictures. All said it was a great time and we had a tad to much for the beer and other liquors.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
There is gate practice tomorrow. Nate and I are going to head out a little early to get extra gates in. Bryan isn't going to be there but I will drop the gates for anyone who wants a few extras before pratice. Still waiting to hear from Mike about Nebraska. If we don't hear soon I think we will just so no as I can't just do things on that short of notice. Well see you at gate practice. Later..
Monday, February 18, 2008
I tracked the Tour of California online and JJ Haedo won the first stage today. Now tonight I have to catch the recap on Versus at 10pm. Lucky Len gets to go out to California later this week to ride and catch few stages of the Tour. Oh yea Tony Stewart didn't win which was cool last night in the Daytona 500. Later..
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I had a total point race and took a 2nd in the end. I was fun and I had a few chances to take it to Rich but it would had been a stupid move so I just rolled in second and was very satisfied with the result.
Nate had to race with the 15-16 open today as he was the only 13 year old. He just missed making it in the main. In his age class it was a total point race also. He had to race Alan who won the Grands and Brandon. In the first moto hit got in line behind Alan and took him with a sprint at the line. Alan was surprised at Nate's speed and that he took the win in the 1st moto from him. In the 2nd motot Nate just plain old beat them both with a fast gate and just a fast and smooth run. In the 3rd moto he just slid in behind Alan and rolled in 2nd and the overall win. He could have taken Alan and won all 3 but he just played it safe. Nate has just moved into expert and he has not missed a beat. He is getting faster and the kids in expert are just going to see the backside in many races. It was cool to watch him get his first expert win as he just walked back and had that look on his face as like I knew that I would win, just a small smile. It didn't take long for the first win of many to come.
We are just sittig here watching the Tour of California and the Daytona 500 in the picture in picture. I hope that any one but Tony Stewart wins the Daytona 500 as I think that he is the biggest goof in NASCAR. In the Tour of California I think Levi has a chance to repeat or Jens Voight might take it away. I also hope we don't get any snow tonight. Later..
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Hope to see you soon,
Donny Kay a.k.a. Rockstar
P.S. I don't have everyone's e-mail so please spread the word. Thanks.
Here is a message from Donny Kay. If you aren't too busy come on out and say good bye to a good friend. See you there if you can make it.
Got some errands to run today, like get to Ben's to get a free wheel off a old cruiser wheel to get it on new set for the Boy. Get a hair cut as it is getting a little to long. I have to actually comb it and that means it is too long for me. I already rode so that is done with. I rode the rollers and Cece rode the spin bike next to me. It was a nice ride as I didn't get dropped by her today. Nate still has to get his training ride in and then get the bmx stuff ready for the races tomoorow. Still waiting to hear from Mike about the Nebraska Nationals. Still on the fence about that one. See you tonight at Donny's going away if you can make it. Later..
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tonight Cece went to a Opera thing and the Punks and I went for a fish fry at St Stephens. The fish was real good and the fries were perfect. I didn't feel like cooking or anything so I just took the Punks for a fish fry. I always run into someone I know when I go to a fish fry. I ran into Pete Karpfinger and his family as they were celebrating hos fathers Birthday. I haven't seen him in like 6 years. Always fun to run into some one you haven't seen for years. I hope that Cece enjoyed her thing to. Time to go and kick some butt in the bowling. Later..
Thursday, February 14, 2008
It is snowing here again and but it is not as much as they are getting to the north of us. It liiks like it maybe only about 2-3 inches this time. I'm just glad that it is not like the 10 plus they got to the north. I had to use the roof rake yesterday to pull a bunch of snow off to prevent the ice dams from forming. It is a great investment and I don't have any roof problems but I don't want any either. Time to watch the Gatorade 150's. Later..
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Walking to the alley the side with snow is now chest high.
Tossing the snow here across the alley here is head high now. Makes a good workout when I'm shoveling.
The snow here in front of the house is now over 3 feet high between the sidewalk and street.
Here is the side walk along the house and the snow is mid thigh now.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
It was nice to go back to work as it is a time that I get to just relax and work. I have to say that the job is physical but not that mind bending hurt that normal office jobs cause. It is just nice to put in a hard 8 hours and come home and then do the normal family stuff. It seems that all I do every weekend is run run run. I do enjoy it but it is nice to just work and not be running here and there. It just goes with the hobby that we choose to do. It is just going to get busier as the road season and mtn bike season is just around the corner now. We still have about 7 weeks of bmx'n to finish first. Time to get a big bowl of ice cream. Later..
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Zoe by herself but putting in a great first time on the trainer.
Nate and Gage on the right side.
Theo and Mitch lined up to the left side.
The kids did a nice afternoon on the Comp U trainers. I think that they will have another fun season on the bikes. I hope that they take it to the road and mtn bikes like they did last year. A few new team mates this year will only make them stronger and tougher to beat. No bmx today as we did the indoor training and then it is back to the bmx as Nate is going to go and do the Nebraska Nationals at the end of the month. We may do a few bmx Nationals this year as Nate is racing for a Sun Ringle factory team. So that Nate can be on this team we need to race in a few Nationals this summer. So Nebraska, Rockford, and Minnesota along with the Grands again are the for sure for now. Plus toss in a few bmx races at the Milwaukee track and the Rockford track. We will still do a bunch of the WORS, but not as many as the past, track, road and the 24 hour Nationals are on. I still have to sit down with all the schedules and get it all sorted out and then make the plans.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
My Trophy and loot form the BS open tonight.
Nate had another good night at the track. In the open he took a 1st place again. In his age he was sitting 3rd and then a rider unclipped and it caused a bunch up down the 3rd straight and he ended up 5th. He will be fine in the expert class and soon he will be taking a bunch of 1st places in no time. He just needs to stick on the gas a little longer at times. He needs to trust his skills and speed and it will carry him to the top.
Matt made the semi's in the BS and took a 4th in cruiser. Kenny just missed the semi's for the BS and was taken out in the last turn and got up and finished 2nd. Josh missed making his main. I would post a few pictures but it is not working right now. Later..
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I will go back to work tomorrow as the leg is feeling a ton better today. The meds must be kicking in and taking down the infection. That always takes a couple of days and then it clears up pretty quick. Just have to let the meds do their job and take it easy the first day or 2 and then it is pretty much back to normal after that.
Cece and the kids are also off today so it should be a fun day here. The kids will be in and out at least 5 times I bet. I will send them out to shovel later this afternoon and I will get out there if the leg feel a little better. Ahh I'll just take a Vicadin that should work and then just go out and snow blow the stuff for myself and the other 4 older ladies areas to. Stay safe today if you can. Later..
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
In my race I made the main in the 2nd moto as the fast guys took the first 3 spots in the first moto. In the 2nd moto I was pinched in and had to go low in the first turn and pedal over the step up and down the other side. I have tried this in practice and never in the race as I was never that comfortable doing it. Well it was either do it or be watching from the side. I pedaled and going into the 2nd turn I jsut went for the middle of the turn and held it and came out in 3rd. It meant if I didn't mess up I was in. It waotked as Jim tried to low high me in the last turn but he wasn't close enough to get me. In the main I took a 5th as the others are just plain old fast and my goal is to make the main and see what happens then. It was a good day of racing though.
I don't have a pick for the Superbowl today and I didn't get in any pools either for some reason or another when they came around. I guess that I would like to see the Giants win as they did beat the Packers and that would also ruin the Patriots perfect season. Just something to cheer for to see Brady and the rest lose. Just to say that they didn't pull off the perfect season if nothing else. Later..
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Today I decided to ride the spin bike and lift weights in the basement. I was on the fence about riding the Russell ride but the cold and snow just made me a chicken. Plus I do have some bmx'n to do tomorrow so I didn't want to get sick or a little sore. I hope that they had a good ride. Next week Saturday is the 28 and over BS open. It is a open that allows all the pro and us less fast racers race together. It is a fun race to watch and also race in. Practice gates are 3 pm till about 5pm and racing asap after that. Come out and watch if want to see some great racing.
I went and visited my 89 year old Grandma today. The Punks were getting on my nerves so I needed a litttle time away from them. I usaully take them with me but it was nice to just visit with Grandma alone with out them messing around in her room or with each other there. Plus one of Nates friends was here so it was just nice to get away and get away from all the noise. She is doing great and man I think she has another 90 years left in her. She is a little slower but she still gets around good and remembers everything. I have to try to get there more often. Well that is all for today as I'm sitting back and watching a Warren Miller ski movie. Great stuff. Later..