however, the disparaging comments in person have been much worse. i can't believe that many people have started talking shit to me about me not writing. i am glad my shitty commentary fills a need in people's morning routines.
and that is the thing: i don't have much shitty commentary. well, that is false: i have a lot of shitty commentary. but there is kind of a difference between shitty commentary, and, well, shit-tay commentary. i couldn't really tell you if the former or later is better, but whichever one it is, i don't have it.
like someone told me, it isn't because a lack of material. let me summarize my possible blog posts which i could have written full length stories about, but didn't, just because i can't think of anything worthy of writing about:
merco foothills road race report:
we rolled around at 2mph for a long time. i guess i forgot where the finish was and suddenly saw the 200m to go sign. another cat 4's race report read: "a was on this beth girls wheel, cause i thought she was a track sprinter, but i guess not." whatever.
menlo park grand prix race report:
welliver and i had fans. there actually was a "team beth" sign. we won primes, and we came in 2nd and 3rd. people will like to try and tell you i won the race, but that is utterly false, as i did not cross the line first, and thus did not win any race. but i did win some fat check, of which there is a very horrific picture of me holding, which i will not post, as i don't need anymore glamour shots floating around me on the internet. thanks lauren. regardless, i believe my friend grey summed it up: "newell won a cat4 crit? *yawn*" after that race, i opted to try the men's 4 crit of which i totally popped off that pack embarrassingly quick. yet i continued to ride around like a nitwit, cause i figured it was going to be good practice for the time trial...of which, i don't think it mattered.
madera stage race report:
welliver and i were going to make team beth official. so we did that in two ways: i dressed up like a bella for a weekend. and steve anderson made us "team beth" decals for our bikes-- so we looked totally bitchin' awesome. so beth & i each won a time bonus preme, so that was cool. a girl broke away and stayed away the last lap, and i had absolutely no pop in my legs for the sprint, but thankfully hung on for 3rd in it. the time trial, well, welliver and i were most definitely the bastions of positive thinking before it. bjm told me the following proceeding the TT: it is just like a 200m. after i totally sucked balls at the TT and i informed it was NOT like a 200m, he responded with: "I don't know, I averaged 12.8 200s for the whole thing..." at that moment, i decided my season goal was to beat BJM for 200m of his entire 10k time trial.
that evening, the welliver's instilled some super secret airforce army recovery tricks. so i felt great the next day. unfortunately, i talked welliver into getting an omelette before the road race, which made her ill. i don't have much to say about the road race, other than i was the total champion because i pretty much single handily pulled back a break. welliver had yet to get salmonella, so it all was for a good cause. the end was alright, a couple girls got up the road a bit, and i hung on for 5th.
the next day, monday, i jumped 35.5 inches. i rounded up to 36", cause i like to cheat myself. i proceeded to talk shit in an email to some of the track boys. because talking shit is about all i am good at.
and so, i have luckily filled up a whole blog post... of lots of crappy race reports. however, perhaps writing just a little bit will give me a bit of momentum to keep it going tomorrow, when we RIDE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!
oh, yes, hate mail. well this is fan mail, but i thought i would share, as this person did ask a question:
Hey Beth,I really like your blogspot; very inspirational and humorous. I have been road biking for a long time, and just started competitively. i am ridiculously lean, and was wondering what strategies you use as a cyclist for growing your stems. As a quad enthusiast, i was hoping you'd let me know. Many thanks!Nick
and my response:
dear nick,since you have been riding bikes a long time, you probably know that if you want a larger stem, you probably need to get a bike with a shorter top tube.cheers,beth