Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Summer is almost over and Team Eastside Cycles have been busy the first 8 months of the year racing locally and regionally. To date, the team has racked up 102 race starts in 32 events across 8 states and 2 countries. In addition, team members have found themselves on the podium 33% of the time! The team is equally active in cyclocross as they are in mountain biking and are looking to double the number race starts by end of year. A big thank you to all of our sponsors: Eastside Cycles, Trailhead Chiropractic, Cartridge World of Boise, Flatbread Community Oven, Verde Fulfillment, Habitat Veterinary Hospital, Riverbend Preschool, Matt Green Photo, Boise Fry Co., WestWater Research, Thornton Oliver Keller, GU Energy, Honey Stinger and Maxxis Tires.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Zuber was all set and would yell if he needed anything.
Everyone else comes through and heads back out.
10:10AM: Those finishing Lap 2 are now coming back in. I am prepared with my bottle of water with a Nunn tab in it. After last’s year debacle of being told that when he says he wants water it doesn’t really mean he wants water, I have figured out that a Nunn tab or similar MUST be included for this race. I also have the pack of food that he said he MUST eat every lap. As he comes in fast he yells…JUST WATER, NO FOOD. “You told me to make you eat.” “I don’t want it.” (At this point it is clear I will no longer be wasting my time with team meetings the night before a race.) Sigh…it will prove to be a challenging day.
Bryan Warnock stops briefly to switch out bottles.
Andrew Gendler switches out bottles and grabs a quick bite to eat and off he goes.
Zuber and Steve grab new bottles.
Cory asks how Beth is doing as he makes a quick stop. (She is doing great!! Only 65 minutes for her first lap!)
The laps are starting to get a little longer at this point. I seem to have a rhythm down for getting everyone what they want. Who knows what time it is.
Beth came in after lap two looking GREAT! She had a little food, something to drink, a little rest…then I kicked her out. She told me 10 minute breaks and that is what she gets. She had a goal, I am there to help her meet it.
As Mark comes in for his fourth lap he yells “No food. Need lube next lap.” Just a “water” bottle is handed up and off he goes. Mrs. Oppenheimer (Josh Oppenheimer’s mom) laughs. “He sure is direct. At least you won’t mix it up.”
Throughout the day the riders come and go. Wives and children come and go. I get to chat with Jeremy’s wife and twin boys. They drew wonderful pictures on paper plates.
Angela arrives to take care of Eric.
Bryan’s wife, Sarah and the girls stopped by and they were ready to help. As Bryan rolls in she asks what he needs and he says “Sarah and I have it worked out.” Ouch!! I grabbed bottles for him and prepped the next round. Luckily he took some fruit and the “good luck” kiss from her as he pulled out of the pit. I think that put him in a little better place with the wife. Bryan, just as a future note, let your wife help. It means a lot for us to do just the little things. It hurts when we are told someone else is there to take care of you. (Though by now everyone knows, I did not do a good job of taking care of Bryan. More about him at the end.)
After lap 6 Andy comes in. He says his feet are cramping and he can’t get back on the bike. He sits in Ron’s chair for a bit with his feet up and ice on his back then he is back to his chair…taking a nap!! Yep, middle of a race and we have a man taking a nap.
Kirsten and the girls show up with water guns and start spraying down the racers that are by this time wanting nothing more than to be off the bikes and cooled down. What a wonderful idea!
Cory comes in around lap 8 and starts chatting. Not much time left in the race but there is enough for him to get back on the bike and get another lap in. I ask if there is anything he needs. He says no, he is good. So I tell him “You know, this is the point in time were I would tell Mark to HTFU. Get back on the bike and get the next lap done.” Evidently Cory isn’t wired the same way as Mark because instead of firing him up to get back on the bike, he wanted to cry. He thought I was being mean. I will note this for the next race. Kind words work much better for Cory.
One of the best parts of the race for me happened between lap 9 and 10 when Mark came into the pit. He knew he was going to make his 10 lap goal so he took a couple of minutes to grab a few bits of food, some soda and chat. Before he pulled out of the pit I received a kiss and a thank you. The day was worth it. (Come to find out the next day, I should have told him to get back on the dang bike and pedal. He missed 3rd overall by 2 minutes…the time he used to thank me.)
Excellent job Eastside. Thank you Broken Spoke for the beer and food.