2009 Campton Cross – St. Charles

I know, I know.  I’m late.  I’m sorry.  Really, I am.  I know, you don’t want to hear my excuses, but I promise you that I’ve got lots of them.  Anyways.  Here you go.




My head, and heart, haven’t really been into cross season this year.  I’ve never been very good at cross (let’s face it, I do NO training), but I’ve always enjoyed the races and racing gave me an excuse/ the motivation to get on my bike and get a little exercise outdoors as the weather started turning cold and dark.  This year, though, the weather has turned not only cold and dark, but also quite rainy.  I have a hard enough time getting out of bed when the weather turns gray and gloomy, but I absolutely do not ride in the rain.  No way, no how.  So, that’s really limited my exercise this year.  I know, I’ve heard it all before, but really, I just lose all energy and motivation when the clouds roll in and the rain begins.

Today, however, the fun returned!  A teammate received a Gumby costume in the mail and dared anyone on his team to race in it at Campton Park.  I was the first to respond that I’d do it (I have no idea what I was thinking at the time), but I don’t think anyone actually expected me to do it.  When Eric brought out the costume, I was happy to put it on and “tailor” it to make it possible to ride in it (with the help of Roman’s pocket knife and Lou’s duct tape!).  I was the hit of the race today!  Every time I turned a corner, I could hear spectators yelling for GUMBY!  Even as the younger juniors passed me, they would call out “passing, Gumby!” or “hey, nice costume!”

No, I wasn’t really “racing”, but I did finish the race with the Gumby head in place.  Sure, I finished DFL, but I felt like I’d won first place!  I slapped a ton of high fives and took as many hands up as I could (the hand-eye coordination was a bit difficult with a mask over my face).  In all, I took: a piece of cake, a candy bar, a dollar bill, and I could have taken a muffin, but I knew that wasn’t a good idea after eating the cake.

Maybe I should race as Gumby every week?

2009 Dan Ryan Woods – BBVP Cross

When we lived in the condo, I hated Comcast because our internet constantly went out.  When we moved to the house, we switched to RCN.  The service is more reliable so far, but much much slower.  It took freaking forever for my photos to upload.  But, they are finally finished.  Check ’em out!

2009 Dekalb Cross

Photos are posted.  It’s homecoming week at school, so I don’t have time for much of anything this week.  But, hopefully I’ll find time to post a few pictures on my sorely neglected blog later this week.

2009 Jackson Park Cross – Photos

I won’t be taking as many pictures during cross season, but I will still try to catch pics of Pony Shop riders.  I’ve posted the pictures that I took at Jackson Park, but keep in mind that I only caught the first race, and maybe one lap of the second race.


This weekend is the last opportunity to get the early bird discount for the End of the Year Cross Banquet

Registrations postmarked prior to December 7 are just $15 per adult.  After December 7, the price goes up to $20 per adult.

2008 Woodstock Cross

Pictures from today are posted here.

Today’s course was awesome!  I was a bit worried about the part through the woods, but after the first time through, it was a breeze.  

As I was going through the pictures tonight, I was struck by the different faces people make when they’re racing.  Check them out below.