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Bummer News Going Into Holiday Weekend

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Two things greeted me this morning:

One: All the favorites for the Tour de France won’t be starting Le Tour on Saturday.

Two: Couchsurfing, a website that I planned on using for my Europe trip, is no longer in existance.

Bummer…

Where Next: Eastern Europe

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

It’s as close to official as it’s going to be without buying a ticket and getting on the airplane: I’m going to Eastern Europe!

I’ve been wanting to travel around Eastern Europe since I got back from my RTW in 2003 and I’m totally stoked.

I’ll be gone the entire month of September and October. My goal is to travel to a lot of different countries – don’t tell me to slow down and spend it in just two places. I don’t wanna do that. I’ll do that later when I go back to the places I enjoy.

Charlie is going to join me for part of the trip – starting with Oktoberfest in Germany and the UCI World Cycling Road Race in Salzburg, Austria, where we’ll be meeting up with rock-star BootsnAll Community Manager (and writer on TourdeFranceLogue) Jessica and a bunch of other cycle-happy people.

Oh, it’s gonna be a good trip!

88-year-old woman faces 12th triathlon

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
I love inspirational stories like this:
Eighty-eight-year-old Mary Stroebe is a little beat up. On a short bike ride outside her wooded home on the city's west side, she somehow sliced open her calf. There's a titanium rod in her left shin, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Pacific Crest Half-Ironman Race Report

Sunday, June 25th, 2006
Borrowing from Eryn's format for her half-ironman, I have a short entry and a long entry. The short entry is: I finished up at 5:55:43, beating last year's time by a fantastic 22 minutes. I took third in my age ... [Continue reading this entry]

Taking on the Time Trial Bike

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
In order to try to go faster this weekend, I'm borrowing my friend Kurt's time trial bike. Before this week, I'd never ridden one before, so it was a little terrifying - closer to the ground, away from the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Liberty Triathlon Race Report (Minnesota)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
age.jpgAbout a week and a half ago now, Charlie and I raced the Liberty Triathlon in Independence, Minnesota. I wrote this race report then, but am just now posting it - sorry! ... [Continue reading this entry]

Useless Facts

Monday, June 19th, 2006
When I was younger, I was a walking textbook of random facts. Although I don't really spout them off anymore, I still like 'em. Get your fill: Useless Facts

The Graduation of the Brother

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
The Siblings at Chad's GraduationIt's always odd to return to someplace you have a lot of memories - like, in this case, high school. Chad graduated from high school last ... [Continue reading this entry]

Going on an Airplane – Minnesota Triathlon and Graduation Weekend

Thursday, June 8th, 2006
The SiblingsI'm off again! This time, heading back to Minnesota for my baby brother's graduation from Eastview High School (also the school where my sister Abby, also pictured, and ... [Continue reading this entry]

All Bikes, All the Time

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
This past weekend was the fantastic NRC race, Mt. Hood Classic. I did not do it, but if you want to read a Cat-4 women's account, check out Eryn's blog. [Continue reading this entry]