Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rooster or Horse Tail?

So the teamies finally united for a ride before I take off for Tucson. We got to spend about four hour together riding around the lake and on various trails and having track stand competitions downtown.

Note the variety of tails on our fenders or lack there of....eh hum....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuscon Bound

So, given the crappy Seattle weather and forecast for more, I need to move to somewhere warmer so I can get consistent training. It seems 1 hour roller workouts just aren't going to cut it for what I want to accomplish. I compare it to a computer programmer having dial up Internet connection and expected to complete an exorbitant amount of work in a short time frame.

Yes, I have big goals and things like ice, slippery roads, unpredictable forecasts, and never ending rain are things I can't control. I can, however, control if I stay here.

I've decided to take the Lance Armstrong approach and move to Tucson for December and January. I have no idea where I'm going to live yet. I'm looking into renting 1 bedroom apartments but they're pretty pricey for two month leases. The best deal I've found for an unfurnished apartment is $705/month. Furnished apartment around $1000/month. Hmm...seems expensive. I guess they tack on an extra $200 for short term leases. I'm thinking about arriving with my bike, an air mattress, a pot and a pan, a plate, and a set of silverware.

I've also resorted to looking for shared spaces on craigslist.Who knows what you'll get with craigslist. One ad said she was looking for a roommate to form the "Cougar Cabana--LOL!" (yes, LOL was included). Ugh. So if you have a friend who has a room for rent or a guest house or whatever, please let me know. I'd much rather stay with a friend of a friend.

My scheduled arrival is December 5. I am going to drive down there with my boyfriend who will then fly home after a few days of riding and helping me sort out my stuff.  My schedule is ride 3-5 hours a day/ work 3-4 hours a day, so I'll need Internet access.

All business and logistics aside, I'm scared. It's true. It's a big change. The idea of being away from my friends and in a lonely apartment in Tucson makes me sad, but the idea of training 3-4 hours/day on great terrain makes me happy. "They"--the omniscient They--said this will happen. I guess this will be a trial run and practice for what's to come for the year.

I guess this is all part of the journey. Embrace it, right? Cause it only happens once in a lifetime.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In the News

Rider Profile in the Seattle PI Velocity Blog. Thanks to David Longdon for putting this together.

Seattle PI Velocity Blog: Rider Profile Jennifer Wheeler

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rock Star Status

During my first week as a pro status, I certainly felt like a rock star on Team Tibco/To the Top.

First, I'm on a team with some of the best women in the nation--in the world in some cases. So to see my name copied on emails out to the team with them is pretty cool.

Second, I just filled out my order forms for equipment and clothing and some great products by some of our sponsors.

Third, I had a pro party where tons of my friends and supporters attended and went through 30 bottles of wine to celebrate my achievement...I had water--Dotsie has me on a program :). However,  I did sing a frighteningly sober version of Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" on Rock Band which probably made me appear trashed. 

Fourth, I completed my first week on my new training PROgram which included lots of blood tests and even a metabolic rate test so I can dial in my nutrition for peak performance. Seriously, though, Empower Coaching Systems has just been awesome so far. If you're thinking about coaching, you should check it out. It's so detailed and tailored to my needs that it causes no stress for me, which is important as I'm trying to train and work to stock pile funds for my 2011 season. I'm figuring I'll be gone most of the year so I imagine myself as a squirrel, hoarding as many acorns as I can and hoping that I'll collect enough for the many months I'll be on the road. I guess I'll find out soon enough and revise as necessary.

Anyway, in the meantime, check out some of the sweet schwag I've been admiring online until one day soon enough it is mine to ride and hold and snuggle and of course...NAME! Oh what will my Amira be named...ideas?