I'm the jerk at Stumptown…

…who rode my carbon tubulars to get a soy mocha. Thats right. At least I’m not in spandex.

I’ve been on a roll the last 2 months. A quick re cap would look something like:

Celebrated my 30th birthday on August 28th. My dad called and heckled me, my momIMGP0583.JPG sent me a couple boxes of presents and old photos of me as a kid. Yep. Picture me in G.I. Joe pajamas holding up G.I. Joe figures, plastic machine guns, Star Wars posters on my wall. I was a military brat, did you know that? Lived on Air Force bases till I was 14.

Pete gave me the most excellent few days of birthday celebration. Took me out to get a spa/pedicure in Northwest. It was amazing. We each got a special rhinestone glued to our toenails. I want a pedicure every week. Pete kicked my ass with b day surprises, it floored me.

I took Tony, Brian, Steven, and Markwelder out to Sushi that day and they ended up paying. It ruled.

I had the most enjoyable birthday ever. I don’t really celebrate holidays and birthdays and stuff. So the fun factor caught me off guard.

I’ve been throwing myself into training and work. Been putting in consistent midnight work hours, getting lots of cross projects together and finished. The Veloshop has made a giant leap forward in the last year. I’ve got a solid mechanic and thinking about hiring another part time person for the fall when I’m travelling and racing.

We tore the shop apart Labor day weekend and I built another workbench and framed out part of a wall to put up some more pegboard. I’m going to move my Phil Wood spoke cutting machine up to the front of the shop so that when people walk in the shop they can say: “Wow! You’ve got a Phil Wood spoke cutting machine?!”

Damn straight I do.

I’ve been skipping lots of races and just training for cross, been doing lots of running and trying to work on my weak areas. I feel like a clown with my dismounting, I’m still losing too much momentum in the transfer and that is something huge I want to work out.

We have started doing a Tuesday morning Veloshop cross practice. It has a pretty huge run up in it and after the 3rd or 4th time up it, you are really hurting. The fall schedule is coming together, I have almost all of my flights booked and after the last Cross Crusade race and the USGP finals here in Portland there is nothing on my schedule until the 2nd week in December. There is a World Cup race on Thanksgiving weekend and I thought it could be a good chance to fly over and check out Belgium.

But wait: “Molly, you are not World Cup fast.”

But, Brian Ellin did point out that the best way to get World Cup fast is to ride a World Cup.

Oh, yeah. Well, there are some other factors to consider. You have to ask USAcycling to let you race a WC. We will see how the legs are going after the first few weekends before I make any moves towards that.

The Vanilla team has some really exciting sponsorship stuff coming through this month. I mean, really exciting.

I spent the night last night at the Veloshop polishing the A cross bike and putting on all the Dura Ace stuff I just got from Shimano. Shunter pointed me to some sweet cleaner-polish and the bike is glowing. It is hands down, the nicest bike I am ever going to ride.

It is practical yet, excessive.

I have to laugh at myself, racing on such a sweet whip. I really don’t think I have the talent to deserve all the bells and whistles I’ve got.

Ouch, late to work…


10 comments for “I'm the jerk at Stumptown…”

  1. That is by far, the cutest picture on the new home page poster isn’t half-bad either. WC!!!

    Posted by dirt doll | September 8, 2006, 11:20 am
  2. Is that a Ron-Burgundy-autographed copy of ANCHORMAN you are sooo lusciously resting your toes upon?

    Posted by HOTT COP | September 8, 2006, 2:10 pm
  3. Spec page time! Lets see a nice write up of your cross rig like you did for the LaPierre.


    Posted by cogswell | September 8, 2006, 4:12 pm
  4. Another thing . . .
    Local boy makes good!!!!
    Did y’all see that Aaron Olson took 2nd in stage 5 of the Tour of Poland?

    He rocks!

    Posted by cogswell | September 8, 2006, 4:13 pm
  5. Yeah. Aaron is f’ing strong.

    Posted by Molly | September 8, 2006, 5:14 pm
  6. You know who else is strong? Someone who refers to thier bike as a “whip.” I got a sweet whip at Spartacus last week. Think I’m gonna do single-speed-fixed-gear-no-brakes-toe-strapped-moustache-bar cross.

    Posted by Brosif | September 9, 2006, 12:01 pm
  7. Listen brosif. You destroyed something I love. What do you love?

    At least you know what a whip is. Honestly, I just figured it out last year.

    And “burner”?

    Yeah, that means gun.

    Though I could call my whip a burner if I wanted too.

    PS: my Vanilla is off the hook.

    I mean, my whip put the burners to ya.

    peace out.

    Posted by Molly | September 9, 2006, 12:18 pm
  8. Weird, read your blog while listening to this:

    And even when she crashed my whip I didn’t flip
    My man Slick Nick said Smooth you’re starting to slip
    Time went on I started noticing weight loss
    Then I had to ask her was she riding the white horse
    At first she said no, then she said yo Smooth I’m sorry
    But I keep having visions of snow
    I need doe
    And I said woah little hottie
    I’m not DeLorian, Gambino or Gotti
    I don’t deal coke, and furthermore you’re making me broke
    I’ll put you in a rehab and I won’t tell your folks
    And what do you know
    In 18 months she came home and I let her back in
    And now she’s sniffing again…

    Posted by Patrick | September 9, 2006, 1:23 pm
  9. P.S.

    Hot Copp is a law breaker!!

    Posted by Patrick | September 9, 2006, 1:24 pm
  10. Those toes are delish. Rhinestones? Damn.
    The new frontpage banner is beyond. Love it.

    Posted by Snarky Pants | September 11, 2006, 9:46 am

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