Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tuck no handers and one footed x-ups Slope Side!

Phew... another crazy week has come and gone. I've had no time for blogging. The "elders" as my brother likes to call them, were here visiting and back to Florida they went this morning after 8 days with me. I have to admit, it was nice having meals ready and laundry done (thanks mumzy) after working all day with a bonus heavy 20 hour training week Jen tossed into the mix. Noooo problem. I got very creative and even managed to not abort one scheduled workout which included a commute ride into work (25 miles one way) and home while it piss poured on me both ways last Thursday. Can I just tell you how fun it is to put on sopping wet cycling clothing to ride back home in? ICK.

This past weekend was all about my 16 year old gnarly nephew, Andrew. I got to see some pretty cool slope side freestyle mountain bike action at a competition he was in up in Tilton New Hampshire. Crazy stuff. I decided not to miss a scheduled ride so pedaled up from my sister's house in Eliot Maine to Tilton while she drove up. At one point I even found myself on the Timberman Bike course not realizing how close
Tilton was to Gilford NH.
Andrew was in the amateur competition with 33 riders. He walked away with 3rd place and some serious Shwag. Sram bike parts to name a few.
Tuck no handers, 360s, tire grabs, toboggans, and one footed x-ups, just a few tricks in his arsenal coupled with some seriously smoooooth riding finesse earned him his awesome placing.
One thing I learned, you don't want to be known as a "hucker" Lacking style, and just muscling your way down the mountain. Sooo not Andrew. Everything is calulated
and well thought out before every run. Nice job A!!!!! Aunt TGP is soooo proud of you!
A on the Shred Shed
MR. TGP, Sister Paula and Mom at the base of Highland Mountain's Freestyle terrain park


Bad Brad said...

Highland is such a great park.

I bring the Bryant Cycling kids up there a couple times in the fall.

Mel said...

WOW crazy awesome for your nephew...that is such a cool pic....but if I was his Mom I think I would have had a heart-attack:) glad you enjoyed your family ;)

kerrie said...

that is pretty hardcore! i would be so bad at that, lol. did you give it a try? i bet you are the 'super' auntie!!!! hope you had a nice time with the family.

rr said...

That park is crazy - congrats to your gnarly nephew!

I love the gardening in compression socks photo. I have days where they're required and I wear them with britneyesque cutoffs.. not nearly as cute as you.

I'm going to go find the Ruby. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

Steve Stenzel said...

I don't even know what "slope side freestyle mountain biking" is!!! But that last pic looked CRAZY!!!

BreeWee said...

Oh man is that what boys do these days... I would freak if Kainoa got into that sport- I would be the mom on the side about to have a heart attack!
Glad you got to enjoy some family time and some meals! YUMMMMMY!

Eileen Swanson said...

SUPER COOL! Love the pics! WOW, your nephew is a STUD!


Dolphin Boy said...

You want me to play "Pink Cadillac" for ya?