Trek Women
February 28, 2009

I MET LANCE

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Ok so I thought I met Lance....or someone I may have thought was Lance....or a guy who is possibly or remotely resembled Lance....but at the time I would have sworn it was him.

It was a late night party and I was hanging out with friends.  We were eating, drinking and enjoying a fabulous evening.  Suddenly, for some unknown reason, the spirit moved me to start acting as if I was hairdresser (which I am not and never was...hmmm).  I don't know if it was the beer.  I don't know if it was the food.  Nor do I know for sure that it wasn't the dessert BUT I do know that out of nowhere I saw Lance Armstrong.

He walked into the room where I was doing hair (once again, why?) and he looked at me and said "Hello, you must be Susan, one of the Women Who Ride."  Of course I was very nervous and totally freaking out.  All I could say was "Can I take a picture with you and get your autograph?"  He happily agreed, we snapped a shot and then I promptly fainted.  When I woke up he was gone and this picture was on my phone.

I'm a little embarrassed to share this story because to this day I'm not sure if I really saw Lance or the ghost of Lance.  Who knows, maybe it was all just a figment of my imagination.  After all, I have been a little loopy lately...but what if it really saw him?  How cool would that be?

February 25, 2009

THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

Before you read this I want to let you know that I haven't gone crazy and I'm not medicated in any way, shape or form.  You can accuse me of being a dreamer and maybe a little bit out there but that's it. 

With that being said I've applied for a job as the caretaker for the islands of the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coastline in Australia.  This is truly the Best Job in the World.  You get to live on an island, explore the Great Barrier Reef, feed the fish and keep a video blog.  I know what your thinking..."Finally a job that has been created with Susan's name all over it!"

Yes its all true.  I applied for the Best Job in the World.  I had to submit a 60 second video explaining why I am the best person for the job. They wanted it to be fun and entertaining while it demonstrated your knowledge of the great barrier reef.  So that's exactly what I did.  I'm sure I'm going to win as I have already packed our bags and am deciding how many bikes to bring.  I'm allowed to dream right?

I find out on March 2nd if I make the next cut to 50.  Currently I am in the running with 36,000 people (that's not a typo).  No biggie...I'm not worried.  The job is mine. 

Here's my entry.  PLEASE keep your fingers crossed and send all your good energy my way!  Thanks!

February 24, 2009

IS THE COLD GETTING YOU DOWN?

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Forget about the cold
Forget about how it makes you feel
Just get out and ride 


Feel the fresh air on your face
Feel your eyes burn as tears roll down your cheeks
Feel the snot as it hangs from your nostrils
Enjoy the ride


Taste the salty cold snot droplets
Taste the dry skin cracked on your lips
Taste the puddles as a car splashes them in your face
Enjoy the ride


Sore tight muscles
Numb toes that need hot water
Fingers barely able to move
Hope you enjoyed the ride

           

                - Susan Mele

   

February 22, 2009

A WELL DESERVED WIN!

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GO LEVI!  Yes, we all had a feeling in our bones that he was going to win the Tour of California for the third time and he did!  What more could one ask for!  What a happy day! 

I believe that life is truly about karma and everything always comes full circle.  He deserves this win and hopefully he savors every moment of it.  Can you say super yummy! 

PODIUM1 Congratulations to the Astana Cycling Team and congrats to Trek for constantly producing kick butt over the top bikes!  TREK IS THE BEST! 

Now all I have to do to is find a cycling team that will take me and then I'll get an awesome time trial bike.  I promise to ride it every chance I get and then (hopefully) I too will get on a podium....some day.  All good.  I can patiently wait my turn. 

February 16, 2009

A BIG REWARD!

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Just a few hours after the time trial at the Tour of California, someone (presumably a thief) removed four bikes from the Astana truck outside the team hotel in Sacramento.  Lance Armstrong's time-trial bike was taken along with race bikes belonging to Astana teammates Steve Morabito, Yaroslav Popovych and Janez Brajkovic.

Who is stupid enough to try and get away with something like this?  Do they really think they'll never get caught?  I would love to know what was going through their head when they broke into the team van.   Does "one of a kind" or "the only one in the world" mean anything to this person? 

As a dedicated Women Who Rides and a lover of TREK, Lance Armstrong and the stunning time trial bike, I would like to offer a reward.  All I can say is that the reward will be really really big.  You can contact me at susan_mele@trekwomenwhoride.com and then I'll contact Lance and I'll bet he'll even double my reward.  Don't be an idiot!  Do the right thing and give those bikes back!


February 15, 2009

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA WOMEN'S CRITERIUM

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The Amgen Tour of California Women's Criterium was held today in conjunction with Stage 1of the race.  The Women's Criterium brought the excitement of women's criterium racing in the hours before the men's finish in downtown Santa Rosa. The women used portions of the men's finish circuit and the race proved to be exciting for everyone.


Emilia won a whopping $15,000.00!  Can't beat that with a stick can you?  Good for her!  Women in cycling...ah yes!  I love to see it, hear about it and SUPPORT IT!  GO GIRLS!

February 13, 2009

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

0199600pixels Yep, its happening right now....the largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California.  It is patterned after the Tour de France-style cycling road race and it brings out the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a 750-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009.   Most importantly it is complete with US favorites Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer.  I can barely stand all the excitement!

On top of this fabulous tour happening the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be broadcast internationally for the first time ever!  The race will be broadcast live in more than 90 countries, which includes more than 200 million households across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and Africa.  Now the world can follow the Tour of California just like the Tour de France!  What?  More cycling events to watch on TV? February just got better!

February 10, 2009

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRICKSTER DANNY MACASKILL

Last night Liam and I were checking out some cool mountain bike videos and came upon one of the greatest mountain bike tricksters of all time. This video will blow you away! Liam and I were so inspired that we decided to go outside and practice some of Danny's moves....and now we are both in traction. Enjoy!
February 8, 2009

DON'T BE FOOLED

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The weather has really been warming up around here and the first thing I think of is riding my bike.  I was able to squeeze a ride in on Saturday and it was glorious.  Spring is so close yet so far....

On Sunday it was about 58 degrees and instead of going on a ride I took the girls to NYC for a couple of days to hang out with my friend Kathleen.  Unfortunately I was unable to bring my bike or my nanny (I wish), so we just acted like New York tourists.  We rode the subway, took a tax, rode the ferris wheel at Toys r Us, shopped, went on a horse and carriage ride, jumped on our hotel beds, devoured room service cookies, took long showers and ate out like crazy.  Now that's a vacation!

A good time was had by all despite the girls diva-like NYC attitude but I could definitely hear Central Park calling my name as we rode around in our carriage.  I thought I heard it say, "Get off your big butt and ride!"  Next time. 

February 4, 2009

FOR THE LOVE OF THE BIKE!

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So its about 20 degrees out and the wind chill is out of hand.  Bottom line its freezing.  Ok so its not as bad as Alaska or Illinois but it is cold!  Personally, I have a problem with the cold and until today I thought the rest of my family had a problem with it as well.  Guess I was wrong.

My son came in the house after school today and the first thing out of his mouth was, "I'm gonna hurry up and do my homework so I can go ride my bike."   I just about fell over.  I was sure he was joking and I thought he would start giggling or something.  Nope.  He wasn't joking.  He really wanted to ride his bike. 

As soon as he was done with his homework he put on his parka and snow gloves and went and got his bike.  Next thing I know the other 3 kids are also bundling up as if they're getting ready to go sledding.  Even Seamus wanted to go!  Everyone was coming in and out of the house for a helmet fitting because they couldn't get them on over their winter hats.  As I watched in disbelief they all mounted their bikes in the freezing cold and started riding.  They were out for about 20 minutes just riding around the yard and having the time of their life.

When they were done they came in and sat by the fire and drank hot chocolate.  It was all very surreal...but I guess they learn from their parents so what can I say?  After all, I did ride to a restaurant last weekend to pick up dinner so I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.