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Fall 2014 Update
23rd Oct 2014Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0
Fall 2014 Update
South Shore Selfie

South Shore Selfie

Now settled into a new year of school, we’re glad to be back on the roads of Bloomington. We now return with a greater understanding, through last year’s success, of what it takes to become a competitive team. Strength is gained through the base months of the fall and winter. The spring is merely a time to fine-tune our fitness in preparation to race. Thus, we have been actively training over the past few months.

One highlight of October has been the Hilly Hundred. The Hilly Hundred consists of a Bloomington based 100-mile ride split into two days. On day 1, we teamed up with Phi Delta Theta to take on the West Bloomington roads. The beginning of the ride was fast; we hammered up the hills, which give the event its name. The second half we held a moderate pace, ending in a total of 71.1 miles. On day 2, we took the 45-mile ride much more casually, with just our team. We enjoyed getting to know the Phi Delts in a considerably less competitive atmosphere. Riding with fellow Little 500 teams “breaks the ice” before spring. Creating these strong relationships fosters continued success of the Little 500 community and also results in a more gratifying experience to remember for years after the race. In our minds, there’s only one day we’re true adversaries: April 25th. Every other day should be a new opportunity to develop a stronger community.

Sood on a Kiser Loop

Sood on a Kiser Loop

To discuss team development, in addition to us four working hard, our new member John “Buster” Hyndman has made huge improvements. He’s highly committed to earning a race day spot. Five team members, instead of four, generates a refreshing competitive atmosphere. Nothing is guaranteed for any member. We must all earn that race day spot, resulting in an increasingly stronger race day team. If you would like to learn more about John, feel free to take a look at his blog post!

Looking ahead to fall series, we are excited to see how our performance will stack up against the competition. Although we don’t prioritize tapering for fall series, we believe it will be a positive demonstration of our hard work thus far. Fall series consists of three events, ITT’s, Street Sprints, and Cyclocross. All five of us will be highly involved, but fall series is mostly about having fun.

We would like to personally thank all of you for support over the years. The alumni support is crucial to over success and motivation – keep it up! Lastly, we apologize for our lateness in delivering both the shirts and DVD’s. They are in final packaging – expect arrival around October 31st. If you have any questions regarding delivery please contact me at chrcraig AT indiana DOT edu

Happy cycling!

in _kai_
Chris Craig
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