Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas With the Adler-Crowell Family

This Christmas we did something out of the ordinary; we opened presents on *look both ways and whisper* Christmas Eve.  Don’t tell God.  My mother comes from the land of white houses and a 0% divorce rate, essentially the land of the strait-laced, so this was downright wild for us.  I even had a glass of wine in the evening!  The day started out like any other.  I did the Lakemont ride in the morning.  It was a chilly 65 degrees when I left the house at 7:21am.  Those of you who live up north probably would have laughed at me wearing my arm warmers.  Clacking-clacking into the house two hours later, I found my sister passed out on the couch with a mysterious illness and immediately chugged an Emergen-C.  When she finally woke up, she kept laying there and only moved every twenty minutes or so to form her lips into the words: “can we open presents now?”

Usually my grandparents come over and spend the night, but this Christmas we’re going over to their house in Melbourne, FL.  It’s about 85 miles away, the perfect Long Ride distance, so I’m going to start out at 8am tomorrow morning and race my family there.  My version of Christmas mass.  I’m looking forward to the empty roads stretching out before me toward the bright, beautiful beaches.  The roads will be empty, right?  What time to people go to church anyway?

Here’s a taste of our evening:

Our first present.  My mother knit us stockings!  They’re extra big, so I better have extra candy when I wake up in the morning.

My dad likes to fiddle around with things (fortunately for me “things” also include bicycles).  This sign is going in the garage immediately.  Oh how fitting it is.

This was a present from my sister.  It’s a book about a girl named Heffa, Heffa Lump.  She lives in a town called Spatula and her life is full of yearnings and angst and sexy vampires….at least that’s what I’ve gathered from the preface.  Yes, I read all the books.  I wouldn’t recommend them.  I’ll let you know how this one goes.

I come from a crafty family.  If you would like a Totoro for yourself or a friend, my sister will knit you one.  Bringing back memories from the good ol’ days.

Michael Phelps made me ask my parents for this.  It’s so my next interview in French will go better than this one.

Happy holidays!

Real Life Plans

Alright, so many of you want to know how bike racers support themselves given they don’t make much money.  Here I am to answer your question.  In five days, I’ll be graduating from college.  In one week, I’ll be moving in with my parents, into the house I’ve lived in since I was six, and interviewing at Sylvan Learning Center to be a math tutor.  I won’t be paying rent, electricity bills, or even netflix bills (thanks mom!) and I’ll be gone racing overseas for months at a time.  The national team takes care of food while we’re on the road.

In anticipation of all the new schwag I’m going to get from Exergy Twenty12, I’ve been selling some of my old clothing and equipment for cheap.  I just sold a bunch of Team Type 1 gear to UF students and a TT bike on Ebay for almost $1200.  Cha-ching!  I’m also planning on starting to officially coach riders.  I’ve coached various people on an off over the years, but I’d like to make a real business of it.  Plus, I just like helping people, especially women, become better cyclists.

I’ve told Sylvan how much I’ll be gone and they’ve been really cool about it.  They like to hire role models, not just tutors and I guess being on the U.S. National team qualifies me for the job.  If only they knew how un-glamorous it can be sometimes.  Hopefully the interview goes well because I think it’ll be a really sweet gig.

In the mean time, I’ve just been training and trying to lose a couple pounds this off season.

Here’s something I’m really proud of.  It’s the CAD (that’s engineer-speak for computer-aided design) pictures of my Capstone Design project this semester.

Our project was to design a countertop dishwasher that reaches sanitizing temperatures of close to 200 degrees, holds four place settings, fits below kitchen cabinets, is manufactured in the USA with combined manufacturing, materials, and assembly costs of under $130, and meets energy star and NSF standards.  This is the design we came up with.  The most innovative pieces are the one-part injection-molded cabinet and the thermal block heater.  I’m going to stop myself here because I could ramble on for…well, our report was 75 pages.

Hilarious countertop dishwasher youtube video.