This ass shows up and was apparently spying into my room. He immediately goes down to our associate principals office and starts asking questions about my ethnic background. He mentions to the principal that he is not sure he wants his son in my room because I look...are you ready for this..."too Middle Eastern!" He also mentioned that he didn't feel comfortable with his son talking to our "white" social worker.
The following morning at about 9:45 the office calls for this boy to gather his things because his father is at school to pull him out. None of us thought that he would be back and this would have been very sad for me because he really is a good kid and I feel like I've finally been able to connect with him. Needless to say I was pretty much pissed off! Fortunately the next day his mother returned him to school. I don't what will happen in the coming weeks, but I hope he stays at our school. All I have to say about this parent is "FUBAR!"
Further disappointment came in the form of a better luck next time letter and receiving my entry check back in the mail. So, as of right now there will be no Chequamegon for me. Not only me, but it appears that not many from our part of the Twin Cities cycling community got in. For me and many others this is an enormous let down. Last year my entire focus was on this one race.
We may still have a chance through the essay contest, but they only reserve fifty spots for this and I believe the chances of all four Amigos getting in is rather slim. So now we look for other events to fill our calendars and set goals for.
Another minor irritation is the weather. I'm generally not one to complain to much...after all...it's weather. I am however getting tired of having to wear multiple layers of clothing to go for a bike ride. I don't mind the cold, but cold and wet is just not that fun.
I am ready for more spring like weather to arrive and stay. Of course...all is not lost. There have been some nice days and I have been working really hard in spin classes to develope and maintain some level of fitness. I definitely feel stronger than at this same time last year.
Saturday was a great day for a road ride. The temp. was around 32 F when we started. Matt, Bob, Danny the youngster of the group, and myself (the oldster of the group) headed southwest of the metro is search of hills.
We hit our usual roads in and around the Baker Park area and then headed west of Maple Plain on Hwy. 6 and hit the country roads near Minnetrista, St. Boniface, and Watertown. The roads in this area are fantastic. Good surfaces, very little traffic, and some very nice hills. I ended up with a solid 60 miles for the day. This was my first real test of the spring. We pushed hard and kept a good pace, but my legs began to really fizzle at about mile 45. I'm excited to get back out there and ride again and again and again.
TRAINING GROUNDS!! I know that I will be spending a good deal of my road time in this area over the next couple of months. I'm also really looking forward to getting out the mountain bikes for some fun in the dirt.
Patience will pay off. I hate to get out there too early and damage the hard work that others have put into making the area trails some of the best around.
We also received our new mtn. bike jerseys. Twin Six makes some very nice cycling clothing and I think our new 29 n Single jerseys will attract some attention. I think they are pretty cool. Although being black they will also be pretty hot. Ha!!