Wednesday, February 15, 2006

USADA

"USADA is dedicated to preserving the well being of Olympic sport, the integrity of competition, and ensuring the health of athletes." i agree with this mission as much or more than anyone else out there, and will do whatever i can to help the fight for clean athletics, especially with cycling. its too bad there are dishonest, no good scum of the earth cheaters out there who wreck it for the rest of us and force all of us clean riders to go through a bunch of extra precautions. recently i was requested to enroll in USADA's OOC (out of competition) testing program. I think probably because I spent some time with the national team last summer and am now "fully" in the books with USA cycling and am in part being supported by them while I am racing with the national team. I have no problem being part of such a program, as i said and truly mean i would do anything to help the fight for a clean sport, but being enrolled in this program is a bit inconvenient and time consuming to say the least.

4 times per year I have to submit a form that has detailed and specific info on my whereabouts. this doesn't mean, "oh i'll be at school" or "i'll be at home" or "i think i'll be training with my teamate in GA". This means, what days i'm traveling, where i'll be staying, where i'll be training while i am there and lots of other info all of which has to be submitted months in advance. this is so the USADA testers can find me at all times if they want to conduct an out of competition drug test or just desire a cup of valuable urine. not a huge deal, but how in the heck am i supposed to know what hotel or host housing i'll be staying at 3 months from now, much less where i'll be training while I am there? yea, i can submit updates but that calls for another additional night of sitting at the computer or filling out paperwork. I wonder if my teachers would consider that a quality excuse for not writing a paper or studying for a test??

In other news, we're almost to the week countdown till the first race of the year down in Greenvile SC the last weekend in Feb. training has been rolling along per usual. one last nice day tomorrow before winter comes back to smack us once again, just in time for the weekend. happy late vday to everyone. oh, i was surfing blogs per usual and found a cool link on my former teamate, Garret Peltonen's site. check out his site, then check out this link for a few stellar audio file interviews by the one and only top notch cycling announcer Dave Towle. A sweet 5 min. blurp of yours truly from cross nationals is just a short scroll down the page.
http://www.towlefiles.com/listen.jsp

i'll leave you with a pic of casey, our dog at my mom's house. she's a sweetie. i think i shoud bring her down here so people can see that dogs don't have to be savage beasts that eat cyclists.

3 comments:

Heyo Chronicles said...

Would your name happen to be Johnny?...Whats it been...13 years?...14? My lord its like looking in a mirror. Does your mother still hang out at dock side bars? Johnny do you play Baseball?

Scott said...

sooo old

Heyo Chronicles said...

scott, if you were a man i'd punch you in the mouth.