Wednesday, January 23, 2008

been a looong time...

and just like that, I'm back in the blogging world. Plenty of good excuses for my absence. All kinds of exciting developments in my world since my last post. Walking, standing, riding, new team. Boom shaka-lacka Here's a few of the highlights, in attempted chronological order...

Even though i wasn't quite cleared to do so, I started dabbling in the bike riding thing towards the end of September. Also kicked things off with an amazing new lady in my life, Ms. Jamie Dinkins :)


Headed to Indianapolis to take part in the rockin wedding of Jake the Snake.
We all broke it down "freestyle" but were no match for the slithering of the snake on the dance floor. check those guns!



Made it back to NC just in time to celebrate Mr. Sheedy's /the roomates bday. He got a singing reindeer and won't stop raving about the thing that it does with its tail.It was supposed to be a surprise party so we hid out in the kitchen. 30 minutes later and we were still waiting for him to walk inside.

Not too shabby of a place to be once the colors start changing


boo ya
made a trip back to the mitten. Was actually kinda stoke for my first road trip since my crash, but the novelty wore off about an hour in.


celebrated a bday with my bro taylor. yea, he's 17 and rockin a sweet stash.

Even grandma made it back to kick it. Wow, it feel s good to be standing on two feet!!!



Back to Banner Elk to spectate and cheer on the LMC crew at Collegiate MTB nats. MI boy and LMC freshman Mike Anderson stormed to the Mens D1 STXC title. Shizam!!

Sunglasses were mandatory after dark. Teamin up with former roomate "Balls Hayes" for a wicked pasta feed at the banquet.


Carved a couple Pumpkins with Jamie. Mine is the tough looking one. you know, because I'm... ok, whatever. Sheedy didn't have a pumpkin so we set up a golf ball and candle for him. At least it was round, right? Back on a road bike and loving every minute of it.

Riding + Jamie = Smiles

My first summit of Roan Mtn. since March.

Back to the great lakes and the mitten for Christmas


Did I really train here a few years ago???

more solid times with the fam.


Then out to Cali for a way overdue week of hanging with former roomate, current teamate and first rate homie Taylor T.
Diggin the west side.Ok Taylor, you win. the riding out there is rad.


Finally the long awaited kickoff to the '08 season with Team BMC at training camp. We look good eh?

Black is the new white

Super stoked to be part of such a great team. The full sha bang!
fortunately, i think my tt setup will be a bit faster than Taylor's.


That's all for now. more to come if there are still people reading it???

15 comments:

aunt kathy said...

hello!

well arent we sexy in our new team outfit. i hope to meet the new girl friend when you ride in pa. loved the comments under the pics. a good way to see you and the family.

hey we need to know about the race in pa. what time do you take off in ligonier? we dont do early mornings so figured maybe we might pick pat up and stay in latrobe so we can root you on towards the finish line in pittsburgh where we plan on seeing you win.

where in pittsburgh is the finish line?

good to see and know what is going on in your life.

love ya lots!

aunt kathy

p.s. you can reach me at k_bookwalter@hotmail.com

p.s.s. i wrote you an email also but it pretty much asks the same questions.

Breezer said...

good god, about time. I was wondering what you were up to. I thought maybe your leg exploded and you stranded in 6 feet of snow in Michigan. Glad your ok and looking good as always.

Alecia said...

Finally back to the postings! Good to see that all is well. I look forward to future postings on the exciting life of a world traveling cyclist. :)

Anonymous said...

Yo Brent! Great to hear you're healed up and back "keepin it real" on the bike. Congrats on the new team and most of all for getting through your injury. Now take all that stored energy and motivation and lay the smack down DOWN. Good luck from all your pals/fans in Michigan.

Joe Brewchampski and the Bells/Quiring crew

iamTedKing said...

Geeze, I thought you were absent from blogging because of lack of good internet connection. Glad to see you're back. See you around, neighbor.
tking

BVDG said...

Hey man! Im really stoked to see your recoverng well and will be back to racing soon, Jake told me you got pretty messed up in that wreck, so congrats on the quick heal and see you at the races! BVDG

Anne said...

Super to read you're back on the bike, living a ride-filled life and on a sweet new team. Tear it up this year!

Way to make it through a nasty time off the bike.

Still in the grip of winter here in the mitten.

Robbie King said...

Hey Bud,
Hilarious! Especially The Snake dancing, and Sheedy's reindeer and Halloween golf ball! As always, it's the thought that counts. Glad to see you're back out there...and in the blogging world.
Robbie

Anonymous said...

yo man, i just got on the internet for the first time in 8 weeks. had to see what my homie was up to. i dig the NC pics, takes me back to happier days when angry Marines weren't yelling at me 'cause i was holding my spoon wrong....catch you soon. did you get my letter? rad.

Doug said...

Are you a pro or college racer now?

Huck said...

Welcome back Brentmeister! Looking forward to seeing you soon mate, and glad to hear you are well! Great pictures dude...

Connie said...

Miss you a bunch!!! I am so proud of your perserverence, hope to get to one of your races soon and cheer you on!!

Love You,
Mom

Andrew Talansky said...

Bookwalter you suck! I try to keep up with your racing adventures but you never update your blog! Get on it and get work done! Hope you're having fun at Redlands.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on a great finish in the last stage at Redlands. Where was Rock Racing in the final circuit? Great job BMC! (I watched the race near the KOM and I was at the finish line.)

Alecia said...

Dude, where are you? You are definitely neglecting this blog thing! :)