Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July 27th

As I sat in the church pew today I thank God for getting me there. I also was thanking God for today's message John had given to us as well. I struggle everyday to read the bible so please pray that I read more and stay focused on God every second of the day. Also we talked about pride in our Sunday school class. I am very happy when I finish a bike race and should be.

Cycling is one of the hardest sports to do. You always have to be thinking about something when you race. It helps to also have more strength than everyone as well. Dad always told me before I was a teenager someone will always be better than you. People that want to win all the time are selfish. I would rather work hard and still beat the odds than to sit in and win in a bike race. With teammates in the race it makes it so much harder for me to sit in and wait but I am getting more and more patient. I need to focus less on racing in the races and what would be right in God's eyes.

People get so caught up in the race that they are sinning as they race and don't understand why. So much goes on in my mind that i get side tracked on what I really want to say. God gives me all the ability and strength to do what I do in a race. People don't understand, I always feel like they don't want to talk about it. People have no reply when I say God gave me the power, and wisdom today to do what I did.

I will try and stay focused on that and keep telling people that I can do all things through Jesus Christ that strengthens me.

Monday, July 28, 2008

ABR Ohio State Road Race

Anthony and I stayed on the front until Hayden, Cooper, and I rolled away on 514 coming back to finish the first of four laps. I was very happy with the outcome that God had blessed me with and am looking forward to racing in August the biggest racing month of the year. Thank you lord for giving me the ability to race.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Got You Daddy!

Shh!! Don't tell Daddy I posted this picture. We were just chillin before our races!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Last Chapel race for this year

Great night and spent some time talking with others. I looked at the series points and I needed to beat Eric so I picked on him tonight. Eric is a great guy. Also he watched my daughter after the race. Caylin was riding her bike and followed Eric around the course. Thanks Eric! I got in a break after Cameron attacked the field several times. Rudy, Dan, Shawn and I worked together. It came down to a sprint for us four and Shawn lead the sprint with Dan on his wheel to the final 200 meters. I just managed to get by them. Thank you Lord!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Face Painted

At the bike race in Miamisburg on Sunday, I got my face painted. The girl heard me tell Mommy that I like princesses and she decided to draw a tiarra on my cheek.

Daddy got 3rd place!

It was a very hot Saturday to race! We went to Troy, Ohio. It was 93 degrees out.
After I raced, it was Daddy's turn. He did great! He got 3rd place! Way to go Daddy. Mommy and I love you! (See the fountain in the back of our family picture. I got in it. Hee Hee!)

My Bike Race

I raced on Saturday. I beat all the girls!! There were only a few boys that beat me! I told Daddy that I would beat them next time! I really pedaled fast. I got a medal after the race! I guess I am going to follow in my Daddy's footsteps!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Swimming with Reece

I got to go swimming with my friend Reece! We had fun swimming and eating lunch together.

Relaxing Friday Before the Wedding

We got to go to Jessie's dads house and have a pool party. I learned how to dive into the pool. (Daddy let me do it! Mommy wasn't there.)

We also had the rehearsal dinner at a real texas BBQ place. They had a bull that I sat on. I was a real Texas cowgirl! They also had a live band that all the kids were dancing to on the dance floor. Mommy needs to sign me up for dance class!

Brad and Jessie's Wedding

I had so much fun flying to Houston for Brad and Jessie's wedding! It was fun being above the clouds. I ate pizza and drank pop. Doesn't that sound healthy!

I was one of eight flower girls. I loved my dress. Everyone said I was beautiful! I did a great job walking down the aisle. When I got to the front of the church I gave my daddy a hug and a kiss.

The wedding ceremony was AWESOME. Uncle Bradley just sobbed when he saw Jessie for the first time. The are a cute looking couple. I love you Bradley and Jessie.
At the reception I danced and danced. I got mad because everyone was doing the chicken dance the wrong way. I sat down on the dance floor and crossed my arms. I was so mad!
I loved the wedding cake, it was so YUMMY! I wanted more cake so I could just eat the frosting!
I lined up to catch the bouquet, but some twenty year old girl caught it. Doesn't she know that the youngest girl there is suppose to get it!
It was a great time, other than the hot hot temperature of 103. TOO HOT!!!


Mommy and Daddy took me to the carnival! I LOVE the carnival. Mommy and Daddy don't like it so much though! I got to ride all the little kiddie rides over and over again. I got to eat cotton candy and popcorn! Yummy!

Fun at Acres of Fun

I had a blast playing at Acres of Fun! I am a great bowler like Grandpa Mari.

I also liked watching the people skate at the rink. I want to learn to skate, too!

July 4th Parade

I went to our 4th of July parade! I had so much fun! I got over 300 pieces of candy! (Yes, Mommy counted because she was so curious.) I think my neighbor girls gave me at least 100 of those pieces.

A.W. Tozer Prayer

O Lord, I have heard Your voice and was afraid. You have called me to an awesome task in a grave and
perilous hour. You are about to shake all nations and the earth and also heaven, that the things that cannot
be shaken may remain. O Lord, my Lord, You have stooped to honor me to be Your servant. No man takes
this honor upon himself save he that is called of God as was Aaron. You have ordained me Your messenger
to them that are stubborn of heart and hard of hearing. They have rejected You, the Master, and it is not to
be expected that they will receive me, the servant.
My God, I shall not waste time deploring my weakness nor my unfittedness for the work. The
responsibility is not mine, but Yours. You have said, “I knew you - I ordained you - I sanctified you,” and
You have also said, “You shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you, you shall
speak.” Who am I to argue with You or to call into question Your sovereign choice? The decision is not
mine but Yours. So be it, Lord. Your will, not mine, be done.
Well do I know, God of the prophets and the apostles, that as long as I honor You, You will honor me.
Help me therefore to take this solemn vow to honor You in all my future life and labors, whether by gain or
by loss, by life or by death, and then to keep that vow unbroken while I live.
It is time, O God, for You to work, for the enemy has entered into Your pastures and the sheep are torn and
scattered. And false shepherds abound who deny the danger and laugh at the perils which surround Your
flock. The sheep are deceived by these hirelings and follow them with touching loyalty while the wolf
closes in to kill and destroy. I beg You, give me sharp eyes to detect the presence of the enemy; give me
understanding to see and courage to report what I see faithfully. Make my voice so like Your own that even
the sick sheep will recognize it and follow You.
Lord Jesus, I come to You for spiritual preparation. Lay Your hand upon me. Anoint me with the oil of the
New Testament prophet. Forbid that I should become a religious scribe and thus lose my prophetic calling.
Save me from the curse that lies dark across the modern clergy, the curse of compromise, of imitation, of
professionalism. Save me from the error of judging a church by its size, its popularity or the amount of its
yearly offering. Help me to remember that I am a prophet - not a promoter, not a religious manager, but a
prophet. Let me never become a slave to crowds. Heal my soul of carnal ambitions and deliver me from the
itch for publicity. Save me from bondage to things. Let me not waste my days puttering around the house.
Lay Your terror upon me, O God, and drive me to the place of prayer where I may wrestle with
principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world. Deliver me from overeating and late
sleeping. Teach me self-discipline that I may be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
I accept hard work and small rewards in this life. I ask for no easy place. I shall try to be blind to the little
ways that could make life easier. If others seek the smoother path I shall try to take the hard way without
judging them too harshly. I shall expect opposition and try to take it quietly when it comes. Or if, as
sometimes it falls out to Your servants, I should have grateful gifts pressed upon me by Your kindly
people, stand by me then and save me from the blight that often follows. Teach me to use whatever I
receive in such manner that will not injure my soul nor diminish my spiritual power. And if in Your
permissive providence honor should come to me from Your church, let me not forget in that hour that I am
unworthy of the least of Your mercies, and that if men knew me as intimately as I know myself they would
withhold their honors or bestow them upon others more worthy to receive them.
And now, O Lord of heaven and earth, I consecrate my remaining days to You; let them be many or few, as
You wilt. Let me stand before the great or minister to the poor and lowly; that choice is not mine, and I
would not influence it if I could. I am Your servant to do Your will, and that will is sweeter to me than
position or riches or fame and I choose it above all things on earth or in heaven.
Though I am chosen of You and honored by a high and holy calling, let me never forget that I am but a
man of dust and ashes, a man with all the natural faults and passions that plague the race of men. I pray
You, therefore, my Lord and Redeemer, save me from myself and from all the injuries I may do myself
while trying to be a blessing to others. Fill me with Your power by the Holy Spirit, and I will go in Your
strength and tell of Your righteousness, even Yours only. I will spread abroad the message of redeeming
love while my normal powers endure.
Then, dear Lord, when I am old and weary and too tired to go on, have a place ready for me above, and
make me to be numbered with Your saints in glory everlasting. Amen. AMEN.

Tour De Burg

Another great race but low turn out. Hotter than the day before and more spectators to watch us try and beat the odds against Texas Roadhouse. I didn't want to race today but I know it will help for races to come. Paul Martin got away with Andy Moskal and I couldn't go with Kirk Albers. I should have tried but then again that was mentally. I didn't have anything for the sprint and Dave, myself and Andy finished 7-9. Good day against Texas but we didn't have enough numbers.


Hot race and Hot temps. Low turn out at the race and was a great event one that everyone should have been too. I stayed calm the first part of the race and waited for a while. I timed it just right and had some help by RGF Teammates in the end after Chad, Puffer and I lapped the field. I knew I felt tired in the end so I had my teammates help pull the field and I also pulled the field as I did not want anyone to catch us. Dan Quinlin and Kirk Albers were in the straight away only 14 sec behind us. Awesome save by Puffer as he clipped out of his pedal in the 180 turn around the center of Troy and still got 2nd in the sprint to Chad as I also beat the field for 3rd. Long 50 mile race wore me out.

Friday, July 18, 2008


My job at work has changed so much. Brian left for a different job he worked here for 10 years. Larry is retiring the end of Oct. and Pat has Cancer in her ovaries and colon both are malignant tumors. Please pray for Pat and that God will heal her.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Time out

I have been spending so much time thinking about things and little time listening. God I am so very sorry for not spending time with you. I am so greatful for Jim, family and friends to help me go through this life here on earth. Father you are so awesome in everyway yet I don't take the time to ask you for anything. Lord I ask you now to help me focus on you more and that I spend more time with you praying. I am so thankful that you love us no matter how much wasted time I spend on things that don't matter. I will try harder to spend more time with you Lord. I love you Lord and I pray that I take more time to pray to you Father. Time seems to fly by and I can't do anything about the past but I sure can do something now and for the time that you allow in the future. Amen.

Chapel Race

I always love to do this race because of the fellowship time I spend with my friend Jim. God has put Jim in my life to help me stay focused on what God wants from all of us. God wants our love... He wants us to spend time with Him. Jim made it clear that I need to do that more, and Jim is 100% right. We can never spend enough time with God.

Any way the race was going good and I was in a 4 man break until I started thinking again. I jumped up to the lapped riders thinking they would grab my wheel. They let me go and Shawn and I Time Trialed the rest of the race. What was I thinking? Anyway first race with the new shoes and they are totally AWESOME!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Josh Hamilton

I wanted to post something about this guy cause he has a very miraculous story. I also believe it is a God thing that made him who he is today. Thank you Lord! After Josh lost the Home Run derby last night he may have won others to Christ after he said that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. Way to go Josh I will be praying for God to keep you focused on Him and what He wants you to do next.

Josh Hamilton's Personal life

Josh Hamilton is married to Katie (nee Chadwick), the daughter of one of the men (Michael Chadwick) who helped him in his quest to get clean. They started dating in 2002, when Hamilton returned to Raleigh.[24] They married in 2004.[33] Katie has a daughter, Julia from a previous relationship, and together Josh and Katie have a daughter, Sierra. They went through a period of estrangement when it became clear that Josh was using drugs again. After he got clean in 2005, he began seeing his family again. The couple is currently expecting another child.[24]

Hamilton's struggles with drugs and alcohol are well documented. He finally got clean after being confronted by his grandmother, Mary Holt. Hamilton says he hasn't used drugs or alcohol since October 6, 2005.[1] When giving a brief summary of his recovery Hamilton says simply "It's a God thing."[20] He does not shy away from telling his story, speaking to community groups and fans at many different functions. He frequently and publicly tells stories of how Christianity has brought him back from the brink and that faith is what keeps him going.[33] His wife Katie sometimes accompanies him, offering her perspective on his struggles as well.[24] To go along with the provisions of MLB's drug policy, Hamilton provides urine samples for drug testing at least three times per week.[34] Rangers' coach Johnny Narron says of the frequent testing: "I think he looks forward to the tests. He knows he's an addict. He knows he has to be accountable. He looks at those tests as a way to reassure people around him who had faith."[33] Hamilton approaches the plate at Texas Rangers home games to the song "Saved The Day" by Christian group Phillips, Craig & Dean.[35]

Monday, July 14, 2008


Over 1,200,000 views and I suggest you take the time to watch this. I was shocked when I saw this and it made me feel so loved by God. Awesome!!!


I can't wait to share this with everyone.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jesus My Lord and Savior

I thank God for the people that have been in my life. I have had a positive life knowing that God is always with me. I was not focused on God as much as I wanted to be in the past and to this day. I feel like I am moving in the right direction though which is positive. If I wouldn't have had such wonderful Christian influences in my life I don't even want to think where I would be at now. So many people have not had this growing up. As a matter my opinion it has been just the opposite and people think they can do things on there own. I will be brash and say No Way you can do things without Jesus Christ. You may have had great things happen to you but, that is just things, not Eternity. I posted a poll on the side please vote. I have yet to come across what I would call an enemy. I have felt like I could be friends with anyone I have passed ways with. I have had enemies become friends as well and I have seen change in them and in me. I have done things like celebrated to much after winning a race and look at that race and say why did I do that. I would like to spend eternity with you what will you decide?


I did manage to get to Church which I have needed to do for a long time. I seems like satan is trying to grab a hold of me in everyway. Satan would love to run me down. It seems like I am praying everyday for God to yield Satan away from me. I have some problems that I ask God to help me with daily and I have got some answers back thanks to a book I try and read more everyday. The Bible has everything you need in it to survive struggles in your life. I found some scirptures that went directly to my problems thanks to another book I have been looking over for the 3rd time and still haven't finished it yet. So pray that I can meet with someone at the Church weekly to help me get the fellowship I need to Strengthen my walk with God durning these next two months of cycling. I really can't wait till cycling is done this year. I have put a lot of goals on for this year and due to me not being focused on God has hurt my life in everyway. Thanks for everyone that has been around me supporting me I will continue to fight the fight and still go to these last two months of racing if it is the Lord's will. I keep getting direct answers to my prayers to continue to race but I am always listening to what He wants me to do. Church is where it is at to help you stay focused each and everyday. I thank the Lord for ministers in my life to help me stay focused on God.


About the Sport

Types of races
Bicycle road races include multi-day stage races such as the famous Tour de France to Criteriums, which are races based on a circuit - usually less than a mile in length - and run for a set period of time. Criteriums, like the Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic, are the most popular form of road racing in North America. Typically the race runs through a closed-off city center.

Professional vs. amateur - what the rankings mean:Cyclists are ranked through the U.S. Cycling Federation (USCF) based on race results calculated using the USCF Results and Rankings Program. "Category 1" refers to professional cyclists, and Categories 2 through 5 are amateur rankings. Masters cyclists are age 35 and above. For a complete explanation, see www.usacycling.org.

Watching the race:
The Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic is a criterium: Cyclists will circle a looped race for a set period of time. The cyclist who rides the longest distance during the specified time wins the race. Competition requires technical skills - especially the ability to take corners quickly and sharply, and riding safely with a large group in order to avoid crashing. In most Criteriums, cyclists reach speeds of up to 40 mph.

Cycling terminology:Like most sports, cycling has its own lingo. Here's a list of common terms to help you understand the race.

Attack. A sudden attempt to get away from another rider.

Blocking. When a rider tries to get in other riders' way. This is a part of a team strategy to slow down other cyclists to allow other team members to get ahead in a breakaway.

Bridge the Gap. When a rider - or group of riders - tries to reach a group farther ahead.

Breakaway. When a group of riders get ahead of the pack (or peloton)

Cadence. Pedaling rate.

Chasers. Riders who are attempting to "bridge the gap" in attempting to catch the lead group.

Circuit. A track that is ridden more than one time during a race.

Criterium. A bike race in which cyclists ride on a circuit for a specified length of time or distance.

Drafting. Riding closely behind another rider in order to get into their slipstream. The lead rider expends up to 30 percent more energy than the following rider.

Drop. Getting left behind or losing contact with the group of riders.

Field. The main group of riders - also called the pack or peloton.

Force the Pace. When a rider goes harder than the rest of the pack to increase the pace.

Gap. The distance between groups or individuals.

Hammering. Steady, strenuous pedaling.

Hook. When riders use their wheels to hit rider(s) behind them - may be intentional or accidental.

Jump. A sudden acceleration, most often at the start of a sprint.

Kick. The final burst of speed in a race.

Mass Start. When all racers begin at the same time.

Pack. The main group of riders - also called the. field or peloton.

Peloton. The main group of racers - also called the field or the pack.

Prime (pronounced "preem"). This "race within a race" gives cyclists the chance to win a prize for being the first to complete a specific lap.

Slipstream. The air pocket created by a moving rider. Other riders "draft" in the slipstream to conserve energy.

Sprint. A burst of speed to finish the race - usually involving more than one rider.

Take a flyer. When a rider heads out in front of the pack, usually alone.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Masters Nationals

Today's race was hot! We only had 39 starters and 23 finished. Our time was slower than than 35-39 group and I wish I would have stayed in the field the whole race. I felt great all day and just didn't leave enough for the end. I did end up missing the wrecks for the day which is always a plus. I pray for more patience in my races to come and more confidence in the strength God has giving me as I caught every break attempt with ease. Thank you Lord for the power you have giving me and the ability to ride a bike. Thanks to my family and RGF Solutions for allowing me to race.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Who is Jesus?
















The Greatest Man in History Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer
He had no army, yet kings feared Him..
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.
I feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Hyde Park

Hyde Park Blast Criterium Race 2009.
Mark the Date
Saturday, June 27, 2009
LOCATION: Cincinnati Ohio

What 2008 Hyde Park Blast Pro Mens Criterium Champion Jeremy Grimm from RGF Solutions had to say about the 2008 Hyde Park Blast.

"Hyde Park is my favorite race. I have done the Athens Pro 1 Twilight Race, Sommerville Pro 1 race, and many other NRC Pro races. Snake Alley Pro Race in Iowa was my recent favorite race and now Hyde Park is number 1! The spectators on the last lap made me get chills as they were cheering us on. Thanks to everyone in Hyde Park and everyone that made this race possible. I thank God and my savior Jesus Christ everyday for the ability to ride a bike. "

2008 Highlights and Race Recap

Record crowd for this years event. Police estimates had the crowd in excess of 3,000 people lining the 8/10 of a mile course.
Hyde Park Blast Criterium course continues its legacy of selection, safety and long lines of anaerobic racers.
Record turnout of 189 competitors.
23 Juniors competing in 3 categories from 10-16 years of age
Thunder and lightning in the womens finish
Largest Category 4 and 5 fields ever!!!

Pro 1-2 event dominated by RGF Solutions

The course for the Hyde Park Blast is unlike any other you will find. Tight technical turns, long straight-aways, climbing and descending. Shady Lane implies anything but its name to the cyclists who ascend this short climb.

True to history, this year the course was on form. Only the riders strong enough to survive all the anaerobic challenges would find themselves among the selection of few to contest a podium spot at the 2008 Hyde Park Blast Criterium.

JR racing was in full force this year. Red Zone Cycling from Lousiville, KY was well represented bringing riders in all three Jr Age groups. Mother Nature provided some challenges, but the Jr's were not to be denied. Ian McShane, John Francisco and Daniel Bush from Red Zone Cycling firmly placed themselves on top of the podium for their age groups.

Enacting its control, the course made short order of the fields in the large Category 4 and Category 5 Races. Each race saw numerous cyclists unable to bridge the many challenges throughout. Both categories saw hotly contested sprints. Category 5 top podium spot was reserved for Philip Bailey. Category 4 saw Darkhorse - RPC Mechanical place two podium spots with Matt Bell taking first and Alex Hasse 3rd.

The womens category had added incentive for a fast pace with mother nature providing thunder and lighting as Kristina Heath representing Indiana University sprinted away from the group to take the top podium spot followed by Sonia Chambers from Huntington, W.VA and Callie Burt, Pedal the Planet/CES, from Lexington, KY.

Category 3 had its share of drama. Ryan Good from the Abundance Investor Team made a strong move from the field and seemed poised for a possible breakway victory only to have the tight technical turn around Hyde Park Square neutralize his effort. The door then opened for Mike Purvis from the Compangeiro Racing Team in Louisville, KY to make his move from the pack. With Purvis dangling within sight, a ramped-up peleton began the chase only to fall meters short at the line as Purvis took the top podium spot. Rounding out the Cat 3 podium were David Schweer, Speedway Wheelmen, from Indianapolis, IN and Dan Green, Trizilla, from Pittsburgh, PA.

As the sun went down and the course lights came on, the premier race began, and the top contenders in the PRO 1 - 2 race took to the course. This race had all the makings of a two team battle with the "big guns" from RGF Solutions and the local team from Huntington Bank bringing most of their arsenal of riders. The rest of the field could only hope to capitalize on this battle with opportunistic racing. As expected RGF sent a strong rider, Jeremy Grimm, off the front in the first lap. He dropped the hammer and held nearly 30 mph for several laps. John Murdock of Huntington threw down some great efforts, but they were no match for the steady pace of Grimm and his pesky teammates who refused to pull through after Murdock's great efforts. The youngsters from One Call Now, Anderson and Allen both tried their hand as well, but their efforts were futile in the face of the pounding pace of Grimm's fierce pedal strokes. Finally with a few laps to go Dan Campbell (recent runner-up in the Tour of Ohio) and Andrew Clark (2007 Ohio Time Trial & Criterium Champion), both of RGF Solutions, threw down a huge attack trying to steal the Podium for RGF. Eric Knight of Huntington Bank was successful in bridging to Andrew Clark only to relinquish his chances for 3rd with a gentlemanly handshake acknowledging a great effort and indeed RGF did go 1,2, 3, and the podium was complete.
Jeremy Grimm 1st, Dan Campbell 2nd, and Andrew Clark 3rd. Knight took a respectable 4th and Ben Weaver, Nuvo Cultural Trail, Columbus, IN took the field sprint for 5th.

The Hyde Park Blast is a non profit 501.c3 organization with all proceeds from the RUN / WALK/ CYCLE / CELEBRATION benefiting charity.
Leukemia Society
The Wellness Community
Cancer Free Kids

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RPC Mechanical www.rpcmechanical.com
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Photos courtesy of Tiffanie Hills www.velocityimage.com Additional photos available @ Jeffrey Jakucyk

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Join the fight against cancer by supporting one of the many events of the 2008 Hyde Park Blast, one of Cincinnati's premier events. The Hyde Park Blast will attract over 4,000 spectators and participants in one of Cincinnati's most prestigious neighborhoods. The event begins with the Blast 4 mile run on Saturday morning, kids cycling and running events throughout the day culminating with a twilight criterium bike race and block party on Saturday evening. All of these events are centered in/around historic Hyde Park Square. The Hyde Park Blast is a non profit 501.c3 organization