Wednesday, June 24, 2015

going pro

true is busy at mountain bike camp, learning all kinds of cool things like how to jump, how to build a jump, how to change a tire, how to care for his bike, etc.  i'm amazed that dave rider put this together, and handles all these kids!

Sunday, June 21, 2015


pretty incredible sunset for a pretty incredible dad. husband. man.  we had an amazing evening.
cheers to the guy who spent his father's day working on our bikes. all day. lucky we are.

Friday, June 19, 2015

take me out to the ball game

luca was invited to go to his first ever baseball game tonight.  bonus: it's star wars night with fireworks!  our friend send me this photo....luca loving his first taste of cotton candy ever.  i think that it was a surprise to all that he had never had this american classic before.  but to tell you the truth, that sugar cloud like stuff makes me shudder-  i'm glad he's getting the experience, and i'm glad i don't have to be there to see it!

how do you raleigh?

ok, enough of the mountain bike pics, you are thinking!  but here's such a great one of true from our latest race.  the folks at raleigh bikes have requested to use this image for promotional material, and they want to consider using him for other photo shoots!  awesome, way to earn your keep true erbeck!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wednesday Night World Championships

with summer, comes mountain biking.  one of my favorite sports, it's no surprise that i have high hopes that my kids would also enjoy mountain biking and racing their mountain bikes.  and. of course. they do.
wednesday night worlds is a local mountain bike series in the summer- on as you guessed, wednesday nights.  i raced them before i met aaron, then happily raced them with aaron.  i even raced them 6 weeks after delivering true, and again while pregnant with luca.  there were a few years that the series went on hiatus while the venue changed, but they are back and i couldn't be happier!
i met up with the stonich clan last night, for our inaugural first alki-rubicon kids mountain bike race.  the kids got into their adorable kits, and lined up with the adults for the beginner/sport race.  i think it takes great courage to do this for anybody new to mountain biking of any age, and they are the ONLY under 10/yrs kids out there.  there are some young teens, but there are no 6 year olds!
anne marie hung with the older boys, who completed a full lap (30 minutes of racing).  i'm told that they rocked it, although chit chatted the entire race (we'll work on this).  true took the sprint finish from david jr, but to be fair, david jr was in front of true and did not know that they were going for the sprint.  welcome to racing...where friendships are both forged and tested on the trail.
luca hung back with me and bravely, oh so bravely, rode his heart out.  he had to walk some sections, and he was quite nervous about some of the steeper downhills...but every time we came to a road intersection and he had the opportunity to stop and ride back to the car, he insisted on finishing.  he crashed a few times, and each time he popped back up and onto his bike without a tear.  he even bled from some of his scrapes. but no tears.
crossing the finish line, luca said, "man mom, i'm really proud of myself."
as am i.
as am i.
kit-proud...these boys love their bike clothing!

with their trusty steeds

a glimpse into the love of single track

Monday, June 8, 2015

a viking at heart

a few weeks back, luca's bestie family invited the erbeck boys (all three) out for a sail on the puget sound.  everybody was pretty stoke for the big adventure!  luca, in particular, had a blast, and he took over the helm as often as he was allowed. graham was miffed that luca didn't want to play...nope, my little viking wanted full boat control.
true says of the adventure, "it was great, but maybe not my favorite thing, since i really found it hard to read".  yes, true's favorite pastime is reading. i love my little viking and my book worm.
luca, in full control, as usual

nap time for graham, while luca eyed his spot at the wheel