Monday, 30 August 2010
Since I was riding with my co-worker who seems to be embodiment of Black Death himself at times, I now have more twisted metal to wall mount than his famous snapped drive shaft.
I needed a living room ornament anyway, a butchered high horsepower inline 6 might be the way to go.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
My co-worker Rudy and I hitched back to Golden, a 5 minute exercise - dude in a souped up Ford truck picked us up.
Car being flat bedded to Calgary. Rudy and I got a rental car Dodge Caravan that can't even pass a Hyundai on a 2km passing lane.
When it was being trailered it looks like the oil filter rattled off, picked it up from an oil change Monday. Fk.
2011 will have more luck.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
There's 6 people who I'm in active dialogue with now/this summer on the topic. It feels so good. I try to deliver value to their questions. I love to see development. Between skills, equipment, trails and fitness, there's a lot of things to share.
Only caveat is that little do they know, the last person who approached me with this, then jumped in with both feet, is out to conquer the world by knobby tired biccyle in many respects!
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Thursday, 19 August 2010
...Devin, Craig, Gabor and I met to head out to Moose Mountain to find a full parking lot of riders out there. We did the full Pneuma up to Special K, on which I did my best to exorcise some demons on the climb (although undoubtedly the other three were just at 80%). Good god it felt good. Cleaned the climb to Race of Spades, then had one dab, then broke a pedal. No good; hard to climb after that.
Started down Special K after Craig, then just had a bit of an epiphany... something inside needed to cash chips in on the "live life, taste death" motto. My Scalpel with an underpressured rear shock, worn out brake pads, and crap bald tires asked me if we could kick it up a notch or two... which in turn required me to nicely ask Craig if I could slide by. Next step was relaxing, turning off the brain, looking up the trail and taking long slow breaths. Somewhere in there the brakes got used less. Heavenly... just rolled while smiling down Special K's steeps and nice re-route.
We did ridgeback next, where I came around a corner and scared the crap out of myself and the juvenile moose that was 10' ahead. Holy cow those things are massive. I don't need to see them that close, ever!
Nightfall came and we blundered in (ok, I did most of the blundering with tinted prescription lenses) to station flats.
One of those classic days where mountain biking just feels so right. Where we play and go home after the sun sets. When Craig and Devin and Gabor and I are having just as much fun as we can. Perfect!
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Tuesday was pure comedy with a chance meeting of a co-worker early in the morning, 3 tries at push starting my car after leaving the map lights on, running into his gf's dad who was on the way to work while this gong show happened, and of course the flying "dead" moth in her car after.
Maybe all that balances out some of this Josh Ritter stuff.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Here's what a post TransRockies day looks like - no photos though of Thomas as he's the guy manning the camera most often.
Tired bike riders (or bike imposters like me).
Chill, think, live. Ride more, think less, chill more.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Today was a classic TR stage - empty it out on a road then cross a massive mountain pass in no easy fashion. Just had to keep moving. It was hard, everyone suffered the big day out. Good weather and reasonably fun descent, one of those days that has a hundred racer news dramas to find out a tent city after. Lonn and Steve had some mechanicals. Pat and Craig seemed good. Trish and Alana, and Mical and Jeff (thanks for the post race clothes generosity) seemed great today. The Belgians are happy. Geoff Clarke outrode his bike's ability to tolerate his power unfortunately. Ken Hurd is making it along with some stitches. Cory Wallace is lighting it up. I'm impressed by the efforts of my co-workers, I'll need to re-open the gap on them with more riding if their improvement continues ; )
But Darren and I departed, along with the rest of the FirstEnergy crew. Back to reality, I'll miss bike race world.
What I've learned is never balk on showing up due to lack of self confidence, within a reasonable realm of preparation of course. Too much fun is at stake. Also sleep is something I need more of, especially when going hard in the great outdoors. Simplicity would be a great thing too. Mud and two wheels are simple... who knows about the rest of my existence. It's all what you make of it.
Hope everyone else out there continues to have a blast.
Monday, 9 August 2010
Beautiful weather, can't second guess that. Long climb and lots of gravel roads - all just needing energy output from a body that's not trained for that. Can't disguise lack of fitness and power to weight ratio on a 23k road climb like you can in super muddy singletrack. Ouch.
Chambers had a great day, Lonn and Steve were moral support at the end. Darren finished after starting super sore. Scotty seemed chipper as always. I didn't see any of the front of the action as I spent a lot of time going in reverse.
Loved the downhill, from drop in to the road I never dabbed once.
Elkford hospitality is great, it's always second to none.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
If people don't love today, they don't love real mountain biking!
Rainy last night and today. Massive climb at start up "hyperventilate" and the mud gave me chain suck so it's a mix of middle ring and running for me, which is fine other than some sore hip aductors or whatever ones pull your legs up. Great singletrack all day. It's slick - like winter riding - so much of it is either brake or steer, pick one, due to low traction. Again a bunch more is just zero rider input and coast due to low traction. Hope and pray for a little traction and pray your yin and yang are in harmonious balance! I suspect a lot of walking and/or crashes on the downhills for people. It was sooooo fun, plus hurt so good. Geoff Clarke was 2:25 and I was around 2:35, I know nothing else for now. All I know is that means a few hours of fun, rain makes it that mud and washing of mother earth baptism... so good. I bet the range on the day will be 2 to 4.5 hours.
Came back to hotel caked in mud head to toe. Couldn't have possibly had more on me. Walked right into 40 min shower with all my gear on and got it all "clean" by the end. Barely even messed the room up.
Despite a few suboptimal parts, today was awesome, reminded me why I love this. Late dinner last night and 1am bed time, late breakfast leaving restaurant 20mins before I'm supposed to be starting the TT. But hey, that doesn't even seem new to me anymore... I'm just a walking mess. Bald Racing Ralphs made the descending fun (skiing!), chain suck and no granny made the climbing fun, and glasses I continually licked mud off vs. going no glasses kept the day's ability to see somewhere between jack shit and fuck all.
So many deadgoats out, glad to see them all. So many other bike friends out. The Belgians. The FirstEnergy crew makes it awesome, not many people can ride with both their boss and el presidente, man that says something about why I've loved that place for a decade, not to mention our international analyst here too. The whole stage race entourage. Awesome!
Love it all, love the riding, love the mud. Perhaps mildly suboptimal on a few timing and riding details, but no shortage of fun and bike family times.
Saturday, 7 August 2010
I'm pretty excited to be leaving for TR3 today, I love bike races. The part that tempers it a little bit is that I barely ride between stage races, which isn't exactly stage race prep material. Moving does a number on the back muscles, but not so much for the threshold power. So along with the fun and joy of seeing bike riding friends, it'll be the joy of feeling the legs burn, feeling the lungs burn, and watching the tank empty well before it used to empty.
A bunch of FirstEnergy guys will be there this year, along with the usual crew of deadgoats, and of course the Belgians. Fun on the horizon!
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
We spotted Devin hammering out some road miles on the way home, I can tell that cadence and bike position from a long ways away. Good to see everyone even if briefly, and good to see Devin looking fast squeezing in a ride.
Up to the second well tie in on Pneuma.