Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Parts is Parts, but Tools is Better

Orders are coming in to make my bike whole again.
Performance never disappoints with quick service and shipping :

sure makes installing
much easier

These socks rock my feet.They come with a convienient R and L in case you forget your left from right.

I'm accumulating Tubeless Tire Patch Kits for the great TTPK shootout:

Day off from the bike.


Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Congrats where they're due - Everywhere!

Time to write a little congratulatory thing to a bunch of folks.

The NORBA season is over and rookie "Martini" (that should should be a drink - "I'll have a Rookie Martini please") moved into the top twenty in STXC and 23rd in XC. A great first year showing against a field just stacked with a bunch of 0% body fat powerhouses. He can't wheelie and I can't wheelie either. Sad thing is I used to be able to. I don't know Nick personally but his blog is a regular read, funny and inspirational. He's out there keepin' the dream alive. Here's to next year!

TriPower Women ROCK.........and ROLL

So BJ wrapped up the Cat 4 State BAR with a third at the State TT this weekend. Actually it was wrapped up even before this, but now it's official. I was going to write something about it, but Liz beat me to it and did a much better job anyway.
The Team after a successful effort at the Berry Farm Road Race : Carol, Sally, BJ, and Laura. Missing from the picture is Robin, who flatted during the race, got a spare from the support vehicle and still made it back to the peloton to help out the team.

So what does BJ do after her fantastic year is over? Take a day off? Take it easy for a week? Nope. She sends out an email saying she's getting up at 5:40 to add another early loop. Now she was the one that added the loop before the ride, before the return loop. So now we can go out and get really LOOPY and do 4 loops! This isn't your average ride through the park. Much of these loops (for me anyway) are at or over lactate threshold sufferfests that peak at speeds at or over 30. When you decide to ride the "whole package" you get close to 80 miles of some serious pace. You have to hang on through the one loop sprinters, the fresh legs that hop on in the middle, and some monster pulls my some powerful people. These rides are GUAR-ON-TEED to satisfy anyone's appetite for speed and suffering, so if you haven't done 'em come on out! The amazing thing is at the end and even during we find ourselves as Liz said "deliriously happy"!
So if you've had a good year - CONGRATS. If your season is still going on - go get 'em! Ride hard, ride fast and ride safe.
Oh yeah, as far as my ride today - just a "2 looper" since I'm somewhere between recovery and taper. Lots of wheel suckin' with 2 efforts - a sprint to try and catch Jim, but was in bad position and got out late. Then I tried a flyer a few miles before the bridge in hopes of some day being the first one up that thing. I think I gapped 'em for a little while, but as the "summit" loomed closer the big guy got stomped by the climbers again..................maybe next time.

Monday, August 29, 2005


Don't have the Balls? Buy your pet some!

SO.............There's now a company, CTI Corporation, which manufactures artificial testicles for pets. Appropriately enough called Neuticles tm . They come in an assortment of sizes and three different firmness selections. The purported benefits include:

Increased self esteem for your pet.
Less traumatic adjustment to neutering.
Makes the owner feel better.

AND, Rush Limbaugh says - Neuticles are just plain neat!


Nice rest day today. Making my list, checking it twice, ridin' 7Springs will sure be nice.

Hope you had a good day!


Sunday, August 28, 2005


Race Prep

Started prepping the EPIC for 7Springs and found out why the small ring was eating the chain :

It's missing a tooth - the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth, so help me mail order.

Had to rush order the replacement and the crank tool to put it on.

Did a nice 40+ on the road with a small group - Jim, Barb, Blaine, Wild Bill and Dan too. Jim was strong as an Ox, and pulling like a diesel as usual! Great folks and a great day to ride.


Saturday, August 27, 2005


A Great Ride

I was getting a bit regretful about my decision to ride 3 solo endurance events in 6 weeks. My legs and body still didn't feel quite recovered from the 18 hrs last week. So I set out early this AM to some group rides with a bit of apprehension.

After 60+ miles with three consecutive groups my legs felt better at the end than the beginning. Yeaaaaaa baby.

Many Team riders were up in Richmond for the State Time Trail but there was still plenty of power in the peloton.

The one regroup during the 7:15 ride :
Ride1 Regroup1

Gathering for the 8:30:
CONTE'S 8:30 Ride

8:30 regroup, we got off from this stop sloooow so I had to go out on a fake break to jack up the pace.

People would come and go, but we never got any smaller. Rolling out on the last loop:
Ride3 Forwardcrop

I hope everyone got many miles in! The cooler temps sure felt good.




I Thought I was Pissed

So I get back from an absolutely great 3 1/2 hour ride with some great people, and I check my e-mail, then browse some blogs. What I see absolutely astounds me. I'm sooooo furious I can't see straight. I don't get upset very often (I probably should). I can only think of maybe 2 times in my life that I've lost my temper (one was on a bike, but that's another story). So I walked around then went grocery shopping to cool down before writing this.

It turns out Jeff Kerkove has been BOOTED from the solo World Championships and banned for one year from any event run by 24HoA (24 Hours of adrenaline). Why? Was it a bad blood test? Unsportsmanlike conduct in a race? Was he guilty of cheating?

Nope. The organizer booted and banned him because of comments Jeff made in an online forum at It turns out that 24HoA changed the date for a race in Conyers 6 weeks before the event. The thread was started by Namrita (a 24hr solo racer from Ga.) with a simple question - Is the fee 24HoA is charging worth it? This is America and this is a forum, so everyone had (and HAS) their chance to be heard. I was following the thread regularly because it's dealing with an issue very important to me and all other solo riders - the cost we pay and the value we receive.

Then it turns out that 24HoA will not give refunds to those that have paid the $400 solo entry fee and can't make it. They even refused giving a refund to Heather Mosely who couldn't make it because she came down with mono. The race organizer (24HoA owner) Stuart's last reply to her email was "Leave me alone". This is after Heather apologized publicly to Stuart for comments she felt were "hurtful" (IMO they weren't) in a previous post.

Jeff's comments in the thread were totally within reason, without malice or aggression, and for this Stuart boots him from the race. Now I don't know Jeff aside from regularly reading his blog. I know he was targeting this event and planning his training to peak for it. He even called it "The Best Event in the World" the day before he got the news. He has what must be the most popular endurance racing blog out there, and for good reason(s). Its honest, entertaining, and written by someone who obviously rides with a passion, and rides well. The blog provides us riders with good reading and provides his sponsors with tons of exposure. I bought my ERGON mountain bike grips because of info from his site.....AND they work! I HAVE had the opportunity to meet and talk to Heather and its readily apparent that she too has an extreme passion for endurance riding. These are the very people that keep the sport, and these events alive! WTF was Stuart thinking? He banned Jeff for 1 year, I doubt his business will survive much longer than that.

I thought I was pissed, but I'm really just astounded and amazed. Amazed that Stuart could be SO stupid, so ignorant of his business, so blind to the riders, to pull such an inane stunt. Jeff will find other events to ride, and he won't have to drive 2 days to get there. I for one impose a LIFETIME ban on myself from any and all 24HoA event. This IS America and we vote with our wallet.

Thanks for reading this.


Friday, August 26, 2005


Passion and the Joy of Cycling - Do You Have IT?

Preface - This entry has been on deck in the drafts section for a while. I didn't publish it because I was never quite sure I portrayed what I was meaning to :

I just got the updated standings for the JMC competition and my old High School track teammate John J. Looks like he's raging on to another win. He'll get a free entry to RAAM and some other stuff. But if you figure the amount of time, effort and money it took to attend all those events and ride for days on end, is IT really worth it?

IT certainly seems crazy to most, but those that have the bug, the passion, the feeling for the ride, to those that have IT, it's just second nature. You can tell right away when you meet someone who has IT, when you talk to them about cycling they're eyes light up with fire, they're face glows with a huge grin. When they're riding they're transformed. It doesn't matter how fast or far they go, whether they come in first or last, they just GO - because they love it. It's freedom, it's exercise, it's effort, it's pain, it's glory, it's sweat, it's tears, it's all you want and need it to be and much more.
It's well known that for all his natural talent Jan Ulrich didn't like riding. I'm sure he liked winning, he liked the fame and popularity, but do you think he enjoyed IT as much as Lance? I doubt it.
Boston Montreal Boston is finished and Sandy Whittlesey "won" again. 750 miles, 30 THOUSAND feet of climbing in just over 42 hours. That's 12 hours AHEAD of the next rider. I've seen Sandy ride, and he definitely has IT. Hammering up a 12 percent grade, lapping riders (including me) , he was ALWAYS smiling and offering words of encouragement. DO people win without IT, sure all the time.
I was going to list a bunch of other people that if seen with IT, but heck, they know who they are and they really don't need or even WANT that recognition. It did pull and save a pic from the net a long time ago that pretty much says IT :
I have absolutely know idea who this is. I pulled the photo from the gallery of the Southern Lights 24/7 gallery almost a year ago.
But I believe it's safe to say she has IT!
I went ahead and published this "unfinished" entry because it really has allot to do with the next (above) rant.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Want a New BIke?

How bad? Willing to ride 5 hours, 10? Even more? CLimb 5000 ft, 10,000? 15,000?

Eddie O and Rae Gandolf were chosen to ride with 2 mountain bike pros from Santa Cruz Bicycles. If they could keep up, they got to keep the new (well, now slightly used) bikes.

Rae had to ride with downhill legend, now xc racer and recently crowned single speed world champ Marla Streb. You can read her report here.

Eddie had to ride with Santa Cruz pro Mark Wier. From what I hear Mark is as masochistic as he is sadistic. One of his goals this year is to climb 1 million vertical feet on his MTB. Eddie O is an accomplished (heck almost veteran) 12/24 hour racer, but he'd have his hands more than full here. He has a great report on his new site.

Great reading, great pictures, great riding. They don't call it HELL RIDE for nuthin'.

Another day of recovery for me, a short easy single speed spin through the park.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Word for the day ---- FLAT

Got back out to try a group ride and see how my legs felt. I luckily avoided the ultra-fast 6AM group, my legs wanted NO part of that pace today. Legs felt a bit flat on my warmup ride down there, but they didn't feel too too bad once I got rollin' with the group. One mini-pull then some primo wheel suckin' to hang on. I was already fading OTB on our "big" climb up the bridge and noticed my front end gets a bit guessed it, a FLAT :

As I was sitting there fixing it a nice lady pulled up in her car and said she saw me there and turned around to offer her assistance. Man thats a first! The world is a beautiful place with beautiful people! Two CO2's later I'm rollin again and the rain is falling harder. I spin around the neaighborhood to see if the next group is coming, then see Jim pedalling back on his own. I bet they all pulled into Panera's for coffee.

Heading home on wet roads I slow into a red light and her this pfft...pfft...pfft...pfft like something's rubbing on my front wheel. Check the brakes, no rub, hmmmm. Then as I start off again I realize I'm hearing the air leaking out in bubbles through the puddles. Another FLAT

Getting home I look at the driver side rear tire of my guessed it - another FLAT!

Three flats before 9AM, its a beautiful day. Maybe some sort of devine intervention?


Monday, August 22, 2005


SSWC and a Day of Rest

So the Single Speed World Championships are done and over. I'm SURE a great time was had by all, with limited details sifting thru the electronic portals. Rob from my LBS went, but I havn't spoken to him yet. Though the electronic rumor mill :

Now remember you can't always believe what you read.

My RIG was all dressed up and ready to go, but too late for the show. Maybe next year.

For those unfamiliar with the madness:

People from around the WORLD gathered in State College Pa. to ride SS bikes in a non-race race. The online registration filled up the 400 spots in 2 hours.

About "Winning" from the SSWC site:
Speaking of winning (and whining), lets hit this one last time. The top placing will be determined on the go-cart track. If you're one of the few whining 'cause you're super fast and you've been training all year and what does go-cart racing have to do with real mountain biking anyway-hit the NORBA nationals. Top 20 men racers and 10 random riders will do battle in 3 heats advancing to the final heat of chaos (and driving). The same for thee women with the top 10 doing battle on the track in one fabulous heat!

Sounds like my kind-a fun.


NO NO NO NO NO ridin' today................... NONE NOT 1 BIT

Saturday, August 20, 2005


Race Time

Let me preface this report with a few facts :

When it comes to mountain biking I'm a slug with little or no "skeeels". I see the fast folks floating over the obstacles and clearing tough technical sections with ease, and wonder how they got that good. It seems like EVERYONE is faster than me. I guess that's why I enjoy it so much, 'cause its a challenge and kicks my butt. It's also why I enter the solo division. That way at least I have a chance at outlasting people.

The run to the bikes on the LeMans start is short. I like that since my ankles cant handle much running in bike shoes.

Lap 1 - I get settled in behind a small group and try to establish my HR and pace. The single track in the first part of the course is wet from the humidity and some of the root covered uphills are tough and technical. The slimy uphills are a real challenge on my Kenda Kharismas. More knobs would've been nice, but I would've given up rolling resitance on the hardpack later in the course. I eat it on a slimy uphill log pile. I miss a turn by not paying attention. During the first lap I realize that in my haste I forgot to apply the most essential preparation in an endurance race.---------------------------->

Lap 2 - Trying to establish a rhythm. I go down on the same slimy log pile. On a climb at about mile 2.5 my OTHER pedal self-destructs leaving me the option of going back to the pits (maybe a mile back) or ride out the next 6 miles on the spindle :

That's pretty much a no-brainer - RideON! The flats weren't bad, uphills a bit tougher, but downhills and log hops a test of my nerve and balance.

In to the pits for a pedal change. Its nice having the right tools. Refill camelback and plan on doing the next 3 laps with no stop. Put the lights on so I don't have to stop again. Also take the time to lube up my "undercarriage"

Lap 3-5 - Still not finding a rhythm, and my speed, concentration and energy level steadily decline. I dismount for that F'n logpile everytime but still fall at least once every lap, with a few high speed root induced wipe outs. The root covered slimy sections are really tough. Note to self : Don't try to brake when going fast over wet slimy, muddy roots. Lap 5 is terrible, I feel like sin dipped in misery, my gatorade is luke warm, I have no focus, its dark, I'm hallucinating, and have to walk many a climb. I even stop to sit on a picnic table bench at the top of a climb for a while. Another (team) rider stops and is about to join me, when I tell him I'm solo he says "I better keep going".

I pit after lap 5 and see an empty bag of ice next to the cooler! Phil has helped me out tremendously by icing down my fluids, AND he put an oscillating fan in the cabin.

"Midnight at the oasis".

Note professional race number mounting like I said - no skeeels.

More to come........................


Race Time Part Deux

The midnight pit stop, (cont.)

I really felt like I bonked on the last lap, but something was different. I drank a bunch of cold gatorade, 30 ounces of Endurox, ate a banana, an orange, a handfull of chips (the salt does wonders for cramps), then took an impromptu shower by dumping bottle after bottle of water over my head. I toweled off, went into the cabin to change, and laid back on the cot with the fan blowing on me. WOW did that feel good. I decided to take an hour break to try and recharge my engine. Excuses were beginning to develop in my mind.

By the time I got the drive train lubed, batteries changed and hit the road up to the staging area it was past 2AM.

Lap 6 - Unbelievable. I've NEVER been able to "get it back" after a rest during an endurance event. This time I did. My legs felt even better than when I started. I rode almost the entire course. That dam logpile was no problem, even slime hill. I dismounted to get around a few steps built into an uphill, that was it. Did almost the entire course on the middle or big chainring. WOW! I didn't fall once! I'm sure this was my fastest lap, no doubt about it. I was actually passing people! Man this is fun.

Lap 7 - A continuation of 6, really had some flow going, I tried not to push too hard with still 5 hours left on the clock. I stopped briefly to get my camera as the sun would be coming up on the next lap. Slammed some more Endurox.

Lap 8 -

The scoring/staging area. I think this is at about just after 5AM . All the volunteers were absolutely outstanding. The girl with the helmet on, waiting for the baton in the background is on the Cobblestone/Natures Path Team. They were ALL fast. She'd pass me later in the lap.

I simply LOVE2ride during dawn, it's an awesome time to be on a bike. I was motoring down one of the fast sections of the course around the lake and slammed on the brakes to get a few photos:

While I'm standing across the trail camera in hand, the Nature's Path chic comes flying by.

"Are you OK?" she asks.

"Yup, thanks, just enjoying the sunrise" I answer.

"Good luck!" she yells as she disappears on down the trail.

Now usually the "Are you OK" thing applies to potential physical or mechanical ailments. Maybe this time it had a bit of a psychological angle? Who would stop in the middle of a lap at a race to take pictures!?

The heat is rising as the sun comes up. It was over 80 all night, and now getting close to 90. As the lap continues I start to fade, then on an uphill about 1/2 way through the course I slam a shift with "I've been on my bike for 14 hours" lead hands, and hear that nasty crunch/grind sound we all dread. I look down to see this :

No problem, I have a master link. With tired hands arms and brain I 'm up and running in about 15-20 minutes. It's still getting hotter. The excuse factory is now working overtime. I know I'll have time for one more lap. If I was a real glutton I could probably start lap 10 just before 10 AM.

Over and over these go around in my head. I had a few other good ones but forgot what they were. I got to ride a bit with (solo winner) Bob Anderson toward the end of the lap. We chatted for a while before he left me in the dust. Great guy and STRONG rider. I really need some of this stuff---------------->

Down the last road I stop at the cabin before checking in. Fully resolved that 8 was my last lap. I sit my sore a$$ down and dump some water over my head. Its just before 8AM. Phil comes by and tells me that 9 laps might be "up there", the heats been getting to allot of folks. Hmmmm

I go relax by the fan in the cabin, taking some fresh clothes with me and hoping I don't find a reason to put them on and go back out.

Phil comes back and tells me I'm in a tie for 3rd with 3 or 4 other guys. It takes me about 2 seconds to jump up and throw on some new duds. I surely can survive another lap.

The last lap - As I started there was actually a breeze coming across the field. I felt good. I just wanted to survive this lap with NO mechanicals. This first time I shift onto the granny gear my chain gets sucked up and stuck. Looks like I bent a tooth or link on the last lap and the chain was getting caught on the small ring. Arrrrrgh. Now I'll have to ride the entire last lap on the middle ring. Single speeders will be saying - Shut up and ride you wimp! So that's exactly what I did. The breeze I felt at the start was either an illusion or very short lived. Half way through the lap the heat REALLY starts to hit me. Especially when you come out of the woods.

I rode for a while with Scott who I'd met from CCVA and a group ride at Powhite. He was a lap ahead of me, and STILL looking strong......great job man!

As I went up the last hill to the finish my head and arms felt had this this weird "tingling" feeling, like my whole body was about to fall asleep. I checked in just after 10AM to a round of applause. I sat down and felt like I was going to pass out. For the first time I noticed it was Mike at the scoring table, I think he was there all night. Unofficial results 5th place. I didn't want to get up for fear of keeling over. The experience was priceless, the 5th place was way more than this fat ol' flatlander could've imagined.

Blurry photo of Loretta and the guys in the AIR CONDITIONED dining hall

I eventually made it to the air conditioned dining hall where there was a HUGE spread of food. Everything from tater tots to venison. WOW. Once cooled down I felt better.

I fell asleep while packing up camp and missed the awards. I wanted to go just to give everyone applause and cheers. I get home and am surprised with an email from CyclesEd the RD saying he was sorry to miss me at the awards, he'll mail me the prize money! Turns out they paid down to 5th!! So is winning cash like making the podium?

The whole night I was looking for Snow White, but never found her. Now I hear tell of wandering nymphs from Red Bull! Man I missed them too!

Thanks to all involved at the event. A truly awesome venue and great folks.



Pre-Race Panic

After messing around with my other problems yesterday I didn't have time to pack up until this morning. I still can't get the pedal off!

I leave at 11:30 (3 hours later than planned) for the race which is a 2.5 hour drive if the roads are clear.

What's a guy to do if the tools he has don't get the job done? Buy MORE BIGGER tools! I stop at Sears on the way out get the biggest ratchet they have with a set of metric hex sockets.

Of course traffic is backed up 5 miles going into the tunnel, and an accident in Newport News adds more delay.

On the way there I stop at the closest convenience store to get more ice.

"Do ya'll have any ice?" I ask the dude.
"Umm....... no it all melted" he says.

Arrival at the awesome venue 90 minutes before race time. Barely enough time to set up and register, let alone fix my pedal. The BIGGER better tools work great and I get the pedal changed 10 minutes before race time. Its VERY hot and HUMID.

A view down "cabin row" :

Team "Arsenal" is next door, eventual mens expert/pro winners

Craig is on the other side riding with Team "3 Mules and an Ass", last I heard they still weren't sure who the ass was.The course finishes down, then up this gravel road. At most races it's hard enough to get a pit area near the course. Here you can get a cabin directly on the course!

The pop-up is popped up next to the cabin

My pit area is in typical disarray. I'd like to blame this on lack of time, but those that know, know it would look this way even if I was there a day early.


Friday, August 19, 2005


Shake Down Spin

Out for a shakedown spin after working on the Epic reveals :
Grrrrrreat. More to do before the race tomorrow. I got some pedals, but no one stocks any tubeless MTB tires around here, or tubeless patch kits. Contes gives me a spoke wrench. After finding the leak I still have no way to patch it so have to put a tube in the tubeless, no other choice. The wheel actually trues up well, but after trying every tool I have I can't get the freakin' Crank Brothers Candy pedal off. Why don't they make these to work with a regular pedal wrench like the rest of the world?

Boy Scouts full annotated, originally uploaded by Love2Ride.

Here's the map for the course this weekend. 8.5-9 miles 800 feet of climbing per lap. A great mix of single track double track some gravel road too. A pirate ship, a fort or 2, some TeePees, 8 bridges, 3 lakes, 7 dwarfs and rumor has it Snow White herself will be out there looking for a date!

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Maybe I'm NOT Crazy?

Seems like I'm not alone talking about (and to) my legs as another person, sometimes even TWO separate people. click on this link for a cool audio clip from (Trek pro mountain biker) Nick Martin's blog.

EH! Legs? where'd you go?


Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Sea Shore State Park and Harvey Keitel

I like to use resting heart rate as a training overtraining indicator. After more than a week of my RHR being in the 60-62 range, this morning it was back down to base level at 51. Yeeee-haaaa. My legs are feeling better each day, only a tiny bit of that "good" soreness left.

Today was an easy 90 minute spin through SeaShore State Park on the MTB. Now I didn't say I went MTBing, just that I was ON my MTB.

Sea Shore is a nice place to ride but hardly MTBing

Sort of like Harvey Keitel (as Winston Wolfe) at the end of Pulp Fiction said:
"Just because you ARE a character, doesn't mean you HAVE character!"

"Just because you're ON a MTB doesn't mean you ARE a MTBer."

Something I'm painfully reminded of when I'm getting my butt kicked by a new trail or difficult section somewhere.



Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Taper Time

The only problem with owning bicycle(S) is that you can only ride one of them at a time. But I think I found the bike to end all bikes!!!!

Check it out, the Specialized Scorpion:

"The Scorpion is our lightweight entry bike in the new Specialized Venom line, but it's still an aggressive bike with lots of bite. The secret behind the design is the sleek symmetrical frame surrounding the powerful crankset. As with all our new bikes, all cables and drive train components are housed inside the frame. But the main feature of the Scorpion is the huge bi-directional multi-ring super-drive in the center of the bike, which converts pedalling power to speed so efficiently it increases performance by at least 15% more than traditional drive trains. Simple, sleek, and super-fast, the Scorpion is set to nip those flat and fast trails like never before. "

HA! You probably think it's a joke .....but it isn't. Keep in mind that it is a mountain bike!

Nice ride today, two loops w/three groups. Nothing too strenuous, one good pull and some wheel suckin'. I actually used self control - didn't chase a break, never fought to bridge, just behaved myself. My legs are my friends......... my legs are my legs are my friends.


Orange and Yellow? hmmmmmm

Monday, August 15, 2005


Trans Rockies Funnies

Okay - the Trans Rockies is now done and my friend Jason turned me on to these guys from Belgium that travel around and do adventure racing stuff. Team Reevax, Domie and Pepe (Steve is also on the team). You should check their site out. The English version of the recaps are just TOO funny!!

Here's an example of a crash from their point of view :

"And then a regretful incident: just as we close in on the leaders, one of them drops his drinking bottle, brakes hard and skids transverse across the road to a stop to pick it up again. I can just avoid the drinking bottle, but unfortunately not the Canadian owner. With 35km/h I hit the guy, and crash with my left side on the gravel. Domie, sticking to my rear wheel, can barely avoid my Orbea and crashes over me. In total we are with 4 riders on the ground after only 16km and this on a completely straight gravel road: how the f**k is this possible?

After a cursing serenade of which I'm not proud and that , so it appears later, has been filmed, we take a look at the damage: Domie's back, only just recovered, has been hit hard and hurts again. His right arm and upper leg are grazed. I have especially a left elbow, where in between the gravel stones, there is too much blood running to give a good feeling. Also my left knee and fingers take some damage. Cursing and yelling doesn't change a thing and Domie encourages me to get quickly back on the bike. The bike seems fine, only a twisted handlebar. Not so our Canadian Rockie-colleague, whoms back wheel we have waisted professionally. Luckily he gets quickly onather wheel so the leader team can continue as well."

So now that you have read the description click here to see the slow motion video. That is NOT what you should do while leading a pace line! Or with one close behind you and closing in!

Sunday, August 14, 2005


A Legend is Lost

Today is the last day the Duck-In is open. After more than 50 years it's closing the doors to be bull-dozed and replaced by more expensive luxury condos.
It's sad to see, but I guess that's progress? Although it's right down the street I seldom go there, but I'll still miss it. I wont miss the Beach Parties that consumed 50 kegs of beer and all the local parking spots. I sure wont miss the drunken partiers stumbling down the street to all hours of the morning. I'll miss the landmark, the history, the volleyball games and the views. They also had a great bowl of fishermans chowder and the stuffed flounder was none too bad!

A view from the gazebo, maybe they wont knock this down too..

A bunch of folks went out south to Pungo to get in 50-100 miles this AM but I had to honor the promise I made to my legs - they're due a day or two of rest. So just some easy spinnin' around the neighborhood and Sea Shore today. It was low tide so (after carrying my bike over the deep sand) I actually was able to ride down the beach for a while - FUN.


Saturday, August 13, 2005


Group Rides and the Land of the Gooch

I promised my legs today would be the last whipping I'd give them, and we'd taper down for next weekend's 18hrs of Scouts Honor.

Started with a double whammy group ride. It's a classic at the beach and this was my first time in attendance. Many of the same folks as the smaller Tuesday rides with many new (to me) faces. The crowd for the 7:15 was well over 20 riders. Thankfully my legs felt great. The 1st regroup was quick then we're off again. The group split into two, one fast and one VERY fast. I got shelled OTB of the VERY fast folks with about 5 miles to go and rode in with the rest.

We gathered to pick up the 8:30 ride at Conte's and the group swelled to 30 or more. For some reason I thought this would be a slower more even tempoed ride.................wrong! Once on the main roads it felt like an all out sprint to the next regroup. I tried to work on my position in the group. We'd gotten so big that if you were on the wrong side of a split, forget about reconnecting. Man I love going fast! Granted fast is a relative thing, but I'm going faster riding with these folks than I ever have on 2 wheels. Many went for a "full reverse" third loop, like on Tuesday, but I had to make it up to the land of the Gooch. 40 miles trying to balance on (and falling off) the knife edge of lactate threshold was enough for the morning.

45-60 minute delay reported on the radio at the HRBT so I took the southern route up through Chester. The boy Scout camp was easy to find and an impressive piece of property.

Thanks to the 3 hour ride I was late but Phil was still there and Craig was finishing up a lap. It was HOT, and HUMID. Someone came in saying they drank the contents of an entire 100 oz. Camelback in one 8.5 mile lap. Duane and his brother Dave where there with the other guys on their team and luckily they were going out for another lap, so I joined them.

The course offers a great mix of single track. double track with some gravel roads and nice scenery. In a few places it was tough to follow, but I'm sure it will be marked better before the race. The facilities are absolutely incredible and will make for an awesome venue.

Nice single track:

Thats D and D in the ST!

nice views:
and some gravel roads to stretch your legs:

Gotta love those Tee-Pees ------------>
Just what does a Scout do in there?


Friday, August 12, 2005


Call in Sick? Nah.

Off to do my normal Friday thing, that is rack the MTB, deal with the HRBT, and make it up to ride the ravine at York River State Park. Was going to meet a visitor from out of town that posted on our very active (NOT) EVMA bulletin board to show him some of the local trails.

On the way there I see bumper sticker :

I Used Up All My sick Days So Today I had To Call In DEAD!
I thought it was sort of funny but didn't realize how prophetic it was to be. Dale met me around just after 8AM and we readied the steeds for the ride. It was already well over 80 degrees and was forecast to be mid 90's w/a heat index near 110. No big deal just fill a few bottles. I figured I'd be fresh after having a day off the bike yesterday. We rode Marl Ravine, cleared some deadfall along the way then did Laurel Glen which is now totally open after being closed for a great while. Got wrong geared on the last climb out, which I'd never done from that direction before so I pushed up.
Then we went over to Freedom Park which is only a 15-20 minutes away. I hadn't ridden there in 3 months or so and was looking forward to it. Somewhere toward the last third of the ride I went to pieces, legs had ZERO energy, and HR got all jacked up with minimum effort. Dale reminded me that I hadn't had much to drink on the first ride, he was right. I went to take a drink from my water bottle and saw it was gone, probably punted it on some drop earlier. Shite man, this is a nice trail but not THAT hard and it was kickin' my butt. Forget about peddling circles, even squares, I was having trouble with triangles. My legs were just GONE. Then I looked down at my left leg, had a strange moment of deja vu, and I swear I saw tattooed on it :
I used up all my sick days so today I had to call in DEAD!
I looked down at my right leg and the same dam thing :
I used up all my sick days so today I had to call in DEAD!
I gutted it out, made it back on two dead legs, but was a whipped dog, after barely 15 miles.

Dale looked a whole lot more spry after the ride than I felt ----- >

With some group road rides and a MTB preride tomorrow, I'll have to renegotiate the contract with my legs to see if I can get 'em working again.



Thursday, August 11, 2005


"I Dream of EPICs"

Its time to plan something but I'm not quite sure what. Something that pushes the envelope a bit, creates some great memories, something on a bicycle........ some sort of EPIC!

Not this Epic, although it might be part of the equation.

Not this (2006 all carbon) Epic either, but it would still be nice to have!

Nope its going to have to be this kind of EPIC:

epĀ·ic :
1) Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size
2) Heroic and impressive in quality.

The USPostal loco's had a great EPIC earlier this year.

JK started his own EPIC, and its on the must do list but that's not till next year.

HM has got an awesome EPIC planned.........2 rolled into 1! I'm jealous.

I guess for now I'll just have to dream of the next EPIC, while focusing on the matters at hand:

Looks like an awesome new venue,definitely a back to the roots race, $50 solo entry fee! I'm preriding it this weekend.

2 weeks later its up to Pa. for 7Springs.

Then off to upstate NY . The 540 has EPIC potential but I'm only planning on 2 loops so I can get the 1 JMC point I need to get the medal. You'd have to be crazy to drive 20 total hours to ride 270 miles with 14000 feet of climbing just to get a 5 dollar medal that will get lost in the back of a drawer somewhere. Yep. huzzzaaaaah!

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