Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
-otter creek is the only gravel road around iowa city that is not 100% straight
-b roads, when rideable, can be tricky
-sometimes i sound like i'm dying when i crash
-adam can ride a bike sideways
-aaron can ride a bike while hopping on one foot
-sometimes its better to ride in the neighboring cornfield rather than the impassable b road you're walking
-ice-filled beards will always look funny
-walking miles of knee deep snow while pushing a bike isn't for everyone so choose your company wisely
-BACON!!!!!! bacon is my new favorite endurance ride food. pre-cooked and edible straight from the package. doesn't get all frozen and hard to eat cause there's just too much glorious fat.
-fenders...when riding through iowa city in the snow a fender is a good idea
-total ride was around 50 miles and about 5 hours. think we hiked probably 2-3 miles of the maybe 5 or 6 b roads that we ventured on to. snowed at the start, turned to sleet, ice under the snow was fun.
-between the walking, ice, snow, bonks, pizza and beer this definitely qualified as triple d training. thanks to adam and aaron for an awesome day.
-no pictures cause i suck and forgot my camera
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
austin powers inspired strategically placed bike parts.yep...just hangin out... thank you vassago for making such ridiculous clearance. side note...never seen so many derailleurs ripped off in my life.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
and orange slices i couldn't reach in my camelbak.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
-facts: cat 3/4 race; geared 37X17; dropped chain on second lap and was passed by the entire field; went over my handlebars bunny hopping barriers on lap 7; beat one person.
-option 1 (excuses): completely focused on endurance training doesn't allow me to train for top-end ouput like this, i don't race an uber-light carbon rig with carbon rims and tubulars, my steel single speed is built for long distance gravel riding with no regard for weight or race-inspired body position, i had no support or hand-ups
-option 2 (reasons): i really do suck at cross racing. fitness and technical abilities both are lacking tremendously.
pretty sure option 2 is the more accurate explanation of my finish on sunday. regardless, it was good to see the iowa city crew and some of the locals. well run race. after dropping my chain and getting dropped by the field i decided to have fun practicing hopping the barriers rather than dismounting. first three went well, #4 caught my rear wheel and sent me over the bars providing some entertainment for the spectators which led to a slightly larger group demanding i try again on the 8th and final lap (which i had NO intentions of doing but couldn't let the mob down). cleaned them in rather ugly fashion, finished, changed into some warmer clothes and grabbed a beer. the race hurt...a lot. man i'd rather suffer an ultra than the acute pain of these races.
monday brought a trip to cedar falls to see the mastermind behind transiowa to drop off my registration and offer guitar ted some gifts as though he has some say in the weather on the last weekend of april. was good to share some war stories with him and get excited about t.i. again. given sunday's performance and monday's visit i'm thinking this sunday is gonna involve skipping the cross race and getting in a gravel century.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
pretty sure it happened something like how colin has it shown above
for those who don't know colin or his humor, a rocker knife is actually a untensil given to him by an als association to help him cut up his own food. he's also a self-admitted computer geek. the name "rocker knife" just happens to be about as metal as metal gets. so it became a band that now rules the underworld of death metal and i believe also eats children.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
not all fall gravel rides are sloppy