Tuesday, April 21, 2009

sylvan island

the stampede=mud. crazy, crazy amounts of mud. the last time i raced in anything like this was at seven oaks a few years ago. the difference there was it turned into clay and there was enough climbing that it forced you to walk a lot. the island is so flat that everything was rideable, it was just a beast to ride through some of it. lots of two wheel drifting through corners. lots of outriggers. ended up 5th overall in the expert race. two years ago i never thought i'd be in the expert class so i need to keep things in perspective. in that sense i'm happy enough. no ss class in the expert field but had there been i would have been second. not thrilled about that but when aaron (pretty sure i'm finally getting names figured out) passed me he looked crazy fresh and i was attempting to slog my way out of a mud filled pain cave. congrats to him on this one as well as finishing the 80 down in arkansas. ran into adam who was down in arkansas with aaron and i almost didn't recognize him. 4 days after ouachita dude was on his bike and went through a windshield face first. intensive care and shit ton of stitches in his face and he's happy to be walking. perspective. i'm happy i can walk. i'm happy i can ride my bike for two and a half hours through sloppy mud and feel like a little kid for a while. good luck with the recovery man. good to see them and the rest of the iowa city crew, chatted with cam a bit about squirrel rockin the bone bender (huge congrats on first overall 6 hour on an ss), perkins (who got on the podium in the ss race), neipert and kingsbury who controlled the sport class...huge thanks to the organizers and volunteers. it was a mess out there but an absolute riot. there's gotta be pics somewhere, unfortunately i don't have any of them. i'll try to find a link eventually. my own dad couldn't even tell me apart from the other racers after a couple of laps. time trials this weekend and transiowa next.

5 comments:

Julie said...

Can you put the pic from your camera up?

Squirrel said...

Hell I'd be shits and giggles with a 5th in the Expert class running my SS. Where can the family and I get an electric site close to TT course? Thinking of heading up early on Saturday morning.

shockstar said...

pulpit rock campground. or my floor. already got one dude plus maybe kent and his buddy depending on the weather. apartments always open refugee style for whoever needs. probably preriding the course saturday mid morning if you want a tour guide.

Squirrel said...

I'd love floor space and tour guide. I'll be leaving 5 or 5:30am Sat. morning. Will that get me there in time for your ride or do i need to leave earlier?

Peace

shockstar said...

you should be fine timewise to get a ride in. i'm thinking kent and his buddy as well as scotty might all be crashing here friday night so i'll just give you directions here and we can take off when you get in.