Friday, August 21, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


This is how you properly coordinate an outfit

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Check Out My Dirt

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Add It Up

This past Monday I went for a road ride with some Performa punks. I felt fine, I felt loose, I felt fast. I got creamed by Jesse and didn't even come close to fighting for the polka dot jersey. I don't think I even scored a point.

I went for a mtb ride Wed at the camp. I felt fine, I felt loose, I felt fast. I got a lesson in singletrack shredding and power climbing by Paul Duece Revere Kekstas.

I couldn't figure out why I felt fine but there is no snap or power in my legs. My brain says go, my body lunges and I get a mediocre response. I thought of the riding I have done recently and when I added it up I came to something like 235 miles on my one geared wonder bike in two and a half weeks. Hmmm, maybe that has something to do with it.

Hopefully, and what I am trying to convince myself of is, that after 24-9 I wasn't completely recovered. When I threw O2S in the mix with some random rides in between it might have been a bit too much after taking most of July off for parties and vacation. I actually did a recovery ride ride Thursday night with a friend of mine and kept the HR really low for a 25 mile ride and that felt great.

So we will see how things respond. I have 2 weeks before the next race and the 32x16 wont turn itself.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

O2S '09

Ore to Shore was this weekend. Hitched a ride from some Performa guys. Thanks. As we sat around the campsite I talked them into a friendly 3 hr singletrack ski hill ride the eve of the race.


I had a couple grey areas in mind on exactly what trails get us out to the ski hill and sure enough in the 3 decisions to make I was wrong all 3. We did work our way out and still had a killer ride. One tricky section had us repairing a wheel and had myself cleaning blood off my arm and off my break cables where it continued drip as I rode.


Mike Curtes had the hook up for camping. Curtes bro's, Sam W, Hartigs, and Beechwood locals Randy and Sara filled a couple campsites with people to share our stories.

Race starts saturday. Fourth O2S for me. 1st year was a 26" full suspension, year 2 and 3 29" full sussy, this year, singlespeed hardtail. My goal was 3:10, last years time was 3:31 with some issues. Lead out, holy crap, my 32x16 had me spinning watching a geared parade go by. The rest of the race was uneventful. I kept the rubber side down, got smoked again on the road section halfway throught the race, held of cramps at the end, had a killer 4 up sprint (3 ss'rs) to the finish that I pulled out with the first wheel across. Finish time was 3:11.04. Close to my 3:10 goal but still happy with it. I dont think 3hrs is too hard to get to. If I can hold my place on the climb out of the bridge over the river, 3hrs isnt a lofty goal.

Fuel riders:
Joe Curtes killed it with Singlespeed overall win and 24th overall.
Sam Wellskopf won his age group with a 28th overall.
Mike Curtes had some wheel issue and after riding past him on the side of the trail engulfed in a mixed blue cloud of CO2 and tire sealant he found a way to cath me and still beat me by 40 seconds.

Another great weekend that I still have a buzz from.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Western Style

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Next Up

This weekend is Ore to Shore. This was the last of my plans for the summer. By last plans I mean the last of the big events I am looking forward to. Alaska was big, 24-9 was big, O2S isn't a big deal its just I really look forward to it. I still have plenty to do. Its just none of it has that same once a year feal. I still have to make my return to WORS since only doing the first 2 races and cross will be fast approaching.

I can say I was a bit bummed when I was thinking about that. So I added a new one. This one is going to be the shiz. This one will make me think twice about a dinner consisting of beer and chicken wings for the next 7 weeks.

Going here.

Staying here.

Up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up......