Sunday, June 29, 2008
Another one in the books. This time I started off where i wanted to be. Just behind 2 Gary Fisher riders and a BMC rider. The pace was fast out on the ski trail on our way to the single track. As the guys off the front started to gap my plan was to just keep pushing. Picked up one or two and another guy in the lead group had the bad luck of his fork coming apart. As the second lap started I sat 5th behind the pros so I am happy with where I am just need to keep the pace up. That is when it hit a front flat. Not sure how or why but it happened. Quick change but had 7 guys pass me, wheel back in and I was off picking up rides one by one. I was using the new green bar ends to the best of their ability and things were working i was going to make it back to my og spot. That is when the second bit of shit hit and I went down on a bridge. Crashing hard and pulling off my bar end. I now have a grip that is more of a throttle moving all over the place and a sore right side. I put my head down and kept up the work. With only 1/2 a mile left i pass one more and rolled the line hands in the air with my grip in my hand. 7th place ,could not catch the last 2 that passed me but caught the other 5. Not bad had good chase just need to stay upright. The bike rode sweet and the cages kept the bottles in check and my front fork is the best out there, and thanks to Jeff for the grips I now believe in bar ends. Next year things will go better. Now need to get ready for the next one on sunday. Photo Marshfield Hearld
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Been tired can't seem to keep my eyes open at the end of the day. Had a great ride yesterday and the trails were perfect and weed free. The Bike rode as good if not better than ever. A package showed up from the Boys at Ergon so some new stuff to try out at the WSSS race. One more day till the weekend can't wait shop has been real busy and does not seem that we can keep them built and on the floor. Crazy what high gas can do.
Monday, June 23, 2008
After a day off and a race skipped the legs felt ok not great just ok. I have a short week with a race on Saturday instead of Sunday. Then After that another one on the following Sunday. Get the work done and the race will come. We'll see what happens. Early train in the AM.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Good ride on the dirt yesterday the
pedals were easy to turn over with the easier
gear that is on the bike. Different when you can
sit and spin as opposed to mashing.
The only thing that ended up sucking was the weeds.
The trails in some spots are over grown so I got whipped by weeds.
When I got to the shop I was covered in hives. Yea sweet,, after some drugs and breakfast
things got better.
This morning was tempo up the backside of the bluff solo and quite with
good pace and no weeds.
Not against the weeds, just when they make my flesh freak out.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
With my weekend clear and no racing on the calender I can just ride and enjoy the weather. The wors this weekend is far away and I am just not into it. With that said off to the Proving Grounds and getting some dirt under my tires. Great way to start the day.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Gave the 5;30am train a try this morning . Nice weather and good views, still a mountain biker though. Not to comfortable in pace lines with guys that I don't know. So me and Nebraska rode off the front while loosing another one of the mutants. After this cup of coffee I must head back out to work. Fun Fun,, tomorrow we ride dirt at dawn or just a bit after that. Word!!!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Sunny and a good fathers day, got to take a good recovery spin with sophia and a great Thai dinner. It feels as if summer has finally come. The race this weekend was the marque event for the wors series. Good course and fast riding, only problem was it meant that my legs are going to hurt for five laps. Race went well got 2nd in the age group and 11th in the overall. Bike rode well and the maverick fork was the shit. I have to thank all the good people that have been taking such good care of me, thanks to you all I could not do it with out your help. The season is rolling well and it is just starting. Nothing on tap for two weeks and that will be the state champ single speed race. Should be fast and very hard, need to do a good amount of work before that one comes. Go fast take chance and have fun on the the wheels.
Friday, June 13, 2008
but in the way to work I decided to throw my
self on the ground to see
how I would slide across some crushed lime stone.
I think I slid well because I am missing some flesh a top my thigh.
Great way to start the day hip hurts and I have a race tomorrow.
Pain Killers and High Life should fix things at least well enough to
ride my bike in the race.
Stupid I hit the only greasy spot on the trail and their you have it.
Almost as stupid as all the people who say they want
to buy my road frame but then want me to send it COD.
Yea right had a guy say that Pay Pal is not trust worthy?
And shipping with out payment is.
Great start to the day at least it is not raining.
Think that there are some Brats in the fridge for Dinner,better finish to the day.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
This guy has been sitting on my wheel for days now and I can't shake him. James has been digging the trailer bike And I have been making him do the work while I coast. good fun. Just a bit on the wobbly side, the bike that i have it hooked up to my not be the best.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Dug up a picture from the last race thanks to Rusty . Creepy has declared it love your sponsors week, and I think that this photo dose some justice there.
This weekend should bring better results than the last race.
Until then go and check out the sweet sweet bikes at SPOT!
This here is the oldest of all of us Curran's. Doing the up hill time trail in Taos. Can't figure what is sticking out of his helmet but looks like he is going strong. Now that his kid are just an hour north of me he has the the month off to ride and go faster. Good job Big Brother.
Monday, June 09, 2008
It has been raining well not today but over the past few days it has. The major north south bike path to get from my house to work goes through a marsh. Water is rushing across this morning but it was not a big deal to get across. This afternoon was a different story even more water and I had a catfish bounce off my front wheel. Crazy.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
So the boy and I got a new hair cut and let me say I feel much cooler as the humidity has been around. He was not sure at first but after watching dad hes was game. I found a bit of sunshine to get out and spin today. Nice tempo and 3 good climbs. With the low volume this week the legs felt great and if I had it my way I could have ridden all day. More rain as I grill some pork chops seems like it wont stop. If things go the way that they are supposed to I should be able to start building up my Gunnar that never sold. One more for me to ride, I'll take it.
Rain and lots of it has forced the volume to be a bit lower than one would like. Work has been done but now I'll that I can do is rest and watch it rain. Another good one is coming this weekend, hoping that the air stays in the tires. It is a ski hill race which is one of my favorites. If the roads dry up I can get out on the single cross and do a bit of spinning. Stay dry!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Dirt to work a good two hours on the bike before having to work and talk bikes all day. Nice to just move through the woods on my own time with out any worries about what to do or where to be. Long day with the usual stress of the bike shop world the way to break it up is by destroying a bike frame.Got home after another hour on the bike up and over the bluff, to a package from my brother. He is the one that lives in the Republic of Toas sent up some stuff for the kids and a six pack of DALES PALE ALE,,,, good job big brother one of my fav's. Sleep comes soon after some beers and do it all over again.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
I got my bike cleaned tonight and took off the 16 and put back the 19. My question is why and or how can a chain stretch so far so quick. The chain that I use for the 19 is at least a 1/2-1 inch longer. Can't wait to try the carbon belt. If it does not rain i will take some dirt to work if not a bit of road will make me smile. Legs are felling better after the race on Sunday, Wednesday night is the first race of the SMC. Can't wait to see how all the boys from the old hood finish. Hey Roy think that we can make it to the start line, then dinner at Eric's?
Monday, June 02, 2008
The story that I was told before the race was it was fast and yes it was. The start was all elbows and even some crashing. When things settled down i was in the single track where I wanted to be. As we were flowing out of a section I heard it PPPPPiSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! A good flat change even with the bolt on skewer, which rocks. Now i am in the rear of the pack far off the rear. For the next 2 1/2 laps I fought back in to the fold was not going to hit any podiums but back in the race and what do you know same place and another flat. Now I am stretching a26er in to my rear and trying to get back on. At this point I just wanted to finish. I did finish pretty far back but I was not one of the many DNF's. Time to get some work done and get ready for the next one.