Saturday, December 31, 2005

RUSSELL'S RIDE


Wauwatosa/Downtown/Lakefront/Shorewood/River Hills/Mequon/Theinsville/Extreme Ski & Bike/Somewhere/Meno Falls/Lannon/Hillzilla/Somewhere else/Somehow back to Tosa. 50+ mi, 4some hrs? Fellow bloggers Russell, MG, DIHAF and a pretty diverse arsenal- roadies, mtbs, SSs, cx and even a fixe. 1 hellafun New Years Eve ride. Thanks Russ.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

CRAPLOAD

Monday was a good day. While most were probably out at the stores returning gifts, i made my triumphant return to the bicycle. I slept in until 8, had breakfast then headed out for a nice 3 hour spin. Heading north i found a bunch of roads i hadn't taken before. With no big ring, or front brake for that matter, it was easy to keep things under control. Huh? Oh yeah, during my down time i took it upon myself try to repair a faulty Ultegra shifter by tearing into the shift mechanism, needless to say, i have a new shifter ordered. Regardless it felt good to ride again and all the funk and laziness that had built up over the past couple weeks melted away. Upon returning home i showered, ate lunch then took a nap before putting in a couple hours at the shop. Slacking is much sweeter after riding.

Yesterday T came over. He got the Off Road to Athens DVD for Christmas so we checked that out. I have to admit i don't really keep up on the national or international mountain bike scene but it was interesting to see what the top riders in the country had to go through to make the Olympic team 2 years ago. It also reinforced my complete lack of confidence in the self-perpetuating beauracracy that is USA Cycling. I recomendo.

Tonight i built my first wheelset under the instruction of Mr. Mark Purdy. Went pretty smooth. These are for my current project which i hope to be rolling in a couple weeks. Looks like a few rides going down this weekend, not sure what i'm gonna do yet. Have to see how the work/ankle/$$$ situation is.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

MERRY CHRISTMAS

My neighbor is Santa Clause.

After visiting family tonight i stopped at the gas station to grab some milk and beer to get through the rest of the holiday weekend. Unfortunately the cashier brought it to my attention it was after 9 and couldn't sell the alcohol. Bummer but no big deal. Not 15 minutes after i get home my neighbor stops by to wish me a merry Christmas and drops off a 6 pack of highlife. Niiice! Otherwise, it was still a good night spent with the relatives and tomorrow we're all going to my parents. I want to thank everyone for everything but getting together is what really counts. I wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

CRAPTACULAR

I know, hella-crappy blogging lately. Not much going on. Daily grind then moonlight at the shop, attacking the pre-holiday build up regiment of kids bikes, hybrids, fitness equipment and an occasional singlespeed-beerrunner-junker. Shopping done, Christmas around the corner, hoping to ride on New Years. At least the days will get longer now.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

DAY 10


Today i was out of the boot and hobbling around, even shoveled some snow at work. When i got home the trainer was taunting me so i laced up the high-top Shimano shoes and put in an easy 40min to feel things out. The ankle's far from 100% but it felt good to loosen it up. Hoping around Christmas it'll be strong enough to go out and ride. Tbone and i were talkin' about hitting the Bugline on New Years, we'll have to see how deep the snow is by then. Looks like some craziness is going down over at Creepyfriendly that may warrant a trip out to the madcity this spring. That's farther away than i can think right now. I gotta get to bed.

Monday, December 12, 2005

IMPROVEMENT

Been chillin'. Work, rest, sit-ups, work, work, rest. Today i could walk around a bit without the moonboot on. Maybe by next week i can start some light spinning.


(My) Winner of the week
Congrats to Nathan for turning Inter on Sunday. When i started racing you only needed 3 wins to move up, now you need 8. The Boys gettin' smooth and i'm sure he'll adapt quickly to the faster class.





Riders ready...

That's all for now, gotta get back to chillin'.

Friday, December 09, 2005

REJOICE!

Burger King is bringing back their dollar menu!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

FOLLOW UP

Todays assesment diagnosed torn ligaments. Zoweee! I get to walk around with this big moonboot brace but its better than crutches. It's snowing out and looks fun. Bet gate practice was fun too. Today i did sit-ups. I'll have abs of steel by Christmas. Down time, suck it up!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

COUCH'N

If pictures are worth a thousand words than i won't have to type so much.


The Boy on Sunday


Tell which is the culprit?


The couch diet.


Not happenin, but 4Sale-4Cheap!

Monday, December 05, 2005

DL

Blown ankle.
Sprained, chipped and purple. Thanks to Jay and Nathan for helping me pack up afterwards. Got some couch ridin' to do now.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

DICEMBRE


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Saturday, November 26, 2005

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

It's been a long weekend and it still ain't over. Thursday rode down to my Aunt's in the city. On the trip, a novice-level brain-fart caused me to momentarily eat sh!t and in the process break the bar mount on my headlight. All OK, rolled on. Arrived about noon, ate turkey, chilled with family, watched Godzilla, yadda, yadda, yadda. Later with the cooler temps and no functioning headlight i opted for a lift home instead of hitting the Turkey ride as i had planned. I know, i'm a slacker. Other than that it's just been errands, snow riding and just being lazy. Feels weird not having a race for once. That might change next weekend though, we'll see. Until something exciting happens... Out.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

STATE CX


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I was on the fence about going today. Not sure if i felt like driving or paying $20 to kill myself for an hour. But hey, it was a nice gray November sunday during gun season, so what the he11 else was i going to do? Last chance to race cross this year and the course at Angell Park Speedway totally rocked. I gunned it on the start and was in about 6th on the first lap. Then i pretty much popped and drifted back into noman's land. Oh yeah, 'cross is like, hard, and i haven't ridden hard in a few weeks. I worked together with Dag Selander most of the race but we were going backwards the whole time. The last lap the leaders caught me and i was kind of relieved to not have to do another circuit. Ended up 12th ,a whole 2 spots up from DFL! B.Matter won it, Jesse 2nd and Mark took 5th, NICE! Despite my result i still had a blast and it got me off the couch. Look forward to hitting more next year.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

MENOMONEE

Yesterday i did an easy ride on the Bugline out to Menomonee Falls and back. This morning was a fun ride on the Menomonee River trails. Jim G was the fearless leader on our "tour of the West side". While Russell made sure no one took a wrong turn and ended up in the 'hood, Jeremey and i rode our fixies and survived with only a few close calls. Jerry, Lori, Kevin and Singlespeed Amy were also in attendance along with the Old man who was ripping up the bmx section. Good flowing singletrack that literally runs right along the river and with some good dips, gulches, logs and roots to keep you on your toes. Later on, the thaw really greased things up making the terrain more challenging and more track-skid negotiable. After a few hours everyone got their fill, so then it was off to Qudoba, of course. Thanks again to Jim and Russ for showing us around.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

NOV'


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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

ELEVEN 15

For me, Mondays fly and Tuesdays drag. By Hump Day it all evens out. Thursday is the new Friday and on friday i'm coasting. Fenders are my greatest recent investment even though my commute's only a half mile. Dripping Lemond. Load a DVD and spin the mtb, woo-hoo! Hoping for snow.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

ROAD/BMX

Rolled out at 7:30 this morning and ran into Littmann in town. YES, Jeff is actually out riding already after being released from ICU what, a few weeks ago? I rode with him for about half hour or so, real easy, before splitting off. It's great to see he's recovering well and should be back up to speed by spring. Then i hooked up with the Doc ride. It was a small group and most of them were tri-riders. Me and this dude Charlie pedaled off the front and ended up pounding nails, outta sight the whole ride. Got like 4 hours in, felt good. Then off to BMX. This seasons track is fast and mellow. I surprised myself and made both mains fairly easily, but my luck ran out there. A bad gate in open and sketchin' out in a turn in class left me coasting in with 2 DFL's, bummer. Hit it again tomorrow i guess. Out.

Friday, November 11, 2005

11/11

Busy doing nothing?
Seems like it. Got out for a couple hours tonight, first good ride since Iceman. Shame since i've felt good all week. Would love to do a bareknuckle throwdown with 'goat tomorrow(why so late?) but BMX is in the afternoon. Probably hit Doc ride if i can muster up the ambition. Would be nice to get one more good ride on the Zurich. I want a fixe like NOW. Thanksgiving would be ideal but before the snow flies for sure. Russ, get back to me! I get to race the little bike this weekend. I'm rusty as hell so we'll see how that goes. I found a mouse turd in the noodles i was boiling for mac & cheese. Game over on that course. I made some turd free spaghetti instead. Hopefully it will give me some bmx flow-jo this weekend.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

TRANSITION


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Sunday, November 06, 2005

ICEMAN

Three hundred and fifty dollars.

First wave out on a cool, clear Michigan morning. Start was fast and smooth. A few miles in a lead group of about 15-20 was established. First 10 were flat and sandy. Spin, coast, spin and hang on for dear life. Cole and a couple others got away. Pace chilled and i was primed. Moved to the front and stepped it up on the first series of hills only to take a bad line through a sand trap on the decsent and get passed by like 6 guys. Pass them back and get away only to get caught on a downhill road section, then pass them all again when the road went up. Pulled for awhile down a long double-track corridor before reminding myself i wasn't going to control the race on a single. Sat in and waited for the last series of climbs that i prerode. Caught 2nd place(in wave) with 7 to go. The terrain started to roll and it was go time. Attacked the hills and held the front with 4-5 on my wheel, ran a couple but didn't lose position. 1 guy was on me going into the last singletrack, i recovered through most of it then punched it and shook him off before the finish. Won my age group and in this race that's the phrase that pays!

The rest of the weekend was a blur of great Mexican food, cool LBS's, beer smuggling, getting lost, too much driving and fine Wisconsin repesentation in the race results. Big thanks to Don for the entry. Thanks to Jerry for driving us up and Amy, Lori and Jeremey for putting up with me all weekend. They all kicked @$$ this weekend with Jeremey and Amy pulling 5ths in SS, Lori 6th in AG and Jerry 18th in AG. Other notables: Cole won AG, Lirette & Ross Lemke 2nd in AG, Nathan G 5th in AG, Neil Swanson 7th, Ray 5th, Peterson's 7th in tandem and Jesse 17th in the Pro race. Congrats to anyone i missed. Wisconsin represent!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

BLAST OFF

Off to Iceman. Good luck to everyone going to the BMX opener, see ya next week. Gone...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

LOCALS

Short and fast ride with Tbone and Nathan G at LP tonight. Nathan did'nt have a light, T had to work and i had stuff to get ready for this weekend, so we just hammered out a few loops between sunset and dark before disbanding. Brief but fun riding with them again.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

SINKING SHIP

Today:
Bills, fixed my brake lights and got the fuzz off my back, set the Surly up for Iceman action then ate a pizza while sitting on the trainer. Might ride LP with Tbone tomorrow. Leaving Thursday.

Todays RED FLAG:
Don't cash it till tomorrow? I better get my resume in order!

Monday, October 31, 2005

CX PICS

Thanks to James for taking these.

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And Madcross for these.

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Mark aka "Bones" Posted by Picasa

Chris aka "Napolean D" Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 30, 2005

CANDY!

Where to begin? Josh had a fire at his new house friday night. After a couple hours of sleep i wasn't really up for the Doc ride since it was still dark at 7am. Slept in for another hour then remembered there was a group ride at the Kettles. So i threw my sht together and headed down. Mountaingoat, Jerry, Bdog, the Petersons on a tandem and the Darcy team all showed up, with singlespeeds well represented. I usually don't do many group rides on dirt during the year but it was fun having a bunch of fast riders together to hammer on eachother. Then everyone headed up to the banquet. I had to go home first so i missed the riders meeting. 'Goat made sure no one tried to F' up the expert class so i guess i didn't miss anything. The banquet was alright, other then them running out of food when our table came up, it was still fun seeing everyone and hanging out. I cruised 75 easily the whole way home then when i get into town one of Hartlands Finest stops me a half mile from home to inform me my brake lights don't work, which i was completely unaware of.

Oh yeah, that reminds me, Fords suck.

Today was the Washington Park cross race. I raced A's and didn't know what to expect. My goal was to not be DFL. The start was fast, like a wors race. I spent the first couple laps getting used to the twisty, bumpy course at speed and brakeless. I settled in with 1 or 2 guys throughout the race as we picked off riders who blew up. With 2 laps to go the guy i was with attacked and i was too tired to respond. I ended up 9th out of about 15. MarkO rocked a couple spots up in costume to 7th. Thanks to everyone who stayed around to cheer us on and Russ for the PBR! Now its dark out at 5 o'clock and i'm eating icecream. Fall rocks.

Friday, October 28, 2005

GOALS

If all goes well this weekend will be a blur of bonfires, riding, parties, banqueting and maybe a cross race. See ya'll somwhere.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

DUSK

Just 3@LP,
Short & Sweet.

No brakes,
No light,
No coasting tonite.

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

BEECHWOOD

Kicked myself in the a$$ today and went to a race, the inaugural Beechwood Blaster. About 20 or so riders in the comp/ex class. A shotgun start kicked the race off to a mellow lead out. Jeremey attacked first then Jesse took off and rode into the oblivion. I felt like a sick gimp for the first lap before finding some flow and climbing legs. Long grassy climbs & decents separated with greasy off camber singletrack made for a rockin' course. With Jesse off the front, Jeremey held a consistent 1:30- 2minute gap over me the rest of the race. Every lap we'd see eachother in the exact same place on switchbacks. I rode it out comfortably in 3rd rounding out a full singlespeed overall podium! Thanks to the Big Ring Racing crew for putting on a helluva fun race and lots of shwag. Look for pics later on. Out.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

FLAKE

Screw it. I really hate backing out of things. I guess i'm just not hardcore enough to go out enjoy the full misery of 'cross today. Was on the fence about it all morning but there's no sign of the weather letting up. Half the reason i planned on this race was to ride the mtb trails, which i'm sure with the rain they would either be closed or heavily frowned upon to ride. If this pattern keeps up i may blowoff tomorrows race too. Geez i'm a slacker. Have fun suckers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

BOOK'D

Camrock CX is Saturday. Goin' early to ride Area 3 with John, then switch gear/tires to race in the afternoon. After that, head out to Bennos in the city for the CR awards thing. Sunday, head up to the Beechwood race. Next weekend is the WORS banquet and then Washington Park cross on Sunday. Iceman the weekend after, then a double header of BMX the weekend after that. Would'nt be there if i did'nt love it. Never gonna stop Yeah!!!

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

NO RACING

I was tired and 'cross was to far and cost too much for me this weekend. 34:16 w/2.35s is currently my favorite setup, just seems to work good around here for mellow rides. Did the usual, crashed Kettles yesterday mornin' and banged out a couple hours at LP today before hanging out at the shop for awhile. Nice to be home for a weekend. Anymore cross? Gotta check the schedule, maybe Camrock and one of the ones in the city, but that'll probably be it. Iceman and BMX will make for a busy November as it is. Sheeeeeit, i gotta work tomorrow. Out.

Friday, October 14, 2005

BARGAINZ!


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