He's ok if he's not the fastest on the block, but that doesn't lead him to treat cycling like an adult kickball league as so many do. Cycling is important. It's ok to train for it. It's ok to want to be faster, because that's actually more fun than sucking completely. At the same time, being fast doesn't make you better than anyone else, and he knows that, too.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
More good news, I didn't take out anyone on this week's ride.
On the way home from the ride I was doing a little "Clark Kent" in the car. I was running late and needed to get to my parents. As the stop light on 40, I slipped off my bibs.
Then the light turned green. I still didn't have any pants on. I was driving. I had no pants on, bare ass on the seat, junk getting a lot more wind than normal. Although liberating, I feared getting pulled over, or crashing or something while I drove down the road with no pants. To totally keep my junk from getting wind burned, I threw my underwear in my lap. At the light on Old Baltimore Pike, I slipped my pants on, felt a lot less pervy, and made it my folks fully dressed.
Monday, May 25, 2009
The Mega Dip. The Gravity Cavity. One of the prime features of this week's Iron Hill race. This weekend Diane and I met up with James and we played around on the Iron Hill course. It was really fun.
Now I'm going to sound like an old guy talking about glory days. I remember back in the early 90's, there was no Fairhill, and Middlerun was just getting started, Iron Hill was the mountain bike spot. Pretty much every night at 6:00 you could count on a full parking lot of mountain bikers at Iron Hill. Back then Suspension was just starting to take hold, cantilevers breaks were the best you could get on a mountain bike, and toe clips held your feet to your flat pedals. Oh and there was a tower at Iron Hill too.
The Mega dip was a bit more raw back then. There was a root on one side that if you hit, you were going down. There was really one line into the damn thing. I can remember nights when we'd go to iron hill and ride nothing but the mega dip. It was like nature's own half pipe. We'd go looking for other stepper scarier things to ride down. Oh, there was some blood, and stitches.
what did we know we were young and dumb?
The mega dip was fun this weekend, it's so fast now a days, point and shoot, just let it roll...
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I did not know Joe Manning very well. I know Joe came to cross practice. I know that he always offered to help out with the Granogue races. I know that our last correspondence was him apologizing for not being able to be at this year's mountain race, and me telling him that I appreciated all he had done for us, and that I was looking forward to seeing him during cross season.
When Monkey first started racing cross again, she and Joe would often end up training together during the efforts at practice. Joe was very good to Monk. He didn't ride with her in an aggro "I can't get girled" kinda way, but in a "this is fun and hard, by pushing each other we both get better" kinda way. I liked Joe a lot.
He will be missed.
I wrote this is fall of 2006 about Joe:
Joe is a member of the Delaware Cyclocross Coalition of Delaware. Joe comes to practice religiously, he works his ass off. He is a really nice guy. Joe has a really fast start. Two weeks ago, Wes looked at me and said this, "did you see Joe leading up the run up tonight?" Joe is one of the things I love about our cross season, and our cross practices. VIVA LA JOE!
that's all I have to say about that.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think I'll get a new hat soon. Lord knows my hair is awkward as shit right now.
Never thought I’d say that. I hated school.
I wish I was a tough guy. I am not.
I am a passionate/emotional/sometimes angst ridden man. Never mistake that for weakness.
I put suspension on my bike this week. Maybe that is weakness.
Actually it’s because Bilson might borrow it, and I knew he wouldn’t cut the steer tube. So I did.
Actually rode a bike last week. It was fun. Imagine that…
Some Ass clown opened a myspace account in my name. stole a picture of me from Dennis, another of some hairy legged dude’s tattoo. All that I was okay with I mean a bad leg tattoo, the fact that I’m single, That I read steven king, the hairy legs, all that I can live with. When those fucking bastards said I like country music they crossed the line. That cannot be allowed. Fucking country music. If you have a myspace account, please tell the fake me that I am totally a douche, and stealing my identity is not cool.
Country music is the reason for the moral decline in our country. Freakin’ worse than Brittany …
A month ago I had a few big things weighing on me; Thankfully they are all in the rear view now…
I guess it’s time to get back to diggin' my ditch….
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thanks for coming out to support our event in what were EPIC conditions, to say the least. In the weeks leading up to the event, many folks asked us about the weather. My comment was, it always rains just a little bit before Granogue. Well, this year we got a little more than a little.
I need to thank everyone who volunteered to work the event, as many of the races ended up taking double the time they usually do, and most folks who thought they signed up for an hour or two at a marshall station ended up with a Gillian's Island style 3 hour tour... Thank you all.
In all the years that we have done the race, we have never faced full sucky conditions as we did yesterday. We tried to make some decisions regarding the course that deteriorated during the day, to make the racing as fun, as possible. In some cases it worked out fine, in others... Well we certainly learn and get better.
At the end of the day I was warmed by the smiles on faces, even from some of those that threatened to punch me seconds before, The money we were able to help raise for Hera, and frankly that so many of you get the vibe of our race...that so many of you are excited to celebrate the memory of Andrew with us.... It was awesome.
We are also happy to support what we are calling the "granogue bike shop stimulus plan" as we are certain sales on disc brake pads, derailleurs, chains, and bottom brackets at Mid Atlantic Bike Shops will be through the roof this week!
We came home to a number of emails in our boxes asking about results, pictures and what not. Here are some links for your pleasure:
results : http://www.masuperseries.com/ (expect shortly)
I also need to point out that the pro men's and pro women's winners were the folks behind our registration tent. I'm not saying that there's a direct link between working the race and winning, but I will take volunteers!
thanks again to the Dupont's for allowing us to play in their front yard and all the programs that helped to make this race happen.
Best to you, see you in October for the cross race!
Lauri (women's pro champion)
Tom (world's oldest junior)