Tuesday, August 28, 2007

vieques on my mind

I am back to commuting to work but now with visions of this!

Not a bike path but a typical vieques paved road

The only straight road in vieques

the scenery

I need to drop some lbs

kayaking into the bio bay


Saturday, August 25, 2007

to little to late

Fox is right, as a blogger I am a failure. I have no good excuse. For a real blogger their is no good excuse. It's been over a week without an update and I have been cruisin the Caribbean while you have been waiting for something to read, I feel awful. However, I did take a lot of pictures, not trigger happy Sager style but a lot for me. I will post some highlights when I feel like it.

Puerto Rico was a blast and sparked my interest in road racing again, we need some Dominican's in Utah to livin things up, you think Turbo swings his bike around you outta see these guys.
I didn't think you could have that much fun on a road bike, all you need is about 10 inches of rain on narrow jungle roads with mud slides and Colombians that don't like gringos rallying the muddy descent, tough to find in Utah except maybe the cross scene.

Last night I put together a new cannondale cross bike and saddled up for early season cx in Heber. The rocked and the Reynolds goodies didn't hurt. Good course, lots of rough turns, pretty warm but after racing in the Caribbean in August nothing in Utah is hot. Need to work out some bike fit bugs, which knowing me will take until mid December.

Ali's cross camp looks to be pretty cool, if I would had some kind of camp to hit up when I first started I could have saved myself some serious pain on those first trips to the northwest. I am excited to teach and learn a few tricks, it's all about maximizing ones potential.

I am tired of writing, maybe some pics next time

Monday, August 13, 2007

cross bike for sale

I have a few things for sale:

-2006 Raleigh cross bike- currently with dura ace single ring set up on truvativ carbon cranks. I have a couple wheel options. Great bike, always loved.
-Kysirum SL clincher wheels, 2006 used on road bike.
-Lots of other parts that I don't have time to post now.
let me know if you are intersted and we can talk price based on what parts you want.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

1st road race of 07

Today I woke up and new it was going to be a long one, just had that feeling. I was dragging from a tough week. I did not disappoint and found my legs turning over like a old rusty crank shaft. I should have had the camera because I had plenty of time for pictures. I have never gone so slow on a climb in my life and found myself riding most of the race in no mans land. On the brighter side I did have one of the best afternoon naps of my life. A few more like that and I should be rolling again. Thanks to the Apostles for the nice diggs.
rest up!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Icup down

Once again the intermountain cup is behind us, amazing how fast summer rolls. Again sorry for no photos, I have a cool mini camera but never have it with me. What a sorry excuse for a blogger.

The Evanston race was generally a good time other than my 2 flats. I felt pretty good and set a steady pace from the start, Alex and I found ourselves off the front when out of nowhere my rear tire goes lame. I did not bother trying to seal it as I found a knobby had torn off leaving a nice hole so I put a tube in and began the chase. Prior to the flat it seemed the climbs where pain free but now that I was chasing everything hurt, funny how that happens. I chased back from 8th to 3rd and then had to ease up and recover and found good company with Chris and Rich on the fire road climb. Rich and I pulled away until I flatted again at the top of deadmans, I had a hunch it would not last to the end of the race. I rode the sweet reynolds carbon rim down to the bottom where I found a tube. The wheel is without a scratch and remains perfectly true, reynolds rules. By the time I got going again I was back in 8th with only the Finish loop remaining, I rolled in 6th. Can't be to bummed considering I was able to hang on to the overal series win with Thomas in 2nd and Alex the summer sensation in 3rd.

The annual pizza fest was a good time and but I was robbed in the over 30 best legs contest by some dude who thought it was a best pecs contest.

Back to the family in bear lake for more weekend festivities. Rosie is a ripper on the salom ski, who knew.
From Bear Lake I rode to Woodruff and over to Huntsville where Rosie and Eva picked me up. The Huntsville 100 road race was the day before and I was able take advantage of leftover bottled water in the feed zone, not cold but beggars can't be choosers. That ended up being more of a ride than I expected with a ragging south wind slowing things down from Bear Lake to Woodruff. The climb was nice and the views at the top of monte cristo where amazing. The burger and coke Rosie got me at the greasy spoon in Randolf topped off a near perfect road ride.

Now maybe for some road racing, road stage racing/puerto rico vacation, and cross.