Thursday, April 17, 2008

the skinny

The Chola race was a pretty good time despite riding slow and feeling crumby. The first few rides on a new bike are always a problem for me and I have had a hard time dialing in my position, good thing I carry an allen wrench when I race. The more travel a bike has the harder it is because the angles change with weight shifts associated with grade changes, maybe I am just to picky. I used Brads CarboRocket for the first real test and was pleased, a full write and test after I get a few more trials. I had big plans for that race to kick start my training after a couple weeks of rest but things have got complicated, let me explain....

I got home Saturday night and Rosie decide to get a little exercise in by busting out 50 squats. During the night contractions woke her up so in the morning we did a vigorous walk in the hills and when we got back her water broke, I did not believe her at first as she was still a week early but she convinced me to drive her to the hospital after speaking with her doc on the phone.

After we got checked in at the hospital and grandma picked up Eva things were moving pretty slow, Rosie was hooked to the IV's and watching a movie and I was twittling my thumbs so Rosie suggested I go rip shoreline on the MTB while we wait, figuring I could be back to the hospital rather quick if need be. I was tired from the race but couldn't pass up some dirt and actually started to get the new scalpel dialed in. I know all the ladies are thinking "what a jackass" to be out riding while his wife is in labor but this was all her idea and calculated move, she knows me well and is absolute jem!

I got back and things were still creeping along until finally the baby could not tolerate the contractions and another C-section was needed. I won't give you the gory details but I quit enjoyed relaying the play by play over the surgical drape to Rosie, and once again witnessing the miracle of birth has no comparison.

So now we are home and everyone is doing well. Baby Stella is a princess and Eva is having a great time being big sister and designated mommy helper. On the biking front I have not had a chance to do much this week but maybe that is good as I am starting to feel more myself. This evening I rode around the neighboorhood and ran into the samuari and eric in the canyon and escorted them to little mountain. They turned the screws on me at the switchback and I did not respond but kept a steady pace to the top without going to hard, at least I was on my MTB when I got droped by the roadies. Tomorrow maybe I will get in a little longer ride in and plan for a good one on Saturday, anyone not racing this weekend want to shred some trail with me?

Bummed to miss sea otter as the team is having a big bash but I got some good stuff going on here at home! Maybe Sage will keep his winning streak alive.



Blogger Unknown said...

bart you and the girls - Congrats! you must be pretty pumped. love the names you both choose.... stella and eva.... fantastic! i feel worlds away from SLC being in hawaii but you guys are certainly still on my mind.

12:08 AM

Blogger Bart G said...

the name grace was in the runningfor both girls, good to hear from you!

7:46 AM

Blogger brit said...

congratz on baby stella! good work on another cutie!

9:41 AM

Blogger KanyonKris said...

Thanks for the more detailed story.

You're still going to catch fire from the ladies for going riding while your wife was in labor. They'll say it was not an invitation but a test of your devotion and you failed. ;-)

My wife still teases me (in a good natured way) that I fell asleep for a good chunk of the labor of child #1.

Mark (utrider) and I rode by your house yesterday. I saw your invitation to stop for drinks, but I would have felt like an intruder on this special time for your family. But as poorly as I was climbing I could have used something with a little pick-me-up in it - caffeine, testosterone, amphetamines. ;-)

Just leave the hose out, we'll help ourselves.

9:53 AM

Blogger flahute said...

Stella, eh? I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that her middle name is NOT Artois.

I'm sure you know this: Eva is the Latinate of Chavvah (the Hebrew name for Eve), which means "life".

Stella is the Latin/Italian word for "star".

I cannot think of two more appropriate names.

2:08 PM

Blogger Jeanie said...

Congratulations, Stella is adorable. I am glad things are going well.

11:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the name Stella and love Rosie's way of saying "go burn off some energy elsewhere!" She knows you well and knows what makes you happy makes her happy. What a wife! When she's feeling up to it this summer I would love to work out on the tennis court with her...

6:45 PM

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6:49 PM

Blogger MtbAllDay said...

Don't feel bad.

Our first took about 24 hours to come, so when my wife went into labor with #2, she called me at work and I said, "OK, I'll go for a bike ride, come home, pick you up, and we'll drive up".

Got back from a relatively short ride and she had driven to the hospital, checked in, labor in progress and moving right along. Less than 2 hrs later we had a new baby.

7:32 PM


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