Tuesday, June 16, 2015

KO'd

Sometimes you are the hammer, sometimes you are the nail.  This past weekend at the WORS race at 9-Mile County Forest I was the nail.  A bad stomach early on along with getting stung on lap 2 was the beginning to the end of my race.  Even with thoughts of returning to the race course after taking some Benadryl, I was stopped cold again after getting stung a second time at the back of our van.  The 2nd bee sting was what ended my day for good as I have a history of allergic reactions and carry Benadryl and/or EpiPen with me religiously these days.  Not the result I wanted on what I consider my home course, but nothing to get real down about either.  This weekend is another race and I'll go into it with a positive and fun attitude again in CAMBA Land in northern Wisco.  I feel blessed that I can ride a mountain bike the way I do at my age and still enjoy riding a bike the way I did as a kid over 40 years ago.  Just ride...

  Photo Credit: Todd Bauer :-)

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Having Fun!

On Sunday, I made a big race day decision just after starting the  "Battle of Camrock" WORS race.  I was going to ride comfortably, enjoy the great course, and have fun.  It's been a long time since I've had a race where I just rode and took in the race.  More than not, I'm usually stressed and worried about where I would place, who I'm ahead or behind, etc. At the finish I felt like I had another good lap left in my legs and honestly feel that I left a lot out on the course once I rolled to a stop in the finish chute. It's been a few years since I've had this feeling.  I'll take my 30th overall out of 63ish finishers in the Pro/Elite class and give my medal to my son to wear on the drive home. The reward is seeing how proud he is to have my medal hanging around his neck when I get on the podium like I did at Camrock in the "45 til death" age category.  Having fun, riding a safe race, and being around lots of great people at the WORS races is what continues to keep me and my family coming back to the races.  Lately I've realized that I can't race mountain bikes at the level  when I was a few years younger and also do other things in my life that are important to me as my children get involved in more activities.   Maybe this season is my own personal victory tour?  Who knows, as I'm the only person able to answer this question correctly by the time the IceMan Cometh rolls around again in November.  Pedal on...

Friday, May 29, 2015

River Cruise

Lately it's been all about my mountain bike.  My new Epic 29er is hard to park in the garage in favor of the pavement and my road bikes.  With multiple days of rain and high winds, I've been commuting to work and wandering around on our sheltered Green Circle Trail looking to find & explore new routes.  Round number 3 of the WORS Series is this weekend at the "Battle of Camrock" in southern Wisconsin.  Our A212 Racing team will have a larger representation with the "Mike & Mike" show coming across the border from Chicago to add some excitement to the front of the Pro/Elite pack.  I'm looking forward to hanging out with friends, good weather, and a fun course!    

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blogger Reborn!

The new WORS season has started and so far I'm well ahead of last years health issues that took the fun out of riding or racing my bike. A podium finish in the 45 til death Cat 1 age group at Iola was a surprise and this last weekend just finishing was reward enough for this old racer. What I'm looking forward to most this summer is coaching and mentoring these two fast racers pictured below achieve their goals for the season while keeping it fun and fresh. Make sure and cheer on Justin and Hanna this season as they travel around the Midwest collecting podium finishes. Thanks to our sponsors and partners for the 2015 race season: #iamspecialized #sram #A212racing #Adventure212 #hostelshoppe #podiumwear #twinsix #esigrips #keen Pedal on...

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Back on the Starting Line

Finally back on my blog after my shortened mtb racing season is almost over. Not a lot of racing news since I've been dealing with a health issue most of the summer. Only one WORS finish at Rhinelander along with a DNF at Wausau trying to race through the issue. Pedaled comfortably behind our fast A212 women at the Chequamegon 100k on the fun CAMBA trails and ended up breaking a rear spoke at the Wausau 24 on the first lap that was unrepairable. This past weekend was a new start to my 2014 season with a 19th overall and an age group 2nd place stump at the Bell's Beer Copper Harbor Trails Festival in the long XC race. Still not 100%, but was breathing comfortably during hard efforts and had lots of fun on some tough trails. The best part of the weekend was watching my son participate in his first mountain bike race. Sebastian got through the 3 mile race just fine with me nervously hoping he had a great experience, which he did. He's now hooked on mountain bike racing! Next big decision is to race the Chequamegon 40 or ride Marquette single track??? Pedal on...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Summer Time Catch Up!

It's time to start  being more consistent with my blog again.  The Polar Vortex took a lot of my motivation away this spring.   Let's hope for a great summer full of fun!  Pedal on...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friday, December 27, 2013

New 616 Fatty






My Christmas present to myself!  Pedal on...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lost Month...

November seems to be my lost month for posting this year on my blog.  The Iceman Cometh was fun to be at, but the race was all about survival this year with not much in the way of quality training for me in the month of October.   Just before Thanksgiving I got my pieced together Pugsley back together.  Wider rims have turned it into a Franken Pugs.  I left the first tracks again on the area trails after we got our first 1-2 inches of snow just over a week ago.  The kid in me seems to comes out whenever snow comes and I can ride for hours if I have enough time in the day.  My Michigan built 616 Fat Bike build is coming along slowly.  My wheels are on their way back from Velocity USA in Grand Rapids Michigan.  In another week it should be snow worthy.  Photos of the finished build coming soon!  Pedal on...




Sunday, October 20, 2013

Busy Week!

 Had some brain overload out in Morgan Hill, CA  this past week.  I  survived a  half day of air travel  to reach  Specialized Bicycles  for the SBCU Body Geometry Fit Level II Master's Course.   From building up your fit business to  advanced  assessments  and  aero  fittings,  it was a  great week of learning from some of the the  best  experts in the fit world.   It didn't hurt either that we were allowed to play in the  Specialized Wind Tunnel...








Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Team A212/Specialized

 Another fun and successful season is almost wrapped up with only the  IceMan Cometh  left  in November  to line up for.  Thanks to our  sponsors and teammates for making  it  possible to ride bikes all over the  country!  Pedal on...