Archive for July, 2012

Vacation and a missed race

July 26, 2012

I didn’t do the Iron Mountain 100 because I didn’t feel like racing. Having done the local series for fun and having ABSOLUTELY none the Did Not Start felt like the right call. Personally I can’t describe how awful and totally uber-competitive this Wednesday at Wakefield is, that as a race series that matters none in the real world. After you race and do well you still go to work, right? No UCI points, not real money, and no prestige. Who cares if you finished 2nd in the sport class of three people in Wakefield…. Yeah, absolutely NOBODY. Tell that to the goofs that race there.

It kills me that people who race the Clydesdales category cheat. I must say that when I am easily the heaviest guy racing by 35 pounds it means that most the folks racing aren’t anywhere near 200 pounds. I would venture a guess that the top three or four guys are 201 or 202 with all their kit on. Needing a scale for a nonsense race that matters not seems to be a microcosm of living here. If you aren’t trying to pull one over on the next guy, you aren’t trying hard enough. No one here seems to race for fun or to see how well you can do personally. It is about trying pull one over on the next guy. I don’t like it at all.

Racing at my age, my weight and my talent level is not only a reality check but a chance to strive to do well. I set times I want to beat, not how to cut the course and try to run my competitors off the course. Perhaps I am being a bit harsh, but really I think not.

Riding in MidMO, Germany, Italy, withe Lobos, and having done races all over the USA and World has given me a (spoiled) unique perspective. I have been in serious races that actually matter (being competitive in said race or not is not the point) I have been in races for fun (drinking beer and just rolling along with people you like riding with) and races that aren’t races at all but reasons to gather with friends ride 45 miles and eat a great dinner. All of these races have one thing in common, NOBODY FROM THE NO(rthern)V(irgini)A acting like a fool. Am I bitter? At the moment, yes. Will it change? Yes, likely tomorrow.

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A ride… no pictures, but I’ll figure out something

July 11, 2012

Did 30ish on the mountain bike yesterday, first “big” ride after the great thumb incident of 2012. Well for me it was a great incident, for the rest of the world it wasn’t even a blip. Riding was fine, by the way, no pain in the thumb, just a bit of fear in me that I might be stupid and crash and hurt myself again. Not something I want to do, so a friend saw me walk a section I haven’t walked in a very long time. Embarrassed? Yup.

Watching the Tour de France right now too. Great thing to watch but it does seem to steal time from riding. That is because I sit here and watch skinny guys race roads in Europe and I eat and drink and gain weight. So, I will turn the goofy TV off and head out shortly.

Todays ride should be something I enjoy so I am debating heading out to Marshall VA to do a road ride, unless I get a call soon. I would really prefer to do a mountain bike ride, but the road seems safer (kind of). What now? A couple pics and let’s hope I actually go for a ride.

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I may have used this pictures in the past, but my real computer is dying a slow miserable death. I need to back it up and then put her out of her misery. I’ve had the thing for four or five years, poor thing is a senior citizen of computers.

Well, it’s better than a bloody hand

July 9, 2012

Did a 60 plus mile ride on Sunday. It was 96 when I got home and I was a bit sunburned. Things did go reasonably well, no flats, not many angry drivers and best of all no blood. I am tired of bleeding.

As for today, I felt good, didn’t bleed but flatted pretty early on in my planned ride so I turned around and came home. It’s not that I’m not able to fix a flat and keep riding, but I believe that the little pedal I did was what I wanted to do, really. Needing to ride more mile is constantly what I think I need to do, but today the best wife ever is home and spending time with her is actually something I don’t get to do as much as I’d like. So, here I sit typing some nonsense while the best wife ever plays computer games and I look at her. More or less a normal day.

A couple of pics and then I am off to go buy some new road tires.

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Riding the road

July 6, 2012

Only because I can’t put on gloves for riding. I need then for riding the MTB. Otherwise I would loose my grip and crash again…. I am tired of crashing and having not such great luck.

The thumb is healing up well, but there is just a bunch of pain when I move it, yes just move it at all. So what does that mean? To me? Not much. I will give it two more weeks before I get worried about it not healing correctly or that I did more damage than first thought. It does put the Iron Mountain into doubt because I can’t ride off road and when I am riding rough roads are actually shockingly painful in one small very painful spot.

The spot is (yes more about the thumb) is the middle bone on my thumb, the entire right side feels like someone is driving a nail into my bone from top to bottom. Not fun, but again, two weeks and we will see.

My other problem is the HEAT!!!!! Not the basketball team, but the actual temperature. 8,049 degrees all day every day which is not anything I can do a thing about. I have done a couple road rides lately and I have been able to ride for two to two and a half hours before I just fade. I am not “in shape” but normally a 65-75 mile ride isn’t all that hard, but honestly, right now I am not sure I could be outside for three and a half to four hours. Am I becoming a wimp? It would seem so.

I will ride this again today. Hoping for more than two minutes.

One disc, one thumb, one pint of blood (pictures at the end aren’t really pretty, there is a lot of blood)

July 3, 2012

Sunday was not the best day of my life. It wasn’t the worst, but I did go to the Emergency Room and got to visit some very nice doctors and nurses. I cut my thumb while try to change a flat. Now is this a normal injury? I think not, but you know I get normal injuries. Personally some normal injuries might be a break for me.

Riding with the blood leaking out of my thumb like a stream wasn’t the best thing to do, but it was an interesting experience. Not one I wish to try again, but…. once in a lifetime thing. Once I got off the trail, riding about 3 miles out with one hand was also something I don’t wish to try again, the first aid kit in my car was very useful. Taping a bandage on the wound area and driving to the ER was not too bad.

Once I arrived at the ER I got to sit and wait! Why the Face? I was bleeding, a lot. (BTW the a lot is two words, a and lot, allot isn’t what you mean, that means you are giving time to do something among other things and alot isn’t a word and please, in spite of this run on sentence believe me use the words correctly or don’t use them). Anyway, I wasn’t really upset at the wait, but it seemed forever as I sat there. I did see a two people get carted away to the in-patient ward, they were much worse off than I.

After four stitches and two and a half hours I went home and began to mumble to myself about bikes and gears on bikes. I have been riding geared recently and liking it….. maybe I am being punished. Oh well, here is a picture of the thumb, it isn’t pretty, and I do believe I will be riding geared bike a bit more often…. It can’t be the fault of the bike that I got hurt, it is just coincidence that both bikes that have recently made me bleed are geared. Right?

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