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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Three races…. yeah, three

June 29, 2012

I have done three in the last two weeks and, well, I haven’t been very well at any of them. Truth be told, one race, the 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey the two person team I was on took 4th…. should have been third but alas it wasn’t.

The others where at Wakefield Park, not a great place, but a place none-the-less. I was second from last the first week…… I had done a 30 mile ride prior to the race and hadn’t recovered enough water and food. I was bad. Oh well, not so worried about that really, it is just a Wakefield race after all. The second race I ended up around 5th, which is also not so good, but better. Maybe next week I will do better.

BTW, my partner in the 12 hour race Scott Von Woodbridge rode like an animal and really was pretty much key in the overall result. I appreciate the effort he put out to keep us up in contention. I have a few pics, just not downloaded…. maybe in the morning.

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Three cars, 21 miles

June 22, 2012

That is the number of close calls I had, three in twenty one miles. In an hour and a half three cars, driven by people, thought I didn’t need to be in the bike lane. I guess they were right. Only one of the three was a “real” near miss, but still I am not happy about the ride this morning at all.

Around here I ride pretty carefully. I always, okay, almost always, stop at red light, I always yield right-of-way, and I always do that and I have my head on a swivel all the time and still just one guy in a Maroon Honda Ridge Line thinks I should not even ride in the bike lane…. Yes, I yelled at him for almost running me over and he yelled about me being in the bike lane…… ummm, yeah, I didn’t really care for that at all.

Recently I haven’t been riding the road at all, mostly as I am sick and tired of cars and swallowing and breathing tons of CO2. My biggest problem is that to get away from the cars and pollution I have to drive, yes in a car producing more pollution, an hour and a half (only 45 or so miles however) to get out of Dodge. I don’t like driving to places to ride, I really don’t. I mean for a great mountain bike ride in real mountains, okay, but to ride the endless strip of black asphalt, no, I hate driving.

Maybe one day I will get used to the cars before we move. I always think back to the gravel roads of MidMO and how great those days used to be. Few cars, always a guy/gal to ride with and (mostly) friendly rural folks who wave a hand, not a finger. I wax nostalgic, but I don’t forget the crazy dogs that used to chase us, but those are really forced intervals…. one day we will return to MidMO and live, I just hope the memories prove as good as real life.

Me, yeah me. I want to get away from cars, I want to roll on gravel, I want to not get run over by cars. Am I asking too much?

A couple days of vacation, a few rides

June 20, 2012

Well, I have again been lax in typing and posting pics. What is wrong with me? Honestly, I have been just riding locally and the same pictures posted over and over do get a bit boring.

So, NYC is great, love the city, love the food, love the time we spent there and I keep hearing about traffic, but it is nothing like Messina, Rome or Palermo. Palermo is the WORST.

Dave Matthews was good last weekend. We have seen him several times and every time he has been good. The last time we saw him, I thought, he was having a great time. It was in a High School Gym, for real, and the band jammed. This time it was a good show, but it looked like it was his job, not a show they truly enjoyed doing. Not complaining, just noting. Good show and I highly suggest going and seeing the DMB if you get a chance.

Otherwise, riding a bit, eating too much and looking like a not feathery Big Bird….. Yeah, either I need to stop eating so much or riding a lot more!

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Whoops, been doing nothing good

May 31, 2012

Yes, yes, I haven’t been as faithful in writing as I should. Seems to be a theme, I write about something like riding a bike, then don’t ride for three weeks and then think I should ride then I write about that and then stay off the bike again for three weeks. That isn’t a good way to get in shape, so I must change something.

The change is I am picking out two races to do and get ready for them. In getting ready for those I hope that I am able to parlay that into some fitness for the Iron Mountain 100k. Personally I need something to get me out of the door to ride, a goal or something. It has always been easier for me to get motivated when I have a goal. Usually that involves trying to keep up with someone at a race, but I haven’t yet found the arch enemy I need here in Virginia, partly because I like the folks I ride with and partly because I seem to have lost the competitive desire this year.

Why? Well aside from what feels like an entire year of a bit of fitness followed by a three week illness, followed by actual fitness, followed by actual real life need meds to get over illness, I can’t seem to find a groove. At this point a rut of riding too slow everyday and not improving fitness would be welcome. Leaving the house seems like and is a struggle. And I have had a sore throat for the last month plus. It was gone for almost three days of pain free like, then it came back with a vengeance. Not loving that.

Well, sore throat and all I am leaving the house for a bit of this.

I need a ride, a dry happy healthy fun ride.

I hope you do as well.

Is there nothing to report?

May 14, 2012

No, not a thing.

But I will jabber on about nothing for a few lines then call it a day.

This weekend was good, actually very nice. I rode two days with good people and had a good time. Now the ride where all at Fountainhead, which means I did 33 miles in two days which isn’t good, but I am getting over an infection and trying to cut off my finger. I will type again, don’t stick your finger in a spinning disc brake rotor, not fun at ALL.

Ummm, rain here today, sooooo, instead of riding as I should I am sitting here typing away. It isn’t a great way to spend a day, you know eating food, watching TV and being an American, well I am, but I try not to be the typical couch potato. Today is a washout, but tomorrow, hopefully won’t be. The forecast isn’t much better however.

Wish I was rolling up the little hill today.

Big chairs for big Americans!

May 13, 2012

Getting some health care today. Not dying just a bit ill. Sore throat aninconvience not death but getting care is always a little hard. My primary care doc can’t see me for 3weeks so do I head to the ER and sit hours or what? Well, or what. I am currently sitting In a normal sized chair waiting for my drugs, and trust me they aren’t good.

Some of these chairs are incredible, normal? Well mine is, most others are huge, like twice as big as normal. Are we as a group that large? This is for  the normal American ever larger chairs and ever larger people?  I hope not, because I am personally trying not to need size that is literally almost two seats for one person.  My lovely and wonderful and ever positive says the larger chairs are for kids and parent to sit in together…..  however all I see is on person who fits in the chair watching their kids run around and scream.  They should make smaller chairs for us so that maybe we would loose the weight and fit in the chairs.

I also cut my finger on a spinning disc rotor….  my advise, don’t do it.  Your finger will bleed a lot and then hurt a bit more and make you miss a race that I kind of wanted to do.  Aside from that, sitting around the house hoping to get healthy didn’t make me happy, in fact it made me pretty grumpy but very successful at Modern Warfare 3.  Not something to be very proud of.  Whatever.


Hope you folks are well, no sore throats out there and watch those fingers!


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