Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This is not pretty, not only the topic, but my attempt to get the thoughts down on 'paper' but i wanted to get these thoughts out there.
1. What have I done to help grow the sport?
2. What have I done to deserve deals?
3. What have I done that helps those who have a future and need assistance?
4. If i receive something from a business or sponsor, do I honestly give something back in return (sorry gang, a logo on a kit doesn't mean shit, nor does a podium at a local race)
I believe we should be spending our time and effort on building the sport for the future and I see many things that cause me great concern.
We live in a selfish society, people generally want to know what is in it for them, they want the ‘bro’ deal at a shop, they want free kits and entry fees covered all because they had a few decent results in some local weekend warrior event. Most of the people I see asking for these freebies DON’T need them, let alone, deserve them.
I see 30+ racers asking for and sometimes getting free bikes (I got one myself in 2009) I see shops recruiting 30+ racers by promising to pay entry fees and give away kits. I see teams reimbursing riders entry fees at the end of seasons. I see riders taking advantage of local businesses.
Most of this makes me uncomfortable and sometimes downright sickens me. Most of the people asking for and/or receiving these deals and dollars do not need them or in some cases don’t even deserve them.
Every single one of those dollars should be channeled into a junior program, building the future of the sport. As adults, we can afford a 30 dollar entry fee and a couple hundred bucks for a team kit
----Every time I hear someone complain about entry fees, while they ride off on a several thousand dollar bike, I want to throw up. ----
With very few exceptions, any racer, over 30, does not have a pro contract in their future. if these racers pooled their energy and time, just a small amount into building a sustainable Junior/U23 program, imagine the possibilities.
People are selfish, everyone is a legend in their own mind, because they win a sport race, a B race or a cat3 race, meanwhile, the next potential National Champion is sitting at home, because some jackass 40 year old, who drives a $40k SUV and lives in a $500K house got a 'Bro' Deal on a bike and entry fees reimbursed, leaving a business or teams budget empty.
What are you going to do about it?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Currently half way to Philly, for a Philly, Philly, Baltimore, NYC, NYC week. Followed soon thereafter by a SLC-DEN-EWR-Delhi-Bangalore-Manila-Dumaguete-Manila-NAR-SLC trip, Yay! Work travels somehow bookeneded thje MTB race season for me.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
So, I went hard on lap one, got passed by Wunder Master Kevin in the feed zone (as he almost took out his feed handler). Later on the service road Sam got by me, and stopped for several seconds t let the other mad dg 40+ expert past me on the one track climb.
Lap 2, as people know was a dark place, where I almost trhew in the towel, luckily, Adam and Aaron caught back up to me at the end of lap 2, so I had new found motivation.
Ended up 4th, first Tweety chair of the year and 3rd overall in the series.
I madea decision in the winter that results didn't matter, having fun did, Then I spent about 1/2 of December-March traveling for work, so not as much ride time in South Utah was had. THe Rampage was a Debacle, Cholla and 5 mile slightly better, Then Lyna and I decided to go to Hawaii in May with Gigi and Ty, unheard of. Missed Sundance (1 day post return) Ended up having an exceptional race the follwing week at Soldier Hollow. Then 2nd places at Stan Crane and Deer Valley, missed Sherwood, 2nd at Jackson (soley due to Chris B's lining up).
Snowbird was an unexpected win, enjoyed it, Solitude was a mistake of preparation, zero stans in front tire leads to flat, bad tube leads to inability to fix flat, DNF, I feel I was on my way to the win. Missed Snowbasin and faked The Canyons.
This year my focus has been on endurance races and my results at them have shown that my preparation has been dialed.
Whiskey Off Road in April, uncharacteristic early season positive result.
12 Hours of Capital View in June, my engine and will proved resilient for 12.5 hours in high heat and humidity.
Laramie Enduro - Even with a few strategy mishaps, improved my time by 18 minutes.
THE PCP2P - TBD
The ICUP is a good training stimulus for endurance, but the same Icup has, with few exceptions, been the only hard efforts I have done in 2010. I have only lind up for 2 Mid week races, DNF'ing one of those. I have had several Saturdays and Sundays that included 5+ hour epics (not conducive to Tuesday night worlds fastness).
Still, with all that lack of speed work, I end up 3rd overall in the series.
The moral of the story is, Years of riding makes a difference, the pian needs less tuning, but specificity, for me, chooses the path I excel in.
I'll likely do even less Icups in 2011, searching for more endurance fixes, they are for more satisfying and trying.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
- Thank god there are some Downhills to break tis up
- Ooh, I feel strong
- Ooh I feel weak
- Ooh I feel overheated
- Holy Crap look at the size of that house, on that mountain, in the middle of nowhere
- that person almost head on'd me.
- There is no way in hell I am riding
- I won't walk
- I won't make the whole race under 4.5
- Ooh, feed zone
- Ooh, I may just make sub 4 hours.
Monday, April 19, 2010
I have ridden my MTB for 6 straight days (plus 1 day on the road bike, it gets lonely), pure blissieness, yep, that is a WORD. Split between corner canyon and SLC Shoreline. I love the Corner Canyon trails, I love riding from my house to the SLC Shoreline. It's rough in the SLC. See people you know every ride, saw Dugs new Orange ride, Cavey got a hall pass, Gigi was giggling, Indohran went to dinner, Hooptedoodles seat post was holding up, Rich was resplendent in his plaid skinsuit. And on and on and on...... Spring has sprung. For now.
This weekend I head to Prescott, Az with the Boffeli-Hanks for the Whiskey Off-Road. Should be fun.
The below path is one I do so many times, I lose count, small variations make it a 19-25 mile ride, right around 2-2.5 hours depending on pace, lots o climbing and giggly descending. Rough I tell ya.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I got 6 hours in on lots of dirt today and yesterday total, Today was 4 hours, 33 miles, 23 on dirt, lots of climbing, lots of hiker/doggie dodging (Lyna had an OTB on her ride due to a dog, her hip hurts pretty bad)
I met E-Pow at the zoo and we headed to city creek, 4 very short wet sections the whole way, we then climbed up west City Creek and ran into BZ who rode up to the Antenna road with us, I turned around solo there and climbed back up east City Creek to past bobsled and took my new secret DH down to the mouth of Dry Creek and bailed to the road there, cause I was blown.
Thanks to all who came and squeezed in our little house for Lyna's b-day celebration, we had fun, hope you did too.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
On either end of this training block was some imposed rest periods, luckily i got an upgrade on this rest plan.
This week, pre first 'Race' of the year will include a final short Hotel Exercise block, NYC version. This will include a required rest of 5+ hours Thursday Night.
I should really be ready to rock in St George.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Better than a 4 hour drive.
Friday, February 05, 2010
On top of that, I ran into She, who is being most affected by 'The Mistress" aka Rush at JFK as we were getting ready to board this flight home, seems her and Daughter 1 spent the week in NYC for some birthday fun. Well, she decided to give me a cupcake, and I can only imagine it is part of her husbands, and Ricks, and BK's and hell others evil plan to make this season more 'interesting'
Tweety Chair, here I come!!!!
Friday, January 29, 2010
While others were doing the BK 'stimulus' plan, I was playing desk jockey, lamenting a future of hotel excercise bikes on the east coast and Asia. So I bailed from work a bit early, kitted up and headed to the Zoo trail head, the steep sections were rough early, needed to be a bit colder. Actually road some moist dirt. Good fun ride overall.
Tomorrow (1/30) at 11 at the Glenwild trailhead, 3 hours of riding, a bit of pavement, a bit of snowy onetrack and who knows what else. MTB's a must...
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Headed up to Jeremy ranch around 11am and took the road to east canyon, headed up east canyon for about a mile past the gate, snow was firm enough to ride. Probably coulda made it to the top, but was getting rather sweaty and decided to turn around, only icy in spots and fun to do power slides at slow speeds.
lots of funny looks from cars and hikers.
I tried to ride up the 24-7 trail, made it about 1/2 mile, the climbing was easy on the firm packed snow, but any downhill became sketchy, but fun. Need to hit that ride up more, @ 2 hours and 18 miles total.