Friday, April 22, 2011

Bone Bender

I may be forced off the bike, but I still got one good hand for handing up water bottles. Two of High Gear's finest were heading up to Clinton to contest the 6 hour solo race. Plus, Dustin and Joel teamed up to take Bobby and I's spot in the duo. I couldn't miss it, even if I was slingin' it!

The turn out was great. I got a sweet video of the run, but I'm not smart enough to get it off my phone. Damn smart phones are smarter than me.

Joel kicked off the race for the duo team. Joel was in for a surprise as this was only his second race and first time at Clinton.

He looked a little shell shocked after the first lap, but championed it out and rode hard for a couple more laps.

Dustin running up the final climb of the lap. 3/4 of the field chose to do the same up this slick, rooty/rocky, and off-camber climb.

Mike was speeding along so fast I could barely get his picture. His day got cut a little short though when he clipped a tree and tumbled down a cliff. Left him with some sweet raspberries and welted quad. He still rode a lap and a half before calling it good though!

I was gonna go for a swim in between water boy duties, but I had to keep my clothes on. That's no fun.

Randy was tearing up the course all day long. It was straight out of a Rocky film, and I felt like Mick. Only this was mountain bike racing of course. Every lap I was telling him to ride as hard as he possibly could. He always says he could have rode harder at the end of a race and I wasn't gonna let that happen!

He may not have pulled out the Rocky style victory, but 2nd in the 50+ and top 20 overall. A finish the Italian Stallion would have been proud of. I know I was!

As for me, I'm two weeks into this broken collar bone and really starting to feel better the past two days. I leave for Wisconsin this Monday. Hopefully I can do enough to convince them they should pay me to ride bikes and lead others doing the same. Im pretty confident of one thing, when I get back in two weeks I will be dying to ride with the guys and gals of E-Town!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Out of Comission

No, this isn't my attempt at trying a new hand position. But, fortunately this is the only damage to my bike after my crash in last Sunday's collegiate road race. Man, I was doing good too!

Unfortunately my body didn't hold up quite as well.

I tried to save some money and tell them I already took pictures. They didn't think that was good enough. The doc told me I'd be out for 6-8 weeks. I told her I'd be riding again in 2. (I gotta land that Trek job!)

Fortunately I can still ride the trainer. I got bike on the bike tonight after 3 days of slacking off.

I've got these wonderful roomies to thank for keeping me motivated and always pushing me! And I without a doubt have the best family in the world! So, needless to say I won't be mountain biking much this spring, but I'll be back stronger and more motivated then ever to win a collegiate championship this Fall. Just gotta avoid that road racing!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


It's a bit late, but I wasn't in a big hurry to post about last Sunday's Bazaar Road Race. Needless to say I didn't have the best of results. As I passed the finish line knowing I could either hang it up and end the suffering or continue on for 18 more miles of pain, I chose to keep on turning the pedals. There ain't no way I'm quitting a race as long as I can pedal. It doesn't matter to me if I'm having a bad day, I'm gonna finish.

I do have some good news though. I haven't mentioned anything on here to date, because nothing has been confirmed. And honestly it still hasn't. But, I will be going to Wisconsin for two weeks to try and earn a spot on Trek's Travel team as a bike guide for the summer. I won't know for sure if I've got a job until May 6th. I've got my fingers crossed!