Friday, September 22

Two to Go

cal state races, that is, until the season is officially over. I have sworn off any notion of cyclocross so that october 23 will officially mark the start of base training. i cant wait actually.

This past weekend i raced up in Big Bear where i squeaked out another top spot on the podium, out of three. All in all it was a great day. I knew i had to hammer the climbs with Essence and Heidi trailing because they tend to catch up on the descents. I made a large enough lead on those hills to keep me a good 2 and half minutes out in front.

Jason and Dozer came along for the fun, making it Jasons first ever mountain bike day in big bear. I mean he was actually riding a bike!!!! The tables have truly turned and i feel like we have a cyclist on our hands. if you look really close, you can see green lycra peeking above his cargo shorts, he has vowed to never wear them solo, but he now understands that they at least need to be under the outer layer. We are going halves on a bike for his wedding gift, pretty much the coolest gift EVER. He has been riding to work and lamenting on the fatigue in his legs. He has suffered a very large gash on his right shin due to an unruly stick, all of which i take much pleasrue in. Yesterday he said, "well i might be late, i am going on a ride." DANG - that was my line!!!! That is so not fair!!! He hates the old helmet i gave him, so we may have to transition to a full face. he only really likes going down things. Last weekend he had me haul him and pet to the top of Morton Peak so they could bomb down. They were covered with a thick layer of powdery dust for a few days. Since all the CDF guys pretty much tore up that road during the last fire.

Oh yes, those wheels of mine. I guess i was a little un prepared for their rapid turnaround and customer care. The wheel i "broke" was a prototype, one of a kind. By the axl (actually the cups on the end were stripped) bending, this was a huge deal. It needed to be sent to Taiwan so they could fix their design. Pretty cool! By friday a new wheel was in town, another carbon that is shinier than the last. It rode well and took the pounding of trails like Fall LIne just fine!

Now, i have to teach. Maybe one day i will post a photo, but probably not!

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