Monday, November 30, 2009

It begins

Pete glassford inspired post with pictures,

Talked with the nice lady at the polar service center, shes the tech that does the tech stuff and she had h1n1 last week, so thats wicked so my polar will come back with the swine flu probably, ill douse it in alcohol when i get it back.

After a little procrastinating i was out the door, for the first solo road ride in the past while. First time out on the new (old) bike, yes you are counting the cables right. Just a 42 on front and mtb cassette on the rear.


Beard is coming in nicely, and by nicely i mean patchy, to keep the old face warm this winter.




I prefer to use action shots as opposed to brutally staged still shots like some people. This was taken at like 23 kph.


This is from Nathans bio pace big ring, you'll notice the elongated pattern. (that long scar involved my brother not knowing how to ride a dirtbike)



K, soo i was on the side of seadon adjusting my saddle height and fore aft, as this old lady in a covered golf cart buzzed me at 8 k an hour. No joke she almost hit me, the whole road was clear but she was not pulling that carts right tire of the shoulder. I was pretty sure i was in the twilight zone.


No idea how long i rode for, probably 2-2.5 hours, nice high rpm, aerobic the whole time thanks to the gearing i have. Good ride, little chilly but ill take it on November 30th.

a new blog to keep an eye on, its not going my left link list yet, but it has potential.

a little snow today,

k, thats it for now

Sunday, November 29, 2009

2010 has begun

Feeling refreshed after some mellow riding i was ready to get back at it today. Instead of Paris to Ancaster it was the subway cross but im doing the old car industry saying its the year ahead model.

Felt good to pack up and get into race gear to head to the city for a bike race. Survived the drive down Jane Street, city drivers really are a different bread.

Arrived and sure enough the usual suspects were there, Nathan, Peter (Morse & Mancini) Box arrived fashionable last but it was obvious he was in the zone. Got signed in and watched the junior m2's go off, quickly realized the course was very confusing and i had no idea how it all linked together.

Got ready spare wheels in the pit and watched the end of the junior race. The deal was that if Sam won it he could race the senior race. He did and immediately started the smack talk.

Got warmed up, the course was good, i realized there was zero barriers, non, nata, it was sweet. Still couldn't figure out the course other than Rod and the CXO guys installed wormholes around the course. I'm pretty sure that's how they did it.

Lined up, Craig is getting good at being a commisaire, "you guys ready to go?" ..."ok go" I settled in a couple spots back and just hung on the back of the lead group until i couldn't any longer. My shifting was a little off, totally my bad, it allowed the group to get a gap a little earlier but it would have happened regardless im sure. I found myself in 5th and in no mans land. Box and Jarred were off the front battling and Nathan and Morse were riding for 3rd. I got a glimpse every once in a while, looked like a good race up front.

I had to get off a couple times to adjust my cable tension but nothing to crazy. The M1 leader Derrick came by, i was super nervous and didn't want to hold him up. Rode with him for a bit but he powered away quickly.

Near the end of the lap i noticed Mancini gaining on me but i appeared to have enough distance to maintain my 5th.

Erik won, yeah hey who was it that called that oh right.

good stuff, and thus concludes the 2009 southern series, won the overall again, 3rd year i think(maybe 4th) i think i did 11 races,(could be 12 or 10) not in a hurry to look. It was a good season with weather that was nicer than the mtb season.

And once again its the people that make the series great, spectators, racers, organizers, all were amazing this year.

up next two weeks to prepare for the Hub race teams take down of there own rider Peter Mogg. Also, hr monitor or not i'm hitting the bricks tomorrow. And by bricks i mean some endurance.

no blog post isn't complete with a Tiger Woods theory, ok here's mine, he had to run out to get a movie back to blockbuster before he left in the morning, while pulling out of his drive way he dropped it and reached down to get it and lost control of his caddy........or he just had an accident that is no ones business and people should leave it at that. i know crazy idea.

Also calling him the best golfer in the world is like calling lance armstrong the best cyclist in the world, hes not, hes just the best tour rider in the past 10 years. big difference. Fabian Cancellara is the best.

k good stuff,

the facebook e-mails are rolling in over the photos better see the comments.

"oh right the character not the coffee chain"
finally somebody gets it.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

back and atom

well im taking some good hits from all sides on here. Bring it.

Yesterday was semi -productive, took the dry morning to install the snow tires on the 3. Funny enough it actually started to snow a little as i was doing it. Car looks mean with the steel wheels on, ready for anything and by anything its still not as good as the Lumina in the snow, that thing could go through anything.

Then i had to update the firmware in the blu ray player, total fail on blu ray players in this respect. As blu-rays change with more features you have to update your player.(who knew) Took me a while to figure it all out, and i'm somewhat ok with electronics. Basically requiring to unhook the modem from the office hook it up to the player, and sit there for an hour as it downloaded to the player. So basically if you have a blu ray player you also need the internet to update it and need to know how to do it. I miss vhs you put the tape in a hit play. fail for anyone who just wants to put a dvd in and watch it.

A visit from my favorite northern ontario teacher, somehow escaped even though global warming means no ice road in sight.

AM was getting my bike ready for tomorrow, then headed out on my singlespeed to pedal around a little bit. First solo non-group ride in a long time. Gotta get used to that again.

Forecast is looking moderate, starting to cool off with a little snow in the long range, may be a while before i get on snow.

Have some new and different approaches to training this winter, in an attempt to cut back on mindless hours on the rollers.

Snowshoeing may not be the same depending on how Starbuck handles the snow, have a feeling it will be lot more solo stuff. Basically her favorite thing in the world so it will be tough leaving her at home when i head out.

"Tiger should have used a driver"
Just hilarious

Thursday, November 26, 2009

since monday

wowzers been a while, must be why my visits are down.

Well still just recharging the batteries for the season ahead. Tuesday am, got the car sprayed at Krown, lady said be careful of my brakes they may be squishy, brakes were fine the oil on my brake pedal on the other hand. Yeah foot slipped right of the pedal, good thing i wasn't following to closely.

P.M. "son number 1" came over for his birthday dinner, which of course meant the Keg, my birthdays tend to be at Wendy's hence the numbering system, actually Moose Winoskies as i love their mushroom penne.

I will say the Keg has the best chicken in town, i always get laughed at when i say that but its true. Im very particular with my steak and really only like it when i have full control over it.

New pet peave when someone calls you then says they'll call you back later and doesn't, you know who you are.

yesterday was a Starbucks morning, Matt and I even met some blog groupies there, signed some autographs, posed for some pictures the usual stuff. Then headed down to visit grandma for her birthday in Newmarket. Her talking about her boyfriend made me very uncomfortable.

home, chilled watched Frost/Nixon, excellent best boxing movie i have ever seen. I thought it would be boring and slow but wow, only Ron Howard could make it exciting. Featruing two of my favorite character actors Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon, highly recommended.

Still waiting for my Polar......

Astroboy is planning tons of projects for the Club, one may or may not be to take over the world. I'm getting pretty pumped for direction the club is going.

Kyle Fry put his rain cape in the dryer, the 8 Ball said nothing about doing that.

Subway CX sunday where Erik Box is my pick for the win. Should be interesting to see how i do with zero intensity since the Barrie cross race.

Looking forward to training again, first year i haven't actually stopped riding entirely on my time off, basically been taking any opportunity to ride with people as i can get. And everyone is pretty much in the same boat so there is usually more talking than riding.

Heard a crazy rumour Jeremy rode the winter wow, better not be true may have to have a stern talk about that one.

Seems like no blog is complete without this link looks like fun, may need to bust out the freeride jersey

stoked

Monday, November 23, 2009

Spoke to soon

Warning: this post has little to do with anything

So, you may recall yesterday's post when i got sidetracked with "Road warrior" or mad max 2, When i said i hope Mel Gibson is in the long promised mad max 4. Well, as i was typing that it was announced he wouldn't be mad max in the new film titled "Fury Road". The possibility of a cameo or small role is still possible, but the lead appears to be going to Tom Hardy, british character actor seen in Layer Cake and also he was the bad guy in Nemesis. I think it should be an Aussie and Worthington who is the new aussie it boy has been tossed around and i 100% think he would be awesome in that role. (Still think Mel could pull it off, look at Willis in live free or die hard)

Charlize Theron is also rumored to have a big role, so thats wicked.

Either way i look forward to it,

Feeling better today, took starbuck for an extra long hike today to make up for yesterday, shes pretty whooped right now.

Canadian tire stop for some price matching, Starbucks, meet up with the crew for a ride, made to feel bad cause i had a starbucks coffee, a perk of living in the south end, we have three, and the northerners are left with about 30 tim's.

Good ride, Ben let it slip that he watched an episode of BSG and really liked it, ha,

starting to get itchy for my polar to show up, may need to start without it, i'd be lost though, i have barely done a workout it for 8 years.

"hey you guy, im going to stop and roll in this smelly stuff here, hey you, watch this"
Starbuck if she could talk

Sunday, November 22, 2009

400 north

So, yesterday the Faze got picked up, in good time for me to jet up to the "waub" for get together, i missed out on the ride, but got there in time for pizza and Thrashin, pizza was good, film was well received,


Bob the cat is friendly he let me pet him more than my own cats, home bed, awake at 2 in the morning for a big scene in front of the house. Lots or talk but in the end i never saw any punches flying, cops got there about 12 seconds after they kids left, its a long way from a tim's in the north end.

Up, breakfast, right away i just felt a little off today, rolled in and as i was getting ready i felt this breeze, and though damn its really cold out here. And why do i feel naked? sure enough i didn't realize it when i put my bibs on put they were totally torn open at the back. Like one of those doors on full pj's i have no idea how it happened or how i didn't notice. Considered riding like that but figured i'd spare my riding partners and through my sweats on with some duct tape to keep my pant leg out of my single ring. Turns out to be a pretty comfortable way to ride.

Spak, my new friend Rob, and the Matheson Brothers, yes that right both were out, Jaime showed up up on anything DH, .....road warrior is on AMC stoked, really really really hope they actually get around to making another one while Mel Gibson is still acting. sorry sidetracked.....ride was good, a few other groups were out, couple of dh'ers sessioning the bermed downhill and skinnies.

Matt thought of a new motto for the BCC, ill have to share that privately,

home, nap i was feeling better but still a little off, Starbuck wouldn't let it slide though, i thought a walk would do me good too. Nope, got down to the bottom of the first trail and had to turn around, feeling dizzy and lightheaded. Starbuck was not happy with the u-turn, but i was not feeling it.

not sure whats up,

planning on doing the subway cross next weekend so hopefully not getting sick.

k,

Friday, November 20, 2009

win some lose some

Looks like Bobkie won, sounds good.

weekend is shaping up, tomorrow hang out till the faze is picked up by its new owner, then up to the waub, im not invited to the ride portion as i don't have a giant road bike. but hopefully make the film portion.

then copeland ride sunday, figure it will be the final one this season as snow is appearing in the forecast later next week. And a little bit of snow in Barrie means ice age in the horseshoe valley.

thats, about it

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

wow,

yeah, been a few days since the last post, nothing to exciting going on,

Sunday, had some good intentions to get on the bike but it was cloudy so i didn't. The old fair weather only type deal nowadays.

Monday morning i spent in tears after seeing the provincials results, i then asked the 8 ball if it would ever happen, it said "signs point to yes" So there is hope for Box.

Coffee at Starbucks, re haching the weekend.

Got out for a ride with a good size group in midhurst, halfway through the sun started to appear turned out to be Ben after his late arrival.

yesterday, long walk with starbuck, theres this lady that always gets mad at me when i have her on a leash. So i let her off to play hardball with a Boxer. The bluffs are a weird place, you can't win, if your dog is off the leash you get dirty looks, but if you have your dog on the leash you also get dirty looks from the off leashers. I don't know what to do its like two cliques of people.

Last night i got a last minute ride oppoutunity on the rail trail, good ride a little chilly, some hot apple cider, solving the worlds problems as usual.

today, some phone calls, made some appointments, shipped my polar off to get fixed, i decided when i get it back ill start training again seriosuly. Usually a fast turnaround.

surfed the MTBr forums, its a crazy world that i am kinda new to and am blown away by the language and lack of respect there is on there. crazy. But entertaining.

Another hike with the devil, this time i said f-it im joining the no leash movement, sure enough i see tons of people out. The first lady got all nervous and asked if she bites, Yeah, shes a yellow lab they are known for there viciousness be carefull, that smile and tail wag means trouble. Next lady has two retrievers both of which are grumpy and Starbuck knows to just ignore them, then she meets a really young puppy, but she was pretty good and gentle so problems. So i've picked my side. Au natural.

looking like i won't have the cat named after me, thats good.

progress is being made on the geared MTB side, my lifes ambition is about to come to fruition.

Back is feeling better,

GI JOE wasn't great, wasn't too bad either

weekend is hopefully going to include some sort of group bicycle ride and film watching, thrashin has been proposed.

....i think thats it,

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saw Amanda today on the ride and she said Hi.

So, today was the day, after years of "can you show me on a map where 3 stage is" and "na ill jus t go with you" and that person(s) never actually going. (except for pete and matt first people to ever give me a legit invite to ride there) .... I finally got to ride the infamous three stage.

ill back up a bit, being the eager racer i am i was ready to go at 11:50, sure enough we got rolling at around 12:30 after some people rolling in at 12:15. It was all good though, very laid back, some beverages consumed, some casual smoking, to expand the lungs and we were off.

10 minutes in and we headed straight up the escarpment, on a gravel road, a steep gravel road, and 75% of us were on singlespeeds, it was a scene out of a horror movie, people walking zig-zaging, the humanity, though everyone had a huge smile on there face.

some hike a bike and before i knew it we were in the mother of trail systems. Not to shabby some nice tight anti kabush trails, some carnage. While stopped a few riders came from the other direction, including Mrs. Sin. (or Ms. Sin) and the title says the rest of that story.

Good riding, had the gps on so i know the trails we rode, i can wait to get back up there and just explore, hopefully this week. By the end of the trails my back was just killing me, really thinking i need some gears, this big gear pushing is killing me these days.

one highlight of the ride was getting passed by the equivalent to the angry german on the train in europe. This guy was just pissed off at the world, and i am not surprised at all that he was riding by himself.

The ride back was interesting 20 under geard singlespeeders bombing down gray road 19, trying to out draft each other. Got back to the village, got cleaned up at matts place, (looking like i may have a cat named after me)

Dinner at the firehall, awards were given out, stories told, starbucks then home.

thanks misfits for a great day on the bike.

so so so tempted to go back tomorrow........

"my cat was pure evil, it would drop mice in the pool just to watch them drown"

Friday, November 13, 2009

1) just want to say good luck to my southern CX homies this weekend at the anvil and mooneys bay, kill it.

2) interesting video

3) finished deadwood, ok except for the fact it didn't really end. thinking HBO execs just kinda pulled the plug after the end of season 3. Good while it lasted.

4) Its official Starbuck is a nutbar

5) made a new goal for myself to own a mtb with gears by the end of 2010, wish me luck.

6) Really looking forward to the ride tomorrow and riding three stage. (#5 may be moved up to end of the month post ride)

7) Avatar looks good, so does 2012 for pure popcorn value. (and john cusack)

8) So the colbert nation has raised almost a 1/4 million for US speedskating, if you watch it you'll see big nation logo's on there thighs. Dam, the CCA needs to find a sugar daddy like that. Rick Mercer???

9) apparently there is someone out there that has a man crush on Matt and Myself kinda freaking me out.

10) all of the above

"The passion for playing chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world. It slaps the theory of natural selection in the face. It is the most absorbing of occupations. The least satisfying of desires. A nameless excrescence upon life. It annihilates a man. You have, let us say, a promising politician, a rising artist that you wish to destroy. Dagger or bomb are archaic and unreliable - but teach him, inoculate him with chess."

H.G. Wells, Certain Personal Matters, 1898

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Didn't get the memo

Well thats all folks(now that its front page glassford news) for the 2009 bikcycle race season. (except maybe subway......and hespeler...dammit, ok but just going to show my support for the various causes / events that good people put on)

Last couple years i've gone to the bitter end of my fitness and mental fortitude, this year trying to quit while im ahead so to speak. Hopefully get back onto a program sooner this year too. Actually this year as opposed to the new year is the plan.

Monday night had a good ride, even with not being able to see the trail and riding off into the woods multiple times. Rode the hard man route all the hills the wrong way on the single speeds.

Yesterday long hike with starbuck, then off to the BCC AGM, good meeting.

Today another long hike with starbuck, then off to an early dinner and a flick.

dinner good, film not good,

Amelia, not going to even give you a reason, if you trust my film reviews then just trust me, horrible story telling. ill give you the ending they went with the old she crashed in the ocean and was lost......when its widely believe she ditched and was captured by the japanesse and held during WW2. But hey. whatever. Bad movie, was very tempted to walk out.

looks like i will get to kill it at the anti race on saturday, should be good plan on ripping some legs off.

"Looks like a hawk"

"Its a Kestrel"

"whats a Kestrel"

"its a Hawk"

Sunday, November 8, 2009

BCC HW S&B CX 09 (hows that for short forms)

Oh boy was it a nice day today to be in the great outdoors. As soon as i woke up it just felt warm.

I headed out to the course and arrived just in time to watch the tail end of the M3 race. The place was buzzing with cx excitment. I got registered and on my way through saw Jack, a little worse for wear apparently crashing at the start, wishing him well.

Got to witness Jeremy ride his bike, which was awesome. He said he was racing, luckily he was kidding. Tammy was racing though, after doing some crossfit on saturday. Jarred also stated his soreness after the same crossfit session, sounds like there coach is a hardman.

Walked around a bit, to see what the course was like, stopped at the barriers for a bit. Watched some of the younger riders get to ride around them, when i was that age i had to go over them. Slackers, (kidding)

Liz did a bang up job marshaling the barriers.

Got dressed a little early and go a lap in before the 11:30 start, course was fast fast fast. Then got my camera out for the 11:30 starts, good size groups especially the junior race. Highlight was Sam Rykhoff showing his ambidextrous dismount skills. Mad skills.

Handed off my camera and headed out for a warmup, up the 6th line and back and onto the course. Mostly by myself but i was able to grab Zach's wheel for a bit, he was super motivated today and was going to kill he said.

Passed the time before the lineup by watching Starbuck have a bout with Wiki, Starbuck had some solid take down moves but Wiki drew first blood therefore winning the battle.

Lined up, beside the Mcor duo of Li and Smith. There was some M1 chatter behind about phone calls from the OCA, long story.

Again we lined up way to early, too many type A personalities. But with a relativley big field i guess it was good to be on the front line.

Start, Stafford and Batty good off the gun fast, i settled in behind Morse and Box, i could sense someone really trying hard to pass me under braking, and making me kinda nervous. Up a climb sure enough juiceboy comes by like he's got a number three on his door. Into the corkscrew, Mark was starting to form a nice gap to us. Not panicking but didn't want to see it get to big either. Moved past morse after the barriers, and behind box and Jared "burpees" stafford. Doing the turn onto the tunnel over and i could here some bike carnage behind me. apparently a riders rear wheel came out of there frame.

Past Box, up to Stafford, who pulled off to do pushups for time allowing me to take up after Mark.

By the finish line i was with Mark. Went by after the start line, and held a nice high pace. The loose sandy climb split things up a bit and it became clear that was going to be a seperator in the race. Me being me, and the way i am, i never let an oppourtunity to open a gap more, so i kept the throttle at 11 and before long put some good real estate to the chasers.

I didn't have my watch on so i had no idea how much time to go and lap board wasn't up yet. I undrestimated and sure enough the board came up wtih 5 to go. I had a nice buffer and didn't want to crash so i turned it down to 8. For the rest of the race, except for the two climbs they were 11 just to stay on the bike. I could see Jarred and a gap back to Erik, with Mark out of sight.

The cheering sections were great today a couple kids who seemed to run around faster than i could ride it to cheer at different sections. Not to mention the usual BCC suspects.

The last lap was tough, legs were feeling it and my back was getting tight, thinking this AWPD standing, big gear, climbing is a little tough on the back.

Finished up in 1st place, (apparently i don't make that clear sometimes) Stafford and Erik 2nd and third.

Awards, chit chat, then home, dinner,

chilling, may try to watch Dexter if I don't pass out, getting down to crunch time for next weekend..... i just don't know.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Moffat Stakes Race

So woke up blah blah blah the usual. Back down the westbound 401, this time past Kelso to the next exit down the road and past Mohawk and bam on a horse farm or a farm with horses, not sure if horses are “farmed”. Just walking around a bit the course seemed to be very old school. Actually it reminded me of the alpha five farm race.

Got to watch and take some pics of the 11:30 races, couldn’t have asked for a better day to watch or take part in a race. Got changed headed out on the road for a bit to get warmed up.

Headed out on the course for a lap, yup Log barriers, a little singletrack, it was great. It was a little bumpy at pre-ride speed.

Lined up, there was an ok number of seniors and m1’s, just big enough for our own starts. Moote led off the start I was shuffled back a few into the first barrier, may or may not have been hit from behind causing a bit of a crash. Nathan took over the lead and I settled in behind Mancini for a bit, well the uphill grind into the headwind bit. Came by on the next barrier run up. I had a little gap to Nathan but the singletrack section took care of that. Or Nathan not pre-riding it to be exact. The couple barriers in that section were well placed with tight uphill corners right after. The next two barriers I think were semi useless, just kinda there.

Caught onto Nathan, the course suited him and his big ring power, Good q-ring course it was said. Rode behind for a bit, then came by figured I’d share the work, Nathan was having none of that and immediately moved back into the lead. We had some good back and forth battles for a bit before I got by on the inside of a corner jus before the singletrack section. The gap grew from there.

Came by 3 laps to go, huh feels like Steve was cutting us some slack and making it a hair on the short side, Kewl, kept the pressure on, started to ride the main runup after the barrier not sure if it was faster but I hate running.

Lapped through 3 laps to go, and Steve yelling something about going faster, darn it. Settled into a nice pace and tried to have some fun on the course. There were some sections that had me smiling for sure.

Of course the entire True North factory was out watching and heckling to no end. Never getting to far from the pit though. Just in case someone needed a frame welded up I guess.

Finished up, Nathan was 2nd, and Mancini third.

Good times, great course, (- two barriers) awards were good, there was a huge dog that I thought was a wolf walking around after.

All cleaned and ready to go tomorrow at hardwood, like I said all readers within 150km radius are expected to attend.

Sounds like the course is a combo of last year and this years Wednesday night course.

killer

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Taking one for the team

Today was the usual pre double weekend process, of getting everything cleaned and tuned before getting everything dirty and detuned.

I was planning on just heading to Hardwood tommorow to help out with getting the sunday course set up. You know pounding stakes in all day, running tape, fun stuff like that. But shucks, the bib numbers have to get to the race on sunday from the race tommorow near Moffat. I bit my tongue and volunteered to go to the race and bring the numbers back. Oh well someone has to do it.

Also got the Road bike all ready to go to a new home. Looks like it will stay local, so i can check in on her every once in a while. (Tear)

Once i got everything dialed i got out for a ride in the bluffs on the CCX1, Make sure all the bugs are out of it. Found a nice new trail in there, way better than the trails that were cut last year that never really got ridden in cause they kinda sucked, but this one was really well laid out, and even being extremely fresh i was able to ride most of it on the cx bike.

Home, into my civies to take starbuck for a walk, back into forrest, pretty much all the leaves are on the ground now, looks like a golden brown carpet laid over the forrest floor.

A little more work in the shop, starting to get to that crappy point in the cross season where for every 60 minute cross race, you spend 120 minutes even colder washing everything in the dark.

I'm strugling with the choices for next weekend, New Jersey is most likely out as i have no plans for that. There is the Anvil/Mooneys bay races in ottawa, or i show up to and kill everyone at the Antirace race. Yes im a bike racer and i will race it. Suck it misfit. (oh and pete yes i got your e-mails and as you can see im not sure yet)

Liam has "resigned" from trek world racing, im expecting the phone to ring any second now.......

stoked, k back to packing,

Paz is talking 29'er again geez, cause 26 inch hardtails are dead (even though 98 percent of WC XC racers still use them)

"no dogs allowed"

guess starbuck is staying home tommorow

p.s. i expect all my readers within a 150km radius to attend the race at Hardwood Sunday

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Getting Primed in Waubababaland

So headed down to the city for lunch with Kev and Matt P. Good stuff, talked bikes, business, girls, H1 N1, you know all the usual gossip. Did you know that Shimano is going to 11 speed next year, why? cause it goes to 11.

Drive back home was interesting just north of King road it turned into a January Snowstorm, and the Mazda without snows is a little sketchy, kinda like small blocks in greasy mud. It was a thin snowband that i got through after about 2km. By the Marsh is was sunshine and butterflies. Another couple patched of snow, saw one little spinout, and 80 firefighters standing around it.

Home finished building the Faze for sale, its all ready to go so come buy it. Free to good home. well maybe not free but a good home is a must.

A quick bit to eat and i was off to the North, Yes there is a place that is even further north than Barrie. Headed with Jer and Tammy to Matts for a little viewing of Aspen Extreme, yeah put 4 ski ( former) instructors in a room and its a given that it would be picked. Just as good as i remember, great one liners. Also got to ogle the shop setup which includes a bike bathtub, yeah.

home, eats, blogging, facebook surfing, bed, MSN conversation on the new MSN don't like it,

"Tell her you went to the olympics"

"I didn't go to the Olympics"

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

todays events,

Well for a ride, i slid down to Coulson's for a mtb ride, not sure if i would get another chance this year before the snow flies. Good ride, some new trails in there, one really new piece that look like it was cut(raked) yesterday. And it appears some huckers have been in there too, as there are three big gaps at the north end. One is crazy huge, or at least it looks like it to me as a xc'er. I bet if i had my freeride jersey on it would have looked smaller.

great ride, didn't get shot by any hunters, bonus,

just saw the best subaru commercial ever, going to go by one.

Heading to the metropolis in the am, rumour has it a 2x CTS winner will be around. Interesting.

Then home for a bicycle ride, of some sort,

Wondering when the day will come that i start winding things down for the season. I think it will be soon. Or whenever i have that race that just tells me to pack it in. With only a few left not sure what will happen first.

stoked

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Maytag coaching services

Yesterday, was lots of cleaning and such after the double weekend, before loading up to head out to the 8th for a night ride. Tristan and Matt were in attendance, Ben was supposed to be there, but maybe he got lost trying to leave his driveway?

Good ride, almost impaled myself once, lots of sliding around on hidden wet 45 degree logs, somehow we all managed to get out in one piece.

Good sleep up for coffee, and it was sunny, by the time i finished it was raining, awesome.

Took my time getting ready to ride. The diswasher repair man stopped by and gave me crap for stretching, saying its not the thing to do anymore. I said my left knee and its tendency for tendinitis disagrees. After reinforcing Starbucks bad habits he left me to head out to ride. I dressed for dry, maybe a slight drizzle. Sure enough it didn't take long for the hail, sleet, and snow to come down. So yeah cut that ride a little short.

Out for some supplies and back into the shop to do some more work on bikes, getting the Faze ready to sell, and my fender bike all ready to go. Its going to be dope, last year my winter bike was probably close to 30 lbs. Taking out all the stops and hopefully with fenders it will only be a little over 20.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

DAY 2, High and Dry

Last night was a record setter with the number of kids coming by. Took a while to get started but after a while they just started coming in swarms.

Woke up to nice bright sunshine thanks to the time change. breaky, loaded up the van, hit tim's i scored a hot apple cider, they seem to be random where and when you can get them.

Made it to Kelso in time to watch the juniors/m2/womens start, got some good pics. The junior race was great to watch very tight lots of lead changes. My wednesday night sparring partner Sean Kelly from Bradford won it.

The course was looking dry and fast, complete opposite to yesterday. I warmed up a little on the road, and over near the MTB course, think i found part of Pete's left lung. Can't be sure.

Rode the course a few times, a very nice condensed course that was great for viewing the race. A little bit of everything.

Both Peter morse and Issac were on the sidelines sick, im starting to get sketched out, i don't know if more people are sick or if im just noticing it more..... think i might curl up in a ball for the next 6 months until this thing passes.

Got lined up, stood there talking to the other guys and realized Brad the starter wasn't even there yet. Good start nailed my pedal first try and got on nathan's wheel. First set of barriers were tight, or the left right after moreso, I jumped on Erik and i think Marco ran it, some jockying there.

Nathan was pushing a huge gear and wasn't accelerating out of the corners to quick so i moved past and into the lead. Box and Jarred formed up a few seconds behind me. I settled into a nice high pace, I didn't want to make the same mistake as yesterday and almost blow up on the first lap. Rode the climb well and started to open the gap up a little. I focused on riding the fun sections fast and rolled the flats in a big rolling gear. Box and Jarred were still together which made me slightly nervous, but with some many loops on the course i could see just about everyone and know if i was putting time into them or vice versa, as long as it wasn't coming down i knew i could just keep doing what i was doing.

Partway through Jarred distanced himself from Box and but my gap was holding steady. The beach was full of hecklers and every time through there was lots of commentary. Tim was there to peer pressure me into doing something showboaty, one of these days karhma is going to come back and bit me.

Kept the pace high, last couple laps i was able to bring it down and notch and enjoy the course. Except for the long grinding climb, that one hurt a bit.

finished up, post race debrief, awards. I have a fridge full of beer now, Should be good till next october.

The speedriver guys put on another great weekend of racing, like always.

monday night night ride tommorow looking forward to that.

"Im sick"
80% of the people i know

edit: great Quote from Erik

"Cyclocross is about fun. It's about great people, building great courses (like this weekend past; THANKS SpeedRiver!), riding mud, sand, being a tech weenie and enjoying the fall, while the rest hide inside."