Wednesday, May 30, 2007

No crying in mountainbiking

OK. I'm done whining and beating myself up about Burn. The Cowbell Challenge is only 3.5 weeks away. Time to get back to work.

Monday, May 28, 2007


Like I said before. The Burn is an awesome race. Eddie does an awesome job and the course is fun as hell. Depending on how things go at my next 2 races I definitely will plan on doing it next year. I do, however, have to do way better at my next few races. Meaning, I have to pull my head out of my ass and mentally get into the game. I went into this race with the goal of 16-20 laps. I did 6. That's right...6. Not a misprint. I rode my ass off getting ready for this and a few(o.k. ....several) stupid mental mistakes undid everything.

1. Hauling a couple hundred pounds of dumbell plates I was given from my truck to the upstairs spare bedroom and pulling whatever that muscle/tendon is under my right calf.

2.Forgetting to put chamois butter on my shorts and deciding to go ahead and ride the first few hours like that cuz I didn't feel like pulling them off and doing it.

3. Forgetting electrolyte tablets.

4. Not eating during the first few laps.

The first one wasn't to bad. It only bothered me during the run and whenever I had to get off the bike which was only a few times. The second one is another story. I rode 4 hours like that and by the end of that time it felt like my chamois was made of sandpaper. I'm still paying for that one. The 3rd and fourth are the biggies. I'm pretty sure they're why I ended up curled up in my tent with massive cramps and throwing up into a bucket. What's driving me nuts is that they're all stupid mistakes. I knew it was gonna be hot so how the hell did I forget to buy Endurolytes? I know I need to be shoving calories into my mouth pretty much constantly during a race like this so why didn't I? I don't know. Maybe I'm just not cut out for this stuff. We'll see.

Anyway, Mark Hendershot(34 laps) and Namrita (22 laps..I think) won the solo categories. They both looked super strong doing it to.

Hope everybody had/is havinga good weekend. Later.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Horrible weekend. Details to follow. horrible weekend is all on me. Eddie puts on an awesome race.

Edit.....I meant to say details coming soon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Final Countdown

Yes it was a horrible 80's song. The title fits though. Only a few more days til the race starts. I'm starting to get the pre-race jitters already and doing my usual second guessing of everything I've done leading up to it. I'm also chomping at the bit to get started.

I got to meet Danielle this past weekend at the 12 Hours of Tsali. Her and her crew are super nice people and I learned a lot just watching them. She also brought me a super cool pair of Optic Nerve glasses. Now I have 2 which means I can set up a pair with clear lenses and I don't have to fumble around with swapping out lenses when I'm tired as hell. Thanks Danielle!!! Also, thanks to Ted,Scott, and Jason for patiently answering my zillion questions about stuff.

Hope everybody has a great day. Later yall.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Some pics....(bad ones)

A train tunnel that is visible off of Old 70.(Part of the ORAMM route)

Old faithful. Trying to make it through her last season.

Self portrait. Yes my head and face really are shaped like a Moon Pie.

The hands down best grips I've ever used.

Yup. I'm lucky to live here.


Sorry for the very low quality of the pics. I suck at photography.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


I so wish I was still asleep. I've been riding a LOT these past few weeks to get ready for Burn and it's wearing me out. This is the last week or so of large amounts of riding though. I'll start cutting it down some towards the end of next week so I don't go in completely fried. I guess with the extra free time I'll watch 24 Solo about 5 more times for motivation.

Anyway, working and riding has pretty much been all I'm doing lately so not much to talk about.

Hope everybody has a good day. Later.