Saturday, July 28, 2007

bad blogger...bad,bad blogger

OK. I haven't posted a race report or..well...anything for almost a week. ooops. Sorry. Been extra busy. I was thinking that after ORAMM I would actually de-stress about racing for a week. Then it hit me that Fools Gold was only 3 weeks away and that is my first attempt at a hundie. Now I'm stressing about that. I'm guessing it's gonna be a 12-14 hour day. That's alright though. A long day on new trails sounds damn good actually.

As far as ORAMM. Here's the condensed version. It was hard. Real hard. Luckily, unlike every other year I've done it...the trails were dry. WOO..freaking..HOO!!!!!!!! I was happy as hell to see that. The roots and rocks on Kitsuma and Heartbreak are hard enough dry. Wet they're a f'n meanace. Anyway..I suffered..I climbed for what felt like forever on Curtis Creek. Here's the funny part though..unlike past years..I never hated it or wondered what the hell I was doing out there. In fact..I had a damn good time for the whole race. I'm looking at this as a sign of progress.

Oh. I know I've said it a 100 times but Carbo Plus rocks!!!! Never felt hungry the whole race. Used mostly the Carbo Plus/Gator-ade combo along with powerbar gels and 3 snickers marathon bars and that was pretty much it. Well..except for the Dr. Thunder at aid station 3..after the 9 Miles of Curtis Creek. At the time..I thought it was the best soda ever. Anyway hope everybody has a great weekend. Later Yall.

Oh.....good luck to everybody at 24 Nationals.

Monday, July 23, 2007


63 miles,11,000 feet of up, 9 hours....slow as hell yes. I don't care..I f-----g finished and couldn't be happier. That helped erase a ton of self doubt. Besides...I alwasy knew I was slow. More later.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Off the radar

The big group ride in greensboro was a lot of fun. About 50 people showed up and did the ride. The trails were pretty cool. There wasn't hardly any climbing but my God the roots. By the time we were finished I felt like my teeth had been shaken out of my head. I intended it to be a pretty easy day but that went out the window pretty quick. It ended up being like a series of 45minute -hour long tempo intervals. I felt pretty good at the end though and my legs felt great on yesterdays ride.

Gonna be off the radar here for about a week getting ready for ORAMM. Work is still a bit hectic and by the end of the day I'm usually worn out. I'm gonna try to get an extra hour or so of sleep in the mornings. Hopefully that'll keep me from feeling so damn tired on my rides after work. Hope everybody has a great week and weekend. later folks.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


...up at 4:30 in the a.m. and cannot get back to sleep. So..I guess another day has started. That's cool. We're headed out to Amanda's mom's house in Winston Salem today. She's going to hang out w/ her mom and friends and I'm going to meet up with a bunch of folks from the MTBR NC forum for The Unofficial Epic Tour of Greensboro's Trails. It was put together by pinkdirt. A greensboro local I'm guessing. It's going to be a 40 mile ride with the vast majority of it being off-road. Sweet! It'll be my last big ride before ORAMM next weekend. I'm already stressing about that race. I really need to do well to wash the aftertaste left over from my Cowbell meltdown out of my mouth. Of course, by well I mean finish in a respectable amount of time.
Ah well. Hope everybody has a great weekend. Good luck to everyone racing and hill climbing.

WOW. I have VH-1 classic on. Apparently Poison is still together and covering The Romantics "What I Like About You". Huh????? Don't get me wrong...I was as big a hair metal fan as anybody back in the 80's and I still pull those songs out from time to time....BUT...ah...nevermind..if those guys can still put out albums and like to play music together and get paid for it..more power to them. Later folks.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sucked in again

OK. First things first. God bless coffee!!!!!!!

I tried. I really did. I honestly thought that I'd be able to resist the TdF this year. I've been nothing but disgusted with the constant doping reports. The high and mighty attitudes of the governing bodies. All of it had pretty much turned me off on pro road cycling. I thought.

I managed to not watch the prologue. That's not really much of a feat though. Next thing you know, I'm reading about Robbie McEwen's awesome sprint to win stage 1 and the next thing you know I'm flipping channels to VS. like my life depended on it. Damn, that guy is f----ng fast!!!!!!!!!! Then Cancelleras win in the stage on teusday. WOW!!!!! I'm hooked. I can't help it. I just keep my fingers crossed that no major scandals come from this. Sports and "sports entertainment" have just been way to depressing lately. I'm hoping this years race can stand out as what bike racing can and should be. Plus I want it to shove it in the face of the "journalists" who call for a boycott of bike racing because of the doping scandals then fall all over themselves over Barry Bonds and baseball.

Hope everybody is having a great week and getting a lot of hours in bikewise. later folks.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


I got a ride in yesterday after 5 days (5!!!!!) off the bike because of an insane time at work. I've been working 14-15 hour days due to a sudden shortage of manpower. Yesterday I shut my cell phone off and left the house before anybody could call. I got in 3.5 hours at Bent Creek and could definitely feel the layoff. The long days didn't help either I'm sure. I'm going out again today so hopefully the legs feel a little better.

That's all for today. Hope everybody is having a good one.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th

Happy 4th of July folks. Hope everybody has a good one.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Still here. nothing new going on. Pretty much just one day blending into the next.